Conway Wins Race 2 in Toronto

MCThe long, crazy weekend in Toronto ended this afternoon as Mike Conway took the checkered flag in the second race. There was plenty of strategy that came into play, but it was Conway that made the right call, and held on through the changing weather conditions to grab his second win of the season. Tony Kanaan finished on the podium for the second time on Sunday, and Will Power came home in third position.

Helio Castroneves finished in 12th spot, and his lead in the championship over Power was trimmed to 13 points. Roger Penske has to be happy, with two of his drivers at the top of the standings this late into the season. Despite having a horrible day, Ryan Hunter-Reay moved back into third place in the standings, leaping Simon Pagenaud.

It was a great day for Charlie Kimball, who finished seventh in the first race, and fourth in the second race. His teammate Kanaan also had a fantastic Sunday. He finished on the podium in both races, and in his last three races, he has finished third, third, and second.

Click here to see the unofficial results of the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2

The plan for Ed Carpenter Racing has been working out great so far. With four races remaining, the team has already won three races, and won the Pole for the Indianapolis 500. Perhaps more teams will take notice, and consider doing something similar.

With the third and final double-header event of 2014 in the books, the season is quickly coming down the home stretch. There are just four races remaining on the schedule. The championship battle is tight, and there are still a handful of drivers in the fight. Up next for IndyCar is the scenic road course at Mid-Ohio, in two weeks. The Honda Indy 200 at     Mid-Ohio is August 3, with NBC Sports Network’s race coverage beginning at 3 PM ET.

Bourdais Wins Race 1 in Toronto

SBThe Toronto double-header has been condensed into one action-packed day. After a 2 hour and 30 minute weather delay on Saturday, IndyCar decided to field both races on Sunday. Sebastien Bourdais won the first race after starting on pole, leading 58 of the 65 laps in dominating fashion. It was career win number 32 for the Frenchman, which put him in eighth place on the all-time wins list, breaking a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy. It was the first win for Bourdais since 2007, when he was still racing in Champ Car. Brazilian drivers Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan joined Sebastien on the podium.

It was a mistake-free race by Sebastien and the KV Racing crew, who earned their first victory since Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500 win. In order to sweep both races though, they will have to make their way towards the front. The starting lineup for the second race is based upon entrant points, which means Bourdais will start in tenth.

It was a rock solid day for Castroneves, who extended his lead in the championship to 28 points over teammate Will Power, who finished in ninth place. Simon Pagenaud got caught up in the big accident on lap 1, but managed to fight his way back to a fourth place finish. Things didn’t go as well for championship contender Ryan Hunter-Reay. While battling up front, he tangled with Kanaan, which put him hard into the wall, breaking his left-front suspension. The team wasn’t able to repair the car in time, and he finished in 21st.

Click here to see the unofficial results of the Honda Indy Toronto Race 1

Two drivers that really needed a solid finish were able to do so. Scott Dixon finished fifth, and Graham Rahal just behind him in sixth spot. Charlie Kimball had a great run, finishing seventh after starting in 18th. Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe started and finished in eighth. He’ll have one more chance to win in front of the home crowd this afternoon.

Teams and drivers will now have just a few hours to prepare for round 2 of the double-header in Toronto. The second race begins at 4:15 PM ET on NBC Sports Network. The race will feature a standing start, and the grid will be set by entrant points, meaning Castroneves will have pole position, with teammate Will Power on the outside of row one.

Bourdais on Pole at Toronto

BourdaisRain fell in Toronto, and chaos ensued. Just before Saturday’s IndyCar race was supposed to begin, mother nature mucked things up. There was a steady drizzle falling throughout the afternoon, which didn’t help the race course. There was standing water in some spots, and visibility on the back stretch was a big concern for the drivers. After a 2 hour and 30 minute delay, the race was called off, with all track activity cancelled for Saturday. This is the first IndyCar race that has been postponed due to inclement weather since the race in Sao Paulo back in 2011.

Things got interesting before that final decision came down though. First it was Ryan Briscoe that found the tire barriers on a pace lap. Then, interestingly enough, the pace car itself had problems, as it slid through a corner and tagged the outside wall. Shortly after that, Will Power also spun, and bent up his Penske car. The crew was able to get the car repaired (much to the dismay of Michael Andretti and AJ Foyt) though he was moved to the back of the line. Power qualified second, and currently sits in second in the championship.

Qualifying for Race 1 went well for Power, but it was even better for Sebastien Bourdais, who came away with the pole. This was the first pole for Bourdais since September 2, 2007. That was the Champ Car race in the Netherlands. This is the 32nd career pole for the Frenchman, which ties him for Michael Andretti for eighth on the all-time list.

Click here to see the qualifying results for the Honda Indy Toronto Race 1

Current points leader Helio Castroneves qualified third. It was another impressive run for Luca Filippi, who qualified in seventh on Saturday. Canadian favorite James Hinchcliffe qualified in ninth, and defending race winner Scott Dixon qualified in the 12th position. Marco Andretti qualified in last, after mechanical problems early in qualifying.

Here is the updated schedule for Sunday:

There will be two races, either 65-laps or 80 minutes in length. Race 1 is at 10:30 AM ET on CNBC, and will feature a two-wide rolling start. Race 2 will start at 4:15 PM ET on NBC Sports Network, and will have a standing start. The lineup for the second race will be determined by entrant points after Race 1. The repaired cars of Ryan Briscoe, Juan Montoya, and Will Power will start in the rear of the field for Race 1.

Below you can watch highlights from today’s qualifying session.