Dixon third fastest in Toronto practice

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Canadian James Hinchcliffe was 16th in 1:01.4874.

Despite the hard race, Dixon continues to lead the Verizon IndyCar Series standings as the series takes next weekend off before resuming in two weeks at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, one of Dixon's best tracks.

"This is the second time that a yellow has fell in my favour here in Toronto, too, so I don't know if it's just a bit of Canadian luck but it seems to give it to me here".

"There's a huge competition within the team", Pagenaud said. "The hope is that we will be even more competitive there this year than we were last year". No less than four drivers ended up hitting the wall in Turn 11 previous year, so it seems the concerns weren't completely unfounded. "But we're just having fun with that, so that's why the entrance was a bit flamboyant". He moved up to third on Lap 38, where he remained for virtually the rest of the race. He won the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April and was third in the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix in June.

Newgarden seized the lead by making his first stop just before a full-course caution flag waved on the streets course at Exhibition Place.

"Honestly, I think on used tires, it's probably the best lap I've ever put together to put us P2", Rahal said. "Being able to put a flawless lap together in Toronto is very unusual because it's a very tough track. I feel that. I feel that responsibility". Saavedra finished 15th in the Indianapolis 500 for Juncos Racing. Series' rookie Ed Jones has raced here in Indy Lights before, while the other series' rookie, Esteban Gutierrez, is coming off a strong oval track race (his first) at Iowa last week. The driver from Oakville, Ont., earned his first podium finish in Toronto previous year. You just have to stay out of incidents. "We had the Indy win, but I've been looking for that first podium and hopefully this will be a foundation to go and chase more wins".

Hinchcliffe credits his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team's consistency for the shift in success.

The #98 Andretti Honda has been better in 2017 than race finishes would suggest.

"I'm fortunate to have a good team of people around me who kind of have to play the bad guy sometimes", he added, with a laugh.

His teammate Power, who won last year's Toronto race, set a time of 1:00.4844.

But the 25-year-old former Formula One driver was examined early Sunday by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger and cleared to drive.

"But other guys can say the same thing".

The race takes place Sunday at 3PM ET and will air on NBCSN. "We all want to be the fastest man".

Great race. Would've been better if the folks in charge of IndyCar's broadcast into Australia - that's ESPN, in case you were wondering - could have hit the right buttons to ensure that the race featured on-track noises.

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