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The Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires returns to Toronto with a familiar face returning to the cockpit as the championship makes its only stop north of the border.

Belardi Auto Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist skipped Road America and the race at Iowa Speedway because of European commitments, but the Swede will be back behind the wheel this weekend in a welcome return to North America.

As for representing the host country, the last time we had this many Canadians on the grid was in 2011 at Edmonton. This year, we have three Canadians racing at Toronto with Team Pelfrey having Garett Grist in the No. 3 car, Juncos Racing having Zachary Claman De Melo in the No. 13 car and Andretti Autosport with Dalton Kellett in the No. 28 car. In fact, Kellett’s hometown is Toronto, so this is a homecoming for him in more ways than one.

The points standings haven’t shuffled around as much in the last few races since Carlin’s Ed Jones took the championship lead at Barber Motorsports Park. However, the points lead was dwindling before the most recent race at Iowa Speedway, where Jones finished third ahead of the two drivers chasing him in the points standings; Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’s Santiago Urrutia.

All three drivers at the top of the championship were put on probation by Indy Lights for aggressive driving, so it will be interesting to see how the drivers behave themselves on the last street circuit of the season.

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Christopher DeHarde is a native of Luling, Louisiana and has contributed to Motorsport.com, Motorsports Tribune, The New Orleans Advocate and Race22.com. He’s a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication and has been writing about motorsports since 2014. Primarily covering the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, DeHarde has also covered the FIA World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and NASCAR.

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