• 2018 Honda Indy Toronto Drivers

2018 Honda Indy Toronto Drivers

Meet the drivers who will be racing around Exhibition Place at the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend.

Avatar By: toronto star July 14, 2018

We feature the first 12 of 23 today.


1 Josef Newgarden, 27, U.S.A.

Current address: Charlotte, N.C.

2018 Honda Indy Toronto Drivers

Josef Newgarden

Last year’s Verizon IndyCar champion is off to a fine start for 2018, with wins at Phoenix, the Honda IndyCar race in Alabama, and the recent Kohler GP. In his second year driving for Team Penske, Newgarden is presently second in the standings. He has 10 IndyCar wins to his credit. He played baseball and basketball before turning to racing, and has appeared on the American Ninja Warrior show.


4 Matheus Leist, 19, Brazil

Current address: Novo Hamburgo, Brazil

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Matheus Leist

This young Brazilian is in his rookie year, driving for A.J. Foyt enterprises, and a teammate of IndyCar veteran Tony Kanaan. Leist is a three-time Indy Lights winner, winning his first in the series, the Freedom 100 in 2017, and is also a British Formula 3 champion. An avid soccer fan, Leist is presently 19th in points standings. To date, his top finish has been a 12th at Alabama, and he placed 13th in this year’s Indianapolis 500.


5 James Hinchcliffe, 31, Canada

Current address: Indianapolis, Ind.

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James Hinchcliffe

The Oakville, Ont., native has been struggling in the 2018 season, but his victory last week at Iowa has him back in the hunt. Driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Hinchcliffe was 2011 rookie of the year and has six wins to his credit. Previously his best showing this season was a third at Alabama, and although he failed to qualify for the Indy 500, his win at Iowa has given him new impetus and he is eighth in points going into Toronto.


6 Robert Wickens, 29, Canada

Current address: Monaco

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Robert Wickens

Wickens has shifted gears from road circuits to IndyCar for 2018, and has performed well in his rookie year. The Guelph, Ont., native is formerly a driver in Europe’s premier touring car series, and he has adapted to both road and oval circuits on the IndyCar tour, placing second at Phoenix, third in the IndyCar Grand Prix, and fifth at the recent Kohler GP at Road America. Wickens drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and is sixth in points.


9 Scott Dixon, 38, New Zealand

Current address: Indianapolis, Ind.

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Scott Dixon

Dixon is no stranger to success in the IndyCar series. The New Zealander has four series championships to his credit, won the 2008 Indy 500, and is in his 17th year driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, the longest such partnership in the series. He has won a pair so far this year, the DXC Tech 600 at Texas and race 2 of the Duel in Detroit, and is No. 1 in the standings.


10 Ed Jones, 23, Dubai

Current address: Dubai

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Ed Jones

With Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, second-year driver Jones has been learning from the master. To date Jones, 13th in points, has two third-place podium finishes, the Duel in Detroit, and the Toyota GP at Long Beach. Jones was the Sunoco rookie of the year in 2017, and in 2016 was the Indy Lights champion with Carlin Racing. Born in Dubai, Jones turned heads in his rookie IndyCar year with a third-place finish in the 2017 Indy 500.


12 Will Power, 37, Australia

Current address: Charlotte, N.C.

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Will Power

Will Power has strong credentials coming into the Toronto Honda Indy. The Australia native won the Verizon IndyCar championship in 2014, has been runner-up four times, and his success continues in 2018 with two victories, both in May at the Brickyard with the winning of the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. He has won at least one race each season since 2007, and driving for Team Penske, is fifth in points.


14 Tony Kanaan, 44, Brazil

Current address: Miami, Fla.

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Tony Kanaan

His first year with A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner and 2004 series champion, has not had a very successful 2018, sitting in 15th spot. His best showings so far are a seventh in Detroit and two eighth-place finishes at Long Beach and Phoenix. Heading into 2018, Kanaan had a record 283 IndyCar starts and was the first driver to complete every lap of every race, in 2004. He is always a threat and is due for a win.


15 Graham Rahal, 29, U.S.A.

Current address: Indianapolis, Ind.

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Graham Rahal

Driving for father Bobby Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Graham Rahal started 2018 with a second at St. Petersburg, but has not placed higher than fifth (Detroit and Long Beach) since the season opener. He sits seventh in the standings. He was the youngest driver in the sport to win an event (St. Petersburg in 2008 at 19), and won both legs of the Duel in Detroit in 2017. He is married to NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force.


18 Sebastien Bourdais, 39, France

Current address: St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Sebastien Bourdais

This veteran IndyCar driver is the only driver with four successive series championships (2004-2007). He has also been successful at Le Mans (where he was born) with Ford, and drove with Toro Rosso (2008-2009) in Formula One competition. In his second year of driving for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, Bourdais has one win this year, the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg, and is tenth in points. Keep your eye on this gifted and seasoned driver.


19 Zachary Claman De Melo, 20, Canada

Current address: Montreal

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Zachary Calman De Melo

A former Canadian karting champion and devout NHL fan, Claman De Melo ran in Indy Lights before signing up with Dale Coyne Racing this year. He has not run all IndyCar events for 2018, and is 22nd in points. His best showing to date came in May, with a 12th-place finish in the IndyCar Grand Prix. He placed 19th in this year’s Indy 500. He debuted in IndyCar racing late last year with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.


20 Jordan King, 24, England

Current address: Warwick, England

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Jordan King

Jordan King is running a part-time schedule in IndyCar this year with the hopes of obtaining a full-time ride in 2019. The Great Britain native drives for Ed Carpenter Racing, and is 23rd in points for 2018 with his best showing a 12th at the recent Road America race. He is a former Formula 3 champion, has competed in Formula 2, and was the FIA Institute Driver of the year in 2015.

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