Rahal drives to dominant win in first of Belle Isle doubleheader

Detroit Grand Prix rolls this weekend on Belle Isle

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will start on the second row of the grid for Andretti Autosport, alongside four-time champion Scott Dixon, who enters the race weekend fresh from his horrifying accident at The Brickyard after making contact with Jay Howard.

Newgarden and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five.

Driving the No. 15 Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Graham Rahal set a Belle Isle record en route to winning the pole for this afternoon's first race in Detroit.

Rahal covered the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary road course in 1 minute, 13.9681 seconds at 114.966 miles per hour.

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Graham Rahal in victory lane at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

Initially Penske's Helio Castroneves had secured pole position after a blistering lap during the final minutes of qualifying, however it was later deleted after the Brazilian veteran was deemed not to have slowed down during a local yellow flag caused by Mikhail Aleshin. Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez finished 19th in his first IndyCar race. Sunday's IndyCar schedule will follow a similar path here at the Belle Isle circuit. Hopefully get some good rest tonight and obviously qualifying tomorrow is going to be key for the race.

For Dixon, he will now be resting the ankle and preparing himself for more of the same on Sunday for race two, although he hopes to improve the performance of his auto to be in with a better shot of victory.

"All things considered, everybody's pretty happy", Dixon said.

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Rahal's wife, Courtney Force, escaped without injury in a qualifying run Friday in Epping, New Hampshire.

"It's a bomb waiting to go off and unfortunately, it did", Rahal said.

He finished fourth in Dual one in 2016, third in Dual two in 2015 and second in Dual one in 2014. "It's hard. Obviously when you have it, you don't want to miss opportunities, but hopefully the weather holds up and we can do it again".

For complete race information check out the IndyCar website.

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