IndyCar Series 2017
・Graham Rahal completes sweep of IndyCar Series double header race weekend
・Follows victory in Saturday’s opening race with second win in Sunday finale
・Scott Dixon combines second and sixth-place results to claim championship lead
DETROIT, Mich. (June 4, 2017) - Despite a late-race red flag, Graham Rahal and Honda completed a dominant performance Sunday in Detroit, as Rahal became the first driver to win both races of the Verizon IndyCar Series double header weekend on the Motor City’s Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit.
After leading a 1-2-3 victory podium sweep for Honda in Saturday’s opening 70-lap contest, Rahal scored his second win of the weekend today in an entirely different manner. Starting third in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, Rahal first had to get past fellow Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, making an outside pass in Turn One to move into second.
Rahal then jumped ahead of early race leader Takuma Sato during the first round of pit stops, taking over the lead on Lap 23. Rahal, running the race on two scheduled pit stops, then traded the lead with Josef Newgarden, quickest of the three-stoppers, throughout the middle stages of the 70-lap contest.
After all stops were completed on Lap 55, Rahal held a commanding, 15-second lead over Newgarden. However, a mechanical failure for Spencer Pigot on Lap 66 resulted in a major fluid spill in Turn 3, and race officials halted the race with a Red Flag. The race restarted after a 20-minute cleanup, with two laps to go, and Rahal immediately pulled out a two-second advantage over Newgarden at the checkers to score his sixth career Indy car victory.
Although unable to contend for the victory, last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 winner Sato went on to finish fourth as his impressive first season at Andretti Autosport continues. After being delayed by a malfunctioning fuel probe during his first pit stop, Scott Dixon recovered to finish sixth and maintain a 56-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship over Helio Castroneves.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities in Detroit, including this weekend’s pair of Honda Indy car victories and Saturday’s Acura NSX GT3 IMSA sports car race win, are available on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
Indy car’s five-week run of consecutive May-June event weekends concludes next week, as the series heads south to Dallas-Fort Worth for Round Nine, the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, June 10.
|1||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|2||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|3||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|4||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)|
|6||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|7||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|8||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|10||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|13||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|15||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|16||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|17||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|19||Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|20||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|22||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|