IndyCar racing is not the most popular thing on television – but it should be. The racing is unbelievably close, the cars – powered by twin-turbocharged V6 engines from Chevy and Honda – go like stink and sound absolutely phenomenal. Even on TV. And, yesterday, the first race of IndyCar’s “Dual in Detroit” went down to the wire, with Graham Rahal doing everything he could do drive his Honda-engined Dallara right up Will Power’s a**.
It was phenomenal.
In the end, Rahal was just as fast as Power – but no faster, and Power held him off. It was a great drive from Rahal, who was, maybe, punching a little above his weight yesterday. “We’ve been fighting awfully hard to just finish where we have been finishing and so to finally get a result like this it means more than words,” said Rahal, who was the first to retire from last weekend’s Indy 500. “As we look forward to tomorrow (today), I think we can do one better, and we really learned a lot today and a lot that is going to help us.” All the same, he did the Rahal name proud.
Further back in the field, road course aces Josef Newgarden, Mike Conway, and Simon Pagenaud all got knocked out of contention – which was bad for me, because those were 3 of my 5 guys, you know? (I was teaching my daughter all kinds of new words during the race!). Here’s hoping they can stay out of Belle Isle’s walls during race 2, which airs on ABC at 3:30PM EST, today.
This is how race 1 of the IndyCar Dual in Detroit played out for everyone else, with IndyCar’s Will Power-focused infographic coming at you at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||7|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||8|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||12|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||17|
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||19|
Source | Photos: IndyCar.