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Second Dual in Detroit Race Goes to Pagenaud
Posted by: BGerhart on Jun 04, 2013 - 07:05 AM
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Second Dual in Detroit Race Goes to Pagenaud


By Brad Gerhart

As a race fan of the IZOD IndyCar Series you are probably saying “lets have more of these double race weekends.”

As a member of one of the race teams or as a team owner, well, they probably want to limit them with the amount of tireless countless hours they’ll have to put in to fix up the cars and the cash it will cost to fix them all.

A crazy, crazy second race in Detroit happened on the beautiful Belle Isle course in Detroit with six cautions for 22 laps in the first 38 laps with over half the field being involved in at least one of those incidents.

After all the mayhem and change of parts the drivers really settled down the last half of the race when no yellows came out all the way to the finish of the 70 lap event.

 

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Former Atlantics champion, Simon Pagenaud won his very first major open wheel race, after he came third a year ago. Many signs around the track read “ We love Detroit,” and during his post race interview Pagenaud stated “ I love Detroit.”

Pagenaud, well he was a little lost for words after the race. “ I don’t know how we did it,” he said. “Hope there is more to come.” Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports driver stated it became a huge battle to even get to the end. “Lots going on in the cockpit the last two laps. The last 10 laps were the longest of my life.”

Since he began racing go-karts as an eight-year old boy Pagenaud always dreamed of being a winner in major open wheel racing. “IndyCar has always been my dream since I was a kid,” he said. “Push as hard as I could and its done.”

The podium saw three unfamiliar drivers on top with Pagenaud, James Jakes and yesterday’s race winner Mike Conway. For one of the heavy hitters in Team Penske it’s the deepest into a season the team has yet to win a race since 1978 (seven races), although Helio Castroneves is tied in the championship points with Marco Andretti.

Fellow Penske teammate, Will Power and A.J. Allmendinger had a rough weekend. On Saturday Allmendinger crashed on the initial lap and he did it again on Sunday. And on lap 27 Power got rear ended by Sebastien Bourdais which put him behind the wall for a long period of time. A frustrated Power got out of his car and actually threw his gloves at Bourdais and stated his opinion about the Frenchman during a television interview. “He once was a champ and now he is a chump,” Power said of the former four-time Champ Car World Series champion.

Power rejoined the race, finished 17 laps down in 20th, the lowest car running at the end of the race. He’s way back in the championship in 16th, 82 points back, not a familiar place for the Australian since he placed second in the series championship the last three seasons.

Only 12 of the 25 car field finished on the lead lap and Honda reigned on Chevrolet’s home race by taking all of the top-five spots. “This one is for Honda. Three Hondas on the podium in Detroit again,” Jakes said. “They’ve really worked their butts off since Indy, and we’re proud of them.” Jakes had both his best career start (second) and finish (second) on Sunday.

“To see it click this weekend, is nice, this is for the guys,” said Jakes of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.


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