IndyCar: drivers break down Honda Indy Toronto


The 10th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season takes it north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for its only event not held in the United States.

The 85-lap race will be held at the Streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, an 11-turn, 1.755-mile temporary street course. It’s the eighth race held on a road/street course in 2015 and the first seven races provided seven different winners.

Toronto, which held dual race weekends from 2013-14, has had 6 different winners in its last seven races. The only driver to win twice was Scott Dixon, who swept the 2013 races.

Of the two winners of last year’s dual races, only Sebastien Bourdais returns to defend his victory. Bourdais also won the last street-course race in Detroit.

“Obviously the Toronto street circuit is one I enjoy racing on,” Bourdais said in a release. “We have had some good results there including the win last year, which was special because it was my first since coming back to IndyCar.”

Bourdais is one of three drivers in the field to have won twice at the track, including Dixon and Will Power (2007, ’10). Power’s best finish since his last win there was third in race two last year. Between those races, he record three DNF’s in five races.

“Anytime you race at Toronto, you need to have a bit of luck on your side,” Power said. “Obviously a fast car helps tremendously, but it seems inevitable that you will have some contact during the race. You just hope it doesn’t put you out. You have to race side by side into some of the corners – especially after the long straight – and sometimes both of you don’t come out of it unscathed.”

In the last four Toronto races, there was an average of three accident related cautions, with the most being five in race two in 2014.

“It’s always a very tricky course because the amount of concrete-to-pavement transitions on the track is a really difficult thing to get a handle on,” said Graham Rahal, who has an average finish of 15th in eight starts there. His best was 5th in 2010. “I think we are up to the task, for sure, but I always find this track difficult because of the variation in speed of the corners and the bumps that exist mid-corner due to pavement changes.”

Jack Hawksworth, who says Toronto is probably his favorite track on the circuit, says those surface transitions are really important in braking zones.

“There are lots of surface changes and bumps that make it a real old-school street track,” Hawksworth said. “Handling over the bumps is extremely important, especially in the big braking zones. You need good grip through the many medium-speed corners but also good speed on the long back straight, which makes it a very challenging type of track in terms of aero efficiency.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.