Rahal races to victory in first leg of Detroit Grand Prix

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After multiple top-5 finishes at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Graham Rahal has won the first Dual in Detroit race. It is Rahal's first triumph on a temporary street course since his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory at St. Petersburg in 2008, when he became the youngest victor in Indy vehicle annals at 19 years, 3 months, 2 days. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing earned its first pole since 2007.

He won the pole earlier in the day with his Honda-powered vehicle and led a career-high 55 laps of the 70-lap race.

Hinchcliffe was third for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, giving Honda the top three places in the race in the shadows of General Motors' world headquarters. Helio Castroneves, who finished seventh in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, is second with 273 points and Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato, who finished eighth today in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda, is third in points with 258. The four-time IndyCar champ started sixth and parlayed his two-stop strategy and pace to take over the point lead heading into Sunday afternoon's second race.

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Although Castroneves had his fastest lap deleted for failing to slow during the local yellow flag, the Brazilian's other lap time was still enough to secure him P2 on the grid alongside Rahal.

Helio Castroneves, who barely lost to Sato last Sunday in a bid to win his fourth Indy 500, led for 11 laps but finished seventh to extend his winless streak to 51 races since winning his third Detroit Grand Prix in 2014.

Rahal covered the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary road course in 1 minute, 13.9681 seconds at 114.966 miles per hour. "It's upsetting because it's not many times you have a phenomenal vehicle". The rescue crew got the auto righted so quickly he didn't lose a lap to the leaders.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud will line-up only P7 for Race 1, after a frustrating qualifying session for the Penske racer.

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