Power gains ground on Montoya with fourth in Toronto

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Despite failing to convert pole position into a race win for the fourth time in 2015, Penske’s Will Power could not be too disappointed with his result at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday as he made inroads on Juan Pablo Montoya’s lead at the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings.

Power claimed his fifth Verizon P1 Award of the season on Saturday in Toronto with another sensational display of one-lap pace, and kept this up in the early stages of the race by storming into a sizable lead over Simon Pagenaud in second place.

However, as the track dried out and slick tires became the optimum compound, Power’s pace faded. The ascension over eventual winner Josef Newgarden up the order did little to help the Australian’s cause, but come the end of the race, he was down in a distant fourth place.

“We went with a low risk – we didn’t want to get caught out by the yellow,” Power said. “I felt like, if we’d had five more laps, our car was pretty strong because we had black [tires] and Helio had reds on.

“We gained some points back with a solid top-four. It was a championship type day for the Verizon Chevy team.”

It had been a more difficult day for Montoya, though. After taking to the run-off area in the early stages to avoid contact with Scott Dixon, the Colombian rarely had any clean air in which to put in some quick laps, leaving him down in seventh place at the checkered flag.

The end result was an eight-point swing in Power’s favor at the top of the championship standings, cutting the deficit from 35 to just 27 points.