"Obviously, Helio (Castroneves) has been on a tear this year and I need some poles in order to catch up on that competition".
Fast facts: There have been nine different winners in 11 races in 2017.Castroneves broke a 54-race winless streak by dominating last week in Iowa.Power has won three times in Toronto, the most of any active driver.the victor at Exhibition Place has gone on to claim the series title in four of the last eight seasons.
New year, same issues, it seems, when when it comes to recent circuit changes at the Honda Indy Toronto. "So that's good and we'll see what we can do in the race".
"Obviously a year ago getting into the Fast Six was pretty good for us, the best start we've had here, and to match that this weekend is pretty good", Hinchcliffe said following Saturday's qualifying.
Road courses? We've had Newgarden (Penske Chevrolet, Barber), Power (Penske Chevrolet, Indy GP) and Dixon (Ganassi Honda, Road America) win the three permanent road course races.
Dixon has a three-point lead over Castroneves with five races left. Power has two wins on the year and he has been the best driver in the series since his slow start to the season. No active driver has won at Toronto more than Power, who has a trio of victories and five podiums in 12 starts. I know we keep saying that, but it was nice to make a change and be rewarded with more team pace overall.
The Field: The usual grid of 21cars will face the green flag Sunday.
It's the first pole this season and in this race for the 33-year-old Pagenaud.
Notes: TV: Race, Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m. ET, CNBC (Live) /7 p.m. ET, NBCS, (re-air).
Qualifying for this year's race happens today at 6:30 PM EST.
Simon Pagenaud was the fastest driver after the second Honda Indy Toronto practice.
Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, told Indycar.com that he just enjoys running the Honda Indy Toronto, regardless of the track's layout: "It should be pretty similar to past year".
A 20-point lead was slashed to a single point by Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver never trailed and cruised to his fourth win of the season. "... A lot of varying concrete, asphalt". He won the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April and was third in the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix in June.
Paul Gohde heard the sound of race cars early in his life.Growing up in suburban Milwaukee, just north of Wisconsin State Fair Park in the 1950's, Paul had no idea what "that noise" was all about that he heard several times a year.
"It's a track that Scott Dixon excels at", Tracy said.
Hinchcliffe, who rebounded from serious injuries suffered in a crash in practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500, and finished runner up on last year's "Dancing With The Stars", was asked about his obvious popularity in Canada, and the responsibility following in the footsteps of Tracy and Co. Paul loves to explore abandoned race tracks both here and in Europe, with the Brooklands track in Weybridge England being his favorite.
"I nearly threw up before the race and I've never done that before, so it was quite interesting how my body took it", an ecstatic Thompson said after the race while draped in a Canadian flag.