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2013 Toronto: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 11, 2013 - 04:50 PM
IndyCar Weekend Team Reports
2013 Toronto: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview


After a stretch of IZOD IndyCar Series oval track races, the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 contingent is preparing to take to the 1.75-mile temporary street circuit in Toronto for rounds 12 and 13 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The races in the largest city in Canada will play host to the second of three doubleheader weekends this season. The long-running Toronto event will showcase a pair of 85-lap points paying races on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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As the drivers and teams readjust their set-up’s and strategy from oval tracks to street circuits, they will face a new challenge – a standing start. For the first time since 2008 at Long Beach, the IZOD IndyCar Series will implement a standing start for Saturday’s race one of the doubleheader weekend using a series of lights to signal the drivers the race is officially started. The second race on Sunday of the Two in T.O. twin-bill will see the field take the green flag using the traditional rolling start.

"Team Chevy is looking forward to Toronto this weekend and the second of three IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader weekends,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “It is hard to believe the 2013 season is more than half over, but we are very pleased with the race results so far, including the not often mentioned strong reliability of the Chevrolet IndyCar Twin Turbo V6 engine. In fact, Marco Andretti was able to lead 88 laps last weekend at Pocono while his engine passed the minimum change-out mileage threshold, as did Will Power's engine on his way to a fourth place finish. Our teams and technical partners continue to demonstrate the "Never Give Up" philosophy that is so integral to success and to Chevrolet's principles."

Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay looks to back up his performance from last year and once again hoist the trophy in his Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe’s home country of Canada. Hinchcliffe has already claimed two victories on street courses this season taking home wins at St. Petersburg and Sao Paulo and would like nothing more than to earn his fourth victory of the season in front of the hometown crowd. Two other former Streets of Toronto Chevrolet IndyCar V6 powered driver’s Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power would also like to find their way back to victory lane in Toronto and record their first victories of the 2013 season.

Race number one of the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. is set to start on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network. Race number two is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network. Each race will be 85 laps for a total of 299.5 miles.

Live radio coverage will be on XM Radio Channel 94 and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 212. In addition, IndyCar live timing and scoring with the radio broadcast can be found at www.indy.car.com

CHEVROLET IN THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES - FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POINTS LEADER (ONE 2013 WIN):
“I love Toronto. What an awesome city and the race fans there are great. I always enjoy coming to Toronto and the race itself really has a lot of tradition and history. This year it has the new twist of being two races in one weekend. It will be a tough because this is a physical street circuit and there always seems to be a lot of action in the races in Toronto. But the No. 3 Team Penske crew has been working hard since the weekend to get the Hitachi Chevrolet prepared and we will be ready to go this weekend. There are a lot of points out there this weekend and our goal is to make sure we leave Toronto still in front in the championship.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 2nd IN STANDINGS (TWO 2013 WINS):
“Well I look forward to going to Toronto – it’s one of my favorite races. It being a double, there are double points on the table, and we know the importance of the weekend, the championship coming down to the wire. First standing start – there’s a lot of anticipation and nerves leading up to that on the team’s part, manufacturers and drivers, so that should be interesting; it should be fun to mix things up a bit. We’re just hoping to keep our Toronto streak alive which is three podiums in a row. (Currently being second in the points) we’ve come back from further to win the championship, and we’ve got five races left to make it happen, so we’ve got plenty of time.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 DR PEPPER ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 3rd IN STANDINGS:
"This weekend could be a big swing ether way for points with the doubleheader. I think it's going to be an attrition races with a lot of carnage so we need to qualify the Dr Pepper Chevy up front and try to stay out of the mess. I want to get a win in Toronto so bad because of dad’s success there."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 5th IN STANDINGS (THREE 2013 WINS): “I’m thrilled to come back to Toronto. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year – it has been since I was a kid. To get to come back here and race in front of your home crowd - at the race that essentially is the very reason I became a fan of racing, nevermind a driver - it’s something really special. Last weekend (in Pocono) obviously didn’t go very well for us, but we’ve had strong cars on the street courses this season, and even though this isn’t the place I’ve had the best luck, we’re going to try to turn it around; the GoDaddy crew has been doing a great job. The support back home has just been incredible this year. More than anything, I want to give the Canadian fans something good to cheer for and something to celebrate because they are the best, and they’ve been so good to me over the last few years and I want to repay them. Hope for a good finish, get the championship back on track and hopefully we can just go out and have two clean races.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT KV RACING TECHNOLOGY - SH RACING CHEVROLET, 6th IN STANDINGS (ONE 2013 WIN):
“I’m looking forward to racing in Toronto, the fans know racing and really support our series. We will be back on a street circuit for the first time in a month and it will be the second time we will run two races during the weekend. The first time we did it was in Detroit right after the win and celebration at Indy, so hopefully, we can do better this time. The Toronto circuit is very challenging. It has fast and slow corners and the surface changes from asphalt to concrete, so the set-up is a compromise. You have to decide which parts of the track you want the car to work the best and just try and hold on everywhere else.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, 9th IN STANDINGS:
“This will be an important weekend for the Verizon team. We had some good results on the ovals and we’ve continued to score points and keep chipping away after a tough start to the season. With the two races in Toronto there’s a real good opportunity to make up some more ground in the championship. I really enjoy racing at the street circuit in Toronto. We’ve won there before and we know it’s a demanding street circuit that will definitely be a challenge to race twice in two days. But I’m looking forward to it. We want to build on our momentum in the Verizon Chevy and Toronto is a great place to do it.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA/ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, 13th IN STANDINGS:
“It has been a long stretch for the Fuzzy’s Vodka team and the all of the IndyCar Series. We have been on track for 10 of 11 weekends now. I’m proud of the effort everyone has put in with the tight schedule. We have finished every race too. That is a great showing for a second-year team. I felt we should have performed a little better in some of the races from a team owner’s standpoint. We have a few chances to make the top-three but we didn’t get the breaks. The doubleheader at Toronto will be difficult for the drivers too. I felt a little more tired after the Detroit doubleheader due to the back-to-back races. So I know what to expect physically now. The team is very well prepared for the doubleheader. We will have the backup ready if needed for Sunday. We went through a few front wings at Detroit but everything was repaired right after the race. Last year’s race at Toronto was a frustrating for me. We had a chance at a top-ten and we had to stop to avoid the pile up late in the race in turn three. The road was blocked and I had nowhere to go but hit the brakes and stop. That turn is a tough one every year. You can get caught up in something here pretty easily. I want to avoid any problems there this year.”

