Honda Indy Toronto Preview

After a long summer break, the NTT IndyCar Series returns to the track this weekend with no shortage of storylines to follow.

Heading into the 13th race of the 2019 season, Josef Newgarden leads Alexander Rossi in the points chase by a scant seven-marker margin. Contenders such as Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon, Will Power and Takuma Sato all remain in contention, especially with one last double-points event looming in the season finale.

Another interesting talking point comes from inspirational Canadian driver Robert Wickens. The sensational Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports pilot will return to an NTT IndyCar Series track for the first time since a brutal August crash at Pocono Raceway – but this appearance will come in a rather unique way.

Wickens will lead the field during this weekend’s race parade laps in an Acura with hand controls to pilot the car. The experienced racer has been rehabbing rigorously since sustaining multiple injuries in the Pocono crash, and the sight of Wickens becoming involved in a race weekend in this sort of capacity is definitely a good sign.

Honda Indy Toronto Race Setup

Race weekend: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14

Track: Streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, an 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street course

Race distance: 85 laps / 151.81 miles

Entry List: Honda Indy Toronto (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race.

Twitter: @HondaIndy, @IndyCar, #IndyTO, #IndyCar

Event website: www.HondaIndyToronto.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2018 race winner: Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Honda)

2018 NTT P1 Award winner: Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet), 59.4956 seconds, 108.068 mph

Qualifying record: Gil de Ferran, 57.143 seconds, 110.565 mph, July 17, 1999 (Note: Simon Pagenaud set a qualifying mark of 58.9124 seconds, 109.138 mph, for the current layout in 2017.)

NBCSN television broadcasts: Qualifying, 2 p.m. ET Saturday, July 13 (live); Race, 3 p.m. ET Sunday, July 14, NBCSN/Sportsnet 1 (live). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for the NBCSN broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch and Robin Miller.

Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Anders Krohn. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the turn announcers with Dave Furst, Rob Blackman and Rob Howden reporting from the pits. All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 219, XM 202, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 219, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.