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February 20, 2018

Newgarden roars to second Toronto IndyCar win in three years

Newgarden roars to second Toronto IndyCar win in three years
'Josef Newgarden, pictured in action in June 2017, won the Toronto IndyCar race' - By: GETTY ROBERT LABERGE

Montreal (AFP) - American Josef Newgarden caught a lucky break as he drove to victory in the Toronto IndyCar race Sunday for his fifth career and second win of the 2017 season.

Newgarden was on a pit stop on lap 23 when Tony Kanaan crashed into a safety barrier. A yellow flag went up and the other front runners used that opportunity to take to the pits which allowed Newgarden to seize the lead.

"That's twice I have had good calls in Toronto in the pits at the right time," said Newgarden, who also won the Toronto race in 2015.

"After that it was about managing the race. We had a fast car and a good start after the mayhem. Amazing job."

Runner-up Alexander Rossi finished 1.87 seconds behind Team Penske's Newgarden while crowd favorite James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, matched his 2016 showing by finishing third again.

"It is a carbon copy of last year," Hinchcliffe said. "It took everything I had to keep those guys behind me."

Hinchcliffe said he could have made a push for the lead if the race had gone more laps.

"I wish the race was 10 or 15 laps longer. We might have had a better race," he said.

This was Rossi's best showing since winning the Indianapolis 500 last year.

"Hopefully it can be a foundation to get more wins," Rossi said.

Season points leader Scott Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, finished in 10th place and saw his lead slip to just three points over Brazil's Helio Castroneves. Dixon got off to an inauspicious start as he collided with Will Power on the first lap.

Marco Andretti finished fourth, his best performance since a third-place finish in June 2015.

The next IndyCar Series race is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 30.

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