In what is becoming the norm for Verizon IndyCar Series races on the Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit, competing pit strategies split the field in Sunday’s second race of the doubleheader event weekend in Detroit, as Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda with a third-place finish. The result equaled the season-high for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion, who also finished third in the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As in yesterday’s contest – and several previous events on the 2.35-mile circuit – roughly half the field elected to pit in the opening laps, hoping to gain track position when the rest of the field followed a “two-stop” strategy. In the end, it proved to be the right call, as the “three-stoppers” finished 1-2-3, led by race winner Will Power.
Behind Hunter-Reay, Conor Daly piloted his Dale Coyne Racing Honda to a sixth-place finish, capping an excellent weekend for the series rookie, who finished second in Saturday’s opening race. Marco Andretti scored his first top-10 finish of 2016, with a ninth-place result, while Takuma Sato recovered from a multi-car Lap 1, Turn 1 crash to finish 10th. After pitting on the first lap of the race due to a brake issue, Graham Rahal steadily worked his way through the field to finish 11th, with Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi finishing 12th.
|Video by||Honda Racing/HPD|
|Track||The Raceway on Belle Isle|
|Tags||autos & vehicles|