Rahal Finishes Ninth at Honda Indy Toronto

6/14/2015

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:                             Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2014 Winners:   Race 1 Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) 90.370 mph average

                            Race 2 Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing] 73.168 mph average [rain]

Weather:           Overcast, scattered light rain, 62 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

11.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

85

90.410 mph average

  2.

  6.

Luca Filippi

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

85

+1.4485 seconds

  3.

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

85

 

  4.

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

85

 

  5.

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

85

 

  6.

  9.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

85

 

  7.

  3.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

85

 

  8.

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

85

 

  9.

10.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

85

 

10.

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

85

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

19.

Conor Daly-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

Honda  

85

Running

13.

18.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

85

Running

14.

14.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

85

Running

15.

22.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

85

Running

17.

21.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

85

Running

18.

23.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

85

Running

19.

16.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

84

Running

21.

12.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

Honda

84

Running

22.

13.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

69

Did not finish – mechanical

             

 

Rahal Shines for Honda on Damp Toronto Streets

·       Sixth top-10 finish of 2015 for Graham Rahal

·       Mechanical issues end race for Munoz while running second

 

Graham Rahal continued his run as Honda’s top performer in the Verizon IndyCar Series, scoring his sixth top-10 finish of the 2015 season Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto, and maintaining his hold on fifth in the drivers’ championship after 10 of 16 races.

 

Starting 10th on a damp track after early-morning showers blanketed the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place downtown street circuit, Rahal fought Helio Castroneves in an entertaining early-lap battle.  Rahal then solidified his hold on 10th place, running just behind fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato through the middle stages of the 85-lap contest.  Following the last round of pit stops on Lap 56, Rahal forced his way past both Sato and Simon Pagenaud to move into ninth, where he finished.  Sato went on to take the checkers in 10th, in another competitive temporary street-circuit outing for the A.J. Foyt Racing driver.

 

Carlos Munoz, winner of the Saturday race in Detroit two weeks ago, jumped from 13th on the grid to third on Lap 28, when a caution flag came out just after he and eventual race winner Josef Newgarden had made their second scheduled pit stops.  But his chances for victory ended on Lap 69, while running second, when his Andretti Autosport machine lost power and was forced to retire.  

 

 

Clever pit strategy from Dale Coyne Racing also saw rookie Rodolfo Gonzalez lead five laps, until he was forced to make his final stop on Lap 72; while a late-race charge from another rookie, Conor Daly, saw the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver finish 12th, following up on a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s race at Detroit.

 

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda activities in Toronto are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

 

Today’s race concludes INDYCAR’s run of five consecutive May-June races.  The series now takes a week off, before traveling to two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval in Fontana, California for Round 11, the MAV TV American Real 500 on Saturday, June 27.

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 10 of 16 rounds):

1. Juan Pablo Montoya374 points (2 wins)                    6. Sebastien Bourdais                        274 (1 win)

2. Will Power                 347 (1 win)                    7. Marco Andretti               272

3. Scott Dixon               329 (2 wins)                    8. Josef Newgarden             268 (2 wins)

4. Helio Castroneves     322                                 9. Tony Kanaan                  244

5. Graham Rahal          283                               10. Simon Pagenaud            232

                                                                         

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

1. Chevrolet                            1,003 (8 wins)                        

2. Honda                          840 (2 wins)                       

 

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) started 10th, finished 9th: “I was pleased with the car’s performance, but it’s just not quick enough everywhere. We’ve just got to work on it. I think we found some things this weekend that will help us going forward, but it’s just frustrating to put all the effort in that we are and to finish ninth. I feel like we deserve better than this but we’re going to keep trying hard. I was either stuck in traffic, trying to get by Sato and getting blocked or cruising behind Dixon. It was frustrating. We would have liked to get the car further up there but that was the best we had today.”

 

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race:  “There has been considerable effort placed on multiple fronts by HPD and our teams to address the current performance gap to our competitor.  We’ve managed to close that gap somewhat, but with the extremely competitive field in the IndyCar Series, being even a little bit off the pace can have a dramatic impact on your finishing position.  This is a challenging time for Honda and its teams.  However, we will continue the search for improvements at each remaining event on the IndyCar Series schedule.”

 

 



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