What to watch for: IndyCar Toronto Race 2 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

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DIXON AIMS FOR THE SWEEP

With his second victory in a row yesterday, Scott Dixon has turned the IZOD IndyCar Series championship into a three-horse race. He’s charged to within 44 points of leader Helio Castroneves, and he’ll be aiming for the doubleheader sweep today from pole position – which could help him stay ahead of a potentially chaotic standing start. Dixon was second-fastest in the warmup, so he definitely has the pace to pull off another Toronto win. If he can do it, he’ll also come away with a $100,000 bonus for taking both doubleheader races this weekend.

RHR UNDER PRESSURE

One of those title combatants, Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, has started to lose touch with Castroneves thanks to problems in the last two races. Yesterday in Race 1, electrical issues caused him to stall on pit exit twice and he also went into the Turn 3 tires late in the race while trying to pass teammate E.J. Viso. With Castroneves continuing to log consistent results ahead of him and Dixon making his way into the title picture, RHR needs a good result this afternoon to stop the bleeding. He’ll go off from Row 2 alongside Castroneves and right behind pole sitter Dixon.

STANDING START – TAKE 2

The highly anticipated IndyCar debut of standing starts failed to go off yesterday as Josef Newgarden’s machine stalled while the field was gridded up on the main straight. Instead, Race 1 began with a traditional rolling start, triggering a chorus of boos from those in attendance. Fortunately, IndyCar made the right call for the fans at the track and at home, and they’ll give it another shot today. For the series’ sake, let’s hope it goes off this time…

RETURN OF MUNOZ

With Ryan Briscoe sustaining a broken wrist in an incident during yesterday’s race, Panther Racing has called in Firestone Indy Lights championship leader Carlos Munoz to take over the No. 4 Chevrolet for the second event of the Toronto weekend. Munoz’s impressive runner-up performance at the Indianapolis 500 made us wonder when he’d get another shot with the big cars, and while it’s not ideal that he received it through another driver’s injury, it’ll be interesting to see whether he’ll show patience or be aggressive today in his second career IndyCar start.

Watch today’s Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto online and on your mobile device.

Hartley to make F1 debut from back of grid after penalty

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Brendon Hartley’s hopes of a points finish on his Formula 1 debut took a hit on Friday after the FIA confirmed the Toro Rosso driver will start the United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty.

Porsche factory driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso as a surprise replacement for Pierre Gasly in Austin, with the Frenchman tied up with Super Formula duties at Suzuka this weekend.

Hartley took to the track in an official grand prix session for the first time on Friday in Austin, marking his first run-out in an F1 car since a test with Mercedes in 20120.

However, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed in his pre-race report that changes had been made to the power unit on Hartley’s Toro Rosso car since the last race in Japan, triggering a grid penalty.

Toro Rosso elected to take a new internal combustion engine, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics on Hartley’s Renault power unit, totaling a 25-place grid drop that will be applied after qualifying. Confirmation of the penalty is set to follow later today.

The penalty comes as a setback for Hartley, but was necessary as Toro Rosso found itself short on engine elements to get to the end of the season.

Hartley is not the only driver to have a penalty confirmed, with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne also taking new engine elements, also confirmed in Bauer’s report.

A new ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H for Hulkenberg will see him drop 20 places on the grid, while an eighth ICE of the year for Vandoorne will trigger a five-place drop.