Dual in Detroit: Race 1 Report

“I was doing qualifying laps out there the whole time. It was physical, just trying to qualify every single lap. Then at the end, with the restarts, my rhythm was kind of thrown off. I had trouble getting the tires clean, and kind of let (Scott) Dixon slip away. I thought, the first couple laps after the green came out on the restart, I had something for him, but I just couldn’t keep the mid-corner speed on the far end of the track to keep up with him and get close enough for the pass. Good job by the No. 28 DHL boys today in the pit lane again. They did an awesome job in Indy and again today, just phenomenal. We just came up a bit short today for the win, but we’ll take a podium.”

It was a banner day in Motor City for the “away team” as Honda swept the top six positions in the back yard of their auto giant rival. Occupying two steps on the podium were Andretti drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi in second and third, respectively. Marco Andretti, who started on the pole position led 22 laps on his way to a fourth-place finish, followed by teammate Zach Veach in 12th.

  • STARTED: 5th // FINISHED: 2nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (227 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Credited with leading seven laps // Earned his second podium finish of the season

The grid will be set for Detroit’s Dual 2 with Sunday morning qualifying, followed by the 70-lap encore event at 3:50 p.m. ET. Live broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

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