IndyCar Series 2014
A storming recovery effort from Simon Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team, following first-lap contact, resulted in a fourth-place finish Sunday to lead the Honda-powered field in the opening race of a same-day Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Starting fifth, Pagenaud was tipped into an opening-lap spin by contact from seventh-starting Luca Filippi, triggering a chain-reaction collision and a complete race restart, with Pagenaud at the rear of the field. An early, “off-sequence” pit stop from the Schmidt team on Lap 11 allowed Pagenaud to move into the lead when most of the remainder of the 23-car starting field made their own mid-race stops. While in front, Pagenaud clicked off a series of fast race laps, ensuring that he remained in the lead group, even after making a second stop on Lap 40, resuming and finishing fourth.
This morning’s race was the first of two 65-lap races in Toronto. Coverage of the 65-lap “nightcap” starts at 4 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)|
|2||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|3||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|4||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|5||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|6||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|7||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|10||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|11||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|13||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|14||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|17||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|20||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|21||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|22||Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|23||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|