Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto Race 1
Streets of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Streets of Toronto
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Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto Race 1
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 - Spencer Pigot won his third Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire race of the season after inheriting the lead following a scary crash involving leaders Nelson Piquet, Jr. and RC Enerson. Pigot, the reigning Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tire champion, started third and made an impressive pass on current point's leader Jack Harvey on lap 7 to regain the position. The 21-year-old Juncos Racing driver was the second MAZDASPEED scholarship winner to visit the top step of the podium in Toronto when he beat Harvey to the checkered flag of the 40-minute timed race by 0.6815 seconds.

As the field came to the green flag, the rear end of Juan Piedrahita's car stepped out and the Belardi Auto Racing Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15 veered to the left and speared the side of the No. 77 of Scott Anderson. Piedrahita climbed from his damaged car after it came to a stop on the front straight, while Anderson was able to make it back to pit lane. After careful inspection by the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian crew, the 25 year-old from Fort Collins, Colorado exited the car, thereby ending his day.

As the rest of the field streamed towards Turn 1, outside front row starter RC Enerson made a move to the outside of polesitter Nelson Piquet, Jr who had been hit from behind by Pigot.  The two front-row starters were joined by fifth-place qualifier Felix Serralles, who made it three-wide going into the 90 degree right-hand turn.

Serralles was squeezed at the exit of Turn 1 and clipped the wall with his left side. The track went yellow for the Piedrahita incident and the 22-year-old was able to limp his damaged machine to the pits. The Ponce, Puerto Rico native made two pit stops where the Belardi Auto Racing crew replaced his front wing and front left wheel.

When the green flag flew again on Lap 4, it was Indy Lights rookie Enerson stalking Formula 1 veteran Piquet Jr., of Carlin, who made an impressive Indy Lights debut to qualify on pole. For the next ten laps the gap between the two drivers never fell below 0.8 seconds.

On Lap 14 Enerson made a move to the inside of Piquet down the long back straight, and then made a move back to the outside where his front right wheel made contact with the right rear of Piquet.  The No. 7 became airborne with the floor and nose of the car making contact with the catch fence before sliding upside down through the Turn 3 run-off and coming to rest after contacting two sets of tire barriers.

Thankfully, Enerson was not injured. He was helped from the car by the Holmatro Safety Team and waved to the crowd as he walked to the medical vehicle under his own power. He was later checked and released by the INDYCAR medical staff.

The 35-lap event was red-flagged on Lap 17 so the track crews could repair the damage to the circuit. When the field went back to green on Lap 19 the top three were Pigot, Harvey and Ed Jones of Carlin. Serralles was able to force Jones into a mistake at the braking point of Turn 3 to earn the final spot on the podium.

The No. 5 of Serralles was later disqualified after failing post-race inspection giving Pigot's teammate Kyle Kaiser his first Indy Lights podium. Shelby Blackstock of Andretti Autosport claimed a season high fourth-place finish with Jones rounding out the top five.

Indy Lights will once again take to the 1.755 mile, 11-Turn Exhibition Place street circuit for the second race of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto Powered by Mazda at 11:45 a.m. ET tomorrow.

 

Top Three Positions
1st
Spencer Pigot
Juncos Racing
2st
Jack Harvey
SPM with Curb-Agajanian
3st
Kyle Kaiser
Juncos Racing
Past track winners
Kyle Kaiser (R2) / 2017
Kyle Kaiser (R1) / 2017
Felix Rosenqvist (R2) / 2016
Felix Rosenqvist (R1) / 2016
Spencer Pigot (R2) / 2015
Spencer Pigot (R1) / 2015
Alex Baron / 2014
Jack Hawksworth / 2013
Gustavo Yacaman / 2012
Stefan Wilson / 2011
JK Vernay / 2010
Sebastian Saavedra / 2009
Townsend Bell / 2001
Geoff Boss / 1999
Guy Smith / 1998
Helio Castroneves / 1997
Gualter Salles / 1996
Greg Moore / 1995
Steve Robertson / 1994
Bryan Herta / 1993
Bryan Herta / 1992
PJ Jones / 1991
Paul Tracy / 1990
Gary Rubio / 1989
Calvin Fish / 1988
Tommy Byrne / 1987
Fabrizio Barbazza / 1986

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