Hunter-Reay, in the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car, inherited the lead on Lap 57 and was enjoying his Sunday drive on the Exhibition Place street circuit towards victory.
Charlie Kimball securing a career-best runner-up finish, and Mike Conway coming from the 11th starting spot to place a season-high third.
Ryan who entered the race three points behind front-runner Will Power in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings, heads to the Edmonton Indy with a 34-point lead as Power’s No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car finished 15th. Helio Castroneves, who finished sixth, overtook Scott Dixon (out early with an engine issue) for third (46 points back).
Though the racing was as rough and tumble as usual on the tight course, there was a lone full-course caution through the initial 78 laps. The second was called by Race Control for Newgarden’s stalled car that had slid into the Turn 3 tires.
For more images during the Honda Indy Toronto see our Photo Coverage.
Honda Indy Toronto race specifics:
The race is 85 laps, 148.75 miles on the 11-turn, 1.75-mile street course. The time-limit of 2 hours, 30 minutes will go into effect in the event of rain. The pit road speed limit is 60 mph. Pole sitter Dario Franchitti has chosen to grid drivers’ left. The green flag to start the race will be shown the third time by the start-finish line. The E85 ethanol allotment for today’s race is 68.5 gallons. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will drive the Honda Civic SI Safety Car. There will be no tow-ins or returns from the garage within the final 15 minutes of the race.
HONDA INDY TORONTO POST-RACE NOTES:
• This is Ryan Hunter-Reay’s third straight win and his eighth career Indy car win. It is his first win on the streets of Toronto.
• Hunter-Reay is the first American to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings since Sam Hornish Jr., won the series title in 2006.
• This is Andretti Autosport’s first win in Toronto. Team owner Michael Andretti won here seven times as a Indy car driver.
• Charlie Kimball finished second, his career best finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series. His previous best finish was eighth, three previous times.
• Mike Conway finished third, his best finish of the 2012 season. His previous best finish was seventh at Barber.
• Tony Kanaan finished fourth, his fifth top-five finish of the season.
• Oriol Servia finished fifth, his fourth top-five finish of 2012.
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
1.Ryan Hunter-Reay 335
2.Will Power 301
3.Helio Castroneves 289
4.Scott Dixon 281
5.James Hinchcliffe 268
6.Tony Kanaan 267
7.Simon Pagenaud (R) 264
8.Dario Franchitti 230
9.Ryan Briscoe 217
10. Oriol Servia 215
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP