The IndyCar championship battle closed up over back-to-back races in Detroit last weekend.
Also in America last week the IMSA cars added to the Belle Isle traffic and the reigning NASCAR champion had a good day in the office.
Races 7-8: Detroit
Graham Rahal became the first driver to win both races in the Detroit Grand Prix double-header. The RLL driver cruised to victory from pole position in race two and used his Honda-powered car’s fuel economy to jump race two pole sitter Takuma Sato for another win 24 hours later.
Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves left Belle Isle on top of the points standings despite neither of them having won a race so far in 2017. Castroneves reached the third anniversary of his last IndyCar victory despite starting both races inside the top four: A strategic gamble backfired in race one and he collected a puncture on Sunday.
Sato, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden will all arrive at Saturday’s race in Texas within striking distance of the championship lead. Newgarden took fourth in race one, pressing James Hinchcliffe hard in the final laps after the Schmidt driver bounced back from an early spin, and followed Rahal home after a red flag and restart at the end of race two.
Rahal’s double win has propelled him forward nine points in the standings to sixth, and he joins the ranks of championship contenders ahead of the race he won last year.
Race 13: Dover
Jimmie Johnson won in Dover despite being sent to the back of the grid following a set-up change on his car ahead of the race. A multi-car crash after the race distance had already been extended sealed Johnson’s third victory of 2017.
Race 5: Detroit
The Taylor brothers’ streak of consecutive IMSA sports car championship wins looked in jeopardy when Ricky Taylor crashed their Cadillac DPi-VR in qualifying. But from 12th on the grid they worked through to the front, taking their fifth win in as many races.
Andy Lally and Katherine Legge shared GTD class honours in their Michael Shank-run Acura NSX GT3.
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Over to you
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Next weekend’s racing
Formula One heads to Canada while seven other series are in action next weekend:
- British Touring Car Championship races 13-15: Croft
- Euroformula Open races 5-6: Paul Ricard
- Formula E races 7-8: Berlin
- IndyCar race 9: Texas
- NASCAR Cup race 14: Pocono
- World Rally Championship race 7: Italy
- World Rallycross Championship race 6: Norway
Thanks to Robert Mathershaw (@mathers) for contributing to this article.
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