Peerless Rahal completes double in Detroit
5 June 2017 – Graham Rahal completed the double as he surged from third to first around the streets of Belle Isle on Sunday, becoming the first repeat winner of the 2017 campaign.
Rahal, who dominated the opening race from pole position, started third and moved up to second with a bold move on Ryan Hunter-Reay around the outside of Turn 7.
Rahal remained within reach of leader Takuma Sato, who had converted pole position, and jumped the Andretti driver by staying out a lap longer before making his first stop.
Josef Newgarden, who started only 13th, moved into the lead of the race, running a three-stop strategy, as opposed to the two-stopper employed behind Rahal.
Newgarden put in some rapid laps to emerge from his final stop behind Rahal, though the RLLR racer enjoyed a 15-second advantage up front.
That deficit came down as Rahal was hindered as he attempted to lap Hunter-Reay, who had plunged down the order after contact with Hélio Castroneves, allowing Newgarden to close.
The race had run caution free until the final five laps, before James Hinchcliffe slowed amid electrical problems, while Spencer Pigot's turbo let go in spectacular style, both incidents between Turns 2 and 3.
Pigot's stoppage caused the race to be red-flagged, leading to a two-lap dash to the flag upon the restart, and Rahal stormed clear to record back-to-back wins.
Newgarden and Penske team-mate Will Power rounded out the podium positions, the pair having overhauled pole sitter Sato.
Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon collected fifth and sixth respectively, with Alexander Rossi recovering from a mid-grid spot to take seventh.
Charlie Kimball was eighth, in front of the recovering Castroneves, while Tony Kanaan completed the top 10.
The next round of the season will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday