Helio Castroneves
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 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 20

IndyCar: Bourdais Ends Long Winless Drought In First Toronto Race

Sebastien Bourdais takes the checkers in Race 1 of the Toronto doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais takes the checkers in Race 1 of the Toronto doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais waited out the rain, then took care of a winless drought.

Bourdais dominated from the pole at Toronto in the first IndyCar Series race of a Sunday doubleheader, cruising to his first open wheel victory since 2007.

The race was shortened to 65 laps after rain wiped out Saturday’s race. Another 65-lap race was set for the afternoon at Exhibition Place.

Jul 19

IndyCar Starting Grid: Bourdais Takes Pole For First Toronto Race

Sebastien Bourdais has scored three top-five finishes this season. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais has scored three top-five finishes this season. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 on Saturday, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto.

Bourdais’ lap of 58.9479 seconds (107.179 mph) on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit at Exhibition Place earned him his 32nd career pole. He won his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands, driving for Champ Car. He’s now tied with Michael Andretti for eighth on the career open wheel poles list.

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.