"I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time", Newgarden said. The leaders pitted and shuffled behind as Hinchcliffe, who started sixth, vaulted up to third and held it steady from there.
All the while the one championship contender who benefited the most was Josef Newgarden - who courtesy of Team Penske president and his race strategist Tim Cindric managed to pit just before the yellow - promptly leapfrogged the field by pitting right before the yellow came out. Newgarden is fifth in the point standings. You just have to stay out of incidents.
Penske driver Helio Castroneves was the quickest of 21 drivers in the morning session while teammate Simon Pagenaud set the fast time after lunch. Castroneves is considered a likely option to pair with Juan Pablo Montoya in Team Penske's new sports car team, which will debut this fall.
"We were up there but I'll always take a bit of luck, I think we all would", he said. "I was loose the whole day in Turn 6 - I'd lost a spot there earlier in the day, and then holding Pagenaud off, I got in there pretty deep and just lost the rear - lucky I kept it off the wall. It was all bad luck", he said, prompting laughter from reporters.
"I had the inside on the straightaway and he left enough room so I could go through, which I thought was really clean, then got sucked in a little under braking, we touched, and then I bogged down and we touched wheels but that's nothing, it's racing".
"It was a rough day in the NTT Data car. It's good just to be within a fighting shot of getting wins". "It's bumpy and slippery, so it's very similar to Detroit". The Oakville man was also third in last year's event.
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"I love beating Hinch in Canada", Newgarden said with a smile.
"Every race car driver has an ego and I think qualifying is all about ego", he said.
Generally, we will disclose only the information we consider reasonably necessary to disclose. He also has seven top-5 finishes.
Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay is coming off a third-place performance at Iowa and heading to a track where he won in 2012, so the contenders are numerous. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the user that has no meaning outside the assigning site.
Esteban Gutierrez, the rookie who crashed late in qualifying Saturday, was cleared to race after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.