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IndyCar setup sheet: Streets of Toronto

IndyCar setup sheet: Streets of Toronto


What: Honda Indy Toronto / Race 10 of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Collection

The place: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ont. – road monitor

When: Sunday, July 16, 1:30pm ET (inexperienced flag 1:53pm ET)

The NTT IndyCar Collection heads north of the border for its annual rumble on the streets of Toronto, Ont. With 9 races within the books and solely eight to go, it may very well be a pivotal weekend for anybody with ambitions to chase down runaway championship chief Alex Palou and his more and more gargantuan factors lead.

Winding round Exhibition Place, near the shore of Lake Ontario, the tight 11-turn, 1.786-mile monitor lends itself to some opportunistic passing strikes, though many occasions there’s just one automobile making it out unscathed. The lengthy entrance straight main into the right-hander Princes’ Gate Flip 1 and the Lakeshore Boulevard straight main into a tough 90-degree right-hander at Flip 3 are the obvious locations for overtaking, however the Flip 5 left-hander and Flip 8’s 90-degree right-hander fashioned by the intersection of Manitoba Drive into Nova Scotia Avenue can come into play for some ‘Hail Mary’ passing makes an attempt, too.

Scott Dixon is Palou’s nearest challenger within the standings, albeit 110 factors (greater than the haul from two race wins and each bonus level on provide) behind his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate. However whereas Palou is on a roll of 4 wins from the final 5 races, Dixon is the shape man on the subject of Toronto. He’s received 4 occasions, together with final 12 months (beneath), and shall be trying to shut the hole because the collection heads for its house stretch.

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Within the final 10 Toronto races, the winner has come from the entrance row 5 occasions – three from the pole and two from the second slot (that man Dixon in 2018 and ’22). As famous, passing strikes include a reasonably excessive diploma of threat, however Josef Newgarden is the man on the subject of successful from additional again within the pack. He began seventh for his 2017 win, and all the best way again in eleventh for a 2015 victory. The Crew Penske driver sits third within the standings, 116 factors off of Palou, so he’ll be a person on a mission in Hogtown, too.

Sunday afternoon’s Honda Indy Toronto is scheduled for 85 laps and 151.81 miles. There’s the prospect of rain on Saturday and for race day, and with temperatures set to nudge 80 levels on Sunday, it may very well be an actual exercise for the 27-car discipline – not least IndyCar debutant Tom Blomqvist, who subs for a still-recovering Simon Pagenaud at Meyer Shank Racing following the Frenchman’s a number of rolls at Mid-Ohio. NTT IndyCar Collection vehicles aren’t fitted with energy steering, so IMSA ace Blomqvist will definitely really feel it on Monday morning…

You may comply with all of the apply and qualifying motion on Peacock on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, with Peacock additionally your go-to location for race day on Sunday, July 16. And to get even nearer to all of it, seize one of the best seat in the home with the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA and its 11 race day dwell onboard cameras.


Friday, July 14 / 3:00pm – 4:15pm ET – Apply 1 – Peacock

Saturday, July 15 / 10:35am – 11:35am ET – Apply 2 – Peacock

Saturday, July 15 / 2:50pm – 4:20pm ET – Qualifying – Peacock

Sunday, July 16 / 10:15am – 10:45am ET – Warmup – Peacock

Sunday, July 16 / 1:30pm – 4:00pm ET – RACE – Peacock

* All periods and the race are additionally obtainable as audio commentary on SiriusXM and INDYCAR Radio.

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Bringing you the onboard motion from the Honda Indy Toronto are…

Colton Herta / No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda
How hasn’t this man received a race in 2023, half 1. Final two races, Herta’s began on pole and gone on to guide 33 laps at Highway America, then 26 laps at Mid-Ohio (beneath). On present kind, he’s the motive force to beat, however he and his No. 26 Andretti Autosport crew have solely overwhelmed themselves. A untimely pit cease at Highway America left him fifth on the checkers, and a pitlane rushing penalty tumbled him right down to eleventh in Ohio. Kill the errors, put an entire weekend collectively, and the 2022 Toronto pole winner and runner-up may very well be heading for victory lane on Sunday.

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Pato O’Ward / No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
How hasn’t this man received a race in 2023, half 2. He’s fifth in factors, has 4 podiums to date, together with three second-place finishes, however O’Ward simply hasn’t been in a position to convert race-winning potential right into a victory but. Crashes at Lengthy Seashore, Indy and Detroit haven’t helped the trigger, however you’ll be able to count on the spectacular Mexican and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevy to be a risk for the win once more this weekend.

