IndyCar Series 2014
In his best performance of 2014, third-generation racer Graham Rahal fought eventual race winner Will Power for the final 20 laps of Saturday’s opening race of the “Dual in Detroit” Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend, making a last-lap effort that came up just 33 hundredths of a second short at the checkers.
The Rahal Letterman Lanigan team, headed by Graham’s father, Bobby Rahal, made the right calls throughout the 70-lap contest, keeping its driver at or near the front of the field in a race that featured nearly a half-dozen different pit strategies among the 22 contestants. When the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 60, Rahal was in third place, behind Power and Ryan Briscoe. After dispatching Briscoe on Lap 62, Rahal closed down on Power and made several runs at the leader, but came up short in his efforts to snatch the victory.
Just behind the leaders, Justin Wilson combined excellent Honda fuel mileage with equally clever pit calls from his Dale Coyne Racing team to finish fourth, his best result of 2014. James Hinchcliffe ran in the lead group for the first half of the race, but the timing of the race’s four cautions dropped him to an unrepresentative sixth. Rookie Jack Hawksworth also starred, running second to early leader Helio Castroneves until a broken brake disc dropped him off the lead lap; while fellow rookies Carlos Munoz and Carlos Huertas finished seventh and eighth, respectively – the third top-10 result for Munoz this year and a career-best for Huertas.
Video News Releases from this weekend’s action in Detroit are being posted on a newly created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.
|1||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|2||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|3||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|4||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|5||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|6||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|8||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|9||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|10||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|16||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|17||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|18||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|19||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|20||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|22||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|