For a series that supposedly can race in the rain, standing water on the 11-turn, 1.75-mile temporary street course in Toronto ultimately canceled Saturday’s first race of the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. doubleheader creating a true Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader on Sunday.
The top four championship contenders for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship will start in the top five positions on the grid for Saturday’s Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. but it was a return to the pole position for a driver who used to win poles on a regular basis.
Just one year ago Scott Dixon arrived in Toronto after a victory the previous week at Pocono and swept the two races of the IndyCar doubleheader to win three-straight races in an eight-day period.
Tony Kanaan looked like a sure bet to score his first victory since the 2013 Indianapolis 500 in Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 300. That was before two drivers made a gamble that paid off in a big way by pitting for four fresh tires during the final caution period of the race.
The “Sleeping Giant” that is Chip Ganassi Racing has woken up and that could spell change for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
For the past week Juan Pablo Montoya has been charting his progress in his return to IndyCar racing by saying, “I’m getting there.”
It was just a week ago that Juan Pablo Montoya believed he was almost all the way back as an IndyCar Series driver when the 1999 CART champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner proclaimed, “I’m getting there.”
Simon Pagenaud saved his best for last on Sunday.
Helio Castroneves has made quite a bounce back from the bad luck he encountered at Houston last season with gearbox failures in both races of the doubleheader.
Carlos Huertas, a 23-year-old rookie from Colombia, won a bizarre Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers on Saturday for the Verizon IndyCar Series.