IndyCar: Castroneves extends points lead heading into Toronto race two

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Second place for Helio Castroneves and a ninth for Team Penske teammate Will Power in race one means the Brazilian has gained 19 more points heading into today’s second race of the Honda Indy 2 in Toronto.

The Verizon IndyCar Series has just five races remaining this season, and four following the second race of the day.

Simon Pagenaud gained points on Power as well with fourth place, although he lost a few to Castroneves. The Frenchman now sits third, 58 back of Castroneves, but stayed alive despite a first lap spin that dropped him to the rear of the field.

Ryan Hunter-Reay lost ground after his incident with Tony Kanaan, and is now 64 back. He’ll need a big result in race two to help close the deficit.

Juan Pablo Montoya sits fifth in points, 95 back of Castroneves, to make it three Team Penske cars in the top five.

Race one winner Sebastien Bourdais now sits 10th after the victory.

Here’s the top 10 heading into race two (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra).

TOP 10
1.  Helio Castroneves, 512
2.  Will Power, 484
3.  Simon Pagenaud, 454
4.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, 448
5.  Juan Pablo Montoya, 417 
6.  Carlos Munoz, 371
7.  Scott Dixon, 361
8.  Marco Andretti, 351
9.  Tony Kanaan, 340
10. Sebastien Bourdais, 336

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.