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.

Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.