Power wins Race 1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

Bo_xzr-IUAA0I8TIn the shadow of the three-cylinder Renaissance Center — the headquarters of Chevrolet — Will Power gave the Verizon IndyCar Series engine manufacturer and team owner/area resident/race promoter Roger Penske a hard-fought victory over Graham Rahal in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

Power, who started 16th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, overtook race leader Ryan Briscoe on a Lap 60 restart and then held off Rahal in the 10-lap sprint to win by .3308 of a second. It was his 23rd Indy car victory, tying Tommy Milton for 18th all time.

“(Rahal) was really pushing me at the end and it was a great victory for Roger, the (crew) guys and Verizon,” said Power, who climbed to three points of front-runner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the championship standings.

Rahal, driving the No. 15 National Guard car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, recorded his best finish since placing second at Long Beach in April 2013.

“I thought I would finally get that monkey off our back,” said Rahal, whose lone Verizon IndyCar Series win came in his series debut on April 4, 2008, at St. Petersburg, Fla., when he was 19 years old. “Maybe tomorrow.”

Tony Kanaan in third place — his 66th career podium and best street/road course finish since Baltimore in 2011 — posted his best finish of the season, as did Justin Wilson in fourth. Verizon P1 Award winner Helio Castroneves, who led a field-high 30 laps, finished fifth.

Qualifications for Race 2 — split into two groups of 12 minutes each of track time — are at 10 a.m. (ET) June 1 and will set the starting lineup for the 70-lap race at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC. Allen Bestwick is the chief announcer, with Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. the analysts.

Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Total  Laps Behind Status
1 12 Will Power 70 Leader Running
2 15 Graham Rahal 70 -0.3308 Running
3 10 Tony Kanaan 70 -5.5096 Running
4 19 Justin Wilson 70 -8.5951 Running
5 3 Hello Castroneves 70 -10.7365 Running
6 27 James Hinchcliffe 70 -11.5074 Running
7 34 Carlos Munoz {R} 70 -14.8813 Running
8 18 Carlos Huertas {R} 70 -26.5965 Running
9 83 Charlie Kimball 70 -32.5852 Running
10 25 Marco Andretti 70 -33.1818 Running
11 9 Scott Dixon 70 -33.3522 Running
12 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 70 -34.0094 Running
13 11 Sebastien Bourdais 70 -36.0240 Running
14 17 Sebastion Saavedra 70 -37.0532 Running
15 8 Ryan Briscoe 70 -56.6632 Running
16 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 69 -1 Lap Running
17 7 Mikhall Aleshin {R} 68 -2 Laps Running
18 14 Takuma Sato 66 -4 Laps Running
19 98 Jack Hawksworth {R} 65 -5 Laps Running
20 67 Josef Newgarden 36 -34 Laps Contact
21 20 Mike Conway 14 -56 Laps Contact
22 77 Simon Pagenaud 4 -66 Laps Contact

{R} – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Busch wins the Buckle Up 200 at the Monster Mile

Bo_ee0pCIAAkvBuFor the second time this weekend at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Busch finds himself in victory lane, as he adds to last night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win with victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Buckle Up 200.

Busch, who led the most laps – 124 out of 200, received his third series win of the 2014 season, his thirty-third series career win and his fourth series win at Dover International Speedway. Busch also became the first driver to win both NCWTS & NNS races in the same weekend at Dover International Speedway, and is the only driver to win all three NASCAR national series in one weekend – Bristol 2010.

Trevor Bayne came up short by 1.005 seconds to finish second, and he was followed by pole-sitter Joey Logano finishing third, Matt Kenseth fourth and series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Kyle Larson bringing home sixth, Brian Scott seventh, ROTY candidate Ty Dillon eighth, Elliott Sadler ninth and the current series points leader, Regan Smith taking tenth-place.

With points leader Regan Smith finishing a place behind Elliott Sadler (second in points) Regan leaves Dover win a 4-point lead over Sadler in the standings.

