Downtown Toronto was soaked with intermittent rain the morning of Honda Indy Toronto in Canada. The track subsided to light rain as the field of drivers took their position for the 10th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Strong communications became crucial on the wet track as drivers began lining up in position and planning out their race strategy to deal with the inclement weather.
Avaya, part of the HP and Team Penske alliance
, cheered on Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud
), driver of the Avaya No. 22 Chevrolet. Pagenaud took second place in qualifying earning him a spot in the Firestone Fast Six. Based on combined practice times, Pagenaud entered the shootout six cars receive 10 minutes of track time, a guaranteed 5 minutes of green flag time, and one additional set of Firehawk tires for use during this final qualifying segment.
While Pagenaud (59.60 seconds) took 2nd place by less than two tenths of a second in qualifying, he saw pole position go to fellow Team Penske driver Will Power (59.42 seconds), contributing to Team Penske’s impressive sweep of the 1-2-3 starting position for the Toronto race with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in the 3rd position slot.
The morning of the race, Avaya and HP hosted joint solution
customers at the race track to take part in some exciting pre-race activities. Guests were able to opt-in for a 2-seater ride along where they for the full IndyCar racing experience on the street circuit, escorted by retired race car all-stars. Guests were also invited to other race day activities to round out their fan engagement experience
including a chalk talk with Simon, a roundtable discussion on innovation in driving, and a paddock tour (car maintenance and work zone) led by Team Penske.
As your fan engagement specialists, we continue to bring you highlights from the Verizon IndyCar Series as it drives us through the summer months, let’s take a look!
The Toronto Street Circuit is comprised of 85 laps totaling 149 miles.
The 11-turn, 1.75 mile street circuit has a long frontstretch leading into the Turn 1, hard right-handler, Princess Gate.
Located at Exhibition Place, the race is now IndyCar’s second longest running street race, second to the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Traditionally held in July, the race was moved up a month early this year to accommodate hosting of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games next month where Exhibition Place will be converted into Pan Am Park.
Power led the first 30 laps of the race with Pagenaud keeping a close, steady, 2nd place groove off his draft.
Earning 19 points for this race, Pagenaud took 11th place in the Toronto race and is now in 10th place overall in the IndyCar driver standings.
Drivers took caution to the tricky, and wet, street circuit, with rain tires (wets) until Marco Andretti pushed forward with dry-condition ‘slick’ tires. Power and Pagenaud stopped a few laps later to secure dry tires and maintain the lead for a solid 15 minutes of total race time.
With a finishing race time of 1:38:59:9460, the winner’s average speed was 90.410 mph with a 1.4485 second margin of victory.
Join Simon in a virtual ride-along in this video to see and hear what it’s like on the streets of Toronto...
As we go full speed ahead in the 104th season of American open-wheel racing, we are excited and hopeful as we move into the back half of the race schedule. To ensure you’re up to date with Avaya’s involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series, be sure to check in with us at #avayasports and visit our partnership overview page here
for a full race summary.