Honda Indy Toronto 2013
Honda Indy Toronto Race 2
Toronto, Ontario
Streets of Toronto
Honda Indy Toronto Race 2
Race Complete
Streets of Toronto
About the track

The 11-turn, 1.75-mile street circuit, which offers great views of downtown Toronto, is tight and has led to cars attempting to squeeze past each other in turns. Many times, only one makes it out unscathed. A long frontstretch leading into the Turn 1 Princes Gate, a hard right-hander, is a great place for overtaking.

Race Review

TORONTO -- Scott Dixon was dominant in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto -- from the first standing start in IZOD IndyCar Series history to the completion of 85 laps for a Perfect Finish.

Dixon, who won Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto by 1.7 seconds over Sebastien Bourdais following a Lap 84 restart, faced a similar situation in Race 2 and won under caution to sweep the weekend doubleheader and earn the $100,000 SONAX Perfect Finish Award.

"It's been a long time since I've had such a dominant day," said Dixon, who led 81 laps. "I'm just happy for the team."

It was the third consecutive victory for the two-time series champion, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday July 22. His last three-in-a-row stretch was in 2007 (Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio), and the last in the series was accomplished by Ryan Hunter-Reay (Milwaukee, Iowa, Toronto) en route to his 2012 series championship.

Dixon also earned his 32nd Indy car victory to overtake Dario Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul Tracy for seventh on the all-time list. He's won three races since Franchitti won his last in the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais' last Indy car victory was Nov. 11, 2007, in Mexico City. Tracy, who is retired from Indy car racing, last won on June 24, 2007, at Cleveland.

Al Unser Jr. is next up with 34 victories (nine on ovals, 25 of road/street courses).

Of Dixon's total, 17 have been on ovals and 15 on road/street courses. Dixon made his first Indy car start at Monterrey, Mexico, on March 11, 2001, and picked up his maiden victory at Nazareth less than two months later in a PacWest Racing car. He’s been with Target Chip Ganassi Racing since ’03.

“If we can get more victories, we're obviously doing something right,” Dixon said. “I credit a lot of that to the team."

Helio Castroneves, who entered the race with a 39-point lead over Hunter-Reay in the championship standings, finished second and is 29 points clear of Dixon, who entered the July 7 race at Pocono Raceway fifth in the standings.

"It's quite a turnaround in a couple of weeks. I hope we can keep (momentum) going," said Dixon, whose next race is Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where he's won the past two visits.

Bourdais earned his second consecutive podium finish (his first podiums since 2007) and Franchitti finished fourth. E.J. Viso, who started 10th, placed fifth.

Notables included Mike Conway advancing 16 positions to finish seventh (he totaled 29 positions gained in the two races), Alex Tagliani earning his first top 10 since St. Petersburg, E.J Viso posting his second top five in the past four races, and Carlos Munoz placing 17th after starting 24th.

Munoz was a race day replacement for Ryan Briscoe in the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car, who suffered a fractured right wrist in Race 1. It was the second IZOD IndyCar Series race (he was runner-up in the Indianapolis 500) for the Firestone Indy Lights championship points leader.

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Top Three Positions
Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Helio Castroneves
Team Penske
Sebastien Bourdais
Dragon Racing
Past track winners
Josef Newgarden / 2015
Mike Conway (R2) / 2014
Sebastien Bourdais (R1) / 2014
Scott Dixon (R2) / 2013
Scott Dixon (R1) / 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay / 2012
Dario Franchitti / 2011
Will Power / 2010
Dario Franchitti / 2009
Will Power / 2007
AJ Allmendinger / 2006
Justin Wilson / 2005
Sebastien Bourdais / 2004
Paul Tracy / 2003
Cristiano de Matta / 2002
Michael Andretti / 2001
Michael Andretti / 2000
Dario Franchitti / 1999
Alex Zanardi / 1998
Mark Blundell / 1997
Adrian Fernandez / 1996
Michael Andretti / 1995
Michael Andretti / 1994
Paul Tracy / 1993
Michael Andretti / 1992
Michael Andretti / 1991
Al Unser, Jr. / 1990
Michael Andretti / 1989
Al Unser, Jr. / 1988
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1987
Bobby Rahal / 1986