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Toronto Indycar: Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi get CFH one-two

Josef Newgarden turned a luckily-timed caution period into a CFH Racing one-two in a thrilling mixed weather IndyCar race in Toronto

Luca Filippi followed his team-mate home in second place ahead of Penske's Helio Castroneves as the podium finishers benefited from the intensity of the battles going on around them.

Newgarden had started in 11th and made what would prove to the key move of the race when he pitted slightly early at the end of his second stint.

Just as he entered the pits, James Jakes spun on the greasy track and brought out a caution, which allowed Newgarden to move up towards the front when the pitlane reopened and everyone else made their stops a couple of laps later.

Once he was in the lead, Newgarden never really looked under threat and his restart following a later caution was perfect; he was patient when stuck behind the off-sequence Rodolfo Gonzalez, and never put a wheel wrong the rest of the time.

Filippi's second-place was earned a little more conventionally; the Italian having started on the third row and raced towards the front of the field all afternoon.

His big break came when he was able to stay out a little longer than most before his third stop, which allowed him to filter back into the race ahead of Castroneves, who was also on an alternate strategy.

There was also an element of luck for Filippi at that point, as Castroneves had been delayed by an extra second or so in the pits, and would otherwise have likely have rejoined ahead of the Italian.

Conditions were similar to those that caused chaos in Detroit a couple of weeks ago there was a big difference in driving standards as Toronto featured close racing right through the pack from start to finish, largely without incident.

That it did make the afternoon busy for the likes of eventual fourth-place finisher Will Power, who was fast when the track was at its most wet but appeared to struggle when it dried.

He spent the entire race in a battle that variously included Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya, who himself had an early scare when he ran wide while fighting Dixon and ended up seventh.

Elsewhere, it was a case of what might have been for Carlos Munoz, who was on the same strategy as Newgarden, but eventually lost a battle against a gearbox problem.

The only other DNF was Stefano Coletti, who broke his front wing in a clash with Charlie Kimball and then drove into the wall a couple of corners later.

RESULTS - 85 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1h38m59.9460s
2 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4485s
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 3.9027s
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 4.7766s
5 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 6.7215s
6 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 7.8160s
7 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 8.7242s
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 9.5397s
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 11.8704s
10 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 18.9723s
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 20.6315s
12 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 21.9187s
13 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 33.2063s
14 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 44.5250s
15 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 46.0971s
16 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 46.6248s
17 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 47.0229s
18 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 51.3658s
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1 Lap
20 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1 Lap
21 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1 Lap
22 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda Mechanical
23 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet Contact

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 374
2 Will Power 347
3 Scott Dixon 329
4 Helio Castroneves 322
5 Graham Rahal 283
6 Sebastien Bourdais 274
7 Marco Andretti 272
8 Josef Newgarden 268
9 Tony Kanaan 244
10 Simon Pagenaud 232
11 Charlie Kimball 224
12 Carlos Munoz 216
13 Takuma Sato 200
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay 194
15 Gabby Chaves 168
16 James Jakes 164
17 Luca Filippi 161
18 Jack Hawksworth 151
19 James Hinchcliffe 129
20 Stefano Coletti 122


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