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Takuma Sato Wins Belle Isle Race 2 Pole

Takuma Sato kept the momentum from his historic Indianapolis 500 win going, winning the Verizon P1 Award and pole position for this afternoon’s second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader in record fashion.

The driver of the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda ran a sizzling lap of 1 minute, 13.6732 seconds (114.831 mph) on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn Raceway at Belle Isle Park temporary street course to secure the first starting position for the 70-lap race that airs at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Sato’s lap tops the track record set Saturday in qualifying for the first race by Graham Rahal, 1:13.9681 (114.374 mph). It is the sixth pole position of Sato’s eight-year Verizon IndyCar Series career and first since he was fastest in qualifying for the second Belle Isle race three years ago.

“The (No.) 26 car was a rocket ship,” Sato said. “Going through my (fast) lap, I mean, I gave 100 percent everything. There was nothing left on the inches. I was nearly hit the wall twice, but I was happy, I was confident. It’s absolutely team credit.

“To set the track record in this challenging track, it means a lot to me, and I’m very, very happy.”

Takuma Sato Verizon P1 Award news conference for Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Graham Rahal Wins Belle Isle Race 1 Pole, First in Eight Years

Graham Rahal broke an eight-year pole position drought in style this morning, setting a Raceway at Belle Isle Park track record to win the P1 Award and first starting position for today’s first race of the 2017 Detroit Grand Prix.

Rahal, driving the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda, scorched around the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course in 1 minute, 13.9681 seconds (114.374 mph). It bettered the record of 1:14.0379 set last year by Simon Pagenaud.

It is the third pole position in Rahal’s 11-year Indy car career, but first, since he was the top qualifier at Kansas Speedway in April 2009. It also marks the first Verizon IndyCar Series pole position for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing since Scott Sharp took the honor at Texas Motor Speedway 10 years ago.

“It’s a little uncharted territory for me the last handful of years,” Rahal said. “We’re used to having to charge from the back. This is a pretty welcomed sight.”

Qualifying consisted of two groups receiving 12 minutes of track time each instead of the typical three rounds of knockout qualifying seen at Verizon IndyCar Series street- and road-course events. Rahal established the standard in Group 1.

Helio Castroneves clocked a lap of 1:13.8901 (114.494 mph) in the second group that would have won the pole, but was penalized by INDYCAR for not reducing his speed in the area of a local yellow and had his fast lap negated. Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) brought out the local caution in the Turn 7 area of the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course. Per Rule 7.1.3.2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book, other drivers must decrease their speed by at least 15 percent when traveling through a local yellow area. INDYCAR stewards ruled that Castroneves did not obey the rule.

Castroneves’ next-best lap in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet of 1:14.0414 was still good enough to be fastest in his group, so he will start outside Rahal on Row 1 in this afternoon’s race. Rahal and Castroneves each earned a championship point for being fastest in their groups.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Graham Rahal Wins Belle Isle Race 1 Pole, First in Eight Years

Graham Rahal broke an eight-year pole position drought in style this morning, setting a Raceway at Belle Isle Park track record to win the P1 Award and first starting position for today’s first race of the 2017 Detroit Grand Prix.

Rahal, driving the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda, scorched around the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course in 1 minute, 13.9681 seconds (114.374 mph). It bettered the record of 1:14.0379 set last year by Simon Pagenaud.

It is the third pole position in Rahal’s 11-year Indy car career, but first, since he was the top qualifier at Kansas Speedway in April 2009. It also marks the first Verizon IndyCar Series pole position for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing since Scott Sharp took the honor at Texas Motor Speedway 10 years ago.

“It’s a little uncharted territory for me the last handful of years,” Rahal said. “We’re used to having to charge from the back. This is a pretty welcomed sight.”

Qualifying consisted of two groups receiving 12 minutes of track time each instead of the typical three rounds of knockout qualifying seen at Verizon IndyCar Series street- and road-course events. Rahal established the standard in Group 1.

Helio Castroneves clocked a lap of 1:13.8901 (114.494 mph) in the second group that would have won the pole, but was penalized by INDYCAR for not reducing his speed in the area of a local yellow and had his fast lap negated. Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) brought out the local caution in the Turn 7 area of the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course. Per Rule 7.1.3.2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book, other drivers must decrease their speed by at least 15 percent when traveling through a local yellow area. INDYCAR stewards ruled that Castroneves did not obey the rule.

Castroneves’ next-best lap in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet of 1:14.0414 was still good enough to be fastest in his group, so he will start outside Rahal on Row 1 in this afternoon’s race. Rahal and Castroneves each earned a championship point for being fastest in their groups.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Starting Grid

The official starting grid for 2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 on Saturday, June 3, 2017, is as follows:

Row 1

1. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:13.9681 (114.374)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:14.0414 (114.260)

Row 2

3. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:14.0428 (114.258)
4. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:14.0875 (114.189)

Row 3

5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:14.1801 (114.047)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:14.2855 (113.885)

Row 4

7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:14.3150 (113.840)
8. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:14.9991 (112.801)

Row 5

9. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:14.3805 (113.739)
10. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:15.0664 (112.700)

Row 6

11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.6312 (113.357)
12. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:15.0991 (112.651)

Row 7

13. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:14.6719 (113.296)
14. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:15.2060 (112.491)

Row 8

15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:15.2668 (112.400)
16. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:15.2228 (112.466)

Row 9

17. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:15.6261 (111.866)
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:15.2334 (112.450)

Row 10

19. (18) Esteban Gutierrez, Honda, 01:15.6276 (111.864)
20. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:15.2430 (112.436)

Row 11

21. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:15.8343 (111.559)
22. (16) Oriol Servia, Honda, 01:15.2758 (112.387)

The odd-numbered starting positions for today’s race are filled with the other cars in Rahal’s group, based on their qualifying times. The even-numbered positions in the 22-car field are filled by those in Castroneves’ group, also based on qualifying times.

