Will Power used a perfectly timed final pitstop before a caution flag that got him in 2nd position when the green flew and when Tony Kanaan had to stop under green Power was in the lead and held it to the finish.
Helio Castroneves gave Team Penske a 1-2 finish and local favorite James Hinchcliffe gave the crowd something to cheer about with a podium finish in 3rd.
Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato rounded out the top-5.
Power's victory – his third in the last four races – vaults him into second in the standings, 47 points behind Pagenaud. It was his 3rd win on the streets of Toronto.
Scott Dixon had the fastest car all day and led the most laps, but poor timing of his final pitstop left him 8th at the finish.
There were three cautions to slow the action, the first when Josef Newgarden hit the Turn 5 curb too hard and careened off hard into the opposite wall.
The 2nd caution was for repair of the curb coming apart in Turn 5 and it was this caution that ruined the strategy for leader Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and others.
The last was when Ryan Hunter-Reay and Juan Montoya arrived side-by-side into Turn 5 only to find Jack Hawksworth parked against the wall which required Montoya to either hit Hawksworth or stuff it into the wall. He chose the wall.
Starting fourth, Power trailed pole sitter Scott Dixon, Castroneves and Pagenaud most of the first two-thirds of the 85-lap battle on the 1.786-mile temporary street course – the 32nd Indy car race in Toronto. Power was running third on Lap 58 when race strategist Tim Cindric ordered him to the pits just before a full-course caution came out when Josef Newgarden's car made contact with the wall in Turn 5, closing the pits.
Power cycled ahead of Dixon and Pagenaud – who had to wait to for their stops until the pits were opened during the caution period – then the Australian waited in second place until leader Tony Kanaan had to stop for fuel nine laps from the finish.
"The team called me in just at the last minute. Perfect timing," said Power, whose third Toronto win ties him with Dario Franchitti and trails only Michael Andretti's seven victories at the track. "I can't tell you how many times it has gone the opposite way for me at this place and many other places. But I was so stoked to see yellow lights as I was going into pit lane. It's not often you catch a yellow like that."
Power held off Castroneves, in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet, on a last-lap restart to collect his 28th career Indy car win – moving the 35-year-old ahead of Johnny Rutherford alone into 13th on the all-time victories list. One win ahead of Power are Castroneves and retired Rick Mears, now a Team Penske driver coach.
Castroneves overcame a punctured left-front tire midway through the race to record his 40th career runner-up finish – second all-time to Mario Andretti's 56. Castroneves is third in the standings, 74 points behind Pagenaud.
"It's a shame (about the puncture)," Castroneves said, "but don't get me wrong, the Pennzoil Chevrolet machine was really strong. Second (in the race) is better than third."
[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]How the race unfolded
Lap 1: 9-Dixon leads field into Turn 1. LOCAL YELLOW in Turn 8 for incident between 83-Kimball and 28-Hunter-Reay. 28-Hunter-Reay on pit road for new front wing.
Lap 2: FULL COURSE YELLOW. 15-Rahal on pit road for four tires. Left-rear tires was flat.
Lap 3: Pits are open. 83-Kimball on pit road for service.
Lap 4: 83-Kimball back on pit road for more service.
Lap 5: GREEN. 9-Dixon leads the field into Turn 1.
Lap 6: FULL COURSE YELLOW. Debris on the backstretch after contact between 2-Montoya and 21-Newgarden. Pits are closed. Leaders under caution are 9-Dixon, 3-Castroneves, 22-Pagenaud, 12-Power and 11-Bourdais.
Lap 7: Pits are open. Only cars to pit are 21-Newgarden, 28-Hunter-Reay and 15-Rahal. 21-Newgarden team is replacing the rear wing.
Lap 9: GREEN. 9-Dixon leads the field into Turn 1.
Lap 10: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 0.8624 of a second.
Lap 15: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 1.0691 seconds.
Lap 16: 10-Kanaan and 20-Pigot on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 18: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 1.7465 seconds. 8-Chilton on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 20: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 2.3442 seconds. 28-Hunter-Reay and 41-Hawksworth on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 22: 14-Sato on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 23: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 1.9672 seconds.
Lap 25: 9-Dixon leads 3-Castroneves by 3.0506 seconds. 5-Hinchcliffe and 7-Aleshin on pit lane.
Lap 26: 3-Castroneves slows on course with an apparent tire puncture. Car makes it to put road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 27: 9-Dixon on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is 22-Pagenaud. 12-Power and 21-Newgarden also on pit road for service.
Lap 28: Leader 22-Pagenaud on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is 11-Bourdais.
Lap 29: Leader 11-Bourdais on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is 18-Daly. 2-Montoya and 15-Rahal also pit for service.
Lap 30: Leader 18-Daly on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is 9-Dixon. 98-Rossi also on pit road for service.
