Newgarden Continues Penske’s Toronto Success in Warm-Up

Josef Newgarden speeds out of Turn 5 on Toronto streets
Josef Newgarden speeds out of Turn 5 during practice for the 2017 Honda Indy Toronto. | Photo: Chris Jones / INDYCAR

Backing up his teammates’ success in practice and qualifying, Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap in the 30-minute warm-up session ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Toronto.

Newgarden’s best lap in the DeVilbiss-liveried No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet was a 1:00.0122, placing him nearly two-tenths of a second clear of pole winner Simon Pagenaud who had the second-fastest lap.

Pagenaud’s best lap clocked in at 1:00.1844, just 0.0582 seconds clear of the top Honda-powered car.

Ryan-Hunter Reay’s No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda led a group of three from the Japanese manufacturer that completed the top five. The 1:00.2426 turned by Hunter-Reay, good for third fastest, was just three-hundredths of a second quicker than Graham Rahal’s best lap in the No. 15 Honda that placed him fourth on the timesheet. 

Scott Dixon ended the session with the fifth-fastest lap behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. 

Conor Daly, Takuma Sato, Tony Kanaan, Carlos Munoz and Max Chilton completed the top 10 with six Hondas and four Chevrolets in the group.

Gutierrez Cleared, Returns to No. 18

The Dale Coyne Racing team put in hours of effort to build a new race car for Esteban Gutierrez after a qualifying crash temporarily forced him out of the car.

On Sunday morning, INDYCAR announced that the Mexican driver would be able to return to the No. 18 Honda.

“Dale Coyne Racing driver Esteban Gutierrez was re-evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger this morning after experiencing concussion-like symptoms Saturday following a crash in Honda Indy Toronto qualifying,” the statement read. “Gutierrez has been cleared to drive.”

In the first session following his reinstatement, Gutierrez turned 21 laps with a best time of 1:01.7044, placing him 21st on the leaderboard.

The series will be on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn road course at 3:47 p.m. EDT on Sunday to take the green flag for the 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto. Television coverage will begin on CNBC at 3 p.m. with a rebroadcast scheduled at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

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