TORONTO -- Mike Conway didn't care for his starting positions in the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader. But the driver of the No. 18 Sonny's Bar-B-Q car for Dale Coyne Racing made the most of the 85-lap races on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn.
Conway, competing in his fourth and fifth races of the season, gained a total of 29 positions on the temporary street course (improving 13 to finish seventh in Race 1 and moving up 16 to also place seventh in Race 2).
"We were able to work are way up quickly at the start of the race," said Conway of Race 2, which featured the first standing start in IZOD IndyCar Series history. "It was a little strange as we could overtake some cars in certain turns and then in other turns we would give the spots right back.
"I'm really interested to see what the data shows from the race. We were able to score another top-10 finish. I must thank Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity and a great race car this weekend. I am looking forward to being back with the team for the last doubleheader of the season in Houston, but maybe I will be able to be back sooner for Mid-Ohio or Sonoma. Who knows?"
Charlie Kimball gained nine spots to sixth in Race 2 in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing entry, while Marco Andretti advanced eight positions to ninth in the No. 25 Dr Pepper car for Andretti Autosport and Josef Newgarden improved seven spots to 11th in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car.
In Race 1, Simona De Silvestro advanced 12 positions to gain her first top 10 since Sao Paulo. Ed Carpenter posted his best road/street course finish of the season by moving up 10 spots to finish 13th.