RACE NOTES:

Average Speed: 114.741 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 44 Mins, 35 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.005 Seconds
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 27 laps

Next Up: The team have the next weekend off and return to action at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 14th, with an approximate start of the 250 mile race at 2:20 p.m. (ET). Television coverage of the event will be provided by ESPN beginning with their 1:30 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

Buckle Up 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Points-Bonus Points Laps Lead
1 54 Kyle Busch(i) 200 Running 0 124
2 6 Trevor Bayne 200 Running 42-1 0
3 22 Joey Logano(i) 200 Running 0 58
4 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 200 Running 0 0
5 9 Chase Elliott # 200 Running 40-1 18
6 42 Kyle Larson(i) 200 Running 0 0
7 2 Brian Scott 200 Running 37 0
8 3 Ty Dillon # 200 Running 36 0
9 11 Elliot Sadler 200 Running 35 0
10 7 Regan Smith 200 Running 34 0
11 60 Chris Buescher # 200 Running 33 0
12 62 Brendan Gaughan 200 Running 32 0
13 39 Ryan Sieg # 200 Running 31 0
14 01 Landon Cassill 199 Running 30 0
15 99 James Buescher 198 Running 29 0
16 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 198 Running 28 0
17 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 198 Running 0 0
18 14 Jeff Green 198 Running 26 0
19 44 Paulie Harraka 197 Running 25 0
20 51 Jeremy Clements 197 Running 24 0
21 23 Timmy Hill(i) 196 Running 0 0
22 19 Mike Bliss 195 Running 22 0
23 52 Joey Gase 195 Running 21 0
24 70 Derrike Cope 194 Running 20 0
25 93 Josh Reaume 192 Running 19 0
26 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 188 Running 18 0
27 16 Ryan Reed # 187 Running 17 0
28 28 J.J. Yeley 186 Running 16 0
29 17 Tanner Berryhill 180 Running 15 0
30 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 171 Running 14 0
31 33 Cale Conley (i) 146 Accident 0 0
32 74 Mike Harmon 103 Suspension 12 0
33 40 Josh Wise(i) 78 Engine 0 0
34 13 Carl Long 44 Clutch 10 0
35 76 Tommy Joe Martins # 29 Vibration 9 0
36 55 Todd Bodine(i) 15 Engine 0 0
37 89 Morgan Shepherd 13 Engine 7 0
38 15 Ryan Ellis 13 Wheel 6 0
39 46 Matt DiBenedetto 10 Vibration 5 0
40 10 Blake Koch 8 Vibration 4 0

# – Rookie(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Unofficial Point Standings after Dover (Top 10)
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 7 Regan Smith 448 Leader 12 1 3 12 0
2 11 Elliot Sadler 444 -4 12 1 5 9 0
3 9 Chase Elliott # 426 -22 12 2 6 9 0
4 6 Trevor Bayne 421 -27 12 0 2 10 0
5 3 Ty Dillon# 414 -34 12 0 0 9 0
6 2 Brian Scott 391 -57 12 0 2 5 1
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 341 -107 12 0 0 2 2
8 99 James Buescher 332 -116 12 0 0 1 0
9 60 Chris Buescher # 328 -120 11 0 1 4 1
10 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 303 -145 12 0 0 1 2

# – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson on top of Dover Sprint Cup final practice

Bo-kXTcIgAE-QhaLast week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Coca-Cola 600 winner, Jimmie Johnson, put up the fastest lap in Saturday’s final FedEx 400 practice session at Dover International Speedway – showing a speed  of 158.863 m.p.h, at the top of the speed chart.

Tomorrow’s pole-sitter, Brad Keseloski, was second fastest with a lap speed of 158.270 m.p.h., and he was followed by Ryan Newman (158.263 m.p.h.) who was third, Denny Hamlin (158.193) fourth and Kevin Harvick (157.798) was fifth fastest.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were A.J. Allmendinger (157.398 m.p.h.) who was sixth, Carl Edwards (157.356) seventh, Brian Vickers (157.350) eighth, Paul Menard (157.212) ninth and series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson (157.150) posting tenth.

The 45th annual FedEx 400 is scheduled to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will conclude their season coverage (TNT takes over for the next six races starting with Pocono) with their 12:30 p.m. (ET) pre-race show.

