Josef Newgarden must have felt incredible at the Toronto Honda Indy race this previous weekend until a small plunder cost him the title. The two-time winner was unable to officially add a new title under his belt as didn’t come out a winner at the race after participating in defending his title. Though, this does not mean that Newgarden had a breeze during the majority of the competition.
Even on Sunday, after he managed to hit a wall, another racer, Scott Dixon, took the opportunity to pass by him, taking the lead of the ongoing race, and having the satisfaction of winning it. Dixon even stated that Newgarden’s plunder was an opening that he just couldn’t miss out on – even comparing it as the seas were parting and he was being enticed. Dixon, a New Zealand based racer, finished the intensive 85 lap race course in first place. Although, he was followed by the French racer, Simon Pagenaud who had an impressive show, and then by the Canadian racer Robert Wickens. This was big for Wickens as this race was his comeback in his home country as he had not raced in Canada for almost over a decade now.
This win actually boosted Scott Dixon and put him in the company of some of the elite racers, such as the three-time winners of the Toronto Indy in the past: Will Powers, Dario Franchitti, as well as Michael Andretti, who is famously known for his stunning record of seven wins during his career. Dixons wins also impacted Newgarden as his points passed the previous winner and bumped Dixon up to 2 points.
Other races have even admitted that it would be a challenge to stop Dixon at this point. Both Wickens and Pagenaud agreed that while Dixon may be incredible on the tracks, just as Newgarden, sometimes people fail and mess up. Pagenaud continued on stating that it is a part of life, but other racers will be looking for ways to beat his skill on the track. Wickens humorously questioned if there’s any track that Dixon can conquer.
What is the Toronto Honda Indy Race
The Toronto Honda Indy Race one if the annual races hosted by the IndyCar series. As the name reveals, this race is hosted in Toronto, Canada and it allows races from all over to participate. Although, the original name of the race was the Molson Indy Toronto. It used to be one of the races in the Champ Car World Series for a little over two decades.
The track is famously known for its intensive layout that could stump any amateur driver. It has 11 turns and is one of the longest street circuits as it spans to 1.786 miles, which can be converted to 2.874 km. The track is located at Exhibition Place and is known to belong in an impressive crowd during the competition. What makes the Toronto Hondo Indy race stand out so much is that it holds the title of being one of the second longest street race that is running today.