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).

Jul 13

Kanaan Remains Positive Despite Tough Luck In Recent Outings

Tony Kanaan led 247 of the 300 laps at Iowa Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tony Kanaan led 247 of the 300 laps at Iowa Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Even though he hasn’t won a race since the 2013 Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan has become a force again in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In the past two races over a seven-day period Kanaan has led a total of 325 laps including 247 in Saturday’s night’s 300-lap race at Iowa Speedway. Despite those numbers as the dominant car in each race, Kanaan finished 11th at Pocono on July 6 and finished third at Iowa after race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and second-place finisher Josef Newgarden blew past him on fresh tires.