Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montoya Posts Fastest Time in Practice Session at Honda Indy Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montoya Posts Fastest Time in Practice Session at Honda Indy Toronto

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Montoya fastest in Honda Indy practice

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TORONTO - No one was more surprised with Juan Pablo Montoya's practice session at the Honda Indy Toronto on Friday than Montoya himself.

Montoya, the IndyCar points leader, posted a one-lap time of one minute 0.643 seconds in the morning session over the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit. That stood as the day's fastest effort as rain washed out the afternoon practice run.

Montoya wasn't expecting such a good opening result.

"No, because we didn't do that many laps and we had a problem with the brakes so we had a little bit less track time," he said. "We went out there and the speed was there, which is encouraging.

"With the rain, it makes it harder because any rubber we put down (will be washed away). So (on Saturday) we have to start from zero again . . . but being that fast on a street course despite not running that much, that's pretty good."

The final practice is scheduled for Saturday morning before qualifying begins later in the afternoon. Gil de Ferran holds the track qualifying record of 57.143 seconds set in 1999.

The Honda Indy Toronto race goes Sunday afternoon.

Montoya currently leads the driver's standings with 348 points, having also registered two victories so far this season. He's 35 points ahead of Penske teammate Will Power, the defending series champion, and holds a 43-point advantage over Scott Dixon, three times IndyCar's top driver.

Power has a win and four pole positions on the season while Dixon has registered a victory and a pole.

However, Montoya says the only race he's concentrating on is the one on the track each weekend.

"You can't focus on points," Montoya said. "You have to focus and execute every weekend and if things work out well then we look good.

"So far it has been a good season. I think we have a really good car here in Toronto so we'll see."

Power, who was sixth in practice with a time of 1:00. …

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