Rahal Goes Back To Back In Detroit
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal has done the double winning back to back races at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on Belle Isle.
Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops dominated the race once again to finish the race just ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Will Power. The race was red flagged with three laps to go and Rahal said he was glad to come out on top. On the restart, Rahal got the jump on Newgarden.
Rahal knew it was going to be tough but he says it feels great, it was a fantastic weekend. Rahal is the first driver to do the double in Detroit.
Pole sitter Takuma Sato ended the race in fourth place in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda for Andretti Autosport ending the race just ahead of reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Team Penske Chevrolet.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 Camping World Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing has extended his lead in the series standings to eight over Helio Castroneves after finishing the race in sixth place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda. Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda finished the race in eighth place just ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet. Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing rounded out the top ten despite being handed a drive thru penalty for running over his tire gun.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz who started the race from the back of the grid in 22nd place did a great job in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet as he finished the race in 11th place just ahead of his team mate Conor Daly in the No.4 Chevrolet.
Marco Andretti ended the race in 13th place for Andretti Autosport just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez who was extremely impressive finishing the race in 14th place.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing finished the race in 15th place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin. Ryan Hunter Reay finished the race in 17th place in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.
JR Hildebrand was 18th for Ed Carpenter Racing ending the race just ahead of Oriol Servia despite having to pit following a clash during the race.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe retired from the race with an electrical issue while Spencer Pigot suffered an engine failure. Ed Jones also retired from the race with an as yet undetermined issue.
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the Rainguard Water Seelers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend which will see the return of Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing.