The stars of IndyCar would take to the streets of Belle Isle Park for the second round of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.
Action had already taken place before the green flag flew as General Motor’s Mark Reuss was driving the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car when he would come over the turn 2 hump using a little to much of the 755 horsepower sending the car dead left and hard into the wall. The accident would cause about a 40 minute delay from the start however Reuss and passenger were unharmed.
After the pace car was cleaned up, Alexander Rossi would take the green flag first out of the 23 cars field but the start would be delayed again as Spencer Pigot would spin around on the exit of turn 5 bringing out technically the races first full course caution. On the same lap that Pigot spun Sebastien Bourdais would be tagged by someone behind him cutting down a left rear tire forcing him to come on to pit road and starting at the back of the field.
A lap 5 Restart would occur with Rossi leading over Robert Wickens and Will Power.
Drivers opting for a two stop pit strategy started to come down around lap 22 when his way back out on track Santino Ferrucci would try to put the power down too rapidly on cold tires spinning himself around much like the pace car in the same track area.
Sixteen laps later after he had charged from the back of the pack all the way to 5th, Sebastien Bourdais was traveling through the section between turns 1 and 2 when he would snap loose looping his #18 Honda on a patch of grass, bending a tow link and essentially ending what was looking like a terrific recovery.
On lap 46 Alexander Rossi would make his second and final pit stop. 6 laps later Ryan Hunter-Reay would make his final pit stop after making stops on lap 11 and lap 34.
The last pit stop for Hunter-Reay would hand the lead to Rossi but after staying out for longer with clear track Hunter -Reay was able to build a gap and come out of the pits within 6 seconds behind Rossi with fresher tires.
Lap after lap Ryan Hunter-Reay was chipping away at Rossi’s lead with one lap being as much as 2 seconds quicker.
With 9 laps to go Hunter-Reay had caught Rossi and started to apply the pressure. Next lap Rossi started to lock the brakes up going into turn 3 the best passing area. The next lap, lap 7 while heading down the straighaway towards the same passing area while on the push to pass Rossi locks his brakes up once again and goes into the run off area. Ryan Hunter-Reay said thank you and continued on around the course with a 16 second lead over Will Power in 2nd place.
Ryan Hunter-Reay would lead the remaining 6 laps and score his 17th career win and first since Pocono of 2015. A real showcase of talent with the strategy and pressuring guys.
Oh and the picture of him swimming? He bet the local TV station that if he won he would climb in the fountain.
A talented race car driver and a man of his word.
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