Newgarden races to second Toronto IndyCar win in 3 years

TORONTO — Josef Newgarden raced to his second Toronto IndyCar title in three years Sunday, dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place.

 

Newgarden came out in front on Lap 25 after a crash by Tony Kanaan caused a caution and maintained an advantage of over two seconds for the majority of the rest of the race. The American has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April.

Newgarden gave Team Penske its 193rd victory, the most of any team.

Alexander Rossi was second, and James Hinchcliffe finished third in his hometown race for the second straight year. Marco Andretti was third, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal and series leader Scott Dixon.

Dixon has a three-point lead over Castroneves with five races left.

Kanaan had his brakes lock up while leaving the pits and connected with the protective tires in Turn 1. The caution caused the top-three cars of Castroneves, Pagenaud and Rahal to fall back.

Thundershowers were a threat throughout the race but held off. It started out sunny and humid, then clouded over during the event and it rained lightly at a few points.

Esteban Gutierrez, the rookie who crashed late in qualifying Saturday, was cleared to race after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He finished 14th.

Formula One: In Silverstone, England, Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix on Sunday, with his title rival capitulating after a late puncture.

“We were generally faultless,” Hamilton said after crowd-surfing with the Silverstone fans at his home race.

It was such a commanding drive that the relaxed Hamilton said he was able to watch glimpses of the race on big screens around the circuit as he led from start to finish.

Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone but Ferrari’s four-time world champion fell back into seventh place after his front left tire shredded.

So too did the 20-point lead Vettel held over Hamilton going into the 10th round of the 20-race season.

“Obviously the pendulum has swung this weekend,” Hamilton said. “That is only good for Formula One and good for the fans with the close battle we continue to have.”

A battle that petered out on the track as the rubber remnants of Vettel’s tire flew across it. The German was able to crawl into the pits for repairs just in time to ensure he still finished seven to collect the points that kept him top heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.

“It could have been a bit better for sure, but a disaster? I don’t think so,” Vettel said. “I don’t think there is anyone particularly to blame. With hindsight it is easy but at the time (the tires) felt ok.”

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