Scott Dixon challenged for the lead throughout the final third of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, but finished second at the end of 85 hard-fought laps, less than 14 hundredths of a second behind race winner Simon Pagenaud. Alexander Rossi completed the podium for Honda, and closed to within four points of the Drivers’ Championship lead with his third-place finish.
Starting second, Dixon slotted in behind Pagenaud in the opening lap and – although an early full-course caution split the field in terms of pit stop strategies – once again found himself running second when the various strategies converged after the final round of pit stops. Dixon continued to hound Pagenaud during the final 25 laps as the leaders worked their way through lapped traffic, but was unable to complete a successful passing attempt.
Rossi also pulled clear of the rest of the 22-car starting field following his final pit stop. Running third, he occasionally closed on the lead pair in traffic, but settled for a third-place finish, just over four seconds behind Dixon, but a solid 14 seconds ahead of fthe ourth-finishing championship leader, Josef Newgarden. Rossi leaves Toronto having closed to within four points of Newgarden in the Drivers’ Championship (434-430 points) after 11 of 17 races, with Dixon third at 395 points.
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