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Allmendinger gets his hat-trick.

AJ Allmendinger scored his third win in succession for Forsythe Racing with another hard fought performance in Sunday's Molson Grand Prix of Toronto.

In an exciting and entertaining 86-lap battle around Toronto's 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street circuit Allmendinger had to cope with a number of different challengers as well as several different fuel strategies as he continued his red-hot streak with Gerald Forsythe's team.

But when the chequered flag flew Allmendinger had not only asserted himself as the dominant driver on the day but had also moved into second place in the championship standings only 23 markers behind early season runaway leader Sebastien Bourdais.

From the outside of the front row of the grid Allmendinger went one better than the last race in Cleveland as he negotiated the opening lap unscathed but soon found himself running mid-pack after an early race caution period saw most, but not all teams pit for fuel and tyres.

The early pit strategy shuffle promoted Nelson Philippe into the lead and the young Frenchman held on to the point until he made his first stop on lap 35.

By this time Allmendinger had long since worked his way passed polesitter Justin Wilson and moved into the lead when Philippe stopped. After being held up behind the CTE Racing-HVM machine for many laps, AJ showed his true pace as soon as he was in clean air and extended the gap to his nearest pursuers from two to seven seconds over the next seven laps.

Behind Allmendinger at this point a terrific tussle for what had become second place was brewing between Wilson, Bourdais and home crowd favourite Paul Tracy. Sensing that Allmendinger was escaping to victory Tracy put on a street circuit passing clinic as he dispatched Bourdais and Wilson on successive laps in turn three to take second spot on lap 42 and soon set about catching his teammate.

By lap 51 the gap between the first two had shrunk back to just two seconds but in the laps following their second pitstops, which came shortly after the 50-lap mark Allmendinger was able to extend that advantage to more than three seconds.

While the lead shifted back to Oriol Servia, and then Philippe again during the pit stop window Allmendinger and Tracy found themselves comfortably ahead of the rest of the field when the order finally settled down.



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Champ Car World Series. 7-10 July 2006. Molson Indy Grand Prix. Toronto, Ontario Canada. AJ Allmendinger.
Champ Car World Series. 7-10 July 2006. Molson Indy Grand Prix. Toronto, Ontario Canada. Paul Tracy.
Champ Car World Series. 7-10 July 2006. Molson Indy Grand Prix. Toronto, Ontario Canada. Sebastien Bourdais.
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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