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IndyCar: Detroit (Race 1) – Power tops Rahal, Kanaan

Photo: Chris Jones

 

Will Power overtook race leader Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet) on a Lap 60 restart and then held off Graham Rahal over a 10-lap sprint to win Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual 1. "(Rahal) was really pushing me at the end and it was a great victory for Roger, the (crew) guys and Verizon," said Power, who started 16th in the Team Penske (Chevy) car and tied Tommy Milton for 18th all time with his 23rd Indy car victory.

Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda) started a season-best ninth and recorded his best finish since placing second at Long Beach in April 2013. Rahal closed to within 0.3308 sec behind the race winner, but had to settle for a runner-up finish.

"We've been fighting awfully hard to just finish where we have been finishing and so to finally get a result like this it means more than words," said Rahal, who was the first to retire from the Indianapolis 500 six days earlier. "As we look forward to (Dual 2 on June 1), I think we can do one better and we really learned a lot today and a lot that is going to help us."

Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) finished third -- his 66th career podium and best street/road course finish since Baltimore in 2011 - to post his best finish of the season. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing, Honda) also scored a season-high with fourth. Verizon P1 Award winner Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy), who led a field-high 30 laps, finished fifth.

Qualifications for Race 2 -- split into two groups of 12 minutes of track time each - 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).

Both races on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn street circuit carry full points. Power moved to within three points of season points-leader and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished 16th.

"The team did a great job,” said Kanaan. “I've got to thank the Energizer Target guys. But you can't be happy finishing third. We want to win so we're working towards that. It was a great race for us. We got great restarts, great pit stops, plus the strategy played out in our favor big time. So we have tonight to work on it and tomorrow I want to put that thing in P1. That's for sure. You know the Energizer car has a pretty good history of winning with Dixon and Dario, so I've got to keep it up."

 

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS:

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

288

2

Will Power

285

3

Helio Castroneves

254

4

Simon Pagenaud

219

5

Marco Andretti

213

6

Carlos Munoz (R)

186

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

170

8

Sebastien Bourdais

160

9

Justin Wilson

155

10

Scott Dixon

152

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