Josef Newgarden wins Honda Indy Toronto

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 13: Josef Newgarden prior to the INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 13, 2017, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (James Black/Icon Sportswire)
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Josef Newgarden won the Honda Indy Toronto from Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday afternoon. The checkered flag is his second of the season.

Newgarden entered the race on Sunday in fifth place in the IndyCar standings through the Iowa Corn 300 last week. He was the top American racer on the circuit, joining Will Power and Graham Rahal as the only drivers to have multiple IndyCar victories this year.

He previously took first back at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April, the second time he has taken first place at Barber Motorsports Park (with the other victory coming in 2015) and the earliest into any season in which he has claimed a win.

Last season, Newgarden finished fourth in the final IndyCar standings as a member of Ed Carpenter Racing, the highest finish he has had since joining the circuit in 2012. He was both Rookie of the Year, as well as champion of the Indy Lights circuit in 2011, leading to him taking the next step up, having improved his final position each of his first five years with IndyCar.

This season, the 26-year-old Hendersonville, Tennessee, native joins Team Penske. He spent his first three years in IndyCar with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, before now having had a different team at the helm each of the past three years.

He has an opportunity to take three checkered flags in a single year for the first time since joining IndyCar, with his next chance coming on July 30 at the Honda Indy 200.

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