user icon
user icon

Honda Indy Toronto: Pagenaud holds off Dixon to win in Toronto

  • Published on 14 Jul 2019 23:35
  • comments 0
  • By: Harry Slade

Simon Pagenaud kept his IndyCar title hopes alive by edging reigning series champion Scott Dixon in Toronto. Alexander Rossi completed the podium for Andretti Autosport Honda as he narrowed title-rival Josef Newgarden's championship advantage. 

Pagenaud managed to hold the lead off the line, allowing the Frenchman to fully utilise his qualifying advantage. However, it was less of a positive start for his Penske teammate Will Power.

The Australian who was aiming to improve from his lacklustre qualifying displays attempted a move on Graham Rahal - only for it to end in chaos as Matheus Leist, Marcus Ericsson, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti were all caught in the crossfire of the action.

Upon the return of green flag racing Ed Jones acted swiftly, moving up to fourth in the process for Ed Carpenter Racing, ahead of Alexander Rossi.

The championship then took a critical turn in the first round of pitstops as Alexander Rossi managed to hold off perennial title rival Josef Newgarden in the stops.

Rossi also managed to repass the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing machine of Ed Jones to further boost his title tilt.

Ed Carpenter Racing's strong weekend was then turned upside down as teammates Jones and Spencer Pigot collided, leaving them both out of contention.

As the race began to reach its climax at the front as Dixon stalked Pagenaud. The reigning series champion was then aided by his former Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tony Kanaan.

As the AJ Foyt racing car was held up the race-leading Penske to bring Dixon ever closer.

Rahal Letterman-Lanigan's weekend then hit rock bottom as Takuma Sato was forced to retire from the race with an engine failure.

Will Power's dreadful weekend was then ended as he hit the wall in his Penske, compounding a miserable showing.

Meanwhile, back at the front Dixon hounded Pagenaud as more pressure was mounted with the aide of traffic, but nothing was stopping Pagenaud claim a Toronto win.

Newgarden also had late drama as he tapped the wall on the final lap; curtailing his late charge to relieve Rossi of a podium spot.

Behind the top four, Felix Rosenqvist produced a solid drive for Chip Ganassi to secure another top five and the badge of top rookie in Toronto.

Behind him was home-favourite James Hinchcliffe, while Colton Herta recovered from a below-par qualifying to finish seventh.

Eighth was the lead Dale Coyne Racing car of Sebastien Bourdais, just ahead of Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, both of whom managed to secure top ten results despite their first lap contact.

Replies (0)

Login to reply

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Related news

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:00 - 03:30

    Free practice 3

    04:00 - 05:00

    Race

    06:10 - 08:10

  • Free practice 2

    06:00 - 07:30

    Qualifying

    07:00 - 08:00

    Fastest lap

     

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:00 - 03:30

    Free practice 2

    06:00 - 07:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    04:00 - 05:00

    Qualifying

    07:00 - 08:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    06:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

    06:10 - 08:10

Give your opinion!

Are you excited about Racing Point being rebranded to Aston Martin?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar