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Graham Rahal says that he believes his wins at Belle Isle were partly a result of momentum from Indianapolis 500, and that he is starting to appreciate the importance of starting at the front.
Josef Newgarden and Will Power said that the last two laps following the red-flag in Detroit’s Race 2 were a matter of survival rather than trying to get on terms with weekend dominator Graham Rahal.
Graham Rahal became the first repeat winner of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series with near-perfect drive to victory in the second race at Detroit, but had to fend off Josef Newgarden in a two-lap final shootout.
Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay will lead the field to the green for this afternoon’s second race at Belle Isle in Detroit.
Graham Rahal says that he doesn’t think he ever felt so confident about his race prospects as he did today in Detroit when he led from pole and dominated the first of Belle Isle’s two races.
Dale Coyne Racing’s stand-in for Sebastien Bourdais, ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez, says he would be looking for greater performance in tomorrow’s race at Detroit now that he has more experience of car and track.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda drivers James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin said they were content to overcome early difficulties in Detroit Race 1 to nail two top-six finishes.
Graham Rahal scored his first IndyCar pole position in eight years, when he set second fastest time in today’s qualifying sessions but saw Helio Castroneves lose his fastest lap for not slowing for a yellow flag.
Helio Castroneves topped the second practice session at Belle Isle, Detroit, after eight minutes were lost to car retrieval and clear-up following Alexander Rossi’s shunt.
Esteban Gutierrez is set to try and conclude a deal with Dale Coyne Racing to race in Detroit this weekend, but Oriol Servia and James Davison are also in contention to sub for the injured Sebastien Bourdais.