Power snares another win in Toronto

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TORONTO – Will Power and Verizon Team Penske made a key strategic call prior to a crash at the Honda Indy Toronto, which positioned them to take the lead and ultimately the win in the 11th race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Power pitted on Lap 57 for his final stop in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and mere moments later, Iowa winner and defending race champion Josef Newgarden crashed out in Turn 5 on Lap 58, in a frustrating moment to end a challenging weekend.

That brought out the race’s fourth full course caution and ultimately hosed erstwhile dominant driver Scott Dixon, who had led 56 laps in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, and six others just behind him who needed to make their final stop.

Once they did, they cycled back to 13th place on back. The other six drivers caught out were Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball, Luca Filippi, Graham Rahal and Alexander Rossi.

“Tim and Will made a great call. We were a lap away,” Dixon’s strategist and Ganassi managing director Mike Hull told NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.

The aforementioned Tim Cindric, Penske Racing president and Power’s strategist said: “We’ve been on the other side of it before! What we saw there was we saw traffic, we cut our losses!”

Power restarted second behind Tony Kanaan before Kanaan pitted on Lap 76 from the lead, and once the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet resumed on course in fourth place, he set sail for the podium runners.

Power led Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe, with the latter in major fuel save mode in search of securing a hometown podium finish.

On a one-lap green flag dash to the flag, Power held them both off following a two-car separate incident with Jack Hawksworth and Juan Pablo Montoya in Turn 5.

Hawksworth later told NBC Sports he’d been hit by Pagenaud, although there was no clear evidence to support that claim.

Dixon, meanwhile, spent the remainder of the race trying to rebound from the stop under yellow and made it back to eighth. He left without commenting after a lost day where he got caught on the wrong side of a yellow flag.

Results are below:

TORONTO – Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.786-mile Exhibition Place circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (6) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
4. (12) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (20) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
6. (10) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 85, Running
7. (5) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (1) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (22) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
11. (17) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
13. (16) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
14. (11) Luca Filippi, Honda, 85, Running
15. (7) Conor Daly, Honda, 85, Running
16. (19) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
17. (15) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 85, Running
18. (14) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 85, Running
19. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
20. (9) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (13) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 80, Contact
22. (8) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 57, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 88.739
Time of Race: 1:42:38.6925
Margin of victory: 1.5275 seconds
Cautions: 5 cautions for 16 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Dixon 1-26
Pagenaud 27
Bourdais 28
Daly 29
Dixon 30-59
Kanaan 60-75
Power 76-85

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Pagenaud 432, Power 385, Castroneves 358, Dixon 349, Newgarden 344, Kanaan 339, Rossi 300, Hinchcliffe 299, Kimball 294, Munoz 293.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.