Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda drove his ass off to take his first win of the season and the 17th of his Verizon IndyCar Series career following a dramatic race 2 with the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix.
In the closing stages of the race, pole sitter Alexander Rossi who was dominant throughout the race ran wide running over debris causing a puncture allowing Hunter Reay to take the lead and from there he charged to the win.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet has retaken the lead in the championship after following up his Indianapolis 500 win with a second place finish for Chevrolet at their home race. It was a great battle between the Chip Ganassi Racing team drivers of Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda and Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank with the pair finishing in third and fourth respectively.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing recovered well following yesterday finishing the race in fifth place in the No.15 United Rentals Honda.
Robert Wickens finished the race in sixth place in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ending the race just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet finishing the race in seventh place while Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball picked up Carlin Racing’s best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series coming home in eighth place in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet.
Saturday’s pole sitter Marco Andretti in the No.98 AutoNation Bryan Herta Autosports Honda was ninth while Simon Pagenaud for Team Penske rounded out the top ten in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet.
Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet ended the race in 11th place just ahead of Alexander Rossi who was left disappointed with a 12th place finish following his puncture in the No.27 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay/Group 1001 Honda was 13th just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus Matt Leist.
Team Penske’s defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet ended the race in 15th place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 Fifth/Third Bank Honda finished the race in 17th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King while Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves was 19th.
It was a disappointing race for Dale Coyne Racing as Santiago Ferrucci and Sebastien Bourdais as they finished the race in 20th and 21st place respectively.
Juncos Racing’s Rene Binder and Spencer Pigot rounded out the order in 22nd and 23rd place respectively. Paddock Eye are happy to report that Mark Ruess, the VP of production development with Chevrolet was checked, cleared and released by the IndyCar medical team following the pace car crash which delayed the start of the race.
NEXT up is the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.