Lap 32: Green flag stops completed, 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud by 7.7556 seconds.
Lap 35: 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud by 7.7376 seconds.
Lap 38: 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud by 7.3859 seconds.
Lap 40: 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud by 5.8321 seconds.
Lap 42: 10-Kanaan on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 43: Halfway: Working lap traffic, 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud by 1.7044 seconds.
Lap 44: YELLOW. Debris in Turn 3 and track surface inspection in Turn 5. Pits are closed. Leaders under caution are: 9-Dixon, 22-Pagenaud, 12-Power, 11-Bourdais and 2-Montoya.
Lap 47: Pits are open. 18-Daly, 5-Hinchcliffe, 21-Newgarden, 20-Pigot, 14-Sato, 8-Chilton and 28-Hunter-Reay on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 50: GREEN. 9-Dixon leads the field out of Turn 11 and into Turn 1.
Lap 52: 9-Dixon leads 22-Pagenaud 2.4852 seconds,
Lap 53: 41-Hawksworth on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 55: 7-Aleshin and 27- Andretti on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 56: 3-Castroneves on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 57: 11-Bourdais, 18-Daly and 28-Hunter-Reay on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 58: 12-Power on pit road for four tires and fuel. YELLOW. 21 Newgarden makes contact with wall in Turn 5. Leaders under caution are: 9-Dixon.
Lap 60: Pits are open. Leaders on pit road for four tires and fuel. 9-Dixon wins race off pit road. New leader is 10 Kanaan.
Lap 63: GREEN. 10-Kanaan leads the field out of Turn 11 and into Turn 1.
Lap 65: 10-Kanaan leads 12-Power by 1.6765 seconds.
Lap 68: 10-Kanaan leads 12-Power by 3.6787 seconds.
Lap 70: 10-Kanaan leads 12-Power by 4.4598 seconds.
Lap 74: 10-Kanaan leads 12-Power by 5.8748 seconds.
Lap 75: Leader 10-Kanaan on pit road for fuel only. New leader is 12-Power.
Lap 78: 12-Power leads 3-Castroneves by 9.8431 seconds.
Lap 80: 12-Power leads 3-Castroneves by 8.7203 seconds.
Lap 82: YELLOW. 2-Montoya and 41-Hawksworth make contact in Turn 5.
Lap 83: GREEN. 12-Power leads field out of Turn 11 and into Turn 1 after taking the WHITE.
Lap 85: CHECKERED: 12-Power wins Honda Indy Toronto by 1.5257 seconds over 3-Castroneves.
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, won his third race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday with his second career victory at the Honda Indy of Toronto. With his 28th career win in the series, he solidified his second-place position in the Driver Championship.
THREE WINS IN THE LAST FOUR RACES… HOW DO YOU FEEL WITH WHAT YOUR TEAM IS GETTING DONE HERE MID-SUMMER? The team is doing a great job. Obviously we’ve been playing catch-up all year. Every race we’re executing, getting great strategy and great cars. We’ll keep chipping away to see if we can have a shot at this.
YOU’RE SECOND IN POINTS NOW. GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHERE YOU ARE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I don’t know the points situation right now. All we know is we have to finish ahead of the 22 (Simon Pagenaud) every race if we want to win it again.
The team’s doing a great job, obviously. We’ve been playing catch-up all year but every race we’re executing, getting great strategies, great cars. We’ve just got to keep chipping away, man, keep chipping away and see if we can have a shot at this (championship). I don’t know what the point situation is right now. All we know is we’ve got to finish ahead of the 22 every race if we want to win.
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): I’m smiling because I know we didn’t win but the Pennzoil Chevrolet car was really strong. When we felt the car vibrating and I was just telling Roger (Penske), ‘Hey listen, it’s just (a) vibration. But let’s not pit.’ Then, all of a sudden I felt the car pulling and the tire just gave up. I’m not sure why. I noticed the curb in Turn 5, it could be. I don’t know. Finally, we got a little break on the yellow. It put us back in the position to fight. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to pass so I tried everything I could and in the end I was like, ‘OK, this is the chance but Will (Power) had like six push to pass. I only had three. It was very difficult to get the tires going but Roger and the entire Pennzoil Chevrolet guys, man, I’m so proud to be part of this team. These guys are never giving up. Thanks everyone. Let’s keep going. Let’s move to the next one.