E.J. VISO, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA PDVSA CITGO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HVM CHEVROLET, 14th IN STANDINGS:
“I’m definitely looking forward to Toronto. It’s a beautiful city with a great track, and over the weekend there are double the opportunities to succeed, to score points, which we are hungry for. Coming from Pocono, it was a bit of a frustrating weekend, but we’re back in shape, ready and motivated for this weekend.”

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 78 NUCLEAR ENTERGY AREVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET, 18th IN STANDINGS:
“I’m really excited about the races this weekend in Toronto. It’s a cool city to race in and I’m looking forward to getting back there. Toronto has always a fun track for me, so I think it’s going to be pretty awesome that we get to race there twice this weekend. It’s a pretty tricky place, so we’ll need to make sure we stay clean, but I think we’ll be able to bring our Nuclear Clean Air Energy Chevy home to a couple of good finishes.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 7 MCAFEE DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, 21st IN STANDINGS:
“Toronto has been the turning point of my seasons for the last two years, and the No. 7 McAfee/TrueCar/Variety/Chevrolet definitely needs one in 2013! It is a track I quite enjoy and I am usually pretty fast at, so I am really looking forward to the coming weekend.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 6 TRUECAR DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, 23rd IN STANDINGS:
"I am very excited to go back to Toronto, a place that has treated me very well in the past. I have victories in the Indy Lights series and I feel very strong on this course. We didn't have the best experience in Pocono last weekend so I am hoping to change the atmosphere. As always we are 100% focused and look to bring home a good result this weekend."

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 4 NATIONAL GUARD PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET, 26th IN STANDINGS: "I’m excited about this weekend in Toronto. We’re rolling into this weekend with a little more knowledge of each other with the continuity of having run last weekend together in Pocono and this being our second street course race. I had a chance to come to the race shop this week and spend some more time with the engineers, which was nice. Toronto’s always a mixed bag of a race, but hopefully everything will go smoothly and safely. (On standing starts) Racing in Europe I always did standing starts, but the last time I did it was running V-8 Supercars last year when I went down there and ran two races. It’s certainly going to be more difficult in the IndyCar with the hand clutch, but it’s new for everybody. There are lots of people who’ve never done them or have little experience doing them, but it will be the same for all of us doing it for the first time in IndyCar.”

CHEVROLET INDYCAR V-6

FAST FACTS

HONDA INDY TORONTO

2 IN T.O.

STREETS OF TORONTO

JULY 12-14, 2013

Chevrolet has won seven (7) previous IndyCar races at the Streets of Toronto:

· Emerson Fittipaldi - 1987

· Al Unser, Jr. - 1988 & 1990

· Michael Andretti - 1989 & 1991

· Paul Tracy - 1993

· Ryan Hunter-Reay - 2012

Three Current Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers have victories at the Streets of Toronto:

· Sebastien Bourdais - 2004

· Will Power - 2007 & 2010

· Hunter-Reay - 2012

CHEVROLET INDYCAR V6 STATISTICS:

2012 IndyCar Champion – Ryan Hunter-Reay

2012 IndyCar Oval Track Champion – Ryan Hunter-Reay

2012 IndyCar Road Course Champion – Will Power

2012 IndyCar Manufacturer Champion – Chevrolet

2012 VICTORIES: 11

2012 POLES: 8

2013 VICTORIES:
St. Petersburg – James Hinchcliffe

Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Sao Paulo, Brazil – James Hinchcliffe

Indianapolis – Tony Kanaan

Texas Motor Speedway – Helio Castroneves

The Milwaukee Mile – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Iowa Speedway – James Hinchcliffe

TOTAL: 7

2013 POLES:
St. Petersburg – Will Power

Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Indianapolis – Ed Carpenter

Texas Motor Speedway – Will Power
The Milwaukee Mile – Marco Andretti
Iowa Speedway – Will Power
Pocono Raceway – Marco Andretti
TOTAL: 8


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