IndyCar Series 2014
In a race that had a little bit of everything – from a mid-race rain shower to the fact it was the second points-paying Verizon IndyCar Series race in a single day, to a multi-car collision that resulted in a late-race red flag – Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team gambled and came close to pulling off an unexpected victory in the second race of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, but ultimately came up short in the last two laps, and faded to a 10th-place finish.
Attempting to complete the race with just a single pit stop, Wilson switched from dry weather “slicks” to treaded “rain tires” on his Lap 11 stop after showers dampened the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit. Several other Honda drivers and teams – including Josef Newgarden and Carlos Huertas, made the same strategic choice, and on Lap 45 of what became a 56-lap, timed event, were running 1-2-3 with Wilson in front, followed by Newgarden
But the showers had ended ten laps earlier, and as the track rapidly dried during the final minutes of the 1 hour, 20-minute contest, eventual winner Mike Conway advanced quickly through the field, after being among the first to change back to slick tires on Lap 43. When the race was briefly stopped on Lap 51 for a multi-car collision in Turn 3, Conway had moved up to second, behind only Wilson.
When the green waved for the final time on Lap 52, Conway was quickly through for his second victory of 2014, followed by a string of dry-tire-shod competitors. This group included Takuma Sato, who capped his best run of the season with a fifth-place finish after starting 22nd.
Rookie Jack Hawksworth also moved up on dry tires in the final laps, finishing sixth, his best result since finishing third in Houston earlier this month. Wilson took the checkers a disappointed 10th, while Newgarden fell to 13th as his rain tires also faded on the now-dry circuit.
After six races over four consecutive weeks, including two doubleheader race weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 3 with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
|1||Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|2||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|4||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|6||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|7||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)|
|10||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|13||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|14||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|15||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|17||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|18||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|20||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|22||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|23||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|