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): As we’re coming out of that last restart, I saw everybody in the last section get to their feet and I was just hoping I didn’t screw it up. It was obviously a great day to have a good day and for once we caught a lucky break in Toronto. I’m not going to lie and sit here say we had third place pace. We really struggled on blacks in the middle stint. But as the cloud cover came out in that last stint the track really kind of came to us so we had to save fuel. The car was there. Can’t thank Arrow and the Schmidt Peterson guys enough. To do it here in Toronto, Petro Canada, Pizza, Pizza on board for the weekend. There’s going to be a party tonight in Hinchtown for sure.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): "Yeah, it's terrible. On Friday, I made a mistake and went into the wall so we got behind. In the morning yesterday we had a misfire with the engine and didn't do any laps before qualifying. We didn't qualify as well as we could. We knew we had a good race car though. The DeVilbiss Chevy was really good. I passed a lot of people and had a lot of fun. I thought I had an easy podium if not more. We missed a pit call by about two seconds. I started at the back. I was running with the No. 28 (Ryan Hunter-Reay) there late and went to turn with him, but the No. 41 (Jack Hawksworth) was in the wall and there was nowhere to go. It seems like every weekend there is something, and it's getting really old really fast."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): "I'm smiling because I know we didn't win, but the Pennzoil Chevrolet car was really strong. When we felt the car vibrating and I was just telling Roger, 'Hey listen, it's just vibration. But let's not pit.' Then, all of a sudden I felt the car pulling and the tire just gave up. I'm not sure why. I noticed the curb in Turn 5, it could be. I don't know. Finally, we got a little break on the yellow. It put us back in the position to fight. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to pass so I tried everything I could, and in the end I was like, 'OK this is the chance,' but Will had like six push to pass. I only had three. It was very difficult to get the tires going but Roger and the entire Pennzoil Chevrolet guys, man, I'm so proud to be part of this team. These guys are never giving up. Thanks everyone. Let's keep going. Let's move to the next one."
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "As we're coming out of that last restart, I saw everybody in the last section get to their feet and I was just hoping I didn't screw it up. It was obviously a great day to have a good day and for once we caught a lucky break in Toronto. I'm not going to lie and sit here say we had third place pace. We really struggled on blacks in the middle stint. But as the cloud cover came out in that last stint, the track really kind of came to us so we had to save fuel. The car was there. Can't thank Arrow Electronics and the Schmidt Peterson guys enough. To do it here in Toronto, Petro Canada, Pizza, Pizza on board for the weekend. There's going to be a party tonight in Hinchtown for sure."
MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda): "The team did an amazing job and that's what allowed me to be in the top six in the SMP Racing car. Sixth place is great for the points championship and we're going to aim for even more next time. Thanks to the SMP crew and now we'll focus on Mid-Ohio."
MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "It was a challenging day for the Gallagher team. I felt our speed in the second half of the stint was in about the top six out there. It was frustrating because when the time counted I just couldn't get the tires to come in. And that in turn was part of the reason I had the accident later on when I couldn't get the fronts to turn. Luckily the guys did a great job in changing the front wing quickly and they kept us on the lead lap. Frustrating day but it was good to finally get the track time and some experience here on this circuit as most all other drivers had been here previously."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "Obviously not the result that we wanted today for Team Target after starting on pole and leading all those laps in the first few stints. It was looking like it was going to be our race all afternoon but the timing of how everything worked out just took it away from us. It was just about as frustrating of a race as you can have."
TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet): "I think we had something for (James) Hinchcliffe. For sure, I think they had to save fuel and I didn't. It was a risky move for us but it worked out. Big props to Todd (Malloy, lead engineer), Barry (Wanser, strategist) and my NTT Data guys. We're getting there… we're getting closer and closer every weekend."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet): "Obviously it was not the result the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team was looking for today. I think the car was better than that, it was hooked up, but we seem to degrade the red tires too much. On blacks we seem to be strong. The real problem was that yellow for 'track repair.' It was a killer because I was managing the red tires at that point, which were falling off really bad, and once the yellow came out I had to make the restart on those and it was game over. I am disappointed about the result, but in the group of guys that were with us, we are not the ones who came out the worst. It is not where we want to finish, but we did the best with what we had."
WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "The Verizon Chevrolet team has been doing a great job. Obviously we have been playing catch-up all year, but every race they are executing. We are getting great strategies, great cars. We just have to keep chipping away, chipping away at this and see if we can have a shot at this. (On being second in points) I don't know what the points situation is right now, all I know is that we have to keep finishing ahead of the No. 22 (Simon Pagenaud) if we want a shot at the title."
TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "A difficult weekend that ended up quite sweet for the No. 14 car with a fantastic result after having had a difficult qualifying and then going through the field. Larry and the engineers made the right call for the strategy and the ABC Supply Honda worked really well and the pit stops were really fantastic. I was able to overtake a few cars on track. We were able to save fuel which was really tight, but a couple yellows saved us. I'm proud of my guys, we achieved a really good result."
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Rousseau Metal Honda): "We got unlucky with that caution (Josef Newgarden); it killed our strategy. Kimball hit us on the start and flattened our tire so right away we were behind the eight ball. That's the way some of these have gone this year. We fight awfully hard but we have work to do."
