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Rahal wins first race at Detroit Grand Prix

05 June, 2017, 08:32 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
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Graham Rahal (middle), Scott Dixon, and James Hinchcliffe hoist their trophies following Race 1 of the 2017 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. The win was the fifth of Rahal's IndyCar career and the fourth since 2015.

Hinchcliffe, was similarly dismissive of Hamilton's comments, noting: "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".

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix turned out to be a Honda rout as Dixon was second in Ganassi's Honda. Hinchcliffe finished third, completing a Honda sweep of the top three finishing positions. Overall Honda secured seven of the top 10 spots.

On May 28, Sato won the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, becoming the first Japanese driver to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

The No. 15 SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops.com Honda won today's race by 1.1772 seconds after leading 41 of 70 laps in this race, once again nearly completing a flawless weekend.

Rahal won for the first time since August, when he captured the rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Rahal finished the race in 1:35:48.702, with an average speed of 103.015 miles per hour and won the poll prior to the race, becoming the seventh different IndyCar driver to win the first seven races of the year.

Dixon did a remarkable job driving with a very sore left ankle following his spectacular accident at Indy.

Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi will start from the second row ahead of Canadian James Hinchliffe and Scott Dixon.

Rahal will start third in the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda as he looks to become the first driver to sweep the weekend doubleheader since the format was adopted at Belle Isle in 2013. "Physically for me it was tougher than normal". I think I was favoring a lot of things, but just so proud of the whole Camping World crew. They did an wonderful job.

"To me, a race is a race - we drove the race if the engine blows up it blows up. But it's great for points". I probably couldn't get the most out of it but we were kind of there. Then we got that yellow at the right time right after our pit stop.

Ryan Hunter-Reay will start alongside team-mate Sato on the front-row of the grid, after the Andretti Autosport racer topped the first qualifying segment, which was interrupted by a red flag delay after Carlos Munoz made contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 2.

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