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Dual in Detroit I
Saturday, June 4, 2016


Sebastien Bourdais Wins Second Detroit Race in a RowSebastien Bourdais Wins Second Detroit Race in a Row

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais won his second consecutive race on the streets of Belle Isle in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual I.  Bourdais, the winner of the second Dual in 2015, started in 13th position but chose to make an early pit stop off of strategy after falling to the back of the pack early.  Bourdais was one of only two drivers to pit on lap 13, under caution.  This strategy eventually allowed the KVSH Racing Hydroxycut Chevrolet to run hard at the end while many of the cars had to conserve fuel over the final stint.  Rookie Conor Daly of Dale Coyne Racing finished in second place for his best career finish to date, while Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya finished third for his first-ever podium result in Detroit.  With the win Bourdais tied Bobby Unser for sixth on the all-time IndyCar victory list with 35.  Series point leader Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske was one of the competitors trying to make it to the end on fuel as he came home in the 13th position.  Pagenaud still held a sizable lead in the standings of 59 points over teammate Helio Castroneves heading into Dual II.


Dual in Detroit II
Sunday, June 5, 2016


Will Power Returns to Victory Circle with First Win in Over a YearWill Power Returns to Victory Circle with First Win in Over a Year

Team Penske’s Will Power won the battle with teammate Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay to give Chevy a sweep in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. Power set a blistering pace in qualifying, but was penalized for interference and had his best laps disqualified as he fell from the pole position to starting eighth. Dual I winner Sebastien Bourdais again pitted early on lap 12 and was running on an alternate fuel strategy, along with Charlie Kimball, Graham Rahal and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.  All four ran up front after the final pit stops but one by one all four had to return to pit lane for fuel, as Power took the lead late in the Verizon Chevy and held on for his first win since the 2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis.  The former series champion held off Pagenaud by 0.9203 of a second to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish as Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport finished third.  It marked Power’s second victory on Belle Isle to go along with his Dual 1 win in 2014. With the podium result, Pagenaud increased his championship lead to 80 points over Scott Dixon leaving Belle Isle.


Dual in Detroit I
Saturday, May 30, 2015


Munoz Picks Up First Series Win in Weather-Shortened First DualMunoz Picks Up First Series Win in Weather-Shortened First Dual

Colombian Carlos Munoz won his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race after the first Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans was stopped due to lightning with 47 of 70 laps completed.  Munoz started the race in 20th position, but was able to take the lead after Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti had to visit pit lane for fuel and Firestone rain tires on Lap 40.  When Munoz came in to pit for the rain tires as well two laps later he had built a 26-second lead on Andretti in the Andretti TV/Cinsay Honda.  The race was red flagged five laps later due to lightning in the area and was ruled official after a 20-minute delay and more rain coming down.  Andretti Autosport finished 1-2 with Munoz and Marco Andretti, while first-year Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud picked up his first podium finish for the team ahead of teammate Will Power, who finished fourth.  Heading into the second Dual in Detroit the following day, Power trailed Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 11 points in the series standings after Montoya posted a 10th-place finish in Dual 1.


Dual in Detroit II
Sunday, May 31, 2015


Bourdais Holds of Sato for the Win in Second Dual in DetroitBourdais Holds of Sato for the Win in Second Dual in Detroit

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais won his first race of the season when he held off Takuma Sato for an important Chevrolet victory in the second Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.  The race became a timed event after a red flag caused by a collision between Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves in Turn 2 on lap 64. Instead of going the full 70-lap distance, the race became a five-and-a-half minute shootout once it returned to green flag conditions.  Bourdais was able to hold off Sato by 1.76 seconds, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal finishing third.  Dale Coyne Racing driver Tristan Vautier gave his team its best finish on the season with a fourth-place finish Dual 1 runner up Marco Andretti came home fifth.  Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya still held a 21-point advantage over teammate Will Power in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings at the halfway point of the season.


Dual in Detroit I
Saturday, May 31, 2014


Castroneves completes the Team Penske and Chevy Sweep on Belle IslePower Wins for Team Penske and Chevrolet in the Shadow of the Renaissance Center

Will Power passed Team Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe for the lead on Lap 60 and Graham Rahal put pressure on Power over the final 10-lap shootout hoping for a mistake but Power was able to hold on to win by .3308 seconds in the first Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans of the weekend.  It marked Power’s first Detroit win and his second victory after winning at the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg. Rahal’s runner-up finish turned out to be the top result of the season for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver. Tony Kanaan finished third for his 66th career podium finish while Justin Wilson finished in fourth, marking the top result of the season for the 2008 Belle Isle race winner. Verizon P1 Pole Award winner Helio Castroneves led a race-high 30 laps and finished fifth.  Championship points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th one week after winning the Indy 500 and he held a three-point lead over Will Power heading into Dual 2.

