Simon Pagenaud of France celebrates after winning first pole position during qualifying at the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto, in Toronto, Saturday July 13, 2019. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pagenaud wins for 3rd time and Rossi tightens title race

July 14, 2019 - 2:53 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Simon Pagenaud has won his third race of the season as IndyCar's championship fight tightened Sunday in Toronto.

The win on the streets around Exhibition Place is the third of the season for Pagenaud, but first away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Frenchman won the Indy 500 and the road course race at the speedway to save his job with Team Penske.

Pagenaud had to save fuel in the waning laps to hold off reigning series champion Scott Dixon. But Penske teammate Will Power caused a caution on the final lap and Pagenaud was able to coast to the finish in his Chevrolet.

"I was confident all weekend, I never had a doubt," said Pagenaud, who started from the pole and paced nearly every practice session.

Dixon's runner-up finish denied Chip Ganassi Racing a weekend sweep. Ganassi got his first NASCAR win of the season Saturday night with Kurt Busch in Kentucky.

Alexander Rossi finished third, one spot ahead of IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden. The two began the race separated by just seven points and Rossi cut the deficit to four points.

Robert Wickens drove the parade lap in a car equipped with hand controls that allowed the Canadian to drive for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August.

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