Will Power wins his fourth race of the season at the Honda Indy Toronto

Following a race contact, Alex Tagliani ends up 17th in Toronto

Driver: ALEX TAGLIANI
Entry: No 77 Bowers & Wilkins Hot Wheels FAZZT Race Team Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Event: 2nd IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto — 85 laps/239.389 kilometers
 24th Indy Toronto since its launch in 1986 with an off year in 2008
Track: Streets of Toronto ON — 2.816-km street course
Race: 10 of 17

TAGLIANI HONDA INDY TORONTO RACE RESULTS
TAGLIANI STARTING POSITION: 9th
TAGLIANI POSITION AT FINISH: 17th
TAGLIANI LAPS COMPLETED: 84 of 85  

HONDA INDY TORONTO PODIUM
1st Will Power, Team Penske; 85 laps
2nd Dario Franchitti, Chip Ganassi Racing; 85 laps; 1.2757-second gap
3rd Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport; 85 laps; 1.7605-second gap
 
Toronto, July 18, 2010 — In an action packed race interrupted by six full course cautions caused by several race contacts, including the last one involving Canadian Alex Tagliani and South African Tomas Scheckter on lap 74 of 85 of the Honda Indy Toronto held Sunday, Will Power scored his fourth win of the season to increase his lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. Starting from ninth on the grid, Tagliani kept the pace of the leaders throughout the event running often in the top 10, and was up to seventh place when his Bowers & Wilkins Hot Wheels Dallara was harpooned by Scheckter who was trying to move past him as they both entered turn one of the Toronto 2,816-kilometer street course. When the officials finally pulled Tagliani’s car from the tire wall, he drove back to the pits where his FAZZT Race Team crew changed to nose cone section. He returned to the track one lap down to finish 17th overall.

 

“We didn’t have the fastest car today but we kept on passing cars on the track,” Tagliani said after the race. “The FAZZT team could have probably picked up a fine sixth place had it not been for that deplorable contact with Scheckter (Tomas). He used my car to make the corner. He isn’t in the championship race and not fighting for points. That’s not the way to behave. Aside from that incident, I must say that my guys worked hard and we were in top ten most of the weekend. We will regroup and try again in Edmonton. I’m happy to have another chance to show off the Hot Wheels car and look for at least one strong finish in Canada.”

Power’s win was his eighth in the series and Roger Penske’s 150th victory in open wheel racing. The Australian crossed the finish line 1.2757 seconds ahead of Chip Ganassi’s Dario Franchitti. Ryan Hunter-Reay drove his Andretti Autosport entry to third place. Power took the final lead of the race following the fifth restart of the race on lap 72 by moving past polesitter Justin Wilson who had led the race twice for 32 laps. Wilson, who had a dominant car, spun his car a few corners later to drop to 14th overall. He managed to regroup by passing seven cars in the final 13 laps to finish seventh. There were six lead changes among five drivers. Twelve of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap, and seven retired from the race.

Point Standings
Following his win in Toronto, Team Penske driver Will Power increased its lead in the championship standings. He now totals 377 points, with Dario Franchitti 42 points back in second place. Scott Dixon is still third with 299, seven more than Ryan Briscoe. Tagliani is still in 14th place with 182 points.

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series will be moving West across Canada this week for the July 23-25 Honda Indy Edmonton, Round 11 of the 2010 schedule.

Tagliani 2010 Season Recap
Event Start Finish Laps Completed Status Points Standings
São Paulo, Brazil 2nd 19th 28 of 61 Contact 12 19th
St. Petersburg, FL 8th 6th 100 of 100 Running 28 13th
Barber Motorsports, AL 21st 10th 90 of 90 Running 20 13th
Long Beach GP, CA 7th 21st 65 of 85 Contact 12 14th
Kansas Speedway, KS 5th 8th 199 of 200 Running 24 12th
Indianapolis 500, IN 5th 10th 200 of 200  Running 30 11th
Texas Motor Speedway 20th  18th  225 of 228 Running 12 12th
Iowa Speedway, IA 6th  12th  248 of 250 Running 18 13th
Watkins Glen, NY 19th 17th  60 of 60 Running 13 14th
Toronto Indy, ON 9th 17th  84 of 85 Running 13 14th

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