Bourdais, Conway pick up wins on a busy IndyCar day in Toronto
TORONTO – The weather didn’t exactly hold off for the drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series, but the precipitation let up just enough to allow for a pair of races to be run in the span of 12 hours.
After heavy rain washed out the first of two races scheduled races on the Streets of Toronto on Saturday the drivers took to the track for a 65-lap race at 10:30 A.M. and then what ended up being a timed race in the late afternoon.
The morning competition saw Sebastien Bourdais dominate for a long awaited win while Mike Conway’s gambles paid off for a win in the second more soggy race.
Bourdais dominated the race from the pole position, which he won on Saturday morning before the rain came in. He led 58 of the 65 laps to come home withthe victory, which was a long time in the making. That was his first triumph since his Champ Car championship season of 2007.
“It doesn’t feel like six years,” said Bourdais. “I have to say it’s a very sweet feeling.”
The second race of the afternoon had to deal with rain once again and teams were forced to gamble when spotty showers rolled through Toronto. A number of teams used different strategies of going to the rain tires and then getting back on the dry weather slicks.
Conway and his team had the perfect timing as they decided to take the tires on Lap 43 to increase their shot for a late move in the timed race. They caught a break when a five-car pile up brought out the red flag and a restart with Conway in the lead.
The driver of the Ed Carpenter Racing No. 20 machine never looked back and came home with the victory, his second of the season.
"So thankful for taking it," said Conway of the chance to switch tires at just the right time. "The yellow fell at the right time as well so it just worked out perfect."
Watch Charly Arnolt's full interview with Conway by clicking on the video above.