Auto racing: Will Power wins IndyCar race in Detroit

Published June 1, 2014 9:51 pm

IndyCar • Penske driver prevails in first of two weekend races.
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Detroit • Will Power gave Roger Penske and Chevrolet what they desperately wanted by winning the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix.

"On his home track and in Chevy's backyard, it's a perfect day," Power said Saturday. "If we can do it again tomorrow, it'll be even better."

Power finished 0.3308 seconds ahead of Graham Rahal on the bumpy, 13-turn, 2.36-mile street circuit on Belle Isle. He started a season-worst 16th and took the lead for good with just more than 10 laps to go when he passed Ryan Briscoe.

"There's no way we thought we would come from 16th to win," he said. "But this is IndyCar and anything can happen."

The Australian held off Rahal to join Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay as the series' drivers with two victories through six races. Power pulled within three points of Hunter-Reay, IndyCar's points leader.

Power, who won IndyCar's season-opening race, has 23 career victories to break a tie with Emerson Fittipaldi and Tony Bettenhausen and to match Tommy Milton for 18th on the all-time list.

His latest victory was especially sweet for Penske and Chevy.

Penske had not won an open-wheel race in the area he calls home since Helio Castroneves finished first in 2001.

"It's sure a great piece of satisfaction for me to see this happen," Penske acknowledged. —

Indy Dual in Detroit

P Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

TV • Ch. 4 —

Race 1 Results


At The Raceway at Belle Isle Park


Lap length: 2.346 miles

(Starting position in parentheses)

All cars Dallara chassis

1. (16) Will Power, Chevrolet, 70.

2. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 70.

3. (8) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 70.

4. (19) Justin Wilson, Honda, 70.

5. (1) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 70.

6. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 70.

7. (11) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 70.

8. (12) Carlos Huertas, Honda, 70.

9. (20) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 70.

10. (18) Marco Andretti, Honda, 70.

11. (10) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 70.

12. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 70.

13. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 70.

14. (13) Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, 70.

15. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet, 70.

16. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 69.

17. (22) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 68.

18. (15) Takuma Sato, Honda, 66.

19. (3) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 65.

20. (14) J. Newgarden, Honda, 36, contact.

21. (4) Mike Conway, Chevrolet, 14, contact.

22. (17) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 4, contact.