Ryan Hunter-Reay is on a roll. The streets of Toronto provided the setting for his third-straight IndyCar race, after wins on ovals in Wisconsin and Iowa.
With his latest trip to Victory Lane gives Hunter-Reay a bit of breathing room at the top of the IZOD IndyCar driver’s championship, where he now sits 34 points ahead of Will Power. Charlie Kimball finished second in the Honda Indy Toronto, on Sunday afternoon, and Mike Conway was third.
“Certainly we’re on a streak, but I see it more that we’re reaching out capability in what we can do,” said Hunter-Reay after the race. “Toronto is one of my favourite races, so this is a special one for sure.”
Hunter-Reay said winning on a road course is great for him and the team.
“It’s nice to go from the ovals to a street course and be able to win on both,” he said. “It shows that this team is capable of a lot.”
Defending race champion and pole-sitter Dario Franchitti blew a pit stop, when he stopped too far from the refueling tank, and saw his chance of winning his second-straight Toronto race evaporate. Franchitti’s misfortune was great news for Hunter-Reay. His three wins this season have come when Franchitti started in the pole position.
“I hope he gets a lot of poles this year,” Hunter-Reay joked about the importance of having Franchitti start in the pole spot. “It’s very important, because every time I have won Dario has been on the pole.”
The Canadian leg of the IZOD IndyCar Series season continues in Edmonton on July 22.