CONOR DALY (No. 18 Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality Honda): "It was a really weird race. It was really, really tough to defend from anyone, even though overall we were quicker. We were good into Turn 1 and I'd get runs, but I couldn't defend myself and I couldn't pass even with overtake. We have to look into that. Other than that, a lot of contact, beating and banging. Some pretty unfair driving every now and then, but it is what it is. It's just a shame that it worked out that way. I made one big mistake on the restart that really kind of put us out of contention, but I have no idea why that happened. I've never experienced the cold tire grip that the blacks had in my life, so it was really weird."
LUCA FILIPPI (No. 19 IMPCO ComfortPro Honda): "The race went the opposite way than we wanted. We started on black Firestones and tried to survive in our position, which we did as we were running 10th. Everything was good up until then, but we lost a couple of positions after our stop and I couldn't make those reds work for us at that point. But it was still decent and we had the potential to finish in the top 10, easily. However, a yellow came out at the wrong time and it killed our race. It's a shame. I wish we had more luck to be able to show our pace. It would have been nice to put some laps together and get up front."
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet): "We just struggled to get the tires up to temperature. I locked up on the second to last restart and flat spotted the tires so we had to come in and pit. We just didn't really have the pace today to compete towards the Top 10. I also had a broken front wing which definitely did not help. I just want to thank Ed Carpenter Racing and Rising Star Racing for this opportunity and I can't wait to get back in the Fuzzy's Vodka car in Mid-Ohio."
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services/ECR Chevrolet): "It is an error on my part. I hate to blame it on an injury, but I hit the curb too hard and lost the wheel. I couldn't hang on to the wheel. I didn't have the strength to hold on to the wheel. I feel terrible for our guys. We had a good race going. We were fighting back. We got put back for an incident that I don't think was our fault. We fought our way back. We could have had a good finish there. My mistake and I feel bad because we are going to lose some points there. (On the hand) It's just sore. I wish my grip strength was better right now but it's not. Probably not where I need to be. I should have stayed off the curb. I knew better than to hit it that hard with my grip strength where it is."
SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet): "The PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was much stronger than what the results showed. It's really unfortunate. I was really happy that I was able to run second for most of the race. We trimmed the car great midway through the race and it was really strong at the end, but unfortunately we got caught on the last yellow and that shuffled us to the back. We were able to get back inside the top 10 which was a great performance. We lost quite a bit of points today, but over the performance is there. It's there every week. That's the silver lining to see how competitive we are. So, we go to Mid-Ohio which is a track that suits me very well. I'm very excited about it."
CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): "It was a disappointing race. We had some issues with a wheel and I had to do a whole lap with only three wheels. We lost a whole lap from that, but we showed our pace was pretty decent today. We made a lot of changes overnight and it seems like it worked. We'll have to see what we have once we get to Mid-Ohio."
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Dr Pepper Honda): "Glad we could get a top-10 finish for Dr Pepper. Considering where we started, we made up some ground, but we've really got to get better as a whole. It's definitely been a frustrating weekend when it comes to pace. We have to improve mechanical grip to make it easier on the driver. Time to focus forward on Mid-Ohio and see what we can get done there."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): "It was a struggle of a day, really couldn't do anything with the car. Thought we had a promising direction for the DHL car in warm-up but it didn't translate to the race. We were absolutely struggling out there, it was similar to Long Beach. The last couple road course races we finished third and fourth, but this one was far from that so we'll need to go back and work on that and get back on the podium at Mid-Ohio."
JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 41 ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "Very difficult. We weren't very good on the reds but we were okay on the blacks and we were running up there at the end. The brakes started to go away and we lost a little bit of performance. Then in the last five laps I didn't have any front brakes and was just about hanging on, and then Pagenaud ran into the back of me and that was it. I can't believe it really. It is what it is."
CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet): "Overall just a really great day for the No. 83 car. The result wasn't what we wanted, being outside the top 10. I think with the opportunity we definitely had a top five car today. I feel really good about the guys on pit lane. The second stop under yellow we made up a couple spots and we never gave them back. It was unfortunate the yellow came out when it did but we'll take the points and move on to Mid-Ohio, I've got a pretty good record there and I'm looking forward to it. Honestly the fans were great here all weekend and it's such a pleasure coming up to Toronto each year for the (race). I think it's definitely one of the highlights and is rapidly becoming one of my favorite stops on the series."
ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda): "I think we had the potential to be top five today, but the way that second-to-last yellow fell, we lost a lot of track position and it's impossible to pass around here. It was always going to be a tough race starting from 19th, so we need to qualify better at Mid-Ohio and work hard for a better result."
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[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"] 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
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.