IndyCar: Chevy captures doubleheader podium sweep in Toronto

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TORONTO – The Verizon IndyCar Series races in Toronto this weekend were called the Honda Indy Toronto.

The winners, though, rocked the Chevrolet bowtie.

Chevrolet took five of six podium positions on home soil in Detroit, as part of that doubleheader weekend and an overall weekend of dominance across IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

At Houston, Honda regained the advantage with five of the six podium positions there.

But it was back to Chevrolet holding the edge in Toronto, with a full podium lockout. All six podium finishers – race one podium Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan and the race two podium of Mike Conway, Kanaan and Will Power – drove for Chevrolet-powered teams.

Chevrolet had the IndyCar Manufacturer’s Championship lead heading into the weekend and the double-double in T.O. – not the Tim Horton’s but the actual on-track variety – will go far to help Chevrolet capture another title since its return to INDYCAR in 2012.

“Weekends like this are cherished for their rarity.” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, Verizon IndyCar Series. “Chevrolet is proud to partner with and provide the power to all of our Team Chevy organizations. We leave Toronto with a full head of steam and look forward to Mid-Ohio on August 3rd.”

Added Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicle and Motorsports, “It was an exciting weekend for Chevrolet on the Streets of Toronto to capture four of the top-five finishing positions in Race One, and the top-four in Race Two,” Campbell concluded. “The credit for the results goes to the drivers and the teams In addition, all four of the Chevrolet partner race organizations – KVSH Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing – contributed valuable manufacturer points in both races.”

Through 14 of 18 races, Chevrolet has eight IndyCar race wins this year to Honda’s six.

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.