Dual in Detroit II
Sunday, June 1, 2014


Power Wins for Team Penske and Chevrolet in the Shadow of the Renaissance CenterCastroneves completes the Team Penske and Chevy Sweep on Belle Isle

Helio Castroneves overcame some of the frustration from a close second-place finish at the Indianapolis 500 one week earlier when he won the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans ahead of Team Penske teammate Will Power.  The win completed a banner weekend for Chevrolet and Team Penske after Power captured Dual 1 and Castroneves followed up his pole and fifth-place finish in the first Dual by leading the most laps and securing his 29th career IndyCar victory.  Charlie Kimball of Ganassi Racing finished third for his top result of the season while giving Chevy a sweep of the podium.  Former Detroit winner Scott Dixon worked his way through the field after starting last to finish fourth with Canadian James Hinchcliffe rounding out the top five.  Power took over the series championship lead with 326 points after a pair of top-two finishes on Belle Isle, while Castroneves ranked second in the standings, just 19 points behind his teammate.


Dual in Detroit I
Saturday, June 1, 2013


IndyCar Podium 2013 - Race 1Mike Conway produced his first win since 2011 by leading 47 of 70 laps on the reconfigured Raceway at Belle Isle Park, winning the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #1 by 12.971 seconds.  Chevrolet’s Ryan Hunter-Reay came in second and Justin Wilson, Conway’s teammate with Dale Coyne Racing, rounded out the podium.  Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti won the Verizon P1 Pole Award, but started the race in 11th place due to an unapproved engine change in Indianapolis but recovered to finish sixth.  Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves finished fifth and took a three-point lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings over Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dual in Detroit II
Sunday, June 2, 2013


IndyCar Podium 2013 - Race 2Frenchman Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports became the sixth different winner in seven races of the 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series season by winning the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Dual #2 by 5.627 seconds over James Jakes of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  Pagenaud took the lead when Jakes had to pit on lap 59 and he was able to hold on to the lead over the final 12 laps.  Polesitter Mike Conway, winner in the previous Dual #1 the day before, led the most laps (31) and finished in third place to complete the podium.  Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport left Belle Isle tied for the lead in the series point standings.

Dixon Leads from Start to Finish in Shortened Grand Prix
June 3, 2012 

IndyCar WinnersScott Dixon won the pole and led all 60 laps for his first victory at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The Detroit Indy Grand Prix was shortened from its original distance of 90 laps after a two-hour red flag delay to fix several portions of the race track. Once the race was restarted on lap 45, Dixon finished almost two seconds ahead of Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti in a reversal of the previous week's Indianapolis 500 results. IndyCar rookie Simon Pagenaud finished third in the race while Team Penske driver Will Power just missed the podium as he finished in fourth place.

Wilson Secures First IndyCar Series Victory
August 31, 2008 


IndyCar 2008Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing rookie Justin Wilson earned his first IndyCar Series victory in a controversial performance on Belle Isle. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves led a race-high 53 laps but officials determined he blocked Wilson and Castroneves was ordered to surrender the lead on Lap 70 of the 87-lap race. Once in front, Wilson clicked off the fastest laps of the race to claim the second victory of the season for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team. In Victory Circle, Wilson dedicated the win to ailing team owner Paul Newman. Castroneves finished second and Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan completed the podium in third place.
 
 
Kanaan Wins IndyCar Series Race in Detroit
September 2, 2007 


IndyCar 2007In Sunday's Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone IndyCar Series race, eventual winner Tony Kanaan eluded a late-race accident and second-place finisher Danica Patrick posted her best result of the season. Kanaan stayed on the track during a late series of pit stops and remained ahead of a last-lap melee. The crash started when Buddy Rice ran out of fuel and ensnared Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti and series championship rival Scott Dixon. Kanaan went on to claim his fifth victory of the season in the 7-11 Dallara/Honda and the 12th win of his career, ahead of Patrick's Motorola machine. Third place belonged to Dan Wheldon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The finish in Detroit set the stage for a hotly-contested IndyCar Series finale at Chicagoland the following weekend that saw Franchitti edge Dixon for the title.