Dixon fights through the pain to take Detroit Podium

Rahal secures Race 1 pole amid confusion at Detroit

Graham Rahal poses next to his race vehicle after gaining the pole position during qualifying, Saturday, June 3, 2017, for the first race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader in Detroit. "I said yesterday I felt like if we could qualify up front then I could dominate and I took some heat from other drivers for saying it but I don't say things like that unless I mean it". Hopefully get some good rest tonight and obviously qualifying tomorrow is going to be key for the race.

Rahal's father won the Detroit Grand Prix in 1992, the first year the race was run on Belle Isles after it was previously run on a street course through downtown Detroit. "Physically for me, it was tougher than normal", said Dixon.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe recovered from a spin on the opening lap to go off strategy and finish third in the No. 5 Arrow Honda.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Rahal's wife, drag racer Courtney Force, had her auto engulfed in flames Friday night.

Dixon persevered to finish second despite a painful left ankle, the result of his spectacular crash during the May 28 running of the Indianapolis 500.


Newgarden and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five. Helio Castroneves, who finished seventh in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, is second with 273 points and Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato, who finished eighth today in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda, is third in points with 258. Sunday's IndyCar schedule will follow a similar path here at the Belle Isle circuit. Charlie Kimball couldn't avoid a slowing Conor Daly on the backstretch, and the contact that followed broke a piece of Kimball's auto. "But she seems to be OK".

He finished fourth in Dual one in 2016, third in Dual two in 2015 and second in Dual one in 2014.

"I'm over the frustration already", he said.

Scott Dixon finished second in Detroit to regain the IndyCars series lead. "It's upsetting because it's not many times you have a phenomenal auto".

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