Bourdais serving as mentor during Honda Indy Toronto, months after crash

Bourdais serving as mentor during Honda Indy Toronto, months after crash

Team Penske's Josef Newgarden became the third driver to win more than one race through 12 IndyCar races so far this season with his victory in the Honda Indy Toronto in the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ontario. Hinchcliffe won the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April and finished third in the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix in June.

"I've tried to be a good patient, not trying to rush things and do anything stupid", he said.

Power has two wins this season and has finished in the top five for four straight races.

Newgarden, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske, arrived in Canada 56 points out of the points lead.

"I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time", Newgarden said. "Thank you to (team president) Tim (Cindric) for making that call". He was able to get back into the race on Lap 60, moving into fourth spot but finished 10th. "I thought we had a very fast vehicle, we got a pretty good start, stayed out of the mayhem, but very, very happy for all of Team Penske". The Team Penske crew worked for 47 laps to try and fix the broken steering arm, but ultimately the 12 team was forced to retire from the race.

As for Rossi, the California native who won the 2016 Indianapolis 500, he made a very strong charge to get to sixth then pitted after being unable to get past Hinchcliffe.

Pagenaud said that the Toronto track's difficulty makes it the most important place to qualify well. "But obviously now that I'm feeling not 100 percent but not far from it either, it's definitely kind of itching to get back into the vehicle". It was a huge turn around overnight by Andretti Autosport to get this auto to where it needed to be.

"We've had lots of luck when we've come here before, it's always just been bad luck", Hinchcliffe said. "The vehicle really came alive on the blacks, so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the guys - great stops - and all the fans in Toronto".

Helio Castroneves - Dixon's nearest title rival - led for a period before he fell back to finish eighth.

Kanaan's brakes locked up while he left the pits and his vehicle hit the protective tires in Turn 1.

The rain that had been a concern all week, held off until the finish, despite ominous black clouds that blanketed the sky over the course for the last half of the race. The day started out sunny and humid but clouded over during the event and it rained lightly at a few different times during the race. "But the engineers know how to work and I'm confident we're going to roll off with a decent vehicle". So I feel good about it, but it's going to be a dogfight to the end. It probably wasn't coincidence that Pagenaud had the fastest Friday practice sessions, and qualifying third for the race itself.