TORONTO — official series release — Chris Jones/IndyCar photo —
American Josef Newgarden led Luca Filippi across the start-finish line by 1.4485 seconds to give CFH Racing a 1-2 finish in the Honda Indy Toronto.
It was the second victory this season and the second of Newgarden’s four-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.
“I’m so happy we were able to get a win, but a 1-2 is just amazing because Luca is such a star,” said Newgarden, who also won at Barber Motorsports Park in April in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet. “Just an amazing team effort. I’m definitely excited because this is Toronto and this is an INDYCAR town.”
Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, the pole sitter, finished third and fourth, respectively, and 2014 Toronto race winner Sebastien Bourdais placed fifth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet.
Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh for his best result in five starts in Toronto and holds a 27-point championship lead over Power through 10 of 16 races. Three consecutive oval races, starting with the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway, are ahead on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
There were seven lead changes among six drivers in the race that began on wet tires following rain earlier in the day. It was slowed by two short cautions and it was the second race in a row for a team 1-2 finish. Scott Dixon won the Firestone 600 on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams’ Tony Kanaan the runner-up.
Newgarden pitted for tires and Sunoco E85 fuel on Lap 28 just before the first yellow flag flew for contact by the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Jakes into the tire barrier in Turn 5. Newgarden remained in the top five through his final stop on Lap 58, and reclaimed the lead on Lap 72 when Rodolfo Gonzalez pitted in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
“It was close racing, for sure, and I got a little lucky on that yellow,” said Newgarden, who joined Ryan Hunter-Reay, A.J. Allmendinger, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Rahal and seven-time winner Michael Andretti as American winners in Toronto. “It was a great call, though, and it was an amazing effort by this team and the crew who gave me amazing pit stops.”
Filippi, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, recorded his best finish in 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races dating to 2013.
“We had a goal to be on the podium and we both achieved it with both cars. It’s nice when you set the goal and you achieve it and the team did everything perfectly to give us the opportunity to be up front,” said Filippi, who qualified sixth. “But we had a fast car and we knew we needed to be kind of in the clean air up in front and this is what we did — just kept pushing.
“I thank the Fuzzy’s Vodka team because they believe in me and they gave me the opportunity to race INDYCAR properly and my first podium. Many more to come.”
RESULTS: Verizon IndyCar Series; Honda Indy Toronto; Exhibition Place; June 14, 2015
1. (11) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (6) Luca Filippi, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (7) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
4. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (5) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
7. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (4) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (10) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
10. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
11. (2) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (19) Conor Daly, Honda, 85, Running
13. (18) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
14. (14) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 85, Running
15. (22) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 85, Running
16. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, 85, Running
17. (21) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 85, Running
18. (23) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Honda, 85, Running
19. (16) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 84, Mechanical
20. (15) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (12) James Jakes, Honda, 84, Running
22. (13) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 69, Mechanical
23. (20) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 40, Contact