INDYCAR: Castroneves takes the Sunday win in Detroit

Spiderman, aka,  Helio-Castroneves climbs the fence in Detroit after winning Sunday's second half of the Duel in Detroit.

Spiderman, aka, Helio-Castroneves climbs the fence in Detroit after winning Sunday’s second half of the Duel in Detroit.

Spiderman lives!!!  Helio Castroneves climbed the fence at Belle Isle again — 14 years after his signature victory celebration was born following his first Indy car win in 2000 in the Motor City.

Castroneves’ climb on Sunday was in honor of his 29th Indy car victory after winning Dual 2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans by 1.6836 seconds over teammate Will Power, who took the win in Saturdays race in the motor city. So, for Michigan native and team owner Roger Penske, this was the best an outstanding weekend in Detroit.

He started third in the 70-lap race in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car, completed a sweep for engine supplier Chevrolet and Team Penske in the first of three Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekends this season. His victory tied Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time list.

Castroneves, the fifth different winner in seven races this season, moved to second in the standings — 19 points behind Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who amassed 126 points in winning the Indianapolis 500, dropped to third with a disappointing pair of races that carried full points.

Power, who held off Graham Rahal’s No. 15 National Guard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car by .3308 of a second to win the opening race on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn street course, was runner-up for his fifth top-five finish in the seven races.

Charlie Kimball advanced 17 positions to place third for his best finish of the season and Scott Dixon drove from last on the starting grid to fourth. James Hinchcliffe finished fifth.

Here from INDYCAR are the race results:

1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

2. (8) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

3. (20) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

4. (22) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

5. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

6. (7) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

7. (16) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

8. (6) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

9. (17) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

10. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

11. (4) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

12. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

13. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

14. (19) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

15. (12) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

16. (18) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

17. (10) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

18. (1) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

19. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 61, Electrical

20. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 58, Contact

21. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 43, Contact

22. (9) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 9, Contact

 

Race Statistics

Winners average speed:   93.211

Time of Race: 01:45:53.3410

Margin of victory: 1.6836

Cautions: 4 for 13 laps

Lead changes: 7 among 7 drivers

 

Lap Leaders:

Sato 1 – 10

Hinchcliffe 11 – 20

Conway 21 -24

Power 25 – 26

Aleshin 27

Castroneves 28 – 33

Hawksworth 34

Castroneves 35 – 70

 

Point Standings: Power 326, Castroneves 307, Hunter-Reay 299, Pagenaud 247, Andretti 227, Munoz 210, Montoya 187, Dixon 184, Wilson 173, Bourdais 170.

 

 

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