Race winner Josef Newgarden, center, second-place finisher Alexander Rossi, left, and third-place finisher James Hinchcliffe, right, celebrate on the podium Sunday in Toronto. (Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO — Standing atop the podium with Honda Indy Toronto winner Josef Newgarden (26 years old) and runner-up Alexander Rossi (25), 30-year-old James Hinchcliffe soaked in his surroundings and thought, this is it. This is the future of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Some day — maybe soon — some of IndyCar’s biggest stars will be gone. Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan are both 42, while Scott Dixon, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay are all closer to 40 than they are to 30. When they leave, a younger class of stars will be entrusted with carrying IndyCar into the future.

“I look at the podium, this is exactly what IndyCar racing is going to be,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s kind of already here, which is great to see. I think it’s great for the series, great for the sport, that the guys who are going to be flying the flag for that next generation of drivers are already at the front and challenging for race wins.

“It’s what the fans want to see. It’s selfishly …read more

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