Toronto IndyCar: Josef Newgarden benefits from yellow to win

Penske's Josef Newgarden claimed his second IndyCar win of 2017 after inheriting a lead via a well-timed yellow in Toronto

Toronto IndyCar: Josef Newgarden benefits from yellow to win

Newgarden moved into first place due to pitting one lap before a caution period, performing a similar strategy to Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe - who joined him on the podium.

All three benefited when Tony Kanaan locked up his rear black Firestone tyres at Turn 1 when coming out of the pitlane on lap 23 of 85.

The front wing of his car became submerged in the tyres, requiring a caution period so marshals to push it out.

This turned the race away from Helio Castroneves, who had taken the lead at Turn 1 of the opening lap, going down the inside of polesitting Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud from third place.

Castroneves then pulled away and looked set to claim back-to-back victories but having to pit under the yellow dropped him into the midfield.

Once ahead, Newgarden held a consistent gap of around three seconds to Rossi for much of the race, ultimately finishing 1.8704s ahead as the race ran green for the rest of its duration.

The runner-up finish is only Rossi's second podium in IndyCar beyond his 2016 Indianapolis 500 victory.

Hinchcliffe was third for a second-successive year at his home track.

Marco Andretti finished fourth just ahead of Pagenaud, while Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top six.

Max Chilton controlled late pressure from Castroneves, who salvaged eighth, with Graham Rahal ninth.

Championship leader Scott Dixon recovered 10th, and maintained a three-point gap over Castroneves, after a collision with Will Power at the end of the back straight on the first lap.

He moved left approaching Turn 3 to avoid Rahal but went into the path of Power, who hit the left-hand wall.

Dixon needed a left rear brake replacing after the incident and dropped to the back of the field, while Power's car suffered steering damage and was eventually retired.

A drive-through penalty was also given to Dixon because of excessive work carried out while the pitlane was closed.

Sebastian Saavedra finished 11th in his surprise appearance replacing Mikhail Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Kanaan was classified in 19th, two laps down.

RESULTS - 85 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1h35m05.3522s
2 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1.8704s
3 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 4.7020s
4 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 18.7408s
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.4274s
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 27.3905s
7 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 28.3386s
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 28.9415s
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 29.7693s
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 30.3369s
11 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 32.7668s
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 36.4821s
13 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 52.8910s
14 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 53.9858s
15 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 57.2777s
16 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.8457s
17 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.3752s
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1 Lap
19 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 2 Laps
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda Mechanical
21 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet Contact

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Scott Dixon 423
2 Helio Castroneves 420
3 Simon Pagenaud 404
4 Josef Newgarden 400
5 Will Power 359
6 Graham Rahal 359
7 Takuma Sato 351
8 Alexander Rossi 330
9 Tony Kanaan 306
10 James Hinchcliffe 297
11 Max Chilton 295
12 Ed Jones 276
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 273
14 Marco Andretti 268
15 J.R. Hildebrand 263
16 Carlos Munoz 224
17 Mikhail Aleshin 221
18 Charlie Kimball 206
19 Conor Daly 179
20 Spencer Pigot 154
21 Ed Carpenter 142
22 Sebastien Bourdais 136
23 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
24 Gabby Chaves 83
25 Esteban Gutierrez 73
26 Oriol Servia 61
27 Sebastian Saavedra 52
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Pippa Mann 32
30 Jay Howard 24
31 Zach Veach 23
32 Sage Karam 23
33 James Davison 21
34 Jack Harvey 17
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14


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