Indy Lights Race #2 winners: Andre Negrao (2nd), Felix Rosenqvist (1st) and Kyle Kaiser (3rd)
Track changes this weekend include sand blasting smooth concrete patches in turns 1 and 9 and moving out the wall in turn 8 across from the GO Station. I am sure the drivers would have liked more room through turns 9 to 11 as well! The cars also have LED position markers on their cars this year. Races started at 8:25am this morning with the USF2000 series followed by the Pro Mazda cars and a 30 minute IndyCar warm up at 10:30am.
Starting the race was Major General Mike Rouleau of the Canadian Forces Special Operations Forces who was the Grand Marshal. During the pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions a group of 300 military reservists from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force marched on the track to salute the racce fans.
CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron from CFB Bagotville, Quebec, twice performed flybys over the track, flying in the direction from turn 11 to turn 1. “We are so proud to be able to say this special ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve us all so well,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled that they are joining us to celebrate 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto with such an impactful presence.” The General gave the call to start engines at 3:08pm and the cars began to roll out onto the track.
Will Power climbs out of his car in Victory Circle
Helio Castroneves, Will Power and James Hinchcliffe on the podium
Overall the IndyCar Series point standings has Simon Pagenaud (432 pts), Will Power (385 pts) and Helio Castroneves (358 pts) leading the pack.
During driver introductions they open up pit lane
Argo Cheerleaders with their calendars
Retired driver, champion and 3 time Honda Indy Toronto winner Dario Franchitti is in Toronto as well
Toronto Rock Lacrosse cheerleaders and mascot Iggy
Will Power - said the track was a little bumpy
CF-18 Hornets make their first flyby
From turn 11 grandstands looking into the pits
Turn 5 develops an asphalt pothole which many of the drivers start to avoid
“Guys were throwing elbows at the beginning but we were able to maintain position. On the blacks, with the track temperature going up, we were really struggling.” When the clouds came out and the temperature on the track dropped his car was able to take advantage of the conditions.
"It took a caution or two and the Schmidt Peterson racing team decided to go for broke with fuel management in the final 25 laps of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. The result was a third-place finish for The Mayor of Hinchtown in his hometown race, the second podium of the 2016 season for the Arrow Electronics car. A final yellow on lap 80 when Juan Pablo Montoya and Jack Hawksworth ended up in a tire wall proved to be beneficial, the Mayor said. “I was hoping not to screw it up at the end and for once we caught a break in Toronto,” he added.. “That last yellow really helped, but we might have made it without it too.”
James Hinchcliffe talked about the track and said that it wouldn't be awful if the track were wider. Turn 11 claimed a lot of card over the weekend and it was much better in turn 8 after they widened that particular corner. Now he looks forward to a week or two of down time, to recharge his batteries.
Firehawk meets a young fan
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal scooters to the pits
Will Power talks with his team in the Victory Circle
Selfie shot with the winning crew and the cheerleaders
James comes onto the stage with the Argo cheerleaders waving their pom poms