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2014 Toronto: IndyCar Practice Results - Pagenaud Fastest!
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 18, 2014 - 07:13 PM
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2014 Toronto: IndyCar Practice Results - Pagenaud Fastest!


Simon Pagenaud, who has claimed two road/street course victories this season, posted the quickest lap in two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions for this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader.

Pagenaud, driving the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 0.0084 seconds on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit on the grounds of Exhibition Place.

The top five cars, representing four teams, were separated by .0853 of a second. Championship points front-runner Helio Castroneves was second-quick (1:00.0218) in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet and Scott Dixon, who swept the Toronto races last July to vault into title contention, was third (1:00.0769) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

"It's always a challenge in Toronto because of the different (asphalt and concrete) tarmacs," said Pagenaud, who won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May and Race 1 at Houston seven weeks later. "Practice went well for us. Our sponsor, Oculus, is a Canadian company so it's great to shine here. The car is beautiful, similar to Houston, so I feel confident."

Josef Newgarden, who tied his career best with a runner-up finish July 12 at Iowa Speedway, was quickest in the first session (1:00.2385) in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car.

Castroneves, who was atop the championship standings last year entering and following the Toronto races, takes a nine-point lead over Team Penske teammate Will Power into the weekend. Both races of the doubleheader weekend carry full points.

"Two Penske cars fighting for a championship is a good thing, and then you have Juan (Pablo Montoya) who is pretty close behind. It is new for me, but it is what it is," said Power, who has won twice at Toronto. "Of course, you would rather be in first place and have those guys back. But that's not the reality. I just have to keep executing, keep getting the most out of everything."

Castroneves, who like Power has three second-place finishes in the final standings but is seeking his first title, said a team championship is foremost in his mind. Team Penske's last title was in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

"You want to have at least two chances, not only one," said Castroneves, who has a best finish of second in 10 Indy car races at Toronto. "We both just have to understand each other that it is a great opportunity for us to give a championship to Roger (Penske), and we've got to make it happen. Whether it is my day, or his day, we have to understand that. And hopefully, so far, that is what we are doing."

 

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2014 Toronto: IRL IndyCar Friday Practice Results
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 77 Pagenaud Simon D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.0084 105.285 42
2 3 Castroneves Helio D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.0218 105.262 37
3 9 Dixon Scott D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.0769 105.165 45
4 12 Power Will D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.0932 105.137 42
5 27 Hinchcliffe James D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.0937 105.136 39
6 11 Bourdais Sebastien D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.1786 104.987 41
7 67 Newgarden Josef D/H/F Practice 1 01:00.2385 104.883 45
8 2 Montoya Juan Pablo D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.3021 104.772 37
9 28 Hunter-Reay Ryan D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.3077 104.763 44
10 8 Briscoe Ryan D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.5359 104.368 45
11 34 Munoz Carlos (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.5477 104.347 44
12 19 Wilson Justin D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.6086 104.243 40
13 14 Sato Takuma D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.6538 104.165 40
14 83 Kimball Charlie D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.7072 104.073 45
15 25 Andretti Marco D/H/F Practice 1 01:00.8620 103.809 33
16 98 Hawksworth Jack (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.8693 103.796 43
17 10 Kanaan Tony D/C/F Practice 1 01:00.9126 103.722 44
18 15 Rahal Graham D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.9142 103.720 47
19 17 Saavedra Sebastian D/C/F Practice 2 01:00.9300 103.693 46
20 7 Aleshin Mikhail (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:00.9571 103.647 46
21 16 Filippi Luca (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:01.0550 103.480 39
22 20 Conway Mike D/C/F Practice 1 01:01.1224 103.366 42
23 18 Huertas Carlos (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:01.2667 103.123 44



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