By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Almost one week after finishing second in the prestigious 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon won the first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. The second Dual in Detroit will take place on Sunday at 3:30 pm EST.
This is Dixon’s first win of the 2018 season. He led 39 of the 70 laps. Dixon now has two Top 3 finishes this season.
“It’s always nice (to win),” Dixon said. “I think right now, with the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series, it’s just through the roof. If you look back a few years, you can sort of run off five or six victories in a season, and it seems those days are pretty much gone. I’m super proud of everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing, and obviously PNC Bank’s first victory. Finishing third in Indy is nice, but really people only care about who wins at that place, so it’s always tough leaving Indianapolis unless you’ve won.
“But it’s always nice to rebound strong in Detroit. Honda has done a superb job, Top six for them here in the Motor City is a pretty big deal and congratulations to them. We’re going to come back and do it all again tomorrow. Would have been nice to celebrate a bit tonight.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second in the race. He also led seven laps.
This was Hunter-Reay’s best finish since he finished second at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 23rd. Both second place finishes were the only times this season he had a Top 3 finish this season.
Alexander Rossi, the former Indianapolis 500 winner, finished in third place. He had not had a Top 3 finish since he won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15th.
The top six finishers of the race were driving Honda’s. Marco Andretti, who finished in fourth place, led 22 laps. Graham Rahal, who was the last place finisher, led 2 laps.
Only three cars did not complete the 70 laps. Rookie Rene Binder was three laps down and finished in the 21st position.
Fellow rookie Santino Ferrucci finished the race in the 22nd position after completing 55 laps. He was 15 laps down after making contact.
Rahal also made contact and left on lap 45. He was the 23rd place finisher. He led laps 24 through 26 before Hunter-Reay took over the lead.
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