IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 8th
SITE: Streets of Toronto (1986) -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TRACK: 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 12:30 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 24th)
LAPS: 85
MILES: 148.75
QUALIFYING RECORD: Will Power, 2011 (106.047 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dario Franchitti, 2009 (86.240 m.p.h.)
2011 Finish
1Dario Franchitti36Sebastien Bourdais7
2Scott Dixon27Ryan Briscoe10
3Ryan Hunter-Reay88J.R. Hildebrand22
4Marco Andretti209E.J. Viso18
5Vitor Meira1410Simona de Silvestro17
2011 Honda Indy Toronto Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.805 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 32.1501 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.7345 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 3 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (106.047 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Justin Wilson, 104.191 m.p.h., Lap 83
Past Honda Indy Toronto Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Dario Franchitti (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 76.805 m.p.h.
2010 -- Will Power (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 83.451 m.p.h.
2009 -- Dario Franchitti (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 86.240 m.p.h. (record)
Past Honda Indy Toronto Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Will Power -- 24th
2010 -- Justin Wilson -- 7th
2009 -- Dario Franchitti -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Iowa Corn Indy 250 (June 23rd)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.75
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Marco Andretti
THIRD: Tony Kanaan
FOURTH: Scott Dixon
FIFTH: Simon Pagenaud
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Finished 25th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 43 minutes, 39.3031 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.371 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 64 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dario Franchitti - pole; Helio Castroneves 1-51; James
Hinchcliffe 52-70; Rubens Barrichello 71; James Jakes 72;
Castroneves 73-154; Ryan Hunter-Reay 155-156; Scott Dixon
157-176; Ryan Briscoe 177-178; Marco Andretti 179-181; Dixon
182-237; Hunter-Reay 238-250.
Honda Indy Toronto Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Hitachi/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Penske Truck Rental/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)TrueCar/Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10 *Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Mike Conway (Bromley, England)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
19Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France)Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/Lotus-HVM
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoRapid Flex/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Team Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last three years)
Dario FranchittiWon2ndWon
Scott Dixon4th20th2nd
Ryan Hunter-Reay7th3rd3rd
Marco Andretti8th8th4th
Ryan Briscoe2nd18th7th
J.R. Hildebrand------8th
Oriol Servia------12th
Graham Rahal20th5th13th
James Hinchcliffe------14th
Justin Wilson5th7th15th
Helio Castroneves18th24th17th
Alex Tagliani9th17th23rd
Will Power3rdWon24th
Tony Kanaan17th4th26th
Simon Pagenaud---------
Rubens Barrichello---------
Mover of the Week
Simon Pagenaud - Started 25th on the grid and finished 5th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dario Franchitti
Darkhorse - J.R. Hildebrand
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - Finished 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Briscoe) - Finished 18th
Dario Franchitti made it two wins in three years, as he raced to victory at last year's Honda Indy Toronto.

Franchitti survived a crash-filled race, had a penalty against him reversed and then held off his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Scott Dixon, in the closing laps to win for the 20th time in his career.

The 85-lap race on the 1.755-mile temporary street course in Toronto's Exhibition Place featured eight cautions, including several multi-car crashes and one for an incident involving championship contenders Franchitti and Will Power from Team Penske.

Franchitti made contact with Power and spun him around on lap 57. Race officials originally assessed a drive-through penalty for Franchitti, but his team successfully appealed the penalty during the caution.

Soon after, Franchitti grabbed the lead from his other teammate, Graham Rahal, and then outran Dixon at the finish by just under one second for his fourth win of the 2011 season.

Back in 2010, Will Power claimed his fourth of five wins that year, as he held off Franchitti by 1.28 seconds. Franchitti led 22 laps during the mid-stages of the race, but Franchitti handed the top position to Power when he pitted during a round of green-flag stops on lap 55. Power and then second-place runner Justin Wilson made their stops on the following lap. Wilson took the lead when he beat Power out of the pits and then entered the track ahead of Franchitti. Power passed Wilson for the lead just after a restart with 14 laps remaining and held on the rest of the way for his fifth career IndyCar title. Wilson, who started on the pole, placed seventh despite leading a race-high 32 laps.

In the inaugural race on the Streets of Toronto, Franchitti recovered from a pit road mishap and then capitalized on a series of late-race crashes to win the Honda Indy Toronto. Franchitti experienced a problem with his left-rear tire during his first stop and fell back in the field. He benefited on his next trip to pit road when he entered just before a caution came for an incident involving Graham Rahal. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver moved around Helio Castroneves with 21 laps to go and then held it for his third victory of the season and the 11th of his IndyCar Series career.

Franchitti, the 2007, 2009-11 series champion, started on the pole in 2009 and led the most laps with 45. He easily held off Ryan Briscoe at the finish by 1.6745 seconds. Franchitti, 8th on the points list, also won at Toronto in a 1999 CART/Champ Car event.

The last time racing took place in Toronto was for the Champ Car Series back in 2007, as Will Power finished ahead of Neel Jani to capture the checkered flag.

The Champ Car Series had raced in Toronto since 1986, when Bobby Rahal captured the first of 22 events. Michael Andretti owned the streets of Toronto, winning the race seven times. Paul Tracy and Al Unser Jr were two- time champions. Tracy had 11 top-10 finishes in his 16 races in Toronto.

In the 16 previous seasons, only one driver (Dario Franchitti, Toronto 2009) has won the 10th race of the season and also won the championship. Twenty-three (23) drivers entered in the event have competed in Indy car races at Toronto. Dario Franchitti (nine) has the most starts at Toronto among the entered drivers. Rubens Barrichello and Josef Newgarden are making their first career starts at Toronto.

After posting back-to-back third-place finishes at this race, Ryan Hunter-Reay might be the driver to beat this week. Hunter-Reay has won the last two IndyCar races, leading 99 of the 475 laps. With the wins, Hunter-Reay has climbed the standings chart, ranking second behind Power, just three-points back.

The IZOD IndyCar Series heads next to Edmonton, Canada for the July 22 Edmonton Indy at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Will Power is the defending race winner.

07/03 11:20:39 ET

As of July 3, 2012, at 11:20 AM ET
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