Scott Dixon Wins A Strategy Filled Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix In Belle Isle

BELLE ISLE, MI – Saturday’s first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend was a strategy filled race. The biggest question being asked was which strategy would be the one that gets you to victory lane, a two stop or three stop strategy?

Well, when Rene Binder got into the run off area just past the halfway point and Graham Rahal crashed on Lap 45, that put everyone on the same strategy for a last 25 lap dash to the finish.

That helped Scott Dixon cruise to his 42nd career Verizon IndyCar Series win tying him with Michael Andretti for third all-time. Only AJ Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52) now have more. 

Dixon, led his first laps of the season when he took over the lead on Lap 23. He’d then pit one lap later, but when Ryan Hunter-Reay pitted for his final stop, Dixon took back over the lead and never look back en route to his 16th season with at least one victory, 14 of them in-a-row. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has now finished inside the top six in every race with the exception of one this year. He led a race-high 39 of the 70 laps on Saturday.

Ryan Hunter-Reay brought his No. 28 Honda home runner-up for his 40th career INDYCAR podium and fifth top five of the season. Hunter-Reay was on the alternate three stop strategy and it nearly worked. He first pitted on Lap 9 then got the lead after the first pit sequence. He would lead by over seven seconds. But, the cautions didn’t time out to his advantage and he had to settle for a second place run by 1.8249-seconds.

His teammate Alexander Rossi would bring his No. 27 Honda home third for his third podium in three street course starts this season. Pole sitter and a third Andretti Autosport car in Marco Andretti would finish fourth while Takuma Sato rounded out the top five.

Honda took the top six finishing spots and seven of the top eight on Saturday. The only other caution flag flew when Charlie Kimball and Santino Ferrucci made contact with one another heading into Turn 3 which sent Ferrucci’s No. 19 Honda spinning and hard into the tire barriers. He’d be sore but walk away.

The series will requalify Sunday morning before race No. 2 later in the afternoon.

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race No. 1 Results

  1.  9 Dixon
  2. 28 Hunter-Reay
  3. 27 Rossi
  4. 98 Andretti
  5. 30 Sato
  6. 10 Jones
  7. 12 Power
  8.  6 Wickens R
  9.  1 Newgarden
  10. 21 Pigot
  11.  5 Hinchcliffe
  12. 26 Veach R
  13. 18 Bourdais
  14. 14 Kanaan
  15.  4 Leist R
  16. 20 King R
  17. 22 Pagenaud
  18. 88 Chaves
  19. 23 Kimball
  20. 59 Chilton
  21. 32 Binder R -3
  22. 18 Ferrucci R OUT
  23. 15 Rahal OUT

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