TONY KANAAN on Toronto: “Toronto is one of the nicest street course that we go to so I always look forward to going there. It is a pretty fun race track. I’ve had a few podiums there so hopefully we’ll be able to have a good result there.”
MATHEUS LEIST on Toronto: “I’m looking forward to going back to Toronto this year because it is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It is a fast street course so hopefully we will have a good car there and we can have some fun there. Downtown Toronto is really nice and very busy, it reminds me of when I lived in Brazil, so I’m looking forward to have a great time there.”
Past Performance at Toronto: Tony Kanaan’s best start is fourth (twice: 2001 with Mo Nunn Racing and 2013 with KV Technology). His best finish is second in 2014 (Race 2) with Ganassi Racing. Last year Kanaan placed sixth, his best finish to date since he joined Foyt. Matheus Leist will be making his second IndyCar start at Toronto. Last year he started 12th, got tagged in the rear in a multi-car accident which broke the underwing but he rejoined the race and finished 15th. The ABC Supply team’s best start is eighth with Takuma Sato in 2015; their best finish is third with Mike Conway in 2012. The team’s record shows better finishes than starts: they have four top-5s and three more top 10s.
Last Race: At Road America, the race went caution free which didn’t help Matheus Leist who used an alternative fuel strategy to try to gain track position. He started and finished 20th. Tony Kanaan didn’t fare any better, starting 23rd and placing 21st.
ABC Supply is in its 15th season as primary sponsor of A.J. Foyt’s IndyCar team, making it the longest running team sponsor in the NTT IndyCar Series. The company was founded in 1982 by Ken and Diane Hendricks with just three stores. The company now has over 700 stores and topped $10.5 billion in sales in 2018. ABC Supply began sponsoring the AJ Foyt Racing team with the 2005 Indianapolis 500. The company has leveraged its involvement by entertaining well over 110,000 associates and customers over the past 14 racing seasons.
The Honda Indy Toronto will be televised live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, July 14, starting at 3:00 PM ET. Also available on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. Qualifying will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 PM ET. All of the practices are available on NBC’s INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/indycar.
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