Will Power wins in Toronto IndyCar twist

Will Power has bolstered his title chances in Toronto

Will Power has bolstered his title chances in Toronto

Australian ace Will Power has set the Verizon IndyCar Series points race alight with his third win of the season on the streets of Toronto.

Power had been the recipient of a lucky strategy call in the last quarter of the 85-lap affair which enabled him to spring to his 28th career win.

The Team Penske racer beat team-mate Helio Castroneves with James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt-Peterson) completing the podium.

The result has thrown the race for the title wide open with series leader Simon Pagenaud finishing ninth after being caught out by an ill-timed Safety Car call which had been a godsend for Power.

The race was turned upside down when defending race winner Josef Newgarden crashed out with 26 laps remaining, bringing out the fourth caution period.

Power had just been summoned to the pits in an uncanny call by Tim Cindric just before the yellow flag was waved.

It turned out to be a race-winning move which left leader Scott Dixon and Pagenaud to pit under yellow.

“It was a great call right there. We had a fast car and I think we could have closed down on Simon (Pagenaud),” Power said.

“It was a late call. Tim called me in and it was perfect timing.

“When I was driving down the lane I saw the yellow lights (caution) come on and I thought ‘wow when has that ever happened’.”

When the race went green with 23 laps remaining, Kanaan was leading Power while Dixon and Pagenaud were buried in 13th and 14th position.

Kanaan ultimately finished fourth after being forced to take on a splash and dash with 10 to go while Dixon was eighth, one place ahead of Pagenaud.

Dixon had dominated the race from the pole position, leading 56 laps, however the Ganassi team being caught red-handed by Newgarden’s caution.

With four laps remaining the race was thrown into a final caution with Jack Hawksworth collecting the tyre barriers with Juan Montoya caught out by the incident moments later.

Hawksworth claimed that he was struggling with front brakes before alleging Pagenaud assisted him into the barriers with a nudge from behind.

The first of two early yellow flags saw Charlie Kimball, Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay involved in a Turn 8 scrimmage.

Power has now moved to within 47 points of Pagenaud with Castroneves a further 74 points behind the series leader.

The big loser was Newgarden who has dropped from second to fifth in the points 88 behind Pagenaud.

See below for full results

Pos

SP

Car

Driver

C/A/E/T

Lap

Laps Down

Time Down

Pit Stops

Elapsed Time

Avg Speed

Pts

Running/Reason Out

1

4

12

Will Power

D/C/C/F

85

0

–.—-

2

01:42:38.6925

88.739

51

Running

2

2

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

85

0

1.5275

2

01:42:40.2200

88.717

40

Running

3

6

5

James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

85

0

2.5303

2

01:42:41.2228

88.703

35

Running

4

12

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

85

0

3.7758

3

01:42:42.4683

88.685

33

Running

5

20

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

85

0

4.0568

2

01:42:42.7493

88.681

30

Running

6

10

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

85

0

5.1145

2

01:42:43.8070

88.665

28

Running

7

5

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

85

0

5.6393

2

01:42:44.3318

88.658

27

Running

8

1

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

85

0

6.1020

2

01:42:44.7945

88.651

28

Running

9

3

22

Simon Pagenaud

D/C/C/F

85

0

6.6355

2

01:42:45.3280

88.643

23

Running

10

22

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

85

0

6.9746

2

01:42:45.6671

88.639

20

Running

11

17

83

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

85

0

7.4782

4

01:42:46.1707

88.631

19

Running

12

18

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

85

0

8.0690

4

01:42:46.7615

88.623

18

Running

13

16

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

85

0

8.5989

5

01:42:47.2914

88.615

17

Running

14

11

19

Luca Filippi

D/H/H/F

85

0

8.9217

2

01:42:47.6142

88.611

16

Running

15

7

18

Conor Daly (r)

D/H/H/F

85

0

9.4068

3

01:42:48.0993

88.604

16

Running

16

19

98

Alex Rossi (r)

D/H/H/F

85

0

9.6896

2

01:42:48.3821

88.600

14

Running

17

15

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

85

0

10.0568

3

01:42:48.7493

88.594

13

Running

18

14

8

Max Chilton (r)

D/C/C/F

85

0

10.6502

4

01:42:49.3427

88.586

12

Running

19

21

20

Spencer Pigot (r)

D/C/C/F

85

0

11.4494

3

01:42:50.1419

88.574

11

Running

20

9

2

Juan Montoya

D/C/C/F

84

1

3

01:42:52.0025

87.506

10

Running

21

13

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

80

5

2

01:35:23.9524

89.862

9

Contact

22

8

21

Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

57

28

3

01:07:50.7202

90.030

8

Contact

Points standings

1

Simon Pagenaud

432

2

Will Power

385

3

Helio Castroneves

358

4

Scott Dixon

349

5

Josef Newgarden

344

6

Tony Kanaan

339

7

Alexander Rossi

300

8

James Hinchcliffe

299

9

Charlie Kimball

294

10

Carlos Munoz

293

11

Graham Rahal

292

12

Ryan Hunter-Reay

282

13

Juan Pablo Montoya

279

14

Sebastien Bourdais

273

15

Takuma Sato

235

16

Mikhail Aleshin

227

17

Marco Andretti

220

18

Conor Daly

211

19

Max Chilton

173

20

Jack Hawksworth

153

21

Spencer Pigot

108

22

Gabby Chaves

105

23

J.R. Hildebrand

84

24

Oriol Servia

72

25

Luca Filippi

61

26

Townsend Bell

55

27

Ed Carpenter

45

28

Matthew Brabham

37

29

Alex Tagliani

35

30

Pippa Mann

33

31

Sage Karam

22

32

Bryan Clauson

21

33

Stefan Wilson

14

34

Buddy Lazier

12

 

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