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Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races

05 June 2017

Rahal admitted that his comments about dominating did not go down too well with some of his fellow drivers, but it was confidence in his vehicle more than anything that made him feel that way, and he was happy to show what he could do out in front of the race around Motor City. I probably couldn't get the most out of it but we were kind of there. "I just didn't want to mess up".

Rahal, who won race one at the double header, added: "When I saw Lewis Hamilton's comment, you guys know me, it took me everything I had in my body not to say something".

It was enough for Dixon to climb past his nearest title rivals, sitting on 275 points, just eclipsing Brazilian Helio Castroneves and Japan's Takuma Sato, who won the famed Indy 500 a week ago. "It's amusing hearing criticism about the depth of our field from someone who has to race three other cars when we have seven winners in the first seven races".

The No. 15 SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops.com Honda won today's race by 1.1772 seconds after leading 41 of 70 laps in this race, once again nearly completing a ideal weekend.

Rahal, who became the seventh victor in the seven IndyCar races of 2017, today stated: "When I saw Lewis Hamilton's comment... it took me everything I had in my body not to say something".

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"That doesn't happen in other motor sports", Rahal said.

Points leader Scott Dixon starts from the outside of Row 4 in the No. 9 Camping World Honda.

The 2014 champion initially started the second segment in competitive form, becoming the first driver to set a time faster than Hunter-Reay's initial benchmark from the first segment. They did an awesome job. "But it's great for points". So we've got to come out blazing. The rescue crew got the auto righted so quickly he didn't lose a lap to the leaders. "To be able to get off the reds after the spin in the first turn there played to our advantage". "I've seen those cars up close, and there's a lot to be nervous about".

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sato's Andretti Autosport teammate, will start on the outside of Row 1 after setting the fastest lap in a disjointed Group 1. "To come back from that; the boys were great in the pits and really happy to grab a podium here today". In his first career IndyCar race, Esteban Gutierrez finished in 19th.

The second Dual in Detroit race is set for Belle Isle Sunday afternoon, with the green flag expected to unfurl at 3:30pm.

Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races