Rahal Wins First Dual in Detroit Race

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Graham Rahal carries on the family name at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old Rahal, son of racing legend Bobby Rahal, led 55 out of 70 laps to win the first Dual in Detroit at the Grand Prix on Belle Isle Saturday afternoon. It was the younger Rahal’s first win in Detroit on the IndyCar circuit after having finished second and third in previous Detroit races.

Rahal’s father won the Detroit Grand Prix in 1992, the first year the race was run on Belle Isle after it was previously run on a street course through downtown Detroit.

Rahal started Saturday’s race strong and by the 28th lap had already beaten his personal best in laps led.

Scott Dixon of New Zealand, who won in Detroit in 2012, finished second.  James Hinchcliffe, a native of Oakville, Ont., overcame a spinout on the first lap of the race and finished third.

Americans Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-five at fourth and fifth respectively. Other notable finishers were three-time Detroit champion Helio Castroneves, who finished in seventh place, and this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in eighth.

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