IndyCar Detroit: Hunter-Reay takes first victory since 2015

Kyran Gibbons
Autosport
Hunter-Reay breaks winless run with late pass
Hunter-Reay breaks winless run with late pass

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay grabbed his first IndyCar win for three years in the second Detroit race, passing team-mate Alexander Rossi in the closing laps.

The race was defined by a mix of two and three-stop strategies. As was the case in the opening race of the weekend, Hunter-Reay made an early first pitstop after starting 10th.

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Polesitter Rossi led the race at this point, the two stop approach proving popular with the majority of the front-runners.

When the strategies converged after the final stops, Hunter-Reay emerged in second, 7.6 seconds behind Rossi.

He reeled in the race leader at over a second per lap and caught Rossi with 10 laps to go. Four laps later, Rossi locked-up in the heavy braking zone at Turn 3 and drove into the escape road, allowing Hunter-Reay through to win for the first time since Pocono 2015.

The 2012 series champion made up significant ground prior to his second pitstop, crucially overcutting Robert Wickens, who was also on a three-stop strategy after starting second.

Hunter-Reay recorded consecutive fastest laps, which put him in position to take advantage of clean air and overcut Penske's Will Power after his final stop.

Rossi, who entered the race as the championship leader and led the most laps, finished an unrepresentative 12th after returning to the pits with a puncture.

Hunter-Reay breaks winless run with late pass
Hunter-Reay breaks winless run with late pass

This allowed Power to inherit second and reclaim the championship lead. The Indianapolis 500 winner was the only Chevrolet-powered car in the top six.

Ed Jones equalled his best finish of the season in third, holding off his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon in the closing stages. Until a slow final pitstop, Jones had controlled a comfortable margin over Dixon.

Race one winner Dixon had battled with Sebastien Bourdais at mid-distance of the 70 lap race. However, the Dale Coyne Racing-prepared car spun out of contention with a left-rear tow link failure. He finished three laps down.

Last year's double-winner Graham Rahal made up for his race one DNF by finishing fifth, while Wickens finished sixth, unable to match Hunter-Reay's pace on the same strategy.

Tony Kanaan rose from 22nd on the grid to finish seventh for AJ Foyt Racing, after an opening lap pitstop when a caution was called for a spin by Spencer Pigot.

Charlie Kimball recorded Carlin's best IndyCar finish in eighth, while race one poleman Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud completed the top 10.

The race was delayed by nearly 40 minutes when the safety car spun into the wall at Turn 2 on the formation lap.

Both the driver, GM executive Mark Reuss, and passenger Oriol Servia were unscathed.

Result - 70 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1h33m50.5784s

2

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

11.3549s

3

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

13.2291s

4

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

13.7652s

5

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

16.6280s

6

Robert Wickens

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

34.9398s

7

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

41.6328s

8

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

47.3553s

9

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

56.6293s

10

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.5891s

11

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m04.6868s

12

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m06.6419s

13

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m07.6438s

14

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m11.6742s

15

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m14.2820s

16

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m17.3729s

17

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1 Lap

18

Jordan King

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

19

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1 Lap

20

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1 Lap

21

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

3 Laps

22

Rene Binder

Juncos Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

4 Laps

23

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

Mechanical

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