TORONTO -- Charlie Kimball believes IndyCar should consider going green on its finishes.
The second-year driver expressed his concern after finishing second behind Ryan Hunter-Reay under a caution flag at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. And the caution came as a result of several pileups that occurred after a restart on the 82nd lap of the 85-lap race.
"I think race control and the driver’s association need to discuss with five laps to go trying to finish under green," Kimball said. "Maybe we go for a single-file restart instead of sweeping two-wide, because that way we can have a race."
Kimball was in the thick of the bumping on the restart. Lining up on the outside of Hunter-Reay, Kimball failed in trying to beat the race leader into the corner.
He instead found himself sandwiched between Mike Conway, who was on the inside, and Sebastien Bourdais on the outside, all of them trying to squeeze themselves though a narrow turn made slippery by rubber particles.
Kimball took out Bourdais and maintained control to enjoy a career-best finish.
Soon after, there was another pileup involving five cars in Turn 3.
Conway, who finished third, would’ve preferred racing but isn’t sure whether IndyCar should adopt a rule that races finish under a green flag.
"That’s a tricky one," he said. "I think that’s just going to cause more crashes and more expense for everybody if you did it like
FRANCHITTI’S POLE PROBLEMS: Dario Franchitti has won the pole in each of the past three races. And each time, the Scot has failed to take advantage.
He finished 19th at Milwaukee three weeks ago after a crash. A week later, his engine failed before the start of the race, leaving him 25th. On Saturday, he limped across the line to finish 17th after being involved in the pileup of cars at Turn 3 on the final restarts.
"Another tough day for the Target guys," the Indy 500 champion said. "There were massive amounts of marbles (rubber pieces) and cars going three-wide, and I went for a gap that closed. It was just one of those things today."
With five races left, Franchitti’s chances of winning his fourth straight season title and fifth overall have dwindled. He’s stuck in eighth place, 105 points behind Hunter-Reay.
Turns out, Franchitti’s misfortunes have been advantageous for Hunter-Reay, who won his third consecutive race.
Franchitti has won the pole in each of Hunter-Reay’s last four wins, dating to New Hampshire last season.
OH, CANADA: With an objective to have 19 races next season, and the growing popularity of Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is open to add a third race north of the border.
"I’m never going to rule an extra race out in Canada, because I know some people would like to see that triple crown again," Bernard said Sunday morning. "Those are all things we’re taking into consideration."