Pagenaud resists Dixon for third IndyCar win of 2019 in Toronto

Dominik Wilde
Autosport
Pagenaud resists Dixon for IndyCar Toronto win
Pagenaud resists Dixon for IndyCar Toronto win

Simon Pagenaud resisted a late charge from Scott Dixon to claim his third win of the 2019 IndyCar season in Toronto.

The Indianapolis 500 winner led from pole and was putting in a dominant display until the final round of pit stops when the resulting traffic from the cycle allowed fellow front-row starter Dixon to close in.

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Dixon, racing with an arm injury, slashed a five second lead to half a second in less than 30 laps.

He had made better use of his push-to-pass in the traffic, leaving Pagenaud on the backfoot and conserving fuel in the closing stages of the race.

With 15 laps to go Dixon was within half a second of Pagenaud, but the Penske driver was able to maintain a gap of within a second as the laps wound down, despite still having to contend with lapped traffic.

Alexander Rossi finished a comfortable but distant third to complete the podium, repassing championship rival Josef Newgarden in the final round of pit stops by stopping a lap earlier.

Newgarden maintained fourth despite hitting a wall hard with four laps to go.

Felix Rosenqvist slipped slightly down the order from his third place grid position to finish fifth, ahead of James Hinchcliffe in sixth and Colton Herta in seventh, who impressed by making up nine positions during the race.

Pagenaud resists Dixon for IndyCar Toronto win
Pagenaud resists Dixon for IndyCar Toronto win

Sebastien Bourdais was eighth, ahead of Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti.

Will Power was set to finish ninth ahead of both Rahal and Andretti until he locked his brakes and ended up in the tyre wall at turn eight on the final lap of the race.

However, that Rahal, Andretti, and Power were even in contention for top-10 positions was impressive given a major incident they were involved with in the opening stages of the race.

Going into turn three on lap two, Power attempted to pass Rahal up the inside but sent the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver spinning.

Rahal tagged Marco Andretti in the incident, causing him to spin as well, although he was able to continue.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marcus Ericsson, and Matheus Leist were also involved in the incident.

Despite that multi-car collision, there was only one retirement in the race when Takuma Sato's day ended with 18 laps to go after his Honda engine caught fire.

Sato had been running solidly in the top-five all day until that point.

Race result - 85 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m16.4388s

-

2

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1h30m16.5761s

0.1373s

3

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1h30m20.8108s

4.3720s

4

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m35.1110s

18.6722s

5

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1h30m37.1820s

20.7432s

6

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1h30m44.1098s

27.6710s

7

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1h30m49.0428s

32.6040s

8

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1h30m49.9803s

33.5415s

9

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1h30m51.7992s

35.3604s

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1h31m01.8566s

45.4178s

11

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1h31m09.9330s

53.4942s

12

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m17.3388s

1 Lap

13

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1h30m18.6432s

1 Lap

14

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m19.3908s

1 Lap

15

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m32.6122s

1 Lap

16

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1h30m37.8585s

1 Lap

17

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m38.8452s

1 Lap

18

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h28m36.1455s

Contact

19

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m44.9078s

2 Laps

20

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1h31m26.4753s

4 Laps

21

Sage Karam

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1h30m25.3677s

6 Laps

22

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1h11m57.1482s

Mechanical

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