Hunter-Reay wins in Detroit, Power regains series lead

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay has broken a long winless run in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit as runner-up Will Power reclaimed the IndyCar Series lead.

Alexander Rossi led late in the 70-lap race but ran the #27 Honda off the circuit to effectively hand the race to his Andretti Autosport team-mate and eventually came home 12th.

There was a strange incident before the race even started when General Motors executive Mark Reuss crashed the pace car at his company’s home event.

Most of the field was unaffected, but Rene Binder’s #32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet was unable to be restarted and he would be subsequently penalised after the car was worked on under the red flag.

The field took the green flag after a 40-minute delay, at which time Rossi powered away from Robert Wickens’ #6 Honda.

Indy 500 winner Power held off an eager Ed Jones to keep third on the first lap before Spencer Pigot (#21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) spun and stalled bringing out the first full course yellow.

Meanwhile, Sebastien Bourdais limped back to the pit lane under the yellow with a damaged left rear tyre on the #18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda.

On the restart, Rossi again pulled a substantial gap over Wickens and Power.

Wickens and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports made the choice to switch to a three-stop strategy and put the #6 on the black Firestones, where Rossi was able to stay on the reds and keep to a two-stop in the early part of the race.

Santino Ferrucci, the young Haas F1 Team development driver, spun coming out of the pit lane on Lap 22. Gabby Chaves (#88 Harding Racing Chevrolet) and Marco Andretti (#98 Andretti-Herta w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda) narrowly avoided the stricken #19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Anticipating a Caution that didn’t come, the top three of Rossi, Power and Jones all came to pit lane.

The three-stopping Wickens and Hunter-Reay (#28 Honda) led the field from Rossi from Lap 24, before Wickens took the second of his stops on Lap 31 after losing time to the two-stoppers on fresher tyres.

Hunter-Reay was released to the lead of the race and able to put together some fast laps to come out ahead of Wickens as he cycled through his second stop, leaving Rossi back in the official lead.

On Lap 38, the fifth placed Bourdais spun, and was called to the pits having complained that there was an issue with Car #18.

Rossi held an eight second lead over Power after the halfway mark but Power began cutting down the gap quickly, forcing Rossi to pit on Lap 47. Power followed Rossi into the lane.

With regular pit stops for both the strategies complete, the Hondas of Rossi and Hunter-Reay kept the lead over the best-placed Chevrolet of Power (#12 Team Penske).

Hunter-Reay set out to chase down his Andretti Autosport team-mate Rossi in the final 10 laps.

Rossi locked up with seven to go, having also down so on the previous lap, and headed into the run-off at Turn 3. Hunter-Reay took the lead with Power in second.


The front left for Rossi sustained damage in the lock up and the 2016 Indy 500 winner was in need on a tyre change in the final laps, taking him out of contention.

The gap was large enough between first and second that Hunter-Reay was able to ease toward the chequered flag for his 17th career win and first since Pocono in 2015, ahead of Power.

Jones (#10 Chip Ganassi Honda) took third from Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda), Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda), Wickens, Tony Kanaan (#14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet), Charlie Kimball (#23 Carlin Chevrolet), Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud (#22 Team Penske Chevrolet).

Josef Newgarden took 15th in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

Dixon now sits second to Power in the Verizon IndyCar Series, which heads to Texas Motor Speedway next week for the DXC Technology 600 (June 8-9).

Race results: Detroit Dual 2

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Race time/Split Pit stops Status Grid pos
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 1:33:50.5784 3 Running 10
2 12 Will Power D/C/F +11.3549 2 Running 3
3 10 Ed Jones D/H/F +13.2291 2 Running 4
4 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F +13.7652 2 Running 5
5 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F +16.6280 2 Running 9
6 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F +34.9398 3 Running 2
7 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F +41.6328 1 Running 22
8 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F +47.3553 2 Running 21
9 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F +56.6293 3 Running 12
10 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F +59.5891 2 Running 8
11 59 Max Chilton D/C/F +1:04.6868 2 Running 17
12 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F +1:06.6419 3 Running 1
13 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F +1:07.6438 1 Running 7
14 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F +1:11.6742 2 Running 18
15 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F +1:14.2820 2 Running 19
16 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F +1:17.3729 3 Running 6
17 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F +1 lap 2 Running 20
18 20 Jordan King (R) D/C/F +1 lap 1 Running 11
19 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F +1 lap 2 Running 14
20 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F +1 lap 3 Running 13
21 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F +3 laps 4 Running 16
22 32 Rene Binder (R) D/C/F +4 laps 2 Running 23
23 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F +49 laps 2 Mechanical 15

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Will Power 309
2 Scott Dixon 304
3 Alexander Rossi 298
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 278
5 Josef Newgarden 270
6 Robert Wickens 232
7 Graham Rahal 221
8 Marco Andretti 197
9 Sebastien Bourdais 194
10 Simon Pagenaud 188
11 James Hinchcliffe 177
12 Ed Jones 160
13 Tony Kanaan 148
14 Takuma Sato 143
15 Zach Veach 133
16 Spencer Pigot 128
17 Matheus Leist 125
18 Gabby Chaves 123
19 Charlie Kimball 119
20 Ed Carpenter 118
21 Max Chilton 103
22 Zachary Claman DeMelo 72
23 Jordan King 70
24 Carlos Munoz 53
25 Jack Harvey 53
26 Kyle Kaiser 45
27 Helio Castroneves 40
28 Rene Binder 39
29 JR Hildebrand 38
30 Stefan Wilson 31
31 Oriol Servia 27
32 Santino Ferrucci 18
33 Conor Daly 18
34 Danica Patrick 13
35 Jay Howard 12
36 Sage Karam 10
37 James Davison 10
38 Pietro Fittipaldi 7

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