Conway, Hunter-Reay pace Detroit Indy race 1 past halfway mark

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We’re more than halfway home in the 70-lap first race in the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit. Ryan Hunter-Reay (pictured) led from Mike Conway, Dario Franchitti, Will Power and Helio Castroneves under yellow by lap 39, with the restart on lap 40. Hunter-Reay stayed out a lap longer on the first pit stop sequence and leapt to the lead ahead of Conway.

The third yellow occurred when Marco Andretti nudged Sebastian Saavedra off track at Turn 4 on lap 35. Saavedra, on the next lap, decided to flip Andretti the “double birds” – the same move as Power did to IndyCar Race Control at Loudon, New Hampshire in 2011.

Takuma Sato and AJ Allmendinger were responsible for the first two cautions. Allmendinger performed an unintentional aerobatics show on the first lap when he attempted to thread the needle between Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson going into Turn 4.

Later on, Sato stopped on track between Turns 3 and 4 on lap 25, out of fuel, and the caution was extended when Alex Tagliani crashed under yellow at Turn 3. Tagliani’s team owner, Bryan Herta, told ABC television that Tagliani’s steering locked up.