Marco Andretti, No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet
Marco Andretti heads to the Toronto Indy doubleheader third in the championship points fight. The third-generation racer has a best finish of fourth in 2011 on the 1.75-mile temporary street course.
“This weekend could be a big swing ether way for points with the doubleheader. I think it’s going to be an attrition race with a lot of carnage so we need to qualify the Dr Pepper Chevy up front and try to stay out of the mess. I want to get a win in Toronto so bad because of dad’s success there.“
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Reigning Indy Toronto race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is looking to keep his three-podium streak alive for this weekend’s doubleheader in Canada. The reigning series champion is currently second in the championship points fight.
“Well I look forward to going to Toronto – it’s one of my favorite races. It being a double, there’s double points on the table, and we know the importance of the weekend, the championship coming down to the wire. First standing start – there’s a lot of anticipation and nerves leading up to that on the team’s part, manufacturers and drivers, so that should be interesting; it should be fun to mix things up a bit. The DHL Chevy boys and I are just hoping to keep our Toronto streak alive which is three podiums in a row. (Currently being second in the points) we’ve come back from further to win the championship, and we’ve got five races left to make it happen, so we’ve got plenty of time.”
E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet
E.J. Viso will make his fifth and sixth Indy Toronto career starts this weekend on the downtown streets; the 28-year-old’s best finish in the Ontario capital is ninth in 2011. The Venezuelan is currently 14th in the championship points fight.
“I’m definitely looking forward to Toronto. It’s a beautiful city with a great track, and over the weekend there are double the opportunities to succeed, to score points, which we are hungry for. Coming from Pocono, it was a bit of a frustrating weekend, but we’re back in shape, ready and motivated for this weekend.“
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Racing just 37 km from his hometown of Oakville, Ontario, James Hinchcliffe will make his third and fourth Toronto Indy starts on the 11-turn temporary street course this weekend. The hometown favorite remains the only three-time winner so far this season and is currently fifth in the championship points standings.
“I’m thrilled to come back to Toronto. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year – it has been since I was a kid. To get to come back here and race in front of your home crowd – at the race that essentially is the very reason I became a fan of racing, nevermind a driver – it’s something really special. Last weekend (in Pocono) obviously didn’t go very well for us, but we’ve had strong cars on the street courses this season, and even though this isn’t the place I’ve had the best luck, we’re going to try to turn it around; the GoDaddy crew has been doing a great job. The support back home has just been incredible this year. More than anything, I want to give the Canadian fans something good to cheer for and something to celebrate because they are the best, and they’ve been so good to me over the last few years and I want to repay them. Hope for a good finish, get the championship back on track and hopefully we can just go out and have two clean races.”