Team Penske continued to demonstrate it’s strong pace ahead of today’s Honda Indy Toronto (3:00 p.m., CNBC), this time with Josef Newgarden leading the way in morning warm-up. Newgarden’s best lap of 1:00.0122 was nearly two tenths of a second quicker than teammate Simon Pagenaud.
A trio of Hondas followed the Penske duo, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal fourth, and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in fifth.
Of note note: Esteban Gutierrez was cleared to drive shortly before the morning warm-up. The Dale Coyne Racing driver suffered concussion-like symptoms after a qualifying crash on Saturday, and needed to be cleared by Verizon IndyCar Series medical staff before getting back behind the wheel. Gutierrez will start 21st.
Times are below. The Honda Indy Toronto rolls off at 3:00 p.m. ET on CNBC.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”