No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 1st (+4)
· Josef Newgarden drove the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet to an uneventful fourth-place finish on Sunday on the Streets of Toronto and was able to maintain his lead in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings as the series heads to Iowa Speedway next weekend.
· Newgarden had an uncharacteristic brush against the wall in qualifying on Saturday, but still started the race from the fifth position on Sunday. At the drop of the green, Newgarden fell one position as he tried to maintain pace with the rest of the field, including championship rivals Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud.
· The No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet made its first pit stop on lap 17, getting fuel and primary Firestone tires, along with a front wing adjustment. With several drivers involved in an earlier accident staying out to run long, Newgarden rejoined the race in the 10th position.
· The remainder of the event was relatively uneventful for the Championship point leader, as Newgarden rode in the fourth position for the entirety of the second-half of the 85-lap race. He was also able to survive a brush with the wall with less than five laps to go while trying to chase down the drivers in front of him.
· As the race went caution free until the white flag lap, Newgarden wasn’t able to make any additional moves and ended up missing the podium by one spot, coming home fourth. The finish, along with Rossi finishing third, allowed Newgarden to keep the points lead by four markers over his title rival.
Quote: “It has been a tough weekend – hasn’t been my strongest weekend for sure. I had a flat hit against the wall in turn 11 there with a handful to go. I was smelling blood on (Alexander) Rossi a little bit and trying to get another position. But I think I sealed our fate on the No. 2 car in qualifying. Starting fifth was tough. When a race goes green like that, where you are is where you are going to finish. You can make some up in the pit stops, but we just didn’t have enough today to overhaul Rossi and (Scott) Dixon. That was my goal coming into today was trying to get up to second. We knew it Simon (Pagenaud) had a clean start that he was going to be tough to beat. Getting on the podium was our goal. But for having a tough weekend and to finish fourth isn’t a bad thing. The Hitachi car looked good and felt good. It just wasn’t enough. And thanks to Chevy. They gave us a good package this weekend and that’s how we fought so hard.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!