Graham Rahal Takes Pole for Dual in Detroit Race #1

Hope Soto
June 4, 2017

Rahal's time stood up after IndyCar officials wiped out Helio Castroneves' lap after he was penalized for not slowing down during a caution.

Graham Rahal had such a comfortable cushion while cruising toward victory at the Detroit Grand Prix he toyed with his push-to-pass system.

Rahal's wife, Courtney Force, escaped without injury in a qualifying run Friday in Epping, N.H. Her auto, owned by her father, John Force, had a fuel line burst to create the spectacular visual.

While Castroneves' second best time in qualifying was still good enough for P2 on the grid, the deletion meant that pole was handed to Rahal and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.

Rahal led for 55 of the 70 laps in Detroit to earn the fifth win of his 11-year IndyCar career and his first since last August in Texas. Hinchcliffe finished third, completing a Honda sweep of the top three finishing positions. The IndyCar series leader will start outside of Rahal this afternoon while Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato jumped into the 3rd spot on the grid.

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Americans Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-five at fourth and fifth respectively.

´╗┐It was a satisfying result for Dixon after his spectacular crash in the Indy 500 in Indianapolis last week. It was Rahal's first such honor since 2009, a span of 134 races. Charlie Kimball couldn't avoid a slowing Conor Daly on the backstretch, and the contact that followed broke a piece of Kimball's vehicle. Sunday's IndyCar schedule will follow a similar path here at the Belle Isle circuit. "But she seems to be OK".

Rahal's time remained unbeaten by the Group B runners until Castroneves posted a quicker lap in the dying moments of qualifying, appearing to give himself pole position.

"I'm over the frustration already", he said.

The Belle Isle qualifying session has set the starting grid for the seventh race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. "It's upsetting because it's not many times you have a phenomenal vehicle".

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