Sébastien Bourdais has finally broken through to claim his first victory since returning to the American racing scene. The Frenchman dominated Sunday’s first of two races on the streets of Toronto to earn his first open-wheel racing win since 2007.
“It’s really sweet. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align,” the French veteran beamed afterwards.
“I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go. Last year we were second and third and it’s great to get this win.”
Bourdais qualified on pole and finished three seconds up the road from series leader Hélio Castroneves, who extended his points lead over Penske teammate Will Power. Castroneves’ compatriot, Tony Kanaan, completed the podium.
Fourth place went to Simon Pagenaud, who bounced back from an early spin with another customary charge back through the field. Defending series champion Scott Dixon finished fifth. Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Justin Wilson and Will Power completed the top-ten.
After the originally-scheduled race was washed out and postponed by a day, the field seemed to forget that there was another 65-lap race in the afternoon.
The opening lap saw a huge pile-up after Luca Filippi took out Pagenaud and sent the Frenchman spinning across the track. Mike Conway, Takuma Sato, Josef Newgarden, and Carlos Munoz were all caught out as Pagenaud’s car slid sideways in front of them. The accident completely blocked the track.
Former champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was another driver to come to grief during the race. The Andretti Autosport driver was ferried into the wall after contact with Tony Kanaan.
2014 IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto – Race 1 Result (65 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Sébastien Bourdais||KV Racing Technology Honda||1:15:44.3232|
|2.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske Chevrolet||+ 3.3408|
|3.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 4.8655|
|4.||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||+ 5.4271|
|5.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 12.5472|
|6.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda||+ 15.5804|
|7.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 28.6978|
|8.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport Honda||+ 31.1677|
|9.||Will Power||Team Penske Chevrolet||+ 33.1220|
|10.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||+ 33.7258|
|11.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||+ 39.0741|
|12.||Ryan Briscoe||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 43.3621|
|13.||Jack Hawksworth||Bryan Herta Autosport Honda||+ 58.3644|
|14.||Carlos Huertas||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||+ 58.4969|
|15.||Mike Conway||Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet||+ 58.9383|
|16.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport Honda||+ 1:01.4298|
|17.||Carlos Muñoz||Andretti Autosport Honda||+ 1:01.7675|
|18.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske Chevrolet||– 1 lap|
|19.||Sebastián Saavedra||KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing Honda||– 1 lap|
|Did Not Finish|
|DNF.||Josef Newgarden||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda||63 laps|
|DNF.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport Honda||39 laps|
|DNF.||Luca Filippi||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda||17 laps|
|DNF.||Takuma Sato||A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda||10 laps|
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