Alex Tagliani was hanging on for dear life.
The longtime IndyCar Series competitor led all but one lap but suddenly fell back to the field upon taking the white flag. What felt like an inevitable victory was suddenly under siege from Kevin Lacroix. However, Tagliani put together a perfect second half of the final lap and actually drove away unscathed from the moment he first fell back.
“There were several instances where I would take a lead, get into a rhythm and I was just driving at that rhythm and saving the tires,” Tagliani said. “All of a sudden, I caught a backmarker at the wrong place, I think it was the 0 car, he slowed down in the middle of the road. There was not enough room to the left or right and I almost hit him, could have damaged the car. … Then on the final lap, another car hit the wall and was swerving on the road, and I lifted but Kevin was flat out. Kevin closed the gap and I pushed like it was qualifying.”
And that was enough.
Lacroix was also dealing with defending champion MA Camirand behind him with LP Dumoulin and Andrew Ranger completing the top-five.
Honda Indy Toronto
July 14 2023
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