Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, posted on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 11:52 pm.
The winner on the streets of Toronto ahead of Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist, Scott Dixon tied Mario Andretti with a successful 52nd in IndyCar. Simon Pagenaud finished seventh when Romain Grosjean finished 16th.
Time has no bearing on Scott Dixon. The New Zealander took to the streets of Toronto to claim his 52nd victory in the IndyCar Championship after a spirited race on the street circuit, which is back on the calendar after a three-year absence. While Colton Hertha was able, starting in first, to maintain the advantage, Joseph Newgarden had to bend over to Scott Dixon to finish second. But, due to debris left by the single-seat Takuma Sato, the race was quickly neutralized. After the restart, the leaders quickly dived into the pits to leave aside the soft tires that were initially installed. Colton Herta stopped on a late lap for his runner-up and found himself cornered by the New Zealander who, thanks to the warm tyres, was able to brake later and take the lead. Strategies were posted then, but on lap 45 Felix Rosenqvist had an attack on Alexander Rossi who lost control of his car after contact, and ended up in the wall.
Dixon did more than just wait
The race direction did not judge the McLaren driver to be at fault. After a long break, the race was able to resume racing with Colton Hertha in the leader exhaust and with Felix Rosenqvist on contact. Then it was a clash between Kyle Kirkwood and Jimmy Johnson that caused a new neutralization. Once the race resumed, Scott Dixon managed to create a gap in the pocket for two seconds to give himself some air. Margin was enough for driver Chip Ganassi Racing to win and return to Mario Andretti’s pinnacle of IndyCar wins. Colton Herta, who recently drove the 2021 McLaren F1 in Portugal, and Felix Rosenqvist completed the podium. Simon Pagenaud, the last winner so far in Toronto, was able to climb to seventh when Romain Grosjean had to take the 16th. Fifth, Marcus Ericsson retains the championship lead ahead of the two races at the Iowa Oval next weekend.
IndyCar/Toronto Grand Prix
Final classification – 85 laps (240,890 km) – Sunday 17 July 2022
1- Scott Dixon (NZL/Chip Ganassi Racing) at 1h38’45”3087
2- Colton Herta (USA / Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian) at 0″ 8106
3- Felix Rosenqvist (SWE / Arrow McLaren SP) at 1”3490
4- Graham Rahal (USA/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) at 4″ 4830
5- Marcus Ericsson (SUE/Chip Ganassi Racing) at 5”1260
7- Simon Pagenaud (FRA/Meyer Shank Racing) at 8’7398
16- Romain Grosjean (FRA / Andretti Autosport) 19”7839
Drivers’ Championship standings after 10 races (out of 17)
1- Marcus Ericsson (SUE / Chip Ganassi Racing) 351 points
3- 314- Abdul-Majid Abdul-Majid
4- 307- Abdul Majeed Salahuddin (USA)
5- 307 Saleh Muhammad Ali (NZL)
10- 243- Abdul-Majid Abdul-Majid
15th- Romain Grosjean (FRA / Andretti Autosport) 197
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