Struggles hit a few teams, drivers in IndyCar’s Detroit Dual

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With two races now in the books at this weekend’s doubleheader of the IZOD IndyCar Series, here’s a look through the drivers and teams who blew up the scoreboard – in either a noticeably good or noticeably bad way. This group had a weekend to forget:

  • AJ Allmendinger, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet. Two races, two first lap crashes. Nothing more need be said other than “ouch.”
  • Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet. A weekend to forget for the Frenchman in his 100th and 101st open-wheel starts, with setup issues in the early part of the weekend and then a move that triggered the multi-car pileup in Turn 1.
  • Takuma Sato, No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda. Neither incident was his fault, but Sato was twice taken out. The points leader heading into Indianapolis has now stumbled to sixth in the standings, 31 points behind the leaders.
  • Alex Tagliani, No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda. Made his overdue first 2013 appearance in the Firestone Fast Six and led Friday practice, but again caught out by other drivers’ mistakes during the race.
  • KV Racing Technology. Good at St. Pete but have struggled elsewhere on the street courses since, Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and teammate Simona de Silvestro again weren’t a factor at all this weekend. De Silvestro had a hard crash caused by a puncture on her right front tire, which affected her steering.