NASCAR Sprint FedEx 400 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 158.863 22.661 Leader 53
2 2 Brad Keselowski 158.270 22.746 -0.085 48
3 31 Ryan Newman 158.263 22.747 -0.086 40
4 11 Denny Hamlin 158.193 22.757 -0.096 42
5 4 Kevin Harvick 157.798 22.814 -0.153 52
6 47 AJ Allmendinger 157.398 22.872 -0.211 39
7 99 Carl Edwards 157.356 22.878 -0.217 31
8 55 Brian Vickers 157.350 22.879 -0.218 49
9 27 Paul Menard 157.212 22.899 -0.238 44
10 42 Kyle Larson # 157.150 22.908 -0.247 43
11 16 Greg Biffle 157.061 22.921 -0.260 32
12 15 Clint Bowyer 157.054 22.922 -0.261 36
13 24 Jeff Gordon 156.979 22.933 -0.272 43
14 5 Kasey Kahne 156.890 22.946 -0.285 47
15 18 KyleBusch 156.863 22.950 -0.289 47
16 14 Tony Stewart 156.863 22.950 -0.289 31
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 156.822 22.956 -0.295 53
18 20 Matt Kenseth 156.617 22.986 -0.325 36
19 41 Kurt Busch 156.467 23.008 -0.347 44
20 10 Danica Patrick 156.454 22.010 0.651 40
21 78 Martin Truex Jr. 156.427 23.014 -0.353 40
22 22 Joey Logano 156.203 23.047 -0.386 47
23 3 Austin Dillon # 156.169 23.052 -0.391 37
24 1 Jamie McMurray 155.999 23.077 -0.416 51
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 155.898 23.092 -0.431 39
26 9 Marcos Ambrose 155.434 23.161 -0.500 34
27 43 Aric Almirola 155.273 23.185 -0.524 34
28 38 David Gilliland 154.865 23.246 -0.585 34
29 7 Michael Annett # 154.779 23.259 -0.598 22
30 13 Casey Mears 154.533 23.296 -0.635 36
31 36 Reed Sorenson 154.420 23.313 -0.652 15
32 98 Josh Wise 154.387 23.318 -0.657 27
33 66 Brett Moffitt 154.162 23.352 -0.691 22
34 26 Cole Whitt # 153.879 23.395 -0.734 21
35 51 Justin Allgaier # 153.695 23.423 -0.762 16
36 83 Ryan Truex # 153.446 23.461 -0.800 7
37 34 David Ragan 153.427 23.464 -0.803 35
38 23 Alex Bowman # 153.348 23.476 -0.815 26
39 33 David Stremme 152.769 23.565 -0.904 13
40 40 Landon Cassill (i) 152.659 23.582 -0.921 28
41 44 J.J. Yeley (i) 152.123 23.665 -1.004 27
42 32 Blake Koch(i) 149.464 24.086 -1.425 22
43 77 Dave Blaney No Time Set 0

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coors Light Pole winner Joey Logano will lead the Buckle Up 200 field to green.

Bo-fdT8CQAAVUunLate Saturday morning at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano, with a qualifying lap speed of 155.474 m.p.h., captured the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Buckle Up 200 Coors Light Pole Award.

This was Logano’s first series pole of the season, his twenty-fourth series career pole and his fourth series pole at “the Monster Mile.”

Sharing the front row with Logano to start second with qualifying lap speed of 155.119 m.p.h., will be series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Chase Elliott.

Following Logano and Elliott to the drop of the green flag will be Brian Scott (154.799 m.p.h.) starting third, Kyle Busch (154.606) fourth and Trevor Bayne (154.341) will start from fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten starting positions will be Matt Kenseth (154.275 m.p.h.) starting sixth, Kyle Larson (154.096) seventh, ROTY contender Chris Buescher (153.899) eighth, Elliott Sadler (153.833) ninth and Brendan Gaughan (153.257) starts tenth.

With only 40 drivers attempting to fill the 40-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The 33rd annual Buckle Up 200 is slated to get started around 2:50 p.m. (ET) this afternoon, and ESPN will begin their television coverage with their 2:00 .p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

Buckle Up 200 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time
1 22 Joey Logano(i) 155.474 23.155
2 9 Chase Elliott # 155.119 23.208
3 2 Brian Scott 154.799 23.256
4 54 Kyle Busch(i) 154.606 23.285
5 6 Trevor Bayne 154.341 23.325
6 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 154.275 23.335
7 42 Kyle Larson(i) 154.096 23.362
8 60 Chris Buescher # 153.899 23.392
9 11 Elliot Sadler 153.833 23.402
10 62 Brendan Gaughan 153.257 23.490
11 7 Regan Smith 153.107 23.513
12 3 Ty Dillon # 153.042 23.523
Eliminated In Round 1
13 01 Landon Cassill 152.008 23.683
14 19 Mike Bliss 151.579 23.750
15 16 Ryan Reed # 151.566 23.752
16 39 Ryan Sieg # 151.439 23.772
17 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 151.426 23.774
18 33 Cale Conley (i) 151.140 23.819
19 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 151.108 23.824
20 28 J.J. Yeley 151.013 23.839
21 99 James Buescher 150.584 23.907
22 44 Paulie Harraka 150.489 23.922
23 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 149.744 24.041
24 40 Josh Wise(i) 149.744 24.041
25 14 Jeff Green 148.810 24.192
26 17 Tanner Berryhill 148.680 24.213
27 23 Timmy Hill(i) 148.478 24.246
28 52 Joey Gase 148.460 24.249
29 51 Jeremy Clements 148.215 24.289
30 55 Todd Bodine(i) 147.868 24.346
31 76 Tommy Joe Martins # 147.583 24.393
32 70 Derrike Cope 147.035 24.484
33 93 Josh Reaume 147.029 24.485
34 10 Blake Koch 145.974 24.662
35 13 Matthew Carter 144.957 24.835
36 46 Matt DiBenedetto 144.840 24.855
37 15 Ryan Ellis 144.225 24.961
38 74 Mike Harmon 141.448 25.451
39 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 136.075 26.456
40 89 Morgan Shepherd 138.964 25.906

