Scott Dixon, already the winningest active Verizon IndyCar Series driver, added another victory with a stirring drive on the streets around Toronto’s Exhibition Place and increased his championship points lead heading into the final five races of the season.
- Results: 2018 Honda Indy Toronto
Dixon, who started second, trailed pole sitter Josef Newgarden for the opening 33 laps of the 85-lap contest on the 1.786-mile street circuit.
On the restart after a caution for Ryan Hunter-Reay finding the Turn 3 tire barrier, Newgarden went straight into the wall coming out of Turn 11 while he led the field back to green-flag racing. The incident allowed Dixon to take the lead, which he only relinquished during pit stops for the remainder of the race.
Dixon went on to cross the finish line with a 5.3-second advantage over Simon Pagenaud after leading 49 laps, earning his third victory in Toronto and the 44th of his Indy car career. Having secured his third win of the season, Dixon took a 62-point lead over Newgarden in the championship standings.
Pagenaud, who started third and ran in the top five throughout the race, finished second to match his best results thus far in 2018. He also finished second to Dixon at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rookie Robert Wickens, one of three Canadian drivers in the field, finished third after battling with Pagenaud for position. The result marked Wickens’ third podium finish of the season and extended the streak of Canadian drivers reaching the top three in Toronto to a third year. Wickens’ teammate James Hinchcliffe finished on the podium in both 2016 and 2017.
Hinchcliffe finished in fourth, 11.5609 seconds behind Wickens, to add a second Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to the top five. The effort also marked Hinchcliffe’s fifth top-five finish of the season and his third consecutive top five in Toronto.
Charlie Kimball delivered Carlin’s best IndyCar result with a fifth-place finish, secured when he sped under the checkered flag 18.8 seconds in arrears of Dixon. Kimball’s Novo Nordisk Chevrolet was the second machine from the Bowtie brand in the top five versus three Honda representatives.
Tony Kanaan, Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Newgarden and Marco Andretti completed the top 10.
A multiple-car incident in Turn 1 including Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Max Chilton, Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal and Rossi affected the day for all the drivers involved and brought out the second caution on Lap 34.
One further caution on Lap 42 for Rene Binder stopped on course in Turn 8 served to bunch up the field, but Dixon’s lead was never severely threatened despite some time spent stuck behind lapped cars.
Next up for the series is the Honda Indy 200, set for July 29 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.