Looking for a doubleheader sweep (and a $100,000 prize that would go with it), Scott Dixon has dominated the first half of Race 2 at the Honda Indy Toronto. The New Zealand native, who has raced his way into the championship conversation in the IZOD IndyCar Series, currently leads points leader Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais at the halfway mark of today’s 85-lap affair.
E.J. Viso has had a steady day, rising four positions to run sixth as of halfway. Takuma Sato sits seventh, followed by Quebec native Alex Tagliani in eighth, Tristan Vautier in ninth, and Justin Wilson in tenth.
After failing to go off in yesterday’s first race of the weekend, today’s race began with a clean standing start. However, hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe did not take part in it because of a stuck throttle pedal in his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet that caused him to lose four laps when he finally emerged on the race track.
When the lights went green, Dixon was able to hold the lead as the field barreled into Turn 1 and proceeded to stretch out a good margin over Castroneves, who moved from third to second on the opening lap. Seven laps after Tony Kanaan began the first cycle of green flag stops at Lap 17, Dixon pitted from the lead and was able to stay out front when the cycle was completed.
On Lap 36, Tony Kanaan’s day appeared to come to a close after slamming into the wall as he was heading onto the frontstretch, causing an apparent suspension failure on his No. 11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet. However, he was able to get off the course and the race remained green.
See a video of the standing start below.
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Three weeks after announcing his retirement from motorsport, Johnny Cecotto Jr. will return to racing this weekend at the GP2 round in Sochi, Russia.
Cecotto said on Twitter that “today my career ends” on September 17, announcing that he had lost his backing provided by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
However, the GP2 veteran will return to racing this weekend with Trident, having last raced for the Italian team at Monza one month ago. He will partner Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello once again.
Cecotto’s return is just one of a number of driver/team stories heading into the GP2 race weekend at Sochi:
- American driver Alexander Rossi returns to GP2 with Racing Engineering this weekend following his two-race stint in F1 with Manor. He will also take part in grands prix in the USA, Mexico and Brazil before returning to GP2 once again in Abu Dhabi.
- Julian Leal has announced his retirement from GP2, and is replaced by debutant Dean Stoneman at Carlin. Stoneman won at Sochi in GP3 last year en route to second place in the championship.S
- Sean Gelael will race for Carlin once again, having missed the round at Monza due to a Formula Renault 3.5 clash.
- Nicholas Latifi returns to GP2 this weekend with MP Motorsport, racing alongside Rene Binder.
- Nathanael Berthon also returns, racing for Team Lazarus.
- Hilmer Motorsport will miss the round in Sochi altogether, reducing the grid down to 24 cars.
The FIA Formula E Championship will add Hong Kong to its calendar for its third season, 2016-2017.
The race will take place on October 9, 2016 – exactly one year from now – around the city’s Central district. The 2km circuit will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph).
The launch event today featured the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association; and reigining FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr.
“The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar,” Agag said in a release. “As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”
The track map is linked below.