Detroit produced one-and-a-half good races – the second half of the first was a bit of a crash-fest, but the rest was rather enjoyable. Switching back to the earlier track layout with the longer straight after turn two was definitely a good move – there was quite a lot of passing heading into turn three.
Conway was in exceptional form but we won’t see if he can produce more of the same until he returns to the series in five races time for the next double-header at Toronto. The next four races are all on ovals so Beatriz will be back in the car.
Good win for Pagenaud in the second race again, though he was perhaps a bit fortunate that the persistent caution periods helped him strategically.
Honda swept the top five positions in the second race which will be a welcome result for them in Chevrolet’s backyard after being pasted by their rivals at Indy.
And still no win for powerhouse teams Ganassi and Penske this year while Andretti KV, Foyt, RLL Coyne and Schmidt have all taken victories.
The upshot is a very open championship led by two drivers on the same number of points who are yet to win a race this year – and the only two-times winner is down in ninth!
1. Helio Castroneves 206
2. Marco Andretti 206
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 191
4. Scott Dixon 186
5. Simon Pagenaud 177
6. Takuma Sato 175
7. Justin Wilson 169
8. Tony Kanaan 160
9. James Hinchcliffe 154
10. Charlie Kimball 149
Here are highlights from both the Detroit races:
The next round is at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, F1 Fanatic Live will be running as usual.