The Raceway on Belle Isle
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If Alexander Rossi misses this year's title by fewer than 22 points, he'll rue his Motown mistake, but the racer's misjudgment was no worse than that of his critics, whose misguided antagonism emerged in full flow, writes David Malsher.
Alexander Rossi says that the mistake that cost him a near-certain second place in the Detroit GP’s second race lay with his own driving, but that he was never going to just move over and let teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay past.
Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot says IndyCar debutant and Haas Formula 1 junior Santino Ferrucci caused a "silly" crash at Detroit that did not show respect for full-time drivers.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, whose win in Detroit has elevated him to fourth in the IndyCar championship standings, says the #28 Andretti Autosport team is committed to trying to win a second title.
Ryan Hunter-Reay scored his first IndyCar victory in almost three years in Race 2 at Dertroit, after long-time leader and Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi skidded down an escape road.
Alexander Rossi scored his third IndyCar pole with a perfect performance in the wet qualifying session for Race 2 at Belle Isle, eclipsing nearest rival Robert Wickens by 0.3sec.
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi have lauded today’s IndyCar winner at Detroit, Scott Dixon, for matching Michael Andretti in the all-time winner list with 42 victories.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon took a commanding victory at Belle Isle to defeat three Andretti Autosport-Hondas, as last year’s Detroit double-header dominator Graham Rahal crashed out.
Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran stormed to victory for Action Express Racing in the Belle Isle IMSA race, out-strategizing Team Penske, but Acura got a major consolation prize with an NSX 1-2 in GT Daytona.
Marco Andretti took his first pole position in almost five years, when he emerged from Group 2 of qualifying with a time almost half a second quicker than his closest opposition.
A red flag meant a truly strange ending to the IMSA Prototype qualifying session at Belle Isle in which Pipo Derani took pole, while Bryan Sellers was sensational in the GT Daytona class.
Ryan Hunter-Reay put Andretti Autosport and Honda on top in the last practice before tomorrow morning’s qualifying for the first race around Belle Isle, but Jordan King crunched his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet hard into the Turn 11 wall.
Helio Castroneves, an ace at Belle Isle in Indy cars, topped FP2 for the Detroit round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but incidents for a prime rival and a GTD car lost teams a lot of track time.
Sebastien Bourdais put Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan on top in opening practice at Belle Isle, as Honda cars occupied the top eight times ahead of the double-header weekend.
A sensational late lap from Ricky Taylor clinched top spot in the 90-minute opening IMSA practice session in Detroit, but the Action Express Cadillacs prevented an Acura 1-2.
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.