RACE RECAP: Honda Indy Toronto


As Round 1 of Qualifying concluded, Marco Andretti finished sixth in his group, advancing the UniFirst driver into the second round. Andretti clocked a fastest lap of 0:58.7663, narrowly missing the Firestone Fast Six with a 0.1358 seconds difference from the cut off. Andretti’s seventh-place starting position for Sunday’s event recorded a career-best in Toronto for the third-generation driver. Rossi finished sixth in Round 2, making a fifth Firestone Fast Six appearance this season.


The 85-lap race, bookended by full course cautions, saw many different strategies playing out through the field. But it was the strategy of those that led the field to the green flag that prevailed, earning their podium-finishes.

At the tail end of the first lap, a six-car incident brought out the first caution of the day. The three remaining Andretti drivers all found themselves affected by the incident. Marco Andretti saved the car during a brilliant 360 move and managed to drive away unscathed, avoiding the collection of cars that happened just after being spun. The UniFirst car went on to collect a 105th-career top 10 for Andretti while gaining one position in the championship standings.


The team quickly heads back to Indianapolis to turn the cars around and prepare for the return of night racing at Iowa Speedway Saturday – the first night race at the 7/8-mile oval since 2015.


“It was a decent day for the UniFirst team. We salvaged something after we got spun by [Graham] Rahal on the start. To salvage a top 10 after being spun isn’t bad. We had higher hopes, but we got spun on the start. On to Iowa.” 


After two thrilling rounds of competition in Toronto, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team now takes a weekend break before returning to racing at Ryan Norman’s home track of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for another doubleheader weekend July 27-28.

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