He still managed a top 10 and followed it up with a victory on the streets of Long Beach, then yet another podium in Detroit, when he finished third in the first dual.
Pagenaud said he felt his wheel-banging moments with Ryan Hunter-Reay while fighting over fifth late in the race were just racing.
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Kanaan had his brakes lock up while leaving the pits and connected with the protective tires in Turn 1.
Newgarden's win today also tightened the season championship chase after 12 of 17 races.
Pagenaud credited Castroneves with putting one over on him at the start.
"It's been a long time coming".
So every position and every point matters in the Honda Indy Toronto. I'm relieved that we finally kind of got the monkey off our back.
"I just need more time to get used to the auto", Gutierrez told the Star. "Very proud of Honda for their effort, and a huge shoutout to the fans". Dixon got a flat tire, plus more. "That's been my goal since really looking at the time frame and where we were going to be at the six weeks weight bearing, the eight weeks walking". We were the slowest, Andretti Autosport cars. "We had some soul-searching on Friday night. I didn't want to get on the radio and ask because I didn't really want to know, if I'm honest".
"If you look at where we were past year", Rossi said, "the last four cars in qualifying, to having three cars in the top 10 (in the race), really having something to fight for today, it's a testament not only to this weekend and the strength the team has shown, but also this offseason and how much better 2017 has been for us, has been for Honda".
After a strong start to the second round, Hinchcliffe fell back but was able to recover on a final shootout lap.
"It's refreshing for sure". Iowa was a great start, but as an oval specialist with one of the best cars in the paddock, Hildebrand was expected to perform well. When I got loose in [Turn] 6, I was running over marbles that were like the size of my fist, and it took four laps just to get the rubber back off the vehicle. His auto caught fire but the former Formula One driver escaped unscathed. I think it was a very good example of that today. It wouldn't turn, it wouldn't put the power down, I nearly lost quite a few spots there. But all in all, a good day.
"I won in 2007, a wet but drying race. It wounding turn! All in all I'm thankful to bring it home P6". He's also finished in the Top 5 for four straight races.
And while Newgarden and others including Rossi and Hinchcliffe finished their stops, leader Helio Castroneves, who made a tremendous starting move to take the lead from front-row drivers Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal, had yet to pit.