Briscoe 'toes' the line

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Ryan Briscoe had a toe problem, but not something a podiatrist could fix.

It didn't do anything to lessen the dominance of Team Penske in this race, but you know Briscoe would have liked to be on the podium for a 1-2-3 with his teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power.

He settled for fourth after nipping and tucking in the 2-3-4 spots with Castroneves and Scott Dixon, the only real racing battles on the City Centre Airport track yesterday.

"I think I probably had a second-place car, but I nicked the wall exiting (Turn) 10 and I think I may have bent my rear toe-link."

That's gotta hurt. And it did for his finish.

"The car just never felt quite the same," said the Aussie. "So I was just struggling a bit with my balance at the end of the race and that's where I lost the position to Helio and Scott.

"I missed the corner in Turn 11 and they passed me."

THE TROUBLE WITH TAGS

A yellow flag that closed the pits cost race-leading Alex Tagliani a potential win or podium at the Toronto Indy.

He and team owner Eric Bachelart were upset that the strict definition of the ruling penalized the No. 34 Rexall Edmonton Indy car and benefited backmarkers.

Tagliani could have benefited from being on the other end of that yesterday. But even if there had been a yellow before the second-last lap, it wouldn't have been enough to get the Quebecer on the podium.

"No matter what strategy we could have used, the car was not competitive, not quick enough, all weekend long.

"We started the weekend poorly in Toronto then we found the car, qualified, ran off the lead in the race.

"We were in the window (of the right setup). Here? We didn't find it at all."

When that happens, "then you're looking at luck."

But Tagliani finished an unlucky 13th in what is likely his last Indy race of the season.

GROWING PAINS FOR RAHAL

Graham Rahal has been blessed with the good fortune of racing genes.

But the 20-year-old needed the dice to turn yellow yesterday to get his McDonald's car up front as ChampCar giants Newman/Haas/Lanigan continue to adapt to IndyCars.

Rahal kept himself out of harm's way as a car spun in front of his on the opening turn, but, in the end, his 7th-place finish wasn't lucky enough.

"A bit of a pack-up would've been a good thing, but it didn't happen. We never quite had enough speed or pace today.

"We're close," the native of Ohio said about NHLR's season. "We get some more development on these cars we're going to be pretty darn good."


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