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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