CFH looks to add another Toronto win, avenge tough Texas weekend

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The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet won last year in Toronto race two, in the hands of Mike Conway and courtesy of a brilliant strategic call from the Ed Carpenter Racing pit box.

That car and the team, now under the CFH Racing banner, enters its second straight Verizon IndyCar Series race as defending race champion.

They’ll be hoping it goes better than it did at Texas, where Carpenter won in 2014, but where both cars failed to finish a year later.

Hopes are high for Conway’s replacement Luca Filippi in the No. 20 car and for Josef Newgarden in the No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet.

For Newgarden, a result of any sort is needed at a track where he has come close to top-five results before (notably in 2012 as a rookie), but they went begging for various occasions. He has three finishes of 20th or worse in the last five races and has fallen from as high as fourth in points down to eighth.

“I’m really excited about Toronto. It’s a place we’ve run strong before from a speed aspect so we should have good cars there,” Newgarden said in the team’s pre-race release. “We have a really good game plan going in, the guys have been working hard and we are all really prepared.

“Luca (Filippi) likes Toronto a lot as well, so I am hoping the both of us can roll of the truck really strong. If we do that, we can carry that momentum through the weekend and secure good results. That would be great right now for everyone involved with CFH Racing!”

Filippi heads to a track that he’s been too before, as he raced the doubleheader there last year with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Of his eight career starts prior to 2015, six of them came at Houston (four) and Toronto (two).

“Toronto will be the first race this year that I have previously been a part of,” he said. “I will be able to push from the beginning instead of having to learn the circuit so we can attack right from the first practice! We have found a good street course balance so I have very high expectations for this weekend.”