Honda Indy Toronto Advance
Indianapolis, Ind. (July 13, 2018) – With dominate performances in the Iowa Corn 300, Rising Star Racing’s (RSR) Josef Newgarden and Spencer Pigot are set to return to the ‘Streets of Toronto,’ this weekend.
In 2017, Newgarden qualified in the seventh-position and earned his fifth career victory, his second career victory under Team Penske, in the Honda Indy Toronto.
“The No. 1-Hitachi Chevy is going to be all dialed in,” Newgarden added. “I know myself and my crew are really working to win [in the ‘Streets of Toronto’] again.”
With 23-entrants, the Verizon IndyCar Series will host its eighth street/road-course of the 2018 season. Newgarden and Pigot will battle the field in the 85-lap, 11-turn temporary street course.
Last season, Pigot qualified in the 13thposition; however, with mechanical difficulties late in the competition, he finished in 20th.
“It’s one of the most challenging street-courses that we go to. It’s very unique in the amount of surface changes we encounter during a lap,” Pigot said. “In some cases, you drive over three different surfaces in one corner, so it’s difficult to find a set-up that is compliant around the entire circuit…”
Newgarden believes that this year’s race will require more strategy and then speed.
“The new car is going to be fast there, and I think that’s going to make it really fun. Strategy will be really important here as with any street/road-course, so that’s something to I know a lot of teams are thinking about.”
Pigot is determined to accomplish better results this weekend.
“Ed Carpenter Racing and I have both had success at Toronto in the past, so we are all really looking forward to this event,” Pigot said.
Art Wilmes, RSR’s Founder and CEO, again affirms Newgarden and Pigot’s status.
“Last weekend proved, once-more that Josef and Spencer are serious contenders,” Wilmes said. “Josef qualified second, dominated the race and with a late race strategy adjustment, finished fourth. Spencer qualified in the rear and drove his ‘you-know-what off’ and notched his best finish. RSR has the best talent and I am very encouraged by where we are, at this point in the season.”
Practice for the Honda Indy Toronto will be made available on the; Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, indycarradio.com, SIRIUS 217, XM 209, indycar.com, the official Verizon IndyCar mobile app and on racecontrol.indycar.com.
Saturday’s qualifying session for the Honda Indy Toronto will be made available on the; NBCSN, Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, indycarradio.com, SIRIUS 217, XM 209, indycar.com, the official Verizon IndyCar mobile app and on racecontrol.indycar.com beginning at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto will be made available on the; NBCSN, Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, indycarradio.com, SIRIUS 217, XM 209, indycar.com, the official Verizon IndyCar mobile app and on racecontrol.indycar.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. (ET).
To learn more about the Honda Indy Toronto, visit; www.indycar.com.