Sebastian Bourdais Wins Race 1 Of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

While early morning qualifying might have started strong for Team Penske with the organization earning 1-2-3 respectively, by the time the checkered flag put Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix to a close, it was Sebastian Bourdais and the Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet that was reaping the spoils of victory.

Known for his sixth sense when it comes to both strategies and keeping a solid pace, the talented Frenchman put those skills to full use once again to nab his second straight victory on the challenging Belle Isle circuit. This was highlighted early in the race when Bourdais joined several drivers in pitting early to switch over to the longer lasting Firestone primary tires. This caused the racing order to be shuffled, and their durability allowed Bourdais to gradually work his way up to first place.

Helping his cause were two key caution flags later in the race that allowed him to maintain his methodical pace. Bourdais’s victory (his 35th) also allowed him to tie legendary driver Bobby Unser for sixth place on the all time wins list. Scott Dixon and the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi racing team also set a record of their own, breaking the track record for quickest lap time with a lightning 74.665 second lap time on Lap 30 at 113.302 mph. These figures were even quicker than the fastest qualifying time (a rare feat in motor racing.) Unfortunately, this lofty feat was soon overshadowed by an electrical problem which caused Dixon to retire on Lap 56.

Meanwhile Team Penske had a rough outing on Day 1 with Will Power being forced out of the race on lap 44 after an errant left wheel nut caused his race car to go off course. Power has had a tough season this year, and today’s early exit certainly did not help his efforts to try and return to his winning ways.

His teammate Juan Pablo Montoya had a better time out on the track leading the race twice, and ultimately finishing in third place. Montoya bluntly shared his thoughts on Will Power’s recent struggles in a press conference revealing “Just Will I think is alittle desperate right now for results, so he’ll do anything. That’s what it is. It’s the truth.” As for Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, he ended up finishing in 10th place though tommorow’s race will give him one final opportunity to try and nab a spot on the podium.

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