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2017 Detroit (Race 2): IndyCar Race Results - Rahal, Honda Two-for-Two!
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 04, 2017 - 05:40 PM
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2017 Detroit (Race 2): IndyCar Race Results - Rahal, Honda Two-for-Two!



Graham Rahal has completed the weekend sweep at Belle Isle!

Graham Rahal has completed the weekend sweep at Belle Isle!
Credit: PaddockTalk / Lisa Hurley


By Mike Sulka

Back-to-back! Graham Rahal and his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda has once again dominated at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. For Rahal, it is his second win of the 2017 IndyCar season, and sixth of his IndyCar career. It was also his second win at Belle Isle, and second win this weekend.

Only one driver had previously won a double-race weekend, Scott Dixon at the 2013 weekend in Toronto. Rahal is the first driver to win a double-race weekend at Belle Isle. Rahal is also the first IndyCar driver to win two races this season. With the sweep Rahal has moved from 15th in points to sixth.

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet would use the three-stop strategy to perfection to finish second. For Newgarden, it is his third podium of the year, and 13th of his IndyCar career.

Will Power and his No. 12 would recover from a rough race yesterday to take third. It is Power's third podium of the year, and 52nd of his IndyCar career. It is also his 58th major open-wheel podium.

Takuma Sato would finish fourth with Simon Pagenaud in fifth.

2017 IndyCar drivers points leader Scott Dixon would finish sixth, by extend his lead over Helio Castroneves to eight points.

Recap

It was a Belle Isle miracle! All 22 IndyCars took the green flag, and finished the first lap without a caution! 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner and Detroit race two pole-sitter Takuma Sato would lead followed up Ryan Hunter-Reay and Belle Isle race one winner Graham Rahal.

On Lap 9, Rahal would get past Hunter-Reay with a hard pass on the outside. There was a touch and while Rahal would continue, Hunter-Reay would drift backwards before finally pitting on Lap 13 for a new front wing - effectively ending his race.

By Lap 22, Rahal would be right on the rear wing of Sato with Will Power catching both drivers. Sato would pit on Lap 24, as would Power. Rahal would pit the next time by, and seize control of the front.
Josef Newgarden would have the lead by 4.3 seconds, but he was on a three-stop strategy. Newgarden would pit five laps later, and Rahal would take over the point.

After 30 laps, Rahal would lead by seven seconds over Sato, and nine seconds over Power. Ten laps later, Rahal was up by nearly 15 seconds over both drivers.

On Lap 47, Rahal would pit from the lead and take on his last load of fuel. Newgarden on the off-strategy would temporarily take the lead and then pit. Rahal would take the lead and would control the race until a late yellow for James Hinchcliffe and then Spencer Pigot led to a red flag with three to go.

Rahal would get a good restart, hold off Newgarden for the two-lap sprint to the checkers to seal another dominating win on Belle Isle!

What a weekend! What a fantastic pair of drives!

Next up, the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas next weekend.

 
Pos Driver Gap

1 Graham Rahal Winner
2 Josef Newgarden 1.1772
3 Will Power 2.6228
4 Takuma Sato 3.8535
5 Simon Pagenaud 4.0810
6 Scott Dixon 4.6005
7 Alexander Rossi 6.1978
8 Charlie Kimball 6.6823
9 Helio Castroneves 6.8439
10 Tony Kanaan 7.7201
11 Carlos Munoz 8.1160
12 Conor Daly 8.7847
13 Marco Andretti 9.6103
14 Esteban Gutierrez 13.1325
15 Max Chilton -1 Lap
16 Mikhail Aleshin -1 Lap
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay -1 Lap
18 JR Hildebrand -1 Lap
19 Oriol Servia -1 Lap
20 James Hinchcliffe -5 Laps
21 Spencer Pigot -5 Laps
22 Ed Jones -10 Laps

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