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2017 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Corporation was the lone doubleheader event of the 2017 IndyCar Series season, consisting of the 7th and 8th rounds of the championship. The event was held at the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. Graham Rahal dominated the weekend, leading the most laps and winning both races.

United States 2017 Detroit
Race details
7th and 8th round of the 2017 IndyCar Series season
Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle 2015.svg
DateJune 3 and 4, 2017
Official nameChevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Corporation
LocationThe Raceway on Belle Isle
CourseTemporary street circuit
2.350 mi / 3.782 km
Distance70 laps
164.500 mi / 264.737 km
Race 1
Pole position
DriverGraham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
Time1:13.9681
Fastest lap
DriverJosef Newgarden (Team Penske)
Time1:14.2062 (on lap 49 of 70)
Podium
FirstGraham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
SecondScott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdJames Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
Race 2
Pole position
DriverTakuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)
Time1:13.6732
Fastest lap
DriverJosef Newgarden (Team Penske)
Time1:14.6385 (on lap 59 of 70)
Podium
FirstGraham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
SecondJosef Newgarden (Team Penske)
ThirdWill Power (Team Penske)

Race 1 – Saturday, June 3Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for race one was held in the morning of June 3. Due to time constraints, the session consisted of only what would be round 1 of a normal IndyCar qualifying session. Initially, it appeared that Hélio Castroneves qualified first, but was ruled to have failed to slow for a yellow flag, resulting in his fastest time being disallowed. As such, Graham Rahal inherited the pole position with a new track-record time of 1:13.9681 at an average speed of 114.37 mph (184.07 km/h). Castroneves still started second, as his second fastest lap still put him the fastest of his group. Takuma Sato, fresh off his Indy 500 victory, qualified third, with his teammate Alexander Rossi fourth. James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top five.[1]

RaceEdit

The race was held later that afternoon. The start saw Graham Rahal hold the lead over Hélio Castroneves after the first turns. Behind them, James Hinchcliffe lost control of his car in turn 1 and spun, bringing out the race's first caution period. Hinchcliffe was able to avoid contact with anything during the incident and continue on in the race. Racing resumed on lap 5, with the running order remaining roughly the same. Around lap 10, drivers attempting to use a three-stop strategy during the race began to pit, including Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Takuma Sato. Those attempting a two-stop strategy began their stops at roughly lap 20, including Rahal, Alexander Rossi, and Scott Dixon. After the pit cycle was complete, Castroneves and Newgarden had inherited the first two spots, with Rahal on his two-stop strategy some six seconds adrift.

On lap 25, caution flew for the second and final time when Conor Daly's car lost power in turn 3 directly in front of Charlie Kimball, causing the two to make contact and causing damage to Kimball's to front wing.[2] Kimball was able to continue on and get repairs to the damage, but Daly's car ground to a halt and was unable to be restarted, making him the race's only retirement. During the caution, Newgarden elected to make his second stop, the only front-runner to do so during the period. The top five became Castroneves, Rahal, Takuma Sato, Rossi, and Hinchcliffe, who had finally managed to recover from his first lap spin.

Racing resumed on lap 31 with the leaders staying in order. Five laps later, Castroneves pitted for the second time, moving Rahal back into the lead of the race. Sato pitted shortly thereafter, moving Rossi to second and Hinchcliffe to third. Those on two-stop strategies began to pit just after lap 45 for their final stops. After the cycle, Rahal held the lead over Castroneves, though Castroneves made his final stop shortly thereafter, moving Scott Dixon into second place, while James Hinchcliffe held third. This order would stay the same for the remainder of the race, as Rahal crossed the line just over six seconds ahead of Dixon.[3] Hinchcliffe managed to just stave off a hard charging Josef Newgarden, while Alexander Rossi held rounded out the top five.

Rahal's victory made him the seventh driver in seven races to win during the 2017 IndyCar Series season. For Rahal, it was his fifth career victory and his first on a street circuit since his first win at St. Petersburg in 2008.[4][5]

ResultsEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner
W1 Past winner of race 1 in doubleheader
W2 Past winner of race 2 in doubleheader

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Name Group Time
1 15   Graham Rahal 1 1:13.9681
2 3   Hélio Castroneves W W2 2 1:14.0414
3 26   Takuma Sato 1 1:14.0428
4 98   Alexander Rossi 2 1:14.0875
5 5   James Hinchcliffe 1 1:14.1801
6 9   Scott Dixon W 2 1:14.2855
7 1   Simon Pagenaud W2 1 1:14.3150
8 8   Max Chilton 2 1:14.9991
9 2   Josef Newgarden 1 1:14.3805
10 83   Charlie Kimball 2 1:15.0664
11 12   Will Power W1 W2 1 1:14.6312
12 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 1:15.0991
13 27   Marco Andretti 1 1:14.6719
14 14   Carlos Muñoz W1 2 1:15.2060
15 10   Tony Kanaan W 1 1:15.2668
16 4   Conor Daly 2 1:15.2228
17 20   Spencer Pigot 1 1:15.6261
18 21   J. R. Hildebrand 2 1:15.2334
19 18   Esteban Gutiérrez R 1 1:15.6267
20 7   Mikhail Aleshin 2 1:15.2430
21 19   Ed Jones R 1 1:15.8343
22 16   Oriol Servià 2 1:15.2758
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 70 1:35:48.7028 2 1 55 54
2 9   Scott Dixon W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 70 +6.1474 2 6 2 41
3 5   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 70 +9.1688 3 5 1 36
4 2   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 70 +10.0930 3 9 32
5 98   Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 70 +25.5556 2 4 30
6 7   Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 70 +31.3644 3 20 1 29
7 3   Hélio Castroneves W W2 Team Penske Chevrolet 70 +33.1052 3 2 11 28
8 26   Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda 70 +47.4696 3 3 24
9 19   Ed Jones R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 70 +53.6531 2 21 22
10 20   Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 70 +54.0726 3 17 20
11 8   Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 70 +55.2547 3 8 19
12 27   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 70 +58.3402 3 13 18
13 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 70 +59.1348 3 12 17
14 14   Carlos Muñoz W1 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 70 +1:00.7310 3 14 16
15 10   Tony Kanaan W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 70 +1:01.9596 3 15 15
16 1   Simon Pagenaud W2 Team Penske Chevrolet 70 +1:02.1492 3 7 14
17 21   J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 70 +1:06.0717 4 18 13
18 12   Will Power W1 W2 Team Penske Chevrolet 69 +1 Lap 2 11 12
19 18   Esteban Gutiérrez R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 69 +1 Lap 2 19 11
20 16   Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 69 +1 Lap 4 22 10
21 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 69 +1 Lap 4 10 9
22 4   Conor Daly A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 25 Mechanical 1 16 8
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

Notes: 1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps. For Detroit only, 1 bonus point was awarded to the fastest qualifier from both groups.

Source for time gaps:[6]

Championship standingsEdit