Scott Dixon continues to lead IndyCar Series despite 10th place finish in Toronto

Scott Dixon finished 10th at Indy Toronto.

Scott Dixon finished 10th at Indy Toronto.

Scott Dixon's IndyCar series lead is down to just three points over Helio Castroneves, after the New Zealand driver finished 10th in the latest round in Toronto.

Dixon was forced to make up for lost time after hitting Australia's Will Power on the third corner of the opening lap and pitting with a puncture.

His series lead was narrowed by Castroneves who finished eighth, leaving the title wide open with five races left.

Fellow driver Josef Newgarden won the race and had some fun at hometown star James Hinchcliffe's expense.

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"I love beating Hinch in Canada," Newgarden said.

Newgarden raced to his second Toronto victory in three years on Monday (NZT), dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place.

Hinchcliffe was third behind Alexander Rossi.

​"I love Hinch. He's a great representative, but this is so good," Newgarden said.

Newgarden came out in front on lap 25 after a crash by Tony Kanaan caused a caution and maintained an advantage of over two seconds for the majority of the rest of the race.

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The 26-year-old Tennessee driver has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April. He gave Team Penske its 193rd victory, the most of any team.

"I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time," Newgarden said.

"Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim [Cindric] for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that. I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start, and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske."

Rossi had his first podium finish of the year and best result since winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe was third for the second straight year, Marco Andretti was fourth, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Dixon.​

 - AP


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