Jul 24

Showdown: Penske teammates top IndyCar standings, both aim for first title

20 July, 2014, Toronto, Ontario CA Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Tony Kanaan ©2014, Scott R LePage  LAT Photo USA

(From left) Teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power have a sizable lead in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar points championship heading into next weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio. (Photo: Scott R LePage/LAT Photographic)

INDIANAPOLIS – With just four races remaining in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, Team Penske has doubled its chances of winning just its second championship since joining the series in 2002.

Helio Castroneves has a 13-point lead over teammate Will Power setting up a Team Penske showdown when the series resumes in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 3.

Jul 21

IndyCar: Toronto Proves To Be No Homecoming For Hinchcliffe

Hometown hero James Hinchcliffe suffered disappointing results in Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Hometown hero James Hinchcliffe suffered disappointing results in Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

When the Verizon IndyCar Series arrives at the fourth largest city in North America for its annual street race in Toronto, James Hinchcliffe of nearby Oakville, Ontario is hailed as a conquering hero. His face is displayed on billboards and magazines throughout the city and his Honda commercial runs often on Canadian television.

Unfortunately for the “Mayor of Hinchtown,” he has been able to conquer his hometown race.

In six IndyCar Series races at Toronto, Hinchcliffe has never finished better than eighth. He tied his career-high Toronto finish in Sunday’s first race and had hopes of improving that in Sunday’s second race.

Jul 20

Sunday Doubleheader Provides New Challenge For IndyCar Drivers, Teams

The second Toronto IndyCar race will begin with a standing start. (Photo: Getty Images)

The second Toronto IndyCar race will begin with a standing start. (Photo: Getty Images)

After racing 65 laps under hot and humid conditions, some of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers looked like they had already put in a full day of work after Sunday’s first race of the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. That, however, was just the warm-up act because another 65-lap or 80 minute contest – whichever comes first – is still on the agenda.

Sebastien Bourdais claimed his first IndyCar Series victory since winning at Mexico City on November 11, 2007 in Sunday’s opening race. Helio Castroneves of Team Penske finished second and combined with teammate Will Power’s 10th place finish takes a 28-point lead in the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who entered the race just 32 points behind Castroneves, crashed on Lap 39 and finished 21st. That dropped him from third to fourth in the standings and he enters race the second race 64 points behind Castroneves. Simon Pagenaud’s fourth-place finish moves him up to third in the standings, 58 points out of the lead.

Jul 18

IndyCar Preview: Title Contenders Head To Toronto For Final Doubleheader

Helio Castroneves (3) holds the championship lead heading into Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Helio Castroneves (3) holds the championship lead heading into Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

As the Verizon IndyCar Series roars into Canada for the final doubleheader of the season – the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. – Helio Castroneves enters Saturday’s 85-lap, 149.74-mile contest with a nine-point lead over teammate Will Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last week at Iowa, is just 32 points behind.

There are 100 points available in the two combined races this weekend so the IndyCar points race can undergo another dramatic transformation on the slick and tight street course that invites contact like a hockey game.

Jul 17

IndyCar: Hunter-Reay joins title hunt after post-Indy depression comes to end

NEWTON, IA. - JULY 12: Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #28 DHL Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda, celebrates after winning the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda, celebrates after winning the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

TORONTO – It was almost as if Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered from “Post Indianapolis 500 Depression” following his dramatic win in the 500-Mile Race on May 25, in what may have been the greatest fight to the finish in Indy 500 history.

The races that followed saw Hunter-Reay finish poorly in the Detroit doubleheader (16th and 19th) and the annual Saturday night race at Texas Motor Speedway (19th).