TORONTO (AP) - Sebastien Bourdais is trading in his helmet this weekend for the IndyCar race in Toronto. Hinchcliffe probably had a podium taken away from him when a much-debated questionable caution came out at St. Petersburg in the season opener.
Pagenaud edged Graham Rahal for top spot with Team Penske teammates Castroneves and Will Power, the defending champion, starting third and fourth.
"Unless I get in the auto in testing and call it quits because I'm not ready, the plan is to do Watkins and Sonoma", Bourdais said of the final two races of the season. "It's so awesome feeling the energy back in this event, it's obviously one that has meant a lot to me for a long time". "The clouds were looking really dark as you were coming through Turn 5, heading into 6, you'd kind of see them". Schedule: Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (CNBC) Track: Silverstone Circuit (circuit, 3.66 miles) Race distance: 190.3 miles, 52 laps.
"It would have been nice to give the (crew) guys a win where I haven't won before", he said.
Max Chilton, Castroneves, Rahal and Dixon complete the top 10. "It was pretty challenging in Detroit, particularly with the track characteristics, which are very demanding and very bumpy". He finished fifth at the season-opener in St. Pete, and he was robbed of a good finish at Long Beach when his auto lost power.
Josef Newgarden was the beneficiary of a perfectly timed pit stop early in the Honda Indy Toronto, taking advantage of a yellow during pit stops and holding off a charge by Alexander Rossi to win for the second time on the streets of Toronto.
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. He said he's fine with the mentorship role even though it's tough not to be in the auto.More news: Emirates investigating 'champagne incident' recorded in viral video
There are five races left so the drivers' championship is still up for grabs. "I'm enjoying it more than I expected".
This season, the 26-year-old Hendersonville, Tennessee, native joins Team Penske. Last race: Valtteri Bottas dominated in Austria for his second victory of 2017. Will Power is a three-time Toronto victor and is the reigning champion.
"You always feel good coming into a race that you've won before".
NOTES: Simon Pagenaud's pole here Saturday was his first of the season.
It's a struggle to pick the winning manufacturer, too.
Bourdais is in Toronto this weekend to help out his Dale Coyne Racing team and is in good spirits, all the more awesome considering the impact sustained when he lost control of the vehicle during Indy 500 qualifying.