Newgarden Captures Second 2015 Victory at Honda IndyCar Toronto …

Posted: June 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi sweep the top two positions in the Honda Indy Toronto -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar

Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi sweep the top two positions in the Honda Indy Toronto — Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar

Toronto (June 14, 2015) American Josef Newgarden led Luca Filippi across the start-finish line by 1.4485 seconds to give CFH Racing a 1-2 finish in the Honda Indy Toronto. It was the second victory this season and the second of Newgarden’s four-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

Car owner Sarah Fisher looks on as race winner and CFH driver Josef Newgarden is being interviews - Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar

Car owner Sarah Fisher looks on as race winner and CFH driver Josef Newgarden is being interviewed in the Winner’s Circle – Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar

“I’m so happy we were able to get a win, but a 1-2 is just amazing because Luca is such a star,” said Newgarden, who also won at Barber Motorsports Park in April in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet. “Just an amazing team effort. I’m definitely excited because this is Toronto and this is an INDYCAR town.”

Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, the pole sitter, finished third and fourth, respectively, and 2014 Toronto race winner Sebastien Bourdais placed fifth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet.

Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh for his best result in five starts in Toronto and holds a 27-point championship lead over Power through 10 of 16 races. Three consecutive oval races, starting with the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway, are ahead on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

There were seven lead changes among six drivers in the race that began on wet tires following rain earlier in the day. It was slowed by two short cautions and it was the second race in a row for a team 1-2 finish. Scott Dixon won the Firestone 600 on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams’ Tony Kanaan the runner-up.

Luca Filippi, Joseph Newgarden and Helio Castroneves oin the podium at Toronto - Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar.

Luca Filippi, Joseph Newgarden and Helio Castroneves oin the podium at Toronto – Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar.

Newgarden pitted for tires and Sunoco E85 fuel on Lap 28 just before the first yellow flag flew for contact by the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Jakes into the tire barrier in Turn 5. Newgarden remained in the top five through his final stop on Lap 58, and reclaimed the lead on Lap 72 when Rodolfo Gonzalez pitted in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

“It was close racing, for sure, and I got a little lucky on that yellow,” said Newgarden, who joined Ryan Hunter-Reay, A.J. Allmendinger, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Rahal and seven-time winner Michael Andretti as American winners in Toronto. “It was a great call, though, and it was an amazing effort by this team and the crew who gave me amazing pit stops.”

Filippi, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, recorded his best finish in 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races dating to 2013.

“We had a goal to be on the podium and we both achieved it with both cars. It’s nice when you set the goal and you achieve it and the team did everything perfectly to give us the opportunity to be up front. But we had a fast car and we knew we needed to be kind of in the clean air up in front and this is what we did — just kept pushing. We were faster and we ended up in front. I’m very happy. Very happy. The team did a great job. I thank the Fuzzy’s Vodka team because they believe in me and they gave me the opportunity to race INDYCAR properly and my first podium. Many more to come.”

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INDYCAR Drivers Show Well in 24 Hours of Le Mans …

The 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race completed this morning in France featured a number of INDYCAR-related drivers with notable finishes.

Mike Conway, who won the second half of the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader for the Verizon IndyCar Series, finished sixth overall provisionally and in the LMP1 class as part of the Toyota Racing team, one spot behind the No. 18 Porsche LMP1 team that included former Indy car driver Neel Jani.

Actor Patrick Dempsey, a former Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner and honorary starter for this year’s Indianapolis 500, was co-driver of the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 that finished second in the LMGTE Am category. That was one position ahead of the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 co-driven by Townsend Bell, the 14th-place finisher at this year’s Indy 500 and an NBCSN analyst on Verizon IndyCar Series broadcasts when he’s not racing.

Other current/former Indy car drivers who competed at Le Mans included Mikhail Aleshin, Ryan Dalziel, Tristan Gommendy, Niclas Jonsson, Nicolas Minassian, Tiago Monteiro, Ho-Pin Tung and Scott Sharp. Ryan Briscoe and Jan Magnussen were scheduled to compete, but their LMGTE Pro car was withdrawn following a crash in qualifying.

Former Indy Lights driver Gustavo Yacaman was part of the G-Drive Racing team that finished fourth in LMP2. Current Indy Lights driver Max Chilton also competed with the Nissan Motorsports LMP1 team.

Mazda Road to Indy Race 2 Winners …

The three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series completed Toronto doubleheader weekends with the second race in each category. Season points leader Nico Jamin won the rain-shortened Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda race, his fifth victory in 11 races this season. In the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Garrett Grist waited for the perfect time to collect his first win of the season, taking the checkered flag in his home country. Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) completed a weekend sweep of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races in treacherous wet conditions. Saturday’s first race was highlighted by a spectacular crash that saw RC Enerson (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) walk away uninjured after his car went airborne and flipped over the tire barrier in the Turn 3 runoff.

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