Toronto IndyCar Race Review: Yellow is the New Orange Edition

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A perfectly timed yellow flag handed the orange DeVilbiss car a victory on the walled streets of Toronto.

Josef Newgarden happened to be pitting when Tony “Time To Call It Quits” Kanaan committed his latest brain fade and careened into the Turn 1 tire barrier. As a result, Newgarden ran away with it for his second win out of the last three times north of the border.

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Scott Dixon was rudely hit by “Sour Grapes” Will Power – twice – during a first lap melee bringing out the first of only two cautions on the day. Power limped around the course failing to make it to his pit and would be a surprise first out. Dixon soldiered to a tenth place finish and as usual no infraction was called on the Penske pilot.

In front of all the banging, Helio grabbed the lead from Simon Pagenaud in a ballsy inside move at the start and TK managed to gain five spots, but it was Josef Newgarden’s jump of three positions to fourth that ultimately made all the difference. He’d soon find himself out front and, due to both timing and luck, in possession of another street course victory.

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The restart saw Indy 500 winners and Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato make contact, as Rossi battled nearly everyone on his way to second. It was his best finish since the 100th 500. Helio cruised out front until the pit stops and caution, when Newkid emerged firmly in control.

Kevin Lee’s presence in the booth is often underwhelming and in Ontario he made too many mistakes. During qualifications he prematurely awarded pole after only two rounds and Sunday served only to confuse the audience during the first caution. Townsend Bell’s box of Skittles analogy fell as flat as Katie Hargitt’s hair in the humidity.

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Dixon received a rare drive through penalty for his crew doing too much work in closed pit, but continued to battle. Helio, Pags, Rahal, Newkid, Hinch and Rossi were up front until the entire complexion of the race changed as the second stops began. The embarrassing Tony Kanaan, who’s long past his expiration date in IndyCar, proved it once again upon exiting the pits, locking it up and promptly finding the tires. This mishap screwed all the leaders who hadn’t pitted yet and determined the outcome of the race.

Newgarden, Kimball, Jones, Rossi and Hinchcliffe led after the order was scrambled and Rossi quickly got around Jones for third. Decent battles occurred throughout field and the CNBC crew actually did a good job showing them. Ryan Hunter-Reay blatantly blocked Helio in the closing stages, although again “no action” was forthcoming from race control.

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For the last half of the race, Newkid’s result was never in any doubt. No third caution arose to spice things up, nor did the much anticipated rain develop. Behind Penske’s ace in the blaze orange car Rossi, Hinchcliffe, Marco and Pags filled out the top five in a topsy-turvy result. Newgarden’s fifth career win proves that yellow is in fact the new orange.

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