IndyCar’s #2inTO was a huge success for racing fans, serving up two races on the streets of downtown Toronto that couldn’t have been more different in terms of weather, pit strategy, and on-track carnage. The first race of the day saw Sebastien Bourdais take his first victory in 7 years. The second saw Mike Conway – the road course specialist at tiny Ed Carpenter racing – take his second win of 2014 in exciting style, fighting off a determined Tony Kanaan in the closing minutes of the 2 hour timed race.
It was a nail-biting thriller at the end, with Conway’s early call to switch from wet-weather tires to a set of sticker red Firestones proving to be the right one. A caution on the drying, but still slippery track saw the leaders dive into the pits for fresh rubber, and Mike Conway’s number 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet just cruised on past.
There was a chaotic restart that saw Conway take the lead just before major pile-up in “Calamity Corner” brought out a red flag with around four minutes to go. Conway in 1st, Kanaan in 3rd, but Conway had him covered on the restart.
“The tire temperatures came in really fast and that’s what you need in those types of conditions so I could just control it and not have to push too hard and enjoy those last few laps,” said Conway.
Further back in the field, Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was lucky to avoid serious injury when he charged hard into the back of Juan Pablo Montoya‘s Penske Chevrolet and the front of his helmet came into contact with Montoya’s rear tire. In an interview later, Aleshin showed his helmet to the camera – it was heavy with rubber laid down by Montoya’s Firestones!
Mikhail Aleshin Crash at Toronto
Tony Kanaan, Will Power, and Charlie Kimball round out the top 4 finishers. Weirdly, all of them were running Chevy power (make of that what you will). You can see how the 2nd IndyCar race in Toronto played out for the rest of the field, below. Enjoy!
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||6|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||15|
|16||Luca Filippi (R)||Honda||16|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||19|
|18||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||23|
Source | Images: IndyCar.