Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda is an NTT IndyCar Series race winner after claiming his first victory in the series in race one of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit double header at Belle Isle on Saturday. The race was red-flagged for over an hour after Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist had a scary crash at turn six.
Rosenqvist was taken to hospital and the race was restarted. Will Power led most of the race however, the Australian suffered an engine issue with the ECU which meant he could not refire his engine when the race went for a second restart after being red flagged for a second time with just five laps remaining following Romain Grosjean’s crash.
Power was moved to the back of the field and they got the car restarted. Rinus Veekay for Ed Carpenter Racing came home in second place just ahead of Pato O’Ward for Arrow McLaren SP.
Takuma Sato was fourth in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda just ahead of Graham Rahal and Santino Ferrucci on a great day for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Alexander Rossi was seventh just ahead of Scott Dixon and Ed Jones while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet had a great race coming home in 11th place just ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Conor Daly.
Colton Herta was 14th after recovering from a penalty for an incident with Jack Harvey while Alex Palou maintained his points lead coming home in 15th just ahead of Jack Harvey and James Hinchcliffe. Dalton Kellett was 18th just ahead of Scott McLaughlin who was forced to retire from the race while Will Power came home in 20th place just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay and Max Chilton.
Romain Grosjean was classified in 23rd just ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Felix Rosenqvist. The fight continues with round 2 from Belle Isle tomorrow.