Graham Rahal completed a dominant drive on Sunday to win the opening half of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the first race of the IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend on the Belle Isle Park raceway.
Rahal became the seventh IndyCar driver to win in the first seven races of the year.
He raced to his fifth career victory and fourth in two-plus years for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Castroneves had got the jump on Rahal through the first pit cycle, but as he was on a three-stop strategy, the advantage always lay with Rahal as he led 55 of a possible 70 laps.
Alexander Rossi, Canada's James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Pagenaud, Max Chilton, Josef Newgarden, and Charlie Kimball round out the top 10 qualifiers. The IndyCar series leader will start outside of Rahal this afternoon while Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato jumped into the 3rd spot on the grid. The second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday.
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Dixon also helped protect himself from major injury by taking his hands off the steering wheel and tucking them inside the auto . Polesitter for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Scott Dixon's race has come to an early end.
"Everything went according to plan today", said Rahal, who started from the pole position after capturing the Verizon P1 Award with a track-record lap this morning.
THE DROUGHT: Helio Castroneves trailed only Rahal with 11 laps led, but finished seventh to extend his winless streak to 51 races since winning his third Detroit Grand Prix in 2014.
Dixon, the Indy 500 pole victor, didn't miss a beat despite a small fracture in his foot.
It is also the first street-course victory by the Rahal team since co-owner Bobby Rahal won the inaugural Belle Isle race 25 years ago. "It's upsetting because it's not many times you have a phenomenal vehicle. We've definitely got to improve the auto - it's not flawless right now". Larson has won three times in six races this season.
Mikhail Aleshin, of Russian Federation, drives through the second turn during the first race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Detroit.