Power limps out of Toronto after colliding with Kiwi

In two moments Sunday afternoon on the streets of Toronto, the complexion of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship changed, and produced the next chapter for what's to come over the final five races of the season. "The Penskes looked like they were going to run away with this thing". I think this is it. Just not worth it.

"I feel very satisfied that way". "Didn't even complete the first lap". Power then bounced off the wall and back into the left rear of Dixon. Power's day ended with a last-place finish; Dixon finished 10th, losing five points off his series points lead.

"It was a rough day in the NTT Data auto". "It's way easier to make a mistake, it's way easier to get into the wall". Then we had to fix the auto and INDYCAR gave us a drive-through penalty, which was kind of odd.

"I won in 2007, a wet but drying race".

Pagenaud and Castroneves' race was ruined by Kanaan caution.

Newgarden, who also won here in 2015, came out in front on Lap 25 after a crash by Tony Kanaan caused a caution.

Marco Andretti finished fourth with pole victor Simon Pagenaud fifth. Finally we made the right calls and made it.

Graham Rahal qualified second for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a lap of 59.2245 seconds (108.563 mph), three-tenths adrift of pole. You could see in the first stint, Helio, Simon and myself were taking off.

The win puts Newgarden in the championship hunt as he is now just 23 points behind Dixon. He won the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April and was third in the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix in June. Newgarden was 56 back of Dixon seven days ago in the cornfields of Iowa.

On the same day, Newgarden gained 21 (Pagenaud), 28 (Castroneves), 31 (Rahal) and 44 (Power) points over four other title contenders.

"Today again we made a pretty big step forward". "We pitted not because we were anticipating a yellow".

"It would have been nice to give the (crew) guys a win where I haven't won before", he said. We've been looking for a breakthrough this year. It kind of yo-yos back and forth for everybody. "But we're just having fun with that, so that's why the entrance was a bit flamboyant".

"We were up there but I'll always take a bit of luck, I think we all would", he said. "That's been my goal since really looking at the time frame and where we were going to be at the six weeks weight bearing, the eight weeks walking".

Newgarden and the Penske team. I didn't have a ride until about February when I signed my deal with Exclusive Autosport whereas with most race auto drivers their deals are done well before even the fall, possibly after the race season is done they already have deals done for next year. Finally, through prodding by friends of his parents, he was taken to several Thursday night modified stock vehicle races on the old quarter-mile dirt track that was in the infield of the one-mile oval -and he was hooked.The first Milwaukee Mile event that he attended was the 1959 Rex Mays Classic won by Johnny Thomson in the pink Racing Associates lay-down Offy built by the legendary Lujie Lesovsky. One could argue Power should have won Barber and Newgarden - or any Penske member - should have won at Road America, but they didn't after getting usurped. But there's reason to think he could deliver a top-10 result - or better. He began covering races in 1965 for Racing Wheels newspaper in Vancouver, WA as a reporter/photographer and his first credentialed race was Jim Clark's historic Indy win.Paul has also done reporting, columns and photography for Midwest Racing News since the mid-sixties, with the 1967 Hoosier 100 being his first big race to report for them.He is a retired middle-grade teacher, an avid collector of vintage racing memorabilia, and a tour guide at Miller Park. Dixon is gunning for what would be a record-setting fifth IndyCar title, while Castroneves is fighting for his first in what many have begun to speculate is his past year in IndyCar.

Pocono though? That could be - probably should be - a Honda track.

Replacing the Russian is Sebastian Saavedra, a veteran of the series who most recently ran for Juncos Racing at this year's Indianapolis 500.


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