Will Power keeps chipping away at Juan Pablo Montoya’s IndyCar championship lead despite again falling short of a race win in Toronto.
Starting on pole for the fifth time this season, the Australian led for the first 30 laps of the 85-lap race but fell back to finish fourth on the 2.8km Exhibition Place street circuit on Sunday.
American Josef Newgarden took the chequered flags, leading a CFH Racing one-two finish ahead of teammate Luca Filippi and Power’s Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.
With 10 races completed this year and six remaining, Power has won just once – in Indianapolis at the start of May.
Nonetheless, Power sits second in the championship standings, 27 points behind Montoya, who came in seventh in Toronto.
“(The race) went quickly. I was surprised. They said it was the end and I was like, ‘Really, that’s it?'” said Team Penske driver Power.
“But, yeah, I was happy. We went with a low risk (strategy)… We gained some points back with a solid top-four (finish).”
Newgarden crossed the finish line only 1.4485 seconds ahead of his Italian teammate to capture his second race of the season.
It was a welcome turnaround after CFH had a pair of blown Chevrolet engines last week at Texas Motor Speedway, where Newgarden was relegated to 21st and Carpenter to 22nd in a field of 23.
“That we could give this team a one-two in its first year is just amazing,” said Newgarden, who also won at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama in April. “Hopefully we can continue to do this.”
The race ended a 10-week stretch of on-track activity for the series.
The next race is on June 27 at Fontana, California.