Graham Rahal takes pole, track record at Detroit Grand Prix

Graham Rahal takes pole, track record at Detroit Grand Prix

Graham Rahal takes pole, track record at Detroit Grand Prix

Rahal ultimately crossed the line six seconds clear of the field to become IndyCar's seventh different victor in the opening seven races of the season, as well as coming good on his pre-race promise that he could dominate. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing earned its first pole since 2007.

Rahal made a last-lap pass of James Hinchcliffe for his previous win a year ago, when he beat Hinchcliffe by eight-thousandths of a second in the closest finish for an IndyCar race at Texas.

On a three-stop strategy, Josef Newgarden pushed early to get up to fifth place in the No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, and then leap-frogged past polesitter Takuma Sato, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud on his final stop to get up to second on track. Other notable finishers were three-time Detroit champion Helio Castroneves, who finished in seventh place, and this year's Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato in eighth.

There was not a caution that interrupted the race, which looked set to be the second time in the last three road or street races this has happened (INDYCAR Grand Prix at IMS road course), until Lap 66 when James Hinchcliffe stopped on track exiting Turn 2.

All Offers and Promotions posted in this article excludes NSW residents. He also became the first driver to win a doubleheader weekend since Scott Dixon at Toronto in 2013.

Scott Dixon finished second in Detroit to regain the IndyCars series lead. Dixon's auto broken up into pieces amid sparks and flames.

Castroneves had turned a lap of 1:13.8901.

After his news conference in Detroit, he walked with a limp and kept weight off his sore left foot as he went down stairs.

It was Sato's sixth pole and first since winning the top spot in Race No. 2 on Belle Isle back in 2014 while driving for A.J. Foyt.

Rahal's wife, NHRA drag racer Courtney Force, had her vehicle engulfed in flames Friday night.

Rahal went on to say dragsters, with all their nitro power, are like "a bomb waiting to go off".

"If you give Graham the vehicle, he's going to be tough to beat. It's hard. Obviously when you have it, you don't want to miss opportunities, but hopefully the weather holds up and we can do it again". "To set the track record in this challenging track, it means a lot to me, and I'm very, very happy". Following that race, the series will shift to Texas Motor Speedway for a race under the lights on June 10.

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