Dixon’s troubles continue at Toronto

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Scott Dixon’s struggles continued with fifth and seventh placings in the IndyCar doubleheader in Toronto today.

The New Zealanders swept the two races in Canada last year to spark his season and launch a late run that took him to his third driver’s championship.

But there was no repeat of those heroics today.

Saturday rain forced officials to abandon racing and put both races on Sunday, meaning a gruelling day for drivers.

In the opening race France’s Sebastien Bourdais ended a seven year drought to claim his 32nd IndyCar win, as he dominated from start to finish 3.34.08s ahead of championship front-runner Helio Castroneves.

Tony Kanaan finished third for the second consecutive race in the No 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, while teammate Dixon ended up fifth after qualifying 12th.

Dixon started the second race from the fourth row of the grid and quickly moved up to fourth.

He ran there for most of the race until a late pit stop dropped him to 10th as the race was on hold following a multi-car pileup.

The resumption effectively turned into a three lap sprint where Dixon was bale to improve three places to seventh.

Mike Conway earned his second victory of the season by holding off Kanaan for a 3.54.18s win.

The series now moves to Lexington, Ohio for the Honda Indy 200 on August 3.

Results race 1 - 65 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine           Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         1h15m44.3232s
 2.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy          +3.3408s
 3.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy         +4.8655s
 4.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda         +5.4271s
 5.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy        +12.5472s
 6.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda          +15.5804s
 7.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy        +28.6978s
 8.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda       +31.1677s
 9.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy         +33.1220s
10.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda          +33.7258s
11.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda        +39.0741s
12.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy        +43.3621s
13.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda          +58.3644s
14.  Carlos Huertas      Coyne/Honda          +58.4969s
15.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy      +58.9383s
16.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda     +1m01.4298s
17.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda     +1m01.7675s
18.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy            -1 lap
19.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy                -1 lap
20.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda           -2 laps

Retirements:

     Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda         39 laps
     Luca Filippi        Rahal/Honda            17 laps
     Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda             10 laps

 

 

Results race 2 - 56 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine           Time/Gap
 1.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy  1h20m35.5420s
 2.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy         +3.5418s
 3.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy          +5.1545s
 4.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy         +5.4857s
 5.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda            +6.6210s
 6.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda           +7.8701s
 7.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy         +7.9350s
 8.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda       +10.1765s
 9.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy             +12.0212s
10.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda          +15.7853s
11.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy        +15.8671s
12.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy         +16.2205s
13.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda         +20.9127s
14.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda       +22.6140s
15.  Carlos Huertas      Coyne/Honda          +29.2715s
16.  Luca Filippi        Rahal/Honda          +46.4382s
17.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda         -4 laps*
18.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda         -4 laps
19.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy           -4 laps

* Not running at finish

Retirements:

     Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda            50 laps
     Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy               49 laps
     Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda          47 laps**
     Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda          11 laps

** Running again at finish

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