Hunter-Reay Wins Detroit Race 2

Ganassi Racing's Ed Jones Ties Career Best Finish

Scott Stiller
June 04, 2018 - 8:41 am
Ryan Hunter-Reay No. 28 DHL Honda

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Andretti Autosports Ryan Hunter-Reay drove away from the field to win Sunday's 2nd race of the Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, known as the "Dual in Detroit".   Hunter-Reay, who finished 2nd at Saturday's first race, beat Team Penske's Will Power by 11.3549-seconds for his first victory of the year and 17th of his career.

"I was really worried in the beginning because we were really loose," Hunter-Reay said.  "And then as I got into a rhythm, the car was doing everything I needed it to - everything."

Hunter-Reay's teammate Alexander Rossi started from the pole position and led the most laps, but as Hunter-Reay's No. 28 DHL Honda was pushing Rossi for the lead, Rossi's front tire locked up under braking and eventually blew out.

"It was a pretty disappointing day considering we led the most laps and started on pole," said Rossi.  "For sure we didn't have the pace for Ryan, he was just on another level."

Power, who won last week's Indianapolis 500, was happy to finish on the podium in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

"I feel this was about as good as we could get, given how fast Hunter-Reay was," said Power.  "There was just no way anyone was going to beat him."

Chip Ganassi Racing's Ed Jones finished third in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, tying his career best finish.

"It was a fantastic day for the NTT Data Team," Jones said.  "The guys really did a good job with the car this weekend.  We started out a bit slow, but the important thing is that we improved every session and earned our way here today."

Jones' teammate Scott Dixon, who won Saturday's first race, finished fourth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.

"That was a job well done by the whole PNC Bank team," said Dixon.  "I'm just not sure what happened to the red (Firestone alternate) tires there as they really just fell off and went away on us.  We didn't really change anything on the car from yesterday other than a few little things to stabilize the rear end.  It was a good day overall for us and we got some good points."

Power leads the Championship points standings with 309-points, followed closely behind by Dixon with 304-points.  Rossi sits in third with 298-points.

The start of the race was delayed after General Motors executive Mark Reuss wrecked the Corvette ZR1 pace car on the first pace lap.  Fortunately nobody was injured.

The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the DXC Technology 600 on Saturday June 9th at 8 p.m. ET.

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