INDYCAR: Power takes race one of the Duel in Detroit

Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet wins race one of The Duel in Detroit

Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet wins race one of The Duel in Detroit

Will Power overtook race leader Ryan Briscoe on a Lap 60 restart and then held off Graham Rahal over a 10-lap sprint to win Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, with second race to set for later today 3:30 pm on ABC.

“(Rahal) was really pushing me at the end and it was a great victory for Roger, the (crew) guys and Verizon,” said Power, who started 16th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car and tied Tommy Milton for 18th all time with his 23rd Indy car victory.

Rahal, driving the No. 15 National Guard car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, started a season-best ninth and recorded his best finish since placing second at Long Beach in April 2013. Rahal closed to within .3308 of a second behind the race winner, but had to settle for a runner-up finish.

“We’ve been fighting awfully hard to just finish where we have been finishing and so to finally get a result like this it means more than words,” said Rahal, who was the first to retire from the Indianapolis 500 six days earlier. “As we look forward to (Dual 2 on June 1), I think we can do one better and we really learned a lot today and a lot that is going to help us.”

Tony Kanaan finished third — his 66th career podium and best street/road course finish since Baltimore in 2011 – to post his best finish of the season, as did Justin Wilson in fourth. Verizon P1 Award winner Helio Castroneves, who led a field-high 30 laps, finished fifth.

Qualifications for Race 2 — split into two groups of 12 minutes of track time each – are at 10 a.m. (ET) today.

Both races on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn street circuit carry full points. Power moved to within three points of front-runner and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished 16th, in the championship standings.

Here is finishing order of yesterday’s

1. (16) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

2. (9) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

3. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

4. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

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

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

7. (11) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 70, Running

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

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

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

11. (10) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

12. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

13. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

14. (13) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 70, Running

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

16. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

17. (22) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 68, Running

18. (15) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 66, Running

19. (3) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running

20. (14) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 36, Contact

21. (4) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 14, Contact

22. (17) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 4, Contact                                                                                                                                     

Race Statistics

Winners average speed:   90.138

Time of Race: 01:49:29.9323

Margin of victory: 0.3308

Cautions: 4 for 17

Lead changes: 10 among 7 drivers

 

Lap Leaders:

Castroneves 1 – 16

Rahal 17 – 25

Andretti 26 

Power 27 – 29

Aleshin 30 – 31

Castroneves 32 – 45 

Dixon 46

Power 47 – 53 

Rahal 54 

Briscoe 55 – 59

Power 60 – 70

 

Point Standings: Hunter-Reay 288, Power 285, Castroneves 254, Pagenaud 219, Andretti 213, Munoz 186, Montoya 170, Bourdais 160, Wilson 155, Dixon 152.

 

 

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