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keselowski was the fastest in second Sprint Cup practice

Bo-HZXGCUAAaIo-Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) pole-sitter, Brad Keselowski, with a lap speed of 159.702 m.p.h., was the quickest Saturday morning during the second FedEx 400 practice session at Dover International Speedway.

Kevin Harvick, with a lap speed of 159.341 m.p.h., put up the second quickest lap speed, and was followed by Carl Edwards (158.856 m.p.h.) who was third, Brian Vickers (158.716) fourth and Matt Kenseth (158.513) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten quickest drivers in the session were Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (158.416 m.p.h.) who was sixth, Clint Bowyer (158.339) seventh, Marcos Ambrose (158.304) eighth, Jimmie Johnson (158.242) ninth and Tony Stewart (157.971) posting tenth.

“Happy Hour” (final) practice will take place this afternoon from 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. (ET).

The 45th annual FedEx 400 is scheduled to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will conclude their season coverage (TNT takes over for the next six races starting with Pocono) with their 12:30 p.m. (ET) pre-race show.

NASCAR Sprint FedEx 400 Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 2 Brad Keselowski 159.702 22.542 Leader 40
2 4 Kevin Harvick 159.341 22.593 -0.051 43
3 99 Carl Edwards 158.856 22.662 -0.120 33
4 55 Brian Vickers 158.716 22.682 -0.140 36
5 20 Matt Kenseth 158.513 22.711 -0.169 22
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 158.416 22.725 -0.183 42
7 15 Clint Bowyer 158.339 22.736 -0.194 36
8 9 Marcos Ambrose 158.304 22.741 -0.199 33
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 158.242 22.750 -0.208 42
10 14 Tony Stewart 157.971 22.789 -0.247 41
11 31 Ryan Newman 157.867 22.804 -0.262 35
12 11 Denny Hamlin 157.853 22.806 -0.264 34
13 5 Kasey Kahne 157.777 22.817 -0.275 41
14 10 Danica Patrick 157.763 22.819 -0.277 21
15 16 Greg Biffle 157.708 22.827 -0.285 32
16 24 Jeff Gordon 157.673 22.832 -0.290 46
17 22 Joey Logano 157.632 22.838 -0.296 32
18 47 AJ Allmendinger 157.549 22.850 -0.308 31
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 157.398 22.872 -0.330 38
20 1 Jamie McMurray 157.384 22.874 -0.332 51
21 41 Kurt Busch 157.384 22.874 -0.332 32
22 18 KyleBusch 157.315 22.884 -0.342 45
23 43 Aric Almirola 157.301 22.886 -0.344 38
24 27 Paul Menard 157.295 22.887 -0.345 34
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. 157.288 22.888 -0.346 16
26 42 Kyle Larson # 156.822 22.956 -0.414 37
27 7 Michael Annett # 156.481 23.006 -0.464 29
28 66 Brett Moffitt 156.467 23.008 -0.466 22
29 3 Austin Dillon # 155.959 23.083 -0.541 27
30 98 Josh Wise 155.367 23.171 -0.629 17
31 13 Casey Mears 155.300 23.181 -0.639 30
32 51 Justin Allgaier # 155.126 23.207 -0.665 23
33 26 Cole Whitt # 155.039 23.220 -0.678 29
34 83 Ryan Truex # 154.546 23.294 -0.752 18
35 38 David Gilliland 154.546 23.294 -0.752 13
36 23 Alex Bowman # 154.162 23.352 -0.810 19
37 34 David Ragan 153.932 23.387 -0.845 22
38 40 Landon Cassill (i) 153.695 23.423 -0.881 18
39 36 Reed Sorenson 153.081 23.517 -0.975 29
40 33 David Stremme 152.879 23.548 -1.006 19
41 32 Blake Koch(i) 151.815 23.713 -1.171 14
42 44 J.J. Yeley (i) No Time Set 0
43 77 Dave Blaney No Time Set 0

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Busch wins the NASCAR Trucks Lucas Oil 200 at the MonsterMile.

