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TORONTO, ON - July 13 2018: Pinty's Grand Prix of the NASCAR Pinty's Series at Toronto Indy on July 13, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)
The Pinty's GP of Toronto marks round No.4 of the 2019 Pinty's Series calendar. (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Ranger, Lacroix Lead the Pinty’s Series to Toronto

Fresh off one the season’s most exciting races at Autodrome Chaudiere, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will make its return to the road courses as it takes on Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Marking the second road course race of 2019, as well as the first street circuit of the season, the Pinty’s Series drivers are eager to get back on track. This race also marks the first time General Tires will be used on a street course, following its debut on ovals and road courses this season.

Kevin Lacroix moved into the points leads by a slim margin of one point over Andrew Ranger after a strong run at Chaudiere.

Last year Alex Tagliani dominated the race, starting from pole and leading all 35 scheduled laps. However, a late caution set up a NASCAR Overtime finish where Andrew Ranger pounced and scored his third win in five starts at the track.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Exhibition Place:

What to Watch For:

In the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto’s short five-year history it has only seen three different winners. Those three drivers – Kevin Lacroix, Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani – also are the current top three in the points standings. Ranger won in 2010, 2011 and 2018, Lacroix in 2017 and Tagliani in 2016. Tagliani is also the only driver in the paddock who has run laps in the NTT IndyCar Series at Toronto.

We also welcome back a few road course ringers to the series this week. Peter and Gary Klutt will return to the series following their pair of impressive runs at CTMP. A third place for son Gary and a sixth place for father Peter. J.F. Laberge and J.F. Dumoulin return to their cars at Dumoulin Competition, in the No.91 and No. 04 respectively.

With the return of the road course this week, it gives a few drivers a chance to pick up some points. Series Veteran Anthony Simone has a had a rough first three races, however the driver of the No. 1 Dodge has always shown speed at Toronto and will look get to victory lane for the first time in his career. Also looking for a strong road course run is Marc-Antoine Camirand. In 2017, Camirand was in position to win before a late race crash took him out of the race. Look for the No. 22 to be competitive come the drop of the green flag.

PLACE Exhibition Place Street Circuit, Toronto, Ontario
DATE Saturday July 13
TIME 5:30 p.m. (approx.)
TELEVISION TSN – Sunday, July 21, 1:30 p.m, RDS2 – Tuesday, July 30, 10 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT 1.786 mile street circuit
2018 WINNER Andrew Ranger
2018 POLE Alex Tagliani
EVENT SCHEDULE SCHEDULE: Friday July 12: Garage Opens 9:45 a.m., Practice 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., Qualifying 5:20 to 6:00 p.m., Garage Closes 7:15 p.m. Saturday July 13: Garage Opens 11:30 a.m., Technical Inspection 12:00 to  2:00 p.m., Autograph Session 3:20 to 3:50 p.m., Driver Introductions 5:15 p.m., Pinty’s Grand Prix 5:30 p.m. EST
TWITTER  @HondaIndy

Crew Chief Handout:

NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying. Qualifying order will be determined by each car’s best overall lap time from the practice session(s). Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the car after the car enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a full course caution, after entering the track, if a car then returns to pit road, the car may not return to the track, make any further qualifying laps and the car’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a car’s qualifying attempt is complete the car must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a full course caution, all cars must exit the track. Cars that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may be made to any car on pit road or at re-entry during a full course caution. The time remaining in the qualifying session will be stopped and will resume once the green flag is displayed. The designated time for qualifying sessions may be adjusted in the sole discretion of the Series Director as a result of unexpected conditions or circumstances. What constitutes an attempt to qualify shall be at the discretion of the Series Director. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one car engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Starting field for the PINTY’S GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO NASCAR Pinty’s Series race is limited to 26 starters.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: One (1) tire for practice and four (4) tires for qualifying for a total of five(5) tires. If this is your first event on a road course, the maximum tire allotment available is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying for a total of eight (8) tires. *If purchasing additional tires for the race, there is a maximum of two (2) left and two (2) right side tires allowed. *A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Tires from previous NASCAR Pinty’s Series events may be used for practice sessions only.