Conway wins race 2 in Toronto IndyCar doubleheader|
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conway benefited from not pitting late
in the race and then held off Tony Kanaan in a three-lap shootout to the
finish to win race 2 in Sunday's IndyCar Series doubleheader on the streets of
Race 2 in the Honda Indy Toronto was scheduled for 65 laps but intermittent
rain and numerous crashes and spins at this 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary
street course made this a timed event of 80 minutes. It concluded after 56
Conway, who drove the No. 20 car for Ed Carpenter Racing in the Toronto
weekend doubleheader, was one of five drivers who opted not to pit during a
caution on lap 46. Justin Wilson stayed on the track and led the way for the
restart on 49.
On the following lap, with 7 minutes, 30 seconds to go, Conway overtook Wilson
for the lead. A crash involving five drivers in turn 3 on lap 51 forced the
sixth and final caution. IndyCar officials displayed the red flag and stopped
the race and clock with 4 minutes, 32 seconds left to ensure the event would
resume under green.
"It was really difficult conditions in the wet," Conway said. "We were kind of
struggling out there for a bit, but I knew as soon as I could see part of a
dry line that it was time to come in [for a pit stop]. From there, we just
took off and controlled the race. I was a bit nervous with the red flag there,
knowing Justin was behind me. It was a lot of fun out there."
Conway easily pulled away from the field after the last restart with two-and-
a-half minutes remaining. He then beat Kanaan to the finish line by 3.5418
"The tire temperatures came in really fast, and that's what you need in those
types of conditions, so I could just control it and not have to push too hard
and enjoy those last few laps," Conway said.
Conway earned his second win this season and the fourth of his IndyCar career.
His first victory in 2014 came on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. in April.
Conway drives the No. 20 in all road/street course races this year, while team
owner Ed Carpenter is behind the wheel for the oval events. Carpenter won in
June at Texas.
"This one is all Mike. He did a great job," Carpenter said. "A big part of the
reason why we brought Mike in [this season to run road/street courses] was
just to try to be stronger all the time."
Earlier in the day, Sebastien Bourdais won the first race in Toronto. It had
been scheduled for Saturday but persistent rain forced postponement until the
following day. Bourdais started on the pole and led 58 of 65 laps. He claimed
his first victory in an open-wheel race since November 2007 in Mexico City.
Helio Castroneves finished second in race 1 and held a 28-point lead over Will
Power, his teammate at Team Penske. Following his ninth-place run in the first
event, Power finished third in race 2 and trimmed Castroneves' advantage to 13
"A good day and a typical IndyCar race," Power said. "It throws everything at
you, but you just have to survive. And that's what we did."
Castroneves started on the pole and led the most laps in the second race with
32, but he sustained wing damage on the last lap and dropped in the field to
Kanaan's second-place run marked his third straight podium. He finished third
in race 1 as well as third in last weekend's event at Iowa. Kanaan, driving
for Chip Ganassi Racing this season, spun out and stalled on course during the
opening lap. He fell to the tail end of the field but patiently made his way
"It's been a great weekend," Kanaan said. "I made a really bad mistake. I got
too excited at the start and got sideways. I made a mistake, and I had to
catch up. We made it up, and the team did a great job during my stops. It was
a hell of a race, a good weekend with third and second. We're getting closer
and closer [to a first win of the season]."
Charlie Kimball finished fourth, followed by Takuma Sato, rookie Jack
Hawksworth, Scott Dixon, the three-time and defending series champion, and
Bourdais placed ninth, and Wilson ended up in the 10th spot.
Juan Pablo Montoya and rookie Mikhail Aleshin were involved in a serious crash
on lap 12, forcing the second caution. Moments after it started raining here,
Montoya lost control and slid into the tire barrier. Seconds later, Aleshin
plowed right into the back of Montoya. James Hinchcliffe was involved in the
accident as well.
Montoya's car went on top of Aleshin's vehicle. Neither driver was injured
during the incident.
"The rain started very fast and sudden, and I realized it when I started to
brake in turn 8, and then I smacked the other car," Aleshin said. "I ended up
under the car, so that was not such a great feeling at all. The most important
thing is that everything is fine. I'm not hurt."
The doubleheader in Toronto were the 13th and 14th events on the IndyCar
schedule this season. Just four races remain -- Mid-Ohio (Aug. 3), Milwaukee
(Aug. 17), Sonoma (Aug. 24) and Fontana (Aug. 30).
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