Kyle Kaiser avoided the fate of his primary Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship competitor on the streets of Toronto and led every lap on the way to the checkered flag.
Kaiser started from pole and stayed ahead of the turmoil behind him, stretching out his lead after an early caution to over six seconds in the last 10 laps of the 35-lap race. He took the checkers with a 3.6-second advantage over Zachary Claman De Melo.
The victory for the Juncos Racing driver is his second in 2017 and his seventh time on the podium. His previous win was the second race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Matheus Leist, second in the championship standings heading into the doubleheader round in Toronto, completed only three laps before contact with the tire barrier took him out of the race and brought out the only yellow flag.
Leist had started in second and dropped to third when he was passed by Claman De Melo on the opening lap. He was listed in 13th at the conclusion of the race.
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Misfortunate also extended to Andretti Autosport’s Nico Jamin who sustained damage when he collided with the rear of Leist’s stranded Carlin machine. The incident relegated him to a finish of 14th.
With De Melo up from third to second, Santi Urrutia was able to make it to a podium finish from a fifth-placed start.
Colton Herta, who engaged in a spirited battle with Urrutia for the third position, settled for fourth in the No. 98 Andretti machine.
Reigning Pro Mazda champion Aaron Telitz advanced six positions to complete the top five in the No. 9 Belardi Auto Racing machine.
Juan Piedrahita, Nicolas Dapero, Neil Alberico, Garth Rickards and Ryan Norman completed the top 10.
Andretti’s Dalton Kellett was unable to capitalize on his top-five starting position. He pitted with wing damage on Lap 12 and ended the race in the Turn 3 run-off area to finish 12th.
The series will be back on track on Sunday for Race 2 qualifying at 9 a.m. EDT followed by the race itself at 12:15 p.m.