Posted Jul 9th 2012 4:30PM
After a closely contested race on the streets of Toronto, Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the 2012 edition of the Honda Indy Toronto. His victory marks three consecutive wins in a row, a lead in the points race and a chance to become the IZOD IndyCar Series champion. The 31-year-old American is having a breakout season and can leave his mark on a series where he has never finished higher than seventh.
His win was hard fought in an exciting race that featured multiple leader changes, two cautions and numerous incidents of car-on-car contact. Charlie Kimball earned a career best performance with a second place finish while Mike Conway impressed fans with a swift shift from an 11th starting spot to a season-high third place finish.
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Although Canadian fan favourites had strong crowd support all weekend, they experienced a number of challenges on race day. Hometown boy James Hinchcliffe had his race come to an abrupt finish due to mechanical with 39 laps to go while Alex Tagliani battled his way to a tenth place finish. Catch all the race highlights and tight battles condensed into the 4-minute video clip below.
Crowds also got to see the new Honda Civic Si HFP in action, serving duty as the official Honda Indy Toronto pace car alongside Grand Marshal (and Canadian millionaire-turned-TV star) Robert Herjavec. His Grand Marshal duties included giving the famous "drivers, start your engines" command and participating in the Drivers Parade. Herjavec is also a successful race car driver and competed in two Ferrari Challenge races at the Honda Indy.
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