Bo7BsovCAAAxUkBIt was another dominate performance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) by Kyle Busch Friday night at Dover International Speedway, as he starts from the pole and ends in victory lane with win in the Lucas Oil 200.

Busch, who led the most laps – 150 out of 200, received his fourth series victory of the 2014 season, his fifth consecutive series victory, his thirty-ninth series career victory, and his fourth series victory at Dover International Speedway.

Series regular, Ryan Blaney, followed Kyle Busch to the drop of the checkered flag (by 2.123 sec.) and was followed by Johnny Sauter finishing third, an incredible finish by Brandon Jones (started 29th) fourth and Joey Coulter finishing fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were John Hunter Nemechek finishing sixth, series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidates, Ben Kennedy and Tyler Reddick taking seventh and eighth-place respectively, German Quiroga, Jr. ninth and the current series points leader, Timothy Peters (leaves Dover with a 1-point lead over Matt Crafton & Johnny Sauter) finished tenth.

RACE NOTES:

Average Speed: 102.389 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 57 Mins, 12 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.123 Seconds
Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 38 laps

Next Up: The WinStar World Casino & Resort 400(k) at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, the night of June 6th, with an approximate starting time of 9:20 p.m. (ET) and (pre) race television coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET) provided by FOX Sports 1.

Lucas Oil 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Points-Bonus Points Laps Led
1 51 Kyle Busch (i) 200 Running 0 150
2 29 Ryan Blaney 200 Running 43-1 1
3 98 Johnny Sauter 200 Running 41 0
4 33 Brandon Jones 200 Running 41-1 3
5 21 Joey Coulter 200 Running 39 0
6 08 John Hunter Nemechek 200 Running 38 0
7 31 Ben Kennedy # 220 Running 37 0
8 19 Tyler Reddick # 199 Running 36 0
9 77 German Quiroga 199 Running 35 0
10 17 Timothy Peters 198 Running 34 0
11 30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 198 Running 33 0
12 5 John Wes Townley 198 Running 32 0
13 92 Scott Riggs 198 Running 31 0
14 00 Cole Custer 197 Running 30 0
15 50 TJ Bell 197 Running 29 0
16 54 Darrell Wallace Jr 195 Running 28 0
17 02 Tyler Young # 194 Running 27 0
18 13 Jeb Burton 189 Running 26 0
19 63 Justin Jennings 183 Running 25 0
20 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 180 Running 24 0
21 20 Gray Gaulding # 172 Accident 23 0
22 32 Ben Rhodes 169 Accident 22 0
23 88 Matt Crafton 156 Accident 22-1 46
24 39 Ryan Sieg(i) 136 Suspension 0 0
25 99 Bryan Silas 127 Engine 19 0
26 35 Mason Mingus # 125 Running 18 0
27 9 Brennan Newberry 74 Accident 17 0
28 57 Norm Benning 55 Too Slow 16 0
29 7 Jake Crum 52 Engine 15 0
30 8 Jimmy Weller III # 18 Engine 14 0
31 56 Raymond Terczak Jr. 14 Rear Gear 13 0
32 42 Charles Lewandoski 3 Electrical 12 0
33 40 Todd Peck 3 Overheating 11 0
34 0 Ryan Ellis (i) 2 Vibration 0 0
35 36 Blake Koch(i) 2 Vibration 0 0

# – Rookie, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series DRIVER STANDINGS After Dover (Top-10)
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 17 Timothy Peters 185 Leader 5 0 2 4 0
2 88 Matt Crafton 184 -1 5 1 3 3 1
3 98 Johnny Sauter 184 -1 5 0 3 4 1
4 77 German Quiroga Jr. 179 -6 5 0 0 5 0
5 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 170 -15 5 0 1 3 1
6 31 Ben Kennedy # 169 -16 5 0 1 3 0
7 29 Ryan Blaney 166 -19 5 0 2 3 2
8 5 John Wes Townley 159 -26 5 0 1 1 1
9 13 Jeb Burton 153 -32 5 0 0 2 1
10 21 Joey Coulter 142 -43 5 0 1 1 1

# – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drivers look to break Belle Isle record

05-30-Pagenaud-On-Course-Detroit-StdSimon Pagenaud and Mike Conway remembered the route to the media center on Belle Isle following the second practice session for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

Both had been escorted there for post-race interviews last year as winners of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend doubleheader. This time, they were 1-2 in the 45-minute practice session that precedes the three rounds of qualifications, including the Firestone Fast Six to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner, for Race 1 at 8:30 a.m. (ET) May 31. ABC will televise both 70-lap races (3:30 p.m. ET May 31 and June 1).

