Hinchcliffe races to 3rd at Toronto Indy

Ryan Hunter Reay in practice at St. Pete

Ryan Hunter Reay in practice at St. Pete

He'd done better at Baltimore and Sao Paulo, both of which dropped off the schedule after 2013.

Newgarden's win today in the No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet also tightened the season championship chase after 12 of 17 races. "I didn't want to get on the radio and ask because I didn't really want to know, if I'm honest, so I just kept my head down and kept my foot down and luckily I think this is the second time that's happened that as soon as the race ended it started to rain so we're glad that Mother Nature made a decision to play nice today". Hildebrand has struggled at road and street courses this season, never finishing higher than 11th. "It's so awesome feeling the energy back in this event, it's obviously one that has meant a lot to me for a long time".

"I was concerned about that (rain) and how it would throw a wrench into the works", Newgarden said. "We stayed quite a bit later and just really analyzed everything that we could, and made some pretty solid changes overnight that suited me really well on Saturday (for qualifying)".

"I think things are starting to finally come together". "I think it had to be hard to pass people today".

"The more you do it, the more you drive the cars, the easier it all becomes", he said.

The finish was the third in four races in which Dixon finished outside the top five.

Rossi had his first podium finish of the year and best result since winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Dixon is the current points leader in the series thanks to one win and three runner-up finishes. He also has enjoyed a long history of success at most of the tracks left on the calendar, including Toronto.

For the second straight year, Toronto-area native James Hinchcliffe started sixth and finished third to the delight of the hometown fans. Hinchcliffe probably had a podium taken away from him when a much-debated questionable caution came out at St. Petersburg in the season opener.

Paul Gohde heard the sound of race cars early in his life.Growing up in suburban Milwaukee, just north of Wisconsin State Fair Park in the 1950's, Paul had no idea what "that noise" was all about that he heard several times a year.

Interestingly, street courses have been a major killer for Will Power this year. 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. After the round of pit stops though, he was second and even though he was unable to get to within two seconds for most of the last half of the race, he was still very pleased with his run.

NHRALast race: Steve Torrence took first outside of Chicago.

The Andretti Autosport driver almost lost control with only five laps remaining.

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