Graham Rahal sweeps Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader

Raquel Nash
June 5, 2017

Rahal dominated the first leg of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series' 70-lap race from the pole.

"I can't imagine the feeling of going to each and every race weekend and knowing that all I got to do is beat my teammate and I'm going to win", said Rahal.

Rahal negotiated the 2.36-mile (3.79 km) temporary urban layout in 1 minute 13.9681 seconds, at an average speed of 114.966 miles per hour (185.020 km / h). The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver proved it today with a dominant victory in the first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend doubleheader.

"It's a bomb waiting to go off and unfortunately, it did", Rahal said.

"It was a tough race no matter what", Dixon admitted.

"It's extremely important to come out of the truck with the auto well set up". Today, we had a combination of speed, the yellows didn't come out at bad times for us and we certainly had the pace. James Hinchcliffe, a native of Oakville, Ont., overcame a spinout on the first lap of the race and finished third.

Rahal, who became the seventh victor in the seven IndyCar races of 2017, today stated: "When I saw Lewis Hamilton's comment... it took me everything I had in my body not to say something". "It's amusing hearing criticism about the depth of our field from someone who has to race three other cars when we have seven winners in the first seven races".

Sato's lap tops the track record set Saturday in qualifying for the first race by Graham Rahal, 1:13.9681 (114.374 mph). "I just didn't want to mess up". Rahal led 55 laps on Saturday to win his first IndyCar race since last August at Texas. "I've seen those cars up close, and there's a lot to be nervous about".

Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato set a track record to claim the pole for Sunday's second race of the IndyCar doubleheader at the Detroit Grand Prix.

Will Power and Scott Dixon will start P7 and P8 respectively, with Power forced to take to the escape road at Turn 7 during the final moments of the second segment.

Team Penske's Josef Newgarden finished fourth and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian placed fifth, putting five different teams among the top five finishers for the first time in a race this season. "Pit stops have to be flawless, [yellow] flags have to fall in your favor, and - oh yeah - you have to be pretty good behind the wheel of a good vehicle. To set the track record in this challenging track, it means a lot to me, and I'm very, very happy".

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