Will Energy / No. 12 Crew Penske Chevrolet
How hasn’t this man received a race in 2023, half 3. The defending NTT IndyCar Collection champ has been on the rostrum in two of the final three races, however appears a tick behind on the subject of difficult for the victory, relative to the Alex Palou/Chip Ganassi Racing barrage. Rediscovering his scintillating qualifying type of yore and beginning somewhat additional up the grid may assist his trigger. Regardless, the Crew Penske ace stays calm and resolute, and that breakout weekend is unquestionably coming. Will or not it’s in Toronto? Don’t rule it out.

Kyle Kirkwood / No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda
The Acura Grand Prix of Lengthy Seashore winner has shed somewhat momentum since taking that first IndyCar victory again in April. However two top-10 finishes within the final three races and third on the grid at Mid-Ohio final day trip are proof constructive that the momentum’s returning. Toronto’s a monitor he relishes, with three wins between the partitions throughout his rise via the junior open-wheel ranks, and it may very well be one other sturdy displaying this time round. Podium competition? Positively. One thing extra? Might be.

Scott McLaughlin / No. 3 Crew Penske Chevrolet
McLaughlin received at Barber in April, however hasn’t stood on a podium since. Nonetheless, you type of sense there’s an enormous weekend developing for the Crew Penske driver (beneath), and that his three top-10 finishes within the final three races have been the calm earlier than the storm. Road programs have been his bread and butter throughout his seasons of Australian Supercars dominance, and he’s already notched up a win between the partitions of St. Pete in 2022, so look out for the Kiwi to be a significant factor in Toronto.

Felix Rosenqvist / No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
Coming off the again of two disappointing races at Highway America and Mid-Ohio, Rosenqvist shall be searching for a return to the preventing kind that delivered a podium on the streets of downtown Detroit final month. Sooner somewhat than later, somebody’s going to interrupt Arrow McLaren’s win drought. Might or not it’s the Swede, and will or not it’s on the shore of Lake Ontario on Sunday?

Alexander Rossi / No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
A podium on the Indy Grand Prix apart, Rossi’s huge “welcome to Arrow McLaren” second remains to be to reach. He and engineer Craig Hampson are in tune, however like his teammates, Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, the 206 Indy 500 winner is struggling to place collectively a coherent season. Ending solely tenth at Highway America and Mid-Ohio lowered the trajectory he’d been on via Indy and Detroit, but it surely doesn’t really feel like a pattern simply but, and two profession podiums in Toronto say this is likely to be the weekend to ratchet issues up once more.

Graham Rahal / No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
After qualifying second at Mid-Ohio and contending for a podium till a few minor pit cease mishaps shuffled him to seventh, Rahal (beneath) heads to Toronto with an actual probability of continuous the upward pattern. Execution is essential, and Rahal is searching for the RLL crew to chop out these pitlane errors, however Toronto delivered his greatest results of 2022 with a fourth-place end. Can he match that, and even higher it?

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Callum Ilott / No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
It’s time for Ilott and his Juncos Hollinger Racing group to rediscover the thrill and momentum that gave them top-10 finishes within the opening two races of the marketing campaign. Since then, issues have been one thing of a slog, but when it even half clicks in Toronto, the 2020 Formulation 2 runner-up may very well be again on top-10 – or increased – kind once more.

Christian Lundgaard /No. 45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Like his teammate Graham Rahal, Lundgaard loved RLL’s Mid-Ohio uptick, qualifying fifth, then operating strongly within the race to match his season-best end of fourth. Lundgaard began tenth and completed eight on his first go to to Toronto final 12 months, the monitor the place he felt he and the group started to make ahead progress. One thing comparable this time round and the Danish road-racing specialist may even be a podium contender.

Tom Blomqvist / No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
With Simon Pagenaud sitting Toronto out after his wild trip throughout Mid-Ohio apply, MSR’s highly-regarded 2022 IMSA DPi champ Blomqvist will get known as up for his NTT IndyCar Collection debut. The British-born Swede (beneath) did check an MSR IndyCar machine final 12 months, however with no time to hit the sim earlier than heading to a monitor he’s by no means raced on earlier than, it’s going to be a weekend of consuming from the firehose. “I don’t know what to anticipate,” Blomqvist instructed RACER. “I’ve by no means been so uncertain in my life about how that is going to pan out; I really feel prefer it’s going to be higher than anticipated or it’s going to be actually, actually robust.” Both manner, he’s excited concerning the alternative, and it’ll be fascinating to trip alongside onboard.

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