Bourdais prevails in wild second race on streets of Detroit

Sebastien Bourdais survived the carnage, played his cards right and emerged victorious at the end of the day.

Sebastien Bourdais held on to win in Detroit, leading Honda drivers Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal by nearly two seconds at the finish. This stands as the French driver's 33rd career win. 

With just six laps remaining in the race, the red flag was waved as officials tried to give fans a green run to the checkered flag. The red flag followed back-to-back accidents where teammates collided. Team Penske's Will Power and Helio Castroneves collided, finishing 18th and 19th. Just before that, Charlie Kimball pushed Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon off the track and into a tire barrier.

A total of seven full-course cautions slowed the progress of the race. The grid was set by entrant points, putting Juan Pablo Montoya on pole. Despite leading a number of laps and running second late in the going, strategy caught up to the Indy 500 champion as he fell back to tenth. He maintains the championship lead with 21 points between him and Power.

“It’s a heck of a feeling after yesterday’s debacle when we couldn’t get it more wrong. The strategy, the pit stops, the fuel management, the guys did everything right and I couldn’t be happier for them,” said Bourdais, who started ninth."

Race results

 Pos.   No.   Driver   Car / Engine   LC   Time   Margin
1 11  S.Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:00'38.4300  
2 14  Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'40.1944 1.7644
3 15  Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'40.7688 2.3388
4 19  Tristan Vautier Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'48.1713 9.7413
5 27  Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'48.4149 9.9849
6 Conor Daly Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'48.9936 10.5636
7 41  Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'49.7914 11.3614
8 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'50.4863 12.0563
9 98  Gabby Chaves Dallara/Honda 68 2:00'52.4212 13.9912
10 J.P.Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:00'52.4598 14.0298
11 83  Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:00'52.7123 14.2823
12 Sage Karam Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:01'03.6784 25.2484
13 10  Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:01'04.9603 26.5303
14 22  Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet 68 2:01'05.5477 27.1177
15 James Jakes Dallara/Honda 67 2:00'53.2714 1 Lap
16 Stefano Coletti Dallara/Chevrolet 67 2:00'54.2731 1 Lap
17 20  Luca Filippi Dallara/Chevrolet 66 2:01'12.9224 2 Laps
18 Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 64 1:53'25.7273 Contact
19 H.Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 64 1:53'26.0044 Contact
20 Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet 58 1:41'17.7424 Contact
21 67  Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 49 1:23'41.1971 Contact
22 18  Rodolfo González Dallara/Honda 35 56'45.3703 Contact
23 26  Carlos Muñoz Dallara/Honda 5 8'01.8801 Mechanical

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Series IndyCar
Event Detroit
Track The Raceway on Belle Isle
Article type Race report