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Team Penske’s Will Power, who last won at the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, has taken the checkered flag for the 2nd of 2 races this weekend at the Dual in Detroit around the 14-turn 2.36-mile street circuit around Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan in his No. 12 Chevrolet-powered race car after starting in 8th. He becomes the 6th different winner in 8 Verizon IndyCar Series races so far this season. It is Power’s 26th career victory.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was the highest finishing driver of a Honda-powered car in 3rd place, which is tied for his best finish so far this season. Power’s Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud finished runner-up after leading 40 of the race’s 70 laps. Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon rounded out the top 5 . The drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars took 4 of the top 5 spots in today’s race. Drivers of the Honda-powered cars continue to race faster than they qualify, which has been a theme over the past couple of seasons. You can see the full results at IndyCar.com.
The race had a total of 5 lead changes among 6 different leaders and 3 caution flag periods. The 1st caution flag came out when Max Chilton and James Hinchcliffe hit the wall on lap 1, the 2nd caution flag came out when Juan Pablo Montoya hit the wall on lap 35, and the 3rd caution flag came out when Jack Hawksworth spun out on lap 50.
Today’s race front-runners were the drivers of the fastest cars, and strategy did not determine the outcome of this race as it has over the past few races at Detroit and in the series. Power was the fastest driver and had the best car, and that is why he came out on top.
Rain never really became a factor in which tires teams chose for their drivers. Last year, the outcomes of both Dual in Detroit races was affected by the rain and tire strategy. Yesterday, the race was won with pit strategy, as both Bourdais and Daly went to the front of the field after staying out on the track during a pit cycle where the majority of the field came in, which allowed them to pit later in the stint and take just a splash of fuel to make it to the end of the race rather than a full tank, which allowed them to save valuable time in the pits. This allowed them both to stay out front even after pitting and finish in 1st and 2nd places.
Race ranking out of races I’ve watched: 88/100