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Christian Lundgaard wins Honda Indy Toronto for first victory of IndyCar season

Christian Lundgaard couldn’t wait to shave off his moustache, removing the hair from his upper lip right there on victory lane at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Lundgaard started on the pole and took advantage of the car troubles of IndyCar season standings leader Alex Palou to hang on to victory Sunday. His first win on North America’s top open-wheel racing circuit also brought to an end a pact with his best friend to keep his moustache until he climbed atop an IndyCar podium.

Lundgaard said he was happy to be rid of the facial hair.

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“We struggle, especially on the super speedways,” said Lundgaard, who led the race for 53 of the 85 laps. “We’re moving forward even though we don’t have the pace and performance on the super speedways.

“It just means that we’re going to be doing pretty good elsewhere and I think we proved that today.”

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“At one point, I was in the wall, I didn’t know if we were going to be able to make it from there or not.”

Scott McLaughlin and Dixon both briefly held the lead around the halfway point of the race. But their decisions to not pit during a lengthy yellow flag eventually gave Palou and Lundgaard the chance to move into the lead when they did need to stop.

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Palou’s front wing was barely hanging on by the end of the race, with one end drooping down to the ground and a large crack in the car’s nose.

“I could feel it dragging and I was like ‘Oh man, that’s not good,’” Palou said, adding that he tried to avoid curbs on the street course in an effort to preserve the wing. “I honestly thought that we were not going to end the race with that nose.

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