Toronto Qualifications Instant Reaction: Told You So Edition


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Precisely as predicted, Team Penske’s Will Power won his forty first IndyCar pole in the closing minutes of the fast six round of qualifications Saturday. He did so in dramatic fashion, edging his team mates Simon Pagenaud and Juan Montoya and doing it all with a broken thumb sustained at the dual in Detroit. That’s the Mad Will Power we know – quick in quals but often more reticent in the race.


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When people say they “hate to say it, but we told you so,” of course in reality they don’t dislike saying it at all. The reason is because you were wrong, your annoying friends were right and in some significant way that’s human nature in a nutshell. Why do we write all this? Only to say we at IRR told you so, again.


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As for our other predictions, Sebastien Bourdais qualified well in fifth positioning his KV car for another win in Toronto. Much to our surprise CFH‘s Lucca Filippi impressed with his first appearance in the fast six. We thought he along with Coletti who’s on double secret probation, a Honda or Gonzalez wouldn’t win and are a bit nervous due to Filippi’s surprise showing. Andretti Autosport struggled mightily though, as they have for most of the season with the Hondas while Coyne‘s “Un-speedy” Gonzalez brought out the only red of the qualifying sessions. Top Honda and our pick for first out of the race is AJ Foyt‘s Takuma Sato in eighth. Oh, and Coletti starts from the back of the field.


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After a gorgeous dry day of qualifying in Toronto that went much as we’d envisioned, rain’s in the forecast for today’s race. As long as it’s not a deluge with lightning, the extra moisture on track should make for an entertaining show in TO. We feel good about our predictions at the concrete car crusher, better than we’ve felt on race day for a while. It should be fun to watch, just as we told you so.


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