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Castroneves spoils Power double in Detroit

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Monday 2nd June, 2014 - 8:18am

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Helio Castroneves does his Spiderman impersonation with Team Penske crew members at Belle Isle

Helio Castroneves does his Spiderman impersonation with Team Penske crew members at Belle Isle

Effervescent Brazilian Helio Castroneves supplied Team Penske with a perfect score in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit at the Belle Isle course.

After taking a final pit service on lap 49, Castroneves drove cleanly to beat his team-mate and Saturday winner Will Power while Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) staved off some fierce competition to claim third.

The much-needed victory allowed Castroneves to replicate his now trademark ‘Spiderman’ fence climbing celebration which incidentally he first performed at the Belle Isle course 14 year ago.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who overheated his brakes on a restart, finished fourth ahead of James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) with Simon Pagenaud finishing sixth after his DNF in the opening heat.

There were significant ramifications in points standings as Power has reclaimed the lead with Castroneves moving to second while Ryan Hunter-Reay, forced out with electrical problems on lap 61, has slipped back to third.

The 70-lap race turned into two short sprints to the checkered flag; the first after Sebastien Bourdais ploughed into the tyre barrier at turn 5 with 12 laps remaining.

Castroneves cleared away on the restart with 7 laps remaining when Dixon lost third position after trying to grab second off Power.

On the next lap Takuma Sato was hit in the left-rear by Marco Andretti forcing the AJ Foyt driver into the same turn 5 barrier as Bourdais with Andretti receiving a drive-through for the contact.

The Sato yellow flag was removed leaving the race to finish with a 3-lap sprint to the finish which saw Castroneves storm clear.

Meanwhile Hinchliffe attempted a move on Kimball for third and was lucky not to have finished the race in the fence on the final lap.

Power found himself in hot water on the opening lap after hitting Josef Newgarden when he tried for a move on the inside.

He was later given a drive-through penalty for the incident which also involved Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal.

Rookie Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Briscoe completed the top 10.

See below for results of Detroit race 2

1

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

1:45:53.341

2

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

1.6836

3

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

2.9746

4

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

3.4290

5

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

70

4.6528

6

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

70

4.9894

7

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

70

5.5279

8

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

70

5.6906

9

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

6.2501

10

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

6.5923

11

Mike Conway

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

7.1114

12

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

70

7.2822

13

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

70

7.9649

14

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

70

8.7723

15

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

70

9.2906

16

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

70

27.2464

17

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

69

1 Lap

18

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

69

1 Lap

19

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

61

Electrical

20

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

58

Contact

21

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

43

Contact

22

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

9

Contact

 

See below for full IndyCar Series points

1

Will Power

326

2

Hélio Castroneves

307

3

Ryan Hunter-Reay

299

4

Simon Pagenaud

247

5

Marco Andretti

227

6

Carlos Muñoz

210

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

187

8

Scott Dixon

184

9

Justin Wilson

173

10

Sébastien Bourdais

170

11

James Hinchcliffe

165

12

Tony Kanaan

161

13

Ryan Briscoe

157

14

Charlie Kimball

149

15

Jack Hawksworth

141

16

Takuma Sato

139

17

Mikhail Aleshin

137

18

Josef Newgarden

132

19

Carlos Huertas

132

20

Graham Rahal

129

21

Sebastian Saavedra

125

22

Mike Conway

122

23

Oriol Servià

88

24

Kurt Busch

80

25

J.R. Hildebrand

66

26

Sage Karam

57

27

Ed Carpenter

53

28

James Davison

34

29

Jacques Villeneuve

29

30

Alex Tagliani

28

31

Townsend Bell

22

32

Pippa Mann

21

33

Martin Plowman

18

34

Buddy Lazier

11

35

Franck Montagny

8

 

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