Bourdais wins wild and whacky Detroit Race 2

Sebastien Bourdais defied the odds to claim victory in the final leg of the Dual in Detroit

Sebastien Bourdais defied the odds to claim victory in the final leg of the Dual in Detroit

Sebastien Bourdais benefitted from a string of late race cautions to claim an against-the-odds victory in the second IndyCar race at the Dual in Detroit.

The French driver diced with running out of fuel as the stoppages conspired to help him cross the line in his KV Racing Chevrolet.

Bourdais managed to hold off Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt) with Graham Rahal grabbing third.

The four-times Champ Car champion inherited the lead with 15 laps remaining when Conor Daly pitted to replace his wet tyres with slicks on a drying Belle Isle circuit.

It was green momentarily when the fourth caution was ordered for an incident at Turn 3 between Sage Karam and Stefano Coletti.

Soon after the green Charlie Kimball turned a sharp left searching for dry track only to punt his team-mate Scott Dixon into the wall.

With nine laps remaining another caution was flown for debris.

Then disaster struck Team Penske with six laps left as Castroneves and Power took each other out exiting Turn 2 with IndyCar pulling a red flag to clean up the debris and ensure a green flag finish.

After a 10-minute stoppage the cars filed back onto the track ready for a restart with officials deeming it a timed race.

Bourdais fired away from the green flag with 3:20s remaining.

As the white flag was shown Bourdais had pulled a sizeable gap on Sato in win or burst tactics.

“It’s a heck of a feeling. We couldn’t get it more wrong yesterday. We did everything right today,” Bourdais said who took the chequered flag on lap 68 of a scheduled 70.

“The management of the fuel, the pit stops…Chevrolet in Detroit man.”

Tristan Vautier finished strongly to claim fourth ahead of Marco Andretti, Daly, Jack Hawksworth, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Gabby Chaves.

Series leader Juan Montoya had shown the way at the front in the opening 21 laps from pole ahead of Power but in the end the changing conditions and strategy caught him short on fuel.

Running just behind the leaders at the final restart, Montoya slipped back to eventually limp home in 10th.

His team-mates Power and Castroneves were 18th and 19th respectively.

Power’s race was compromised earlier when he had to pit for a new steering wheel when water fouled up the electronics and he was unable to find gears.

Race 1 winner Carlos Munoz was an early retirement pulling off down an escape road with a smoking rear engine on lap 6.

See below for full results

Pos. No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Running / Reason Out
1 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 68 Running
2 14 Takuma Sato Honda 68 Running
3 15 Graham Rahal Honda 68 Running
4 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 68 Running
5 27 Marco Andretti Honda 68 Running
6 5 Conor Daly (R) Honda 68 Running
7 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 68 Running
8 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 68 Running
9 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 68 Running
10 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 68 Running
11 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 68 Running
12 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 68 Running
13 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 68 Running
14 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 68 Running
15 7 James Jakes Honda 67 Running
16 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 67 Running
17 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 66 Running
18 1 Will Power Chevrolet 64 Contact
19 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 64 Contact
20 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 58 Contact
21 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 49 Contact
22 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez (R) Honda 35 Contact
23 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 5 Mechanical

See below for points standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

315

2

Will Power

294

3

Scott Dixon

252

4

Graham Rahal

246

5

Hélio Castroneves

245

6

Sébastien Bourdais

228

7

Marco Andretti

224

8

Josef Newgarden

206

9

Simon Pagenaud

193

10

Charlie Kimball

187

11

Carlos Muñoz

180

12

Tony Kanaan

174

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

171

14

Takuma Sato

166

15

Gabby Chaves

133

16

James Jakes

132

17

James Hinchcliffe

129

18

Jack Hawksworth

128

19

Luca Filippi

120

20

Stefano Coletti

104

21

Sage Karam

77

22

Simona de Silvestro

66

23

Conor Daly

63

24

J.R. Hildebrand

57

25

Tristan Vautier

55

26

Sebastian Saavedra

47

27

Francesco Dracone

38

28

Ryan Briscoe

36

29

Townsend Bell

32

30

Carlos Huertas

31

31

Alex Tagliani

27

32

Rodolfo González

27

33

Justin Wilson

25

34

Pippa Mann

16

35

Bryan Clauson

10

35

James Davison

10

35

Oriol Servià

10

35

Ed Carpenter

10

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