Coverage of this afternoon’s 70-lap race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, WatchESPN and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

The official on-track schedule is as follows.

  • 3:03 p.m. – Driver introductions
  • 3:43 p.m. – Command to start engines
  • 3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 1 (70 laps/164.5 miles), ABC (live)

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Starting Grid

The official starting grid for 2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 on Saturday, June 3, 2017, is as follows:

Row 1

1. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:13.9681 (114.374)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:14.0414 (114.260)

Row 2

3. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:14.0428 (114.258)
4. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:14.0875 (114.189)

Row 3

5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:14.1801 (114.047)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:14.2855 (113.885)

Row 4

7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:14.3150 (113.840)
8. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:14.9991 (112.801)

Row 5

9. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:14.3805 (113.739)
10. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:15.0664 (112.700)

Row 6

11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.6312 (113.357)
12. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:15.0991 (112.651)

Row 7

13. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:14.6719 (113.296)
14. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:15.2060 (112.491)

Row 8

15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:15.2668 (112.400)
16. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:15.2228 (112.466)

Row 9

17. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:15.6261 (111.866)
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:15.2334 (112.450)

Row 10

19. (18) Esteban Gutierrez, Honda, 01:15.6276 (111.864)
20. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:15.2430 (112.436)

Row 11

21. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:15.8343 (111.559)
22. (16) Oriol Servia, Honda, 01:15.2758 (112.387)

The odd-numbered starting positions for today’s race are filled with the other cars in Rahal’s group, based on their qualifying times. The even-numbered positions in the 22-car field are filled by those in Castroneves’ group, also based on qualifying times.

Coverage of this afternoon’s 70-lap race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, WatchESPN and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

The official on-track schedule is as follows.

  • 3:03 p.m. – Driver introductions
  • 3:43 p.m. – Command to start engines
  • 3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 1 (70 laps/164.5 miles), ABC (live)

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Qualification Results

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1, Group 1, Qualification Results

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1, Group 2, Qualification Results*

* Note: Lap Penalty (Loss of Infraction lap), Car 3 (Helio Castroneves) – Reduce Speed 15% in Local Yellow Zone ( 7.1.3.2). This resulted in Graham Rahal earning the Pole for Race 1.

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Grid

Starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:13.9681 (114.374)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:14.0414 (114.260)
3. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:14.0428 (114.258)
4. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:14.0875 (114.189)
5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:14.1801 (114.047)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:14.2855 (113.885)
7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:14.3150 (113.840)
8. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:14.9991 (112.801)
9. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:14.3805 (113.739)
10. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:15.0664 (112.700)
11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.6312 (113.357)
12. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:15.0991 (112.651)
13. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:14.6719 (113.296)
14. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:15.2060 (112.491)
15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:15.2668 (112.400)
16. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:15.2228 (112.466)
17. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:15.6261 (111.866)
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:15.2334 (112.450)
19. (18) Esteban Gutierrez, Honda, 01:15.6276 (111.864)
20. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:15.2430 (112.436)
21. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:15.8343 (111.559)
22. (16) Oriol Servia, Honda, 01:15.2758 (112.387)

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Qualification Results

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1, Group 1, Qualification Results

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1, Group 2, Qualification Results*

* Note: Lap Penalty (Loss of Infraction lap), Car 3 (Helio Castroneves) – Reduce Speed 15% in Local Yellow Zone ( 7.1.3.2). This resulted in Graham Rahal earning the Pole for Race 1.

2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Grid

Starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:13.9681 (114.374)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:14.0414 (114.260)
3. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:14.0428 (114.258)
4. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:14.0875 (114.189)
5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:14.1801 (114.047)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:14.2855 (113.885)
7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:14.3150 (113.840)
8. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:14.9991 (112.801)
9. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:14.3805 (113.739)
10. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:15.0664 (112.700)
11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.6312 (113.357)
12. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:15.0991 (112.651)
13. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:14.6719 (113.296)
14. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:15.2060 (112.491)
15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:15.2668 (112.400)
16. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:15.2228 (112.466)
17. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:15.6261 (111.866)
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:15.2334 (112.450)
19. (18) Esteban Gutierrez, Honda, 01:15.6276 (111.864)
20. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:15.2430 (112.436)
21. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:15.8343 (111.559)
22. (16) Oriol Servia, Honda, 01:15.2758 (112.387)

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Day 1 Highlights

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Day 1 Highlights

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Esteban Gutierrez Detroit Grand Prix June 2, 2017, News Conference

Esteban Gutierrez, who is filling in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais aboard the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry, spoke with the media after finishing his first Detroit Grand Prix practice session on Friday morning.

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