Newgarden leads CFH Racing to Toronto one-two

CFH took a surprise one-two in Toronto

CFH took a surprise one-two in Toronto

Josef Newgarden scored his second win of the season by beating home CFH Racing team-mate Luca Filippi in a rain-hit Honda Indy Toronto.

The American vaulted to the front after an early stop for slicks on lap 28 fell just prior to a full course yellow.

With no more rain returning to the Canadian venue, Newgarden was able to control the race for the duration, eventually leading Filippi to the flag by 1.4s.

The result backed up success at Barber Motorsport Park in April for Newgarden and CFH, which was created following the off-season merger of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing.

“I’m just really proud of everybody on this team,” said co-owner Sarah Fisher.

“I’m proud of Josef, I’m proud of the 20 car guys. I never would have thought that would have happened.”

Penske team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power scored third and fourth respectively, with the latter closing seventh-placed finisher Juan Pablo Montoya’s championship lead down to 25 points.

Sebastien Bourdais also scored solid points in fifth, while sixth and eighth and Ganassi team-mates Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon ensured a Chevrolet sweep of the top eight places.

Amid largely improved driving standards compared with the recent wet/dry street races in Detroit, the 85 laps saw just two full course cautions.

The incident that dramatically swung the race in Newgarden’s favour was a single-car spin for James Jakes’ Schmidt Peterson Dallara.

The race’s only retirements were Carlos Munoz, who suffered a gearbox failure while following the same strategy as Newgarden, and Stefano Coletti, who damaged his front-wing before crashing out.

Result: Honda Indy Toronto

Pos.

Car #

Driver

Manufacturer

Laps

Running / Reason Out

1

67

Josef Newgarden

Chevrolet

85

Running

2

20

Luca Filippi

Chevrolet

85

Running

3

3

Helio Castroneves

Chevrolet

85

Running

4

1

Will Power

Chevrolet

85

Running

5

11

Sebastien Bourdais

Chevrolet

85

Running

6

10

Tony Kanaan

Chevrolet

85

Running

7

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevrolet

85

Running

8

9

Scott Dixon

Chevrolet

85

Running

9

15

Graham Rahal

Honda

85

Running

10

14

Takuma Sato

Honda

85

Running

11

22

Simon Pagenaud

Chevrolet

85

Running

12

5

Conor Daly (R)

Honda

85

Running

13

27

Marco Andretti

Honda

85

Running

14

41

Jack Hawksworth

Honda

85

Running

15

98

Gabby Chaves (R)

Honda

85

Running

16

8

Sebastian Saavedra

Chevrolet

85

Running

17

19

Tristan Vautier

Honda

85

Running

18

18

Rodolfo Gonzalez (R)

Honda

85

Running

19

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

84

Running

20

83

Charlie Kimball

Chevrolet

84

Running

21

7

James Jakes

Honda

84

Running

22

26

Carlos Munoz

Honda

69

Mechanical

23

4

Stefano Coletti (R)

Chevrolet

40

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