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The Honda Indy Toronto is IndyCar's only worldwide event, and the league's sole Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe will be looking to pick up his second win of the 2017 IndyCar season in front of his home crowd at Exhibition Place.

"I won in 2007, a wet but drying race".

Australia's defending champion Will Power has crashed out during the opening lap at the IndyCar race at Exhibition Place in Toronto, won by Josef Newgarden. "I love Hinch, he's a great representative, but this is so good".

The victory was the second of the season for Newgarden as he won earlier at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

Newgarden, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske, arrived in Canada 56 points out of the points lead.

"That is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time", Newgarden said. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that.

"I think we had the strongest vehicle today", he said.

Pagenaud had a track-record lap of 58.9124 seconds at an average speed of 109.138 miles per hour on the 1.786-mile street course for his first pole of the season and 10th overall.

Penske driver Josef Newgarden took the chequered flag in front of Alexander Rossi while James Hinchcliffe completed the podium. "I've always had some kind of interest in different forms of racing and to get into a stock auto, which I haven't done yet, at a road course seems like a logical first step. It was a huge turn around overnight by Andretti Autosport to get this auto to where it needed to be".

"We've had lots of luck when we've come here before, it's always just been bad luck", Hinchcliffe said.

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"The support I feel from this city grows every single year, it's just incredible", he said.

The finish was the third in four races in which Dixon finished outside the top five.

Dixon suffered a cut tire but came back to finish 10th and on the lead lap to retain his points lead.

Kanaan had his brakes lock up while leaving the pits and connected with the protective tyres on turn one.

Hinchcliffe was third for the second straight year, Marco Andretti was fourth, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Dixon.

The rain that had been a concern all week, held off until the finish, despite ominous black clouds that blanketed the sky over the course for the last half of the race.

Newgarden says that the weather threat and possibility of having to switch to a different set of tires was an added stress.

"It would have been nice to give the (crew) guys a win where I haven't won before", he said.

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