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Power second in Indycar Toronto practice

17 July 2017

Fast facts: There have been nine different winners in 11 races in 2017.Castroneves broke a 54-race winless streak by dominating last week in Iowa.Power has won three times in Toronto, the most of any active driver.the victor at Exhibition Place has gone on to claim the series title in four of the last eight seasons.

Pagenaud was happy for Newgarden, his teammate, but he wished the caution had come at a different time.

"I love beating Hinch in Canada", Newgarden joked.

Newgarden actually got two lucky breaks.

"I've just never had the success that I thought I could get for known reasons", Pagenaud said. This time, the three race leaders had not pitted when the yellow came. Starting seventh on the grid, he managed to avoid a coming-together of Will Power and Scott Dixon on Turn 3 which ended up knocking Power out of the race.

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After Tony Kanaan's first pit stop, the bumpy approach to Turn 1 became too much to handle, and the one-time series champion couldn't get the brakes applied, causing him to enter the corner too fast, and he hit the tire barrier.

Dixon has a three-point lead over Castroneves with five races left. Pagenaud and Rahal also had yet to pit so when they did, they went to the bottom half of the field. Marco Andretti was fourth, 14 seconds behind Hinchcliffe.

Scott Dixon finished 10th at Indy Toronto.

"Track position was a big thing today", Newgarden said. "I don't think I've seen the grandstands that full here, certainly since I've been behind the wheel".

"We have no problem racing in the rain, if anything I think it might make the racing better". We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that.

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Michael Andretti has won here seven times from 1989-2001, while the now defunct Newman-Haas team also won seven races from 1989-2004. JR Hildebrand's runner-up finish at Iowa was overshadowed by Helio Castroneves' drought-busting win, but the performance was almost as critical for Hildebrand, who is trying to build confidence and momentum after a tough first half of the season.

The win puts Newgarden in the championship hunt as he is now just 23 points behind Dixon.

Alexander Rossi was second, and James Hinchcliffe finished third in his hometown race for the second straight year.

You know you are having a solid season when an eighth-place finish could be described as disappointing.

He commented: "We were... staring into the bottom of the barrel Friday afternoon".

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South Boston: Peyton Sellers and Bobby McCarty split the victories in the 75-lap twin Late Model feature races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. "He got by me and then he was quite a bit quicker than me". "Today it was another step forward and it is a relief to finally get a podium".