Mike Conway has claimed his second IndyCar Series win of the season with a sensational charge to the lead in the closing laps of Sunday’s second race on the streets of Toronto.
The Ed Carpenter Racing driver took full advantage of an outstanding strategy, winning by three seconds after a late pass for the lead on Justin Wilson.
It was a race full of Safety Car interruptions brought about by some wet weather and very ill-disciplined driving from a number of runners, but Conway picked his way through the minefield and made a perfectly-timed call to switch to dry tyres in an unscheduled final pit stop.
The pit stop was triggered by yet another full course caution in what became a time-limited race. Carlos Huertas and Ryan Briscoe were the culprits; the pair made contact and spun, taking out championship leader Hélio Castroneves along with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Muñoz and Jack Hawsworth.
Wilson elected to remain out in the hope that the track wouldn’t dry too quickly after the rain stopped, but it wasn’t to be as Conway quickly got past and motored home to claim the Ed Carpenter Racing team’s third win of the season.
Kanaan – who earned his third podium on the trot – also climbed through and finished second, while Will Power cut into Castroneves’ slender points lead by completing the podium. Castroneves could do no better than finish twelfth with a mangled front wing.
Charlie Kimball finished in fourth place, while Takuma Sato ended a run of six DNFs by bringing his AJ Foyt-run car home in fifth position.
Hawksworth finished sixth despite getting caught out in the final multi-car accident; the English rookie crossed the line ahead of Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Race 1 winner Sébastien Bourdais and an unlucky Wilson.
There was a frightening accident earlier in the race when Mikhail Aleshin’s car slid under the back of Juan Pablo Montoya’s Penske, which had nosed into the Turn 8 tyres after getting caught out in a rain shower. The Russian rookie arrived on the scene far too quickly and drove straight into the back of the Colombian, whose car was now effectively parked on top of the youngster.
Montoya’s car had to be craned off Aleshin’s before he could be extricated from his car; Aleshin sported tyre marks on his helmet, reminding everyone of just how lucky he was to avoid serious injury.
2014 IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto – Race 2 Result (56 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Mike Conway||Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet||1:20:35.5420|
|2.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 3.5418|
|3.||Will Power||Team Penske Chevrolet||+ 5.1545|
|4.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 5.4857|
|5.||Takuma Sato||A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda||+ 6.6210|
|6.||Jack Hawksworth||Bryan Herta Autosport Honda||+ 7.8701|
|7.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 7.9350|
|8.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport Honda||+ 10.1765|
|9.||Sébastien Bourdais||KV Racing Technology Honda||+ 12.0212|
|10.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||+ 15.7853|
|11.||Ryan Briscoe||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||+ 15.8671|
|12.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske Chevrolet||+ 16.2205|
|13.||Josef Newgarden||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda||+ 20.9127|
|14.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport Honda||+ 22.6140|
|15.||Carlos Huertas||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||+ 29.2715|
|16.||Luca Filippi||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda||+ 46.4382|
|17.||Carlos Muñoz||Andretti Autosport Honda||– 4 laps|
|18.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport Honda||– 4 laps|
|19.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske Chevrolet||– 4 laps|
|Did Not Finish|
|DNF.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda||50 laps|
|DNF.||Sebastián Saavedra||KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing Honda||49 laps|
|NC.||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||47 laps|
|DNF.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||11 laps|
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