Scott Dixon wins the Honda Indy Toronto
Monday, July 16, 2018
After 30 laps, all seemed well for Josef Newgarden. That was until Lap 33. The two-time Honda Indy Toronto winner hit the wall on turn 11, which paved the way for Scott Dixon to leave him in the dust.
Newgarden, caused a game changing pile-up at Turn 1 of the 33rd lap. Also involved were Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal, Will Power, Max Chilton, Ed Jones, Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais.
The New Zealand native finished first, while Simon Pagenaud of France came in second. Canadian Robert Wickens, who took part in his first race on Canadian soil in over a decade, came in third place. His teammate James Hinchcliffe came in fourth. This is the third year in a row a that a Canadian has made it to the podium, With the win, Dixon now extends his lead over Newgarden, leading the points standings with 62.
This is Dixon’s third win, a far cry from Michael Andretti’s record winning seven, but he’s still in good company. He joined Will Power and Dario Franchitti with three wins at this race. This is also Dixon’s 44th career win, which ranks him third all time in Indy car racing.
Of the crowd in Toronto, Pagenaud said “It was quite incredible to see the crowd today. Every grandstand was packed and you could see the excitement. Thanks to all the fans in Toronto for their support.”
Next up is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, where Dixon has won five times in two weeks. Both Pagenaud and Wickens admitted it might be tough to stop Dixon from winning. "Is there a track he’s not good at?" asked Wickens.
We’ll have to wait and find out.