Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power took his first victory in 19 races in race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit. Power took the win just ahead of team mate and championship leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard in what was another chaotic race in Detroit.
Speaking following the race, Power commented by saying:
The guys did a great job in the pits, got me out in front of the 28, then obviously on the restart, I thought, ‘I’ve really got to capitalize here, otherwise, we’re not going to win. I went down outside. But I’ve got to thank Verizon, thank the fans. I mean, Verizon, man, it’s been a long time since the No.12 has been in victory lane so I’m very happy for the whole Verizon crew. It just gives the whole crew some confidence. I think we’ve kind of been stumbling a little bit, the whole group of us. It’s been a tough start to the year. I missed the first race and just had a few mishaps, you know and now we’re there. It wasn’t a big risk because it was on the outside. Had I tried to go on the inside it would have been a much bigger risk. I wasn’t willing to take that with Simon because he’s the championship leader. So, If I was going to do it, I had to it on the outside and cleanly. There was space and I went for it.
It was Power’s 26th win of the season and Penske’s sixth home win. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was third ending the race just ahead of Josef Newgarden who followed up his third place finish at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with a great drive to fourth place in the race.
Newgarden in the No.20 Fuzzy’s/Preferred Freezer Chevrolet has now moved into fourth place in the championship. Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet ended the race in fifth place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly who came through the field from to finish in sixth place just ahead of Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet with race 1 winner Sebastien Bourdais ending the race in eighth place. Marco Andretti was ninth in the United Fiber&Data/Snapple Honda. Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda rounded out the top ten.
Graham Rahal ended the race in 11th place in the No.15 United Rentals Honda while Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi ended the race in 12th place just ahead of Gabby Chaves while Helio Castroneves was 14th after battling for and taking the lead of the race.
Carlos Munoz finished the race in 15th place despite being involved in a crash at the very start of the race which took Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda out of the race after the incident the mayor of HinchTown described the Andretti Autosport driver as an idiot.
Charlie Kimball finished the race in 16th place in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet was classified in the race three laps down due to an issue with his car.
Jack Hawksworth’s weekend was unfortunate after failing to start the race on Saturday on Sunday he retired from the race.
There were three pace car period’s in the race the first came out following the incident at turn 1 on the opening lap while the second one came when Max Chilton hit the wall while Juan Pablo Montoya was unable to repeat his podium finish from Saturday as he retired from the race after contact with the wall.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton retired from the race and brought out the pace car after he too made contact with the wall.