Pagenaud, whose victory in Race 2 was his first in Indy car racing and the first for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, set the bar high in the afternoon practice with a lap of 1 minute, 17.6502 seconds on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit. Conway was .0647 of a second back in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing, and both were within three-tenths of a second of Conway’s track record in its current configuration (1:17.4371) set in Race 2 last June.

“I think it’s becoming an interesting track in terms of racing, not just qualifying, but there’s some good places for passing — Turn 3, Turn 7,” said Pagenaud, who won May 10 in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. “It’s breathtaking after being two weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You really get your handful. It’s certainly hard work. You just push yourself as hard as you can and try to do a good lap.”

Conway earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 2 with a best lap of 1:18.0977, while Dario Franchitti was the pole winner for Race 1 with a lap of 1:19.3311.

“Obviously, couldn’t do it without a good car from Ed Carpenter Racing,” said Conway, who competes in road/street course events while Carpenter drives on the ovals. “I think we just picked up where we left off at Long Beach (victory in mid-April); it seems to be a good place to start with here. I haven’t touched it much, which is a big credit to the team really. Around the place it’s a lot of fun. Each lap gets your attention that’s for sure. There’s non-stop action around here.

“I think qualifying will be very exciting with the Firestone red tires added to the mix.  You could see some low 76s (seconds) laps.”

Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, and Will Power also recorded laps under 1:18 in the practice, while Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth with a best lap of 1:18.1674. The newly-crowned 500 Mile Race champion was quickest in the opening session.

“We had a great first session and in the second session we only used one set of tires, so we’ve got some tires in the back pocket for the rest of the weekend,” said Hunter-Reay, who arrived in Detroit on May 29 after a whirlwind Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour. “I think we’ve got a pretty good car for qualifying; we’ll see how it goes on session at a time.”

Pagenaud, in his third year with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, credits continuity, in part, with results posted by the No. 77 Honda-powered entry (four top-five finishes in the initial five races), while Conway is in his first season with Ed Carpenter Racing. He won at Detroit last year in a Dale Coyne Racing car and started from the pole for Race 2.

“I tried to bring as much back from last year as I could,” he said. “We come to this point where we can roll out and be in the top six, which is where you always want to be, especially with the doubleheaders. All credit to the team though. They’ve been working flat out for the last eight, nine weeks. They’re still pushing all the time.”

Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit 2nd Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Lap Behind Total  Laps
1 77 Simon Pagenaud 108.950 77.6502 Leader 16
2 20 Mike Conway 108.859 77.7149 -0.0647 20
3 3 Hello Castroneves 108.856 77.7171 -0.0669 18
4 12 Will Power 108.606 77.8966 -0.2464 17
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 108.229 78.1674 -0.5172 14
6 9 Scott Dixon 108.116 78.2490 -0.5988 18
7 14 Takuma Sato 108.045 78.3006 -0.6504 17
8 27 James Hinchcliffe 108.015 78.3223 -0.6721 16
9 8 Ryan Briscoe 107.839 78.4500 -0.7998 19
10 15 Graham Rahal 107.615 78.6137 -0.9635 12
11 10 Tony Kanaan 107.593 78.6294 -0.9792 21
12 34 Carlos Munoz {R} 107.593 78.6299 -0.9797 17
13 17 Sebastion Saavedra 107.570 78.6468 -0.9966 14
14 67 Josef Newgarden 107.450 78.7344 -1.0842 16
15 25 Marco Andretti 107.081 79.0057 -1.3555 12
16 19 Justin Wilson 106.963 79.0925 -1.4423 13
17 98 Jack Hawksworth {R} 106.832 79.1898 -1.5396 15
18 18 Carlos Huertas {R} 106.568 79.3857 -1.7355 13
19 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 106.369 79.5345 -1.8843 14
20 83 Charlie Kimball 106.287 79.5957 -1.9455 14
21 11 Sebastien Bourdais 106.275 79.6048 -1.9546 18
22 7 Mikhall Aleshin {R} 106.207 79.656 -2.0058 15

{R} – Rookie