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Graham Rahal Won The Controversial Detroit Grand Prix

Graham Rahal Won The Controversial Detroit Grand Prix

Rahal won the first of two Detroit Grand Prix races, cruising comfortably to victory in his push to pass system, becoming the first IndyCar Rahal became the seventh IndyCar driver to win the first seven races of the Year.

"I never felt that confident in my career," Rahal said after his fifth career victory and fourth in two-plus years. "If everything went well, I knew we were going to be hard to beat. I just didn't want to mess up."

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

Rahal was ahead of a pack of cars when a front straightaway crash occurred, ending the MAVTV 500, the season’s second 500-mile race and a while later, Rahal overcame a pit road penalty in the second half of the race when his team’s fueler made a mistake and Rahal drove away when the hose still attached which usually comes with a drive through penalty.

The race went 135 relentless laps before the first caution arrived, and it nearly was a big one. Castroneves, who had pit trouble earlier in the race, made contact with Briscoe, which knocked Castroneves into Will Power in the three-wide fight exiting turn two.

Rahal made a last-lap pass of James Hinchcliffe for his previous win last year, when he beat Hinchcliffe by eight-thousandths of a second in the closest finish for an IndyCar race at Texas. His victory in Detroit was less dramatic, finishing way ahead of Dixon for Chip Ganassi Racing

IndyCar completes its only doubleheader of the season, racing again at Detroit on Sunday. Following that race, the series will shift to Texas Motor Speedway for a race under the lights on June 10.

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