IndyCar: Newgarden and Filippi made 1-2 win for CFH Racing at Toronto
Josef Newgarden has won Honda Indy Toronto race yesterday in Canada, with his team-mate Luca Filippi on second place making 1-2 win for CFH Racing. Newgarden, who started 11th, led Filippi across the finish line by 1.4485 seconds in the exciting 85-lap race on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit. It was the second victory this season and the second of Newgarden’s four-year Verizon IndyCar Series career. Filippi recorded his best finish in 16 IndyCar Series races.
Team Penske team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, the pole sitter, finished third and fourth. Last year’s winner in Toronto Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) placed fifth. Sixth was Tony Kanaan, as best placed Chip Ganassi Racing driver.
There were seven lead changes among six drivers in the race that began on wet tires and was slowed by two short cautions. Newgarden pitted for tires and fuel on Lap 28 just before the first yellow flag flew for contact by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car 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.
Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh for his best result in five starts in Toronto and has a 27-point championship lead over Power through 10 races. Third in championship points was Scott Dixon, ahead Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal. Three oval races, starting with the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway, are ahead on the schedule.