IndyCar
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

IndyCar: Conway Wins Second Race Of Toronto Doubleheader

Mike Conway drives during Race 2 of the Toronto IndyCar doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Mike Conway drives during Race 2 of the Toronto IndyCar doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy.

The series had planned to run one race Saturday and one on Sunday until rain washed out the first event. It instead began Sunday morning, roughly five hours before the start of the second race, and won by Sebastien Bourdais. He broke a 52-race losing streak dating to 2007 in claiming a dominating win on the dry street course at Exhibition Place.

But the rain returned for the second race, and IndyCar officials moved the start up 10 minutes in an attempt to run as much as possible in dry conditions. The sky eventually did open, the track became slick and drivers darted to pit road for rain tires.

Jul 20

Aleshin Uninjured After Montoya’s Car Lands On Top Of Him (VIDEO)

The IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend in Toronto has been filled with drama and it continued on Sunday at the start of Race 2. When a rain shower hit the circuit 12 laps into the feature, a massive pileup occurred at Turn 8.

The slick track caused Juan Pablo Montoya to slam into the tire barrier as the field barreled into the turn behind him. Several drivers managed to miss the Colombian, but that wasn’t the case for hometown hero James Hinchcliffe and rookie Mikhail Aleshin.

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.