Fast Facts heading to the Honda Indy Toronto

This weekend sees the Honda Indy Toronto underway around a 1.78-mile temporary street circuit, on the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place.

Scott Dixon won the 2018 race and returning to Toronto currently sits fourth overall, 94 points behind leader Josef Newgarden.

“Toronto is a really fun place to go,” Dixon commented. “To be at a racetrack downtown and on the water is really an unbelievable setting for us as drivers. The city has grown so much and it’s a great market for us. It’s really another classic street course which allows passing zones for the cars.

“The fans in Toronto – and Canada, in general – are very knowledgeable and you can see that passion come through on race weekends there. I hope we can have a big weekend with the PNC Bank No. 9 car.”

The 85-lap race gets underway at 3:42pm local time on Sunday (7:42am Monday NZ time).

Here are the fast Facts:

There have been six different winners in 10 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2019: Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1 and Texas Motor Speedway), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach and Road America), Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval) and Scott Dixon (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2) have won races in 2019. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.

There have been seven different NTT P1 Award winners in 2019: Will Power (Streets of St. Petersburg and Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1), Felix Rosenqvist (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course) Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval), Josef Newgarden (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2) and Colton Herta (Road America) have won poles in 2019. The record for most pole winners in a season is 12 set in the 1999 CART season.

The Honda Indy Toronto will be the 35th Indy car race on the streets of Exhibition Place. Scott Dixon won the race in 2018.

The Honda Indy Toronto will be the ninth race on a road/street course in 2019. Six drivers have won the previous eight road/street races: Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg and Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach and Road America), Simon Pagenaud (INDYCAR Grand Prix) and Scott Dixon (Raceway at Belle Isle-2)

Will Power and Scott Dixon have each won three times at Toronto, the most wins by an active Indy car driver at the track. Power, who won in 2007, 2010 and 2016, and Dixon, winner of both races in 2013 and the 2018 race, are among five past Toronto winners entered in this year’s race, along with Sebastien Bourdais (2004, 2014 Race 1), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012) and Josef Newgarden (2015 and 2017). Michael Andretti has the most wins at the track with seven.

The NTT IndyCar Series champion has won in Toronto in six of the last 10 seasons. Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden all won on the streets of Toronto before eventually claiming the championship. Franchitti won in 2009 and again in 2011. Hunter-Reay won in 2012, Dixon swept both races in 2013 and won the single race in 2018 and Newgarden won in 2017. Seven other drivers have claimed the Indy car championship in the same season they won at Toronto. They are Bobby Rahal (1986), Al Unser Jr. (1990), Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1998), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004).

Drivers who have won poles at Toronto entered in this year’s race are Sebastien Bourdais (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2014 Race 1), Scott Dixon (2013 Race 2 and 2016), Will Power (2011 and 2015), Simon Pagenaud (2017) and Josef Newgarden (2018). The pole sitter has won the race seven times since the first race in 1986, most recently by Bourdais in 2014 Race 1.

Scott Dixon has finished on the podium in four of the last 10 races at Toronto. He has eight top-five finishes in 14 starts. … Sebastien Bourdais has eight top-five finishes in 14 Toronto starts. … Will Power has finished on the podium in five of his 14 Toronto starts. … Toronto-area native James Hinchcliffe has finished in the top four in the last three races at the track.

Seventeen drivers entered in the event have competed in Indy car races at Toronto. Tony Kanaan (16) has the most starts among the entered drivers. Ten of those drivers have led laps at the track (Scott Dixon 200, Sebastien Bourdais 189, Will Power 162, Josef Newgarden 120, Ryan Hunter-Reay 36, Simon Pagenaud 34, Tony Kanaan 24, Graham Rahal 23, Max Chilton 1 and Spencer Pigot 1).

Scott Dixon at Toronto in 2013

Chip Ganassi Racing has won seven times at Toronto: Michael Andretti (1994), Alex Zanardi (1998), Dario Franchitti (2009 and 2011) and Scott Dixon (2013, both races, and 2018). Team Penske has four wins at the track (Paul Tracy 1993, Will Power 2010 and 2016 and Josef Newgarden 2017). Team Penske has nine pole positions at the track: Danny Sullivan (1988 and 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (1993), Helio Castroneves (2000), Gil de Ferran (2001), Will Power (2011 and 2015), Simon Pagenaud (2017) and Josef Newgarden (2018).

Rookies Marcus Ericsson, Santino Ferrucci, Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist, along with veteran Sage Karam, will race an NTT IndyCar Series car on the streets of Toronto for the first time this weekend.

Tony Kanaan seeks to start his 311th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Kanaan is second all time in career starts after making his 370th start at Road America on June 23. Mario Andretti holds the record with 407.

Scott Dixon has made 251 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the second-longest streak in Indy car racing. Marco Andretti has made 227 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.

Scott Dixon, the longest-tenured driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, is third on the all-time Indy car victory list with 45 wins. Sebastien Bourdais is sixth on the all-time list with 37 wins and Will Power is tied with Bobby Unser for seventh on the all-time list with 35 wins.

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits both talkmotorsport.co.nz and nzmotorracing.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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