Toronto Race 2 Update: Penske vs. Ganassi battle unfolding

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On a damp Honda Indy Toronto street course, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and Tony Kanaan are leading the pack at the halfway mark of Race 2.

The second race began with a standing start that had Justin Wilson stall but otherwise come off without incident. However in Turn 3, Race 1 podium finisher Kanaan went into the tires to bring out a quick caution.

The field went back to green at Lap 4, but two laps later, Simon Pagenaud suddenly appeared to lose power on his No. 77 machine.

He got to the pits and his crew quickly went to work on the car; he has since returned to action but at multiple laps off the pace.

On Lap 8, Juan Pablo Montoya went underneath Ryan Hunter-Reay in Turn 1 to pick up third place before a shower made its way over the 1.75-mile street circuit.

A wet track appeared to cause Montoya to go into the tire barriers at Turn 8. James Hinchcliffe then spun out and clipped Montoya as Race 1 winner Sebastien Bourdais went off-course to the outside.

But things took a scary turn when rookie Mikhail Aleshin slid into the back of Montoya, jacking up the Colombian’s car on top of his own.

Thankfully, Aleshin radioed his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team to let them know he was OK; he later showed NBCSN his helmet, which gained multiple tire marks from the impact.

“It was not nice at all, because I was sitting under the car and it was getting so hot that I couldn’t breathe at all,” the Russian explained on pit road.

Josef Newgarden and Bourdais chose to stay out on their slick tires and assumed first and second respectively for the restart at Lap 20.

But both of them were quickly swallowed up by their pursuers and just after Bourdais ducked in for wet tires on Lap 22, Newgarden spun after hitting the curbs at Turn 10.

Luckily for the American, he was near the entrance to pit road. After traffic went by, he moved forward, spun again to get pointed forward, and entered the pits for his own set of wet tires.

A caution for debris bunched up the field again for a restart at Lap 28. Castroneves and Power, the top two drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, engaged in a battle for the lead.

That fight allowed Kanaan – who had pitted shortly after going into the tires on Lap 1 – to draw close to them as the race crossed the halfway mark. Then on Lap 33, Luca Filippi found the tires at Turn 8 to bring out another caution, this one sending the race into a timed setting with little more than half an hour to go.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)