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Mike Conway wins hectic Toronto finale

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Monday 21st July, 2014 - 8:12am

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Mike Conway claims his second win of the season in the second Toronto race

Mike Conway claims his second win of the season in the second Toronto race

English driver Mike Conway claimed his second win of the season by prevailing in a dramatic final leg of the Toronto IndyCar double-header.

Conway benefitted from taking on dry tyres early, enabling him to shuffle up the order late in what was to be a timed race.

The Ed Carpenter Racing road course specialist beat home Chip Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan with Will Power clinching a valuable third place in his #12 Team Penske Chevrolet.

“It was really difficult conditions there in the wet and we were struggling for a bit but as soon as I saw part of a dry line I knew it was time to come in,” Conway said of his decision to ditch his wet tyres.

Charlie Kimball made it an all-Chevrolet top four, finishing behind Power while AJ Foyt Honda driver Takuma Sato was fifth in a wet/dry race that ran to 56 of its 65 scheduled laps.

Helio Castroneves encountered dramas in the closing laps when he was squeezed up against the wall and dropped to 12th, one place behind Australian Chip Ganassi driver Ryan Briscoe.

The results from the double-header weekend mean Castroneves has marginally stretched his points lead from nine to 13 over Power after 14 races of the series.

Power had taken the lead from polesitter Castroneves before leading a stream of cars into the pits under yellow after 45 laps to swap to slick tyres on a drying track.

A pile-up involving a handful of cars at turn three forced officials to red flag the race after 52 laps and with 4:32s remaining on the clock.

“I just wasn’t willing after yesterday to take a big risk and get caught out again,” Power said of the restart.

“So I had to battle hard there with Charlie (Kimball) all over me. It was a typical IndyCar race, it throws everything at you and you’ve just got to survive and that’s what we did.”

When it resumed Conway maintained his solid lap pace to prevail and claim his fourth IndyCar career win.

In the delayed opening race over 65 laps Sebastien Bourdais took a much needed victory after dominating from pole position.

Bourdais (Hydroxycut KVSH Racing) realised his first IndyCar win since 2007 at Mexico City in beating Castroneves and Kanaan.

“It’s really sweet, man. That one didn’t come easy. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time, but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align,” Bourdais said.

“I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go. I was very relaxed before the race, just did the job and was hoping that things were going to pan out in our favor and they did and, couldn’t be any happier with this one.”

The IndyCar series takes a week off before the battle resumes at Mid-Ohio on August 3 for a busy final month of the championship.

Race 1

1

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

1:15:44.3232s

2

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

3.3408s

3

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

4.8655

4

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

65

5.4271

5

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

12.5472

6

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

65

15.5804

7

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

28.6978

8

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

65

31.1677

9

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

33.1220

10

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

65

33.7258

11

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

65

39.0741

12

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

43.3621

13

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

65

58.3644

14

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

65

58.4969

15

Mike Conway

Dallara/Chevrolet

65

58.9383

16

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

65

1:01.4298

17

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

65

1:01.7675

18

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

64

1 Lap

19

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

64

1 Lap

20

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

63

Contact

21

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

39

Contact

22

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Honda

17

Contact

23

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

10

Contact

Race 2

1

Mike Conway

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

1:20:35.5420

2

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

3.5418

3

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

5.1545

4

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

5.4857

5

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

56

6.6210

6

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

56

7.8701

7

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

7.9350

8

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

56

10.1765

9

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

12.0212

10

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

56

15.7853

11

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

15.8671

12

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

56

16.2205

13

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

56

20.9127

14

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

56

22.6140

15

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

56

29.2715

16

Luca Filippi

Dallara/Honda

56

46.4382

17

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

52

Mechanical

18

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

52

4 Laps

19

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

52

4 Laps

20

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

50

Mechanical

21

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

49

Mechanical

22

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

47

9 Laps

23

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

11

Contact

Points standings

1

Hélio Castroneves

533

2

Will Power

520

3

Ryan Hunter-Reay

464

4

Simon Pagenaud

462

5

Juan Pablo Montoya

428

6

Scott Dixon

387

7

Carlos Muñoz

384

8

Tony Kanaan

380

9

Marco Andretti

375

10

Sébastien Bourdais

358

11

Ryan Briscoe

344

12

James Hinchcliffe

330

13

Charlie Kimball

317

14

Justin Wilson

311

15

Mikhail Aleshin

298

16

Josef Newgarden

288

17

Jack Hawksworth

287

18

Graham Rahal

266

19

Carlos Huertas

265

20

Takuma Sato

234

21

Sebastian Saavedra

229

22

Mike Conway

218

23

Ed Carpenter

168

24

Oriol Servià

88

25

Kurt Busch

80

26

J.R. Hildebrand

66

27

Sage Karam

57

28

Luca Filippi

46

29

James Davison

34

30

Jacques Villeneuve

29

31

Alex Tagliani

28

32

Townsend Bell

22

33

Pippa Mann

21

34

Martin Plowman

18

35

Buddy Lazier

11

36

Franck Montagny

8

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