Josef Newgarden leads at halfway point in Toronto


Josef Newgarden currently leads the way at the halfway point of the Honda Indy Toronto race, currently live on NBCSN and Live Extra.

Leading away from pole position, Will Power managed to establish a sizeable lead over teammate Simon Pagenaud in the early stages of the race before the entire field was forced to pit for slick tires as a dry line began to emerge on the wet track.

As a result, Pagenaud was able to close up on Power for the lead over the race, but could not make a pass before the first full course caution of the race was thrown on lap 29 when James Jakes hit the wall and stalled his car.

Whilst most of the drivers opted to pit, Helio Castroneves stayed out to move to the head of the field, whilst both Josef Newgarden and Carlos Munoz were able to stop just before the pit lane was shut, launching themselves up into second and third place respectively when the majority of the runners came in.

Dale Coyne Racing’s Rodolfo Gonzalez has now found himself among the fight at the front by following Castroneves’ strategy and not pitting, with Power passing the Venezuelan and using him as a road block for Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais behind.

A second full course caution was called just a few laps later due to debris on track, prompting Castroneves and Gonzalez to pit, handing the lead to Newgarden at the front.

With half of the race still remaining, though, the battle for the race win is still far too close to call as Newgarden, Munoz, Power, Pagenaud and Bourdais all vie for victory in Toronto.

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