Scott Dixon wins Race 1 in Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix, Hunter-Reay 2nd


While most of his opponents needed three pit stops, Scott Dixon used just a two-stop strategy to propel himself to the win in Saturday’s Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Park.

Race 2 of the back-to-back race weekend takes place Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. There is a prediction of rain in the morning and afternoon that could impact the race. However, Firestone is prepared with a new rain tire if precipitation does occur.

Dixon, 37, took the lead on Lap 33 of Saturday’s 70-lap event and held on most of the way to the checkered flag, ending with a 1.8249-second margin over runner-up Ryan Hunter-Reay.

It was Dixon’s 42nd career IndyCar win, tying him for third place on the all-time wins list with Michael Andretti.

It also marked Dixon’s first win in nearly a year, having won last during last season at Road America. His previous best finish this season was second at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

“It’s big,” Dixon told ABC about the win. “It’s nice to get that first win out of the way. We came up a little short in the last few races, but to bounce back last week … it’s always good to be back in the winner’s circle.”

Hunter-Reay was followed by Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and pole sitter Marco Andretti for third and fourth place, respectively. It was Andretti’s best finish in a race since finishing fourth last year at Toronto.

“Man, it was physical,” Hunter-Reay told ABC. “We just came up a little bit short on this one. We’re going to put our best foot forward tomorrow.”

Said Rossi, who regained the points lead from Indy 500 and INDYCAR GP winner Will Power, “Scott was a deserving winner. I’m not saying anything to the contrary. It was a good points day and we’ll try even harder tomorrow.”

Added Andretti, “The racer in me is very bummed because you hate to go backwards and you want a podium at least, but I guess we have to be happy we stayed with the fast guys, but not fast enough. I guess we have to do our homework and look where to improve for tomorrow.”

Takuma Sato finished fifth, followed by Ed Jones, Power, Robert Wickens, Josef Newgarden and Spencer Pigot.

“We were just lacking the pace and I think the Hondas just have a different power curve that suits this track,” Power told ABC. “I drove pretty hard for seventh place today. Our car is pretty good, the handling is not bad, there’s not much I can pick up to gain us speed. I think if we can just qualify top 4 (in qualifying Sunday morning before Race 2), I think that could do something there with strategy.”

Newgarden was unhappy with his performance.

“It’s a lot of work for not the greatest performance,” he said. “We got a top 10, which is good, but we don’t come here to finish ninth. This is our home turf so we want to do well, but we just didn’t have enough today. We really tried our best. It was very physical, I’m worn out, we have to experiment a little bit tonight to see what we can do tomorrow and hopefully not just have the same story when we show up.”

Ironically, while the race is sponsored by Chevrolet, Hondas finished in each of the top 6 positions and seven of the top 10. On the flip side, Chevys made up eight of the bottom 10 in the field.

Andretti held the lead for the first 23 laps before pitting for the first time on Lap 24. Andretti appeared to pick up a vibration after the stop, when the team switched from black to red tires, but the issue appeared to resolve itself in subsequent laps.

Graham Rahal, who won both races in Detroit last year, assumed the lead until Lap 25, when he also pitted.

Rahal was the only driver to start the race on the harder black tire compound before switching to red tires in his first stop.

Hunter-Reay assumed the lead on Lap 26 and built as much as a nine-second edge until he pitted on Lap 33, yielding the lead to Dixon, who was one of just a few drivers in the race that went with a two-stop strategy.

Rahal saw his hope of repeating last year’s two wins at Detroit disappear on Lap 47 when he hit hard into the Turn 13 wall in a single-car incident.

“Hard crash, I’m sorry, boys, I have no clue what happened,” Rahal said over the team radio. “It snapped huge on the entry. No clue.”

It’s unclear whether Rahal’s car can be repaired. If not, he’ll have to go to a backup car and qualify Sunday morning without the benefit of any practice on the secondary ride.

Of note, Tony Kanaan finished 14th in his 350th career IndyCar start.


Among incidents in the race:

— On Lap 12 of the 70-lap event, Sebastien Bourdais came into Turn 7 a bit too hot and went into the runoff area, costing him three positions.

— The same situation occurred on Lap 46 when rookie Rene Binder also entered the Turn 7 runoff area. He was unable to get the car restarted, prompting the IndyCar safety team to respond to give him a hand.

— On Lap 56, Turn 7 once again claimed another driver and car. Rookie Santino Ferrucci, making his first career IndyCar start, was tapped from behind by Charlie Kimball, spun and hit hard head-on into the tire wall.

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Jett Lawrence wins Hangtown Pro Motocross, remains perfect in 450s

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Jett Lawrence remains perfect in the Pro Motocross series after recording another perfect round at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. In his second start on a 450, Lawrence won his second National with his fourth consecutive moto win. It is getting increasingly difficult to find the right superlatives to describe the exploits on the reigning 250 West Supercross champion.

“The track was so brutal out there,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Jason Thomas. “The bike handles amazing even when it’s not too friendly. You had to be really patient; you couldn’t take too much. I didn’t eat enough before that second moto. I kind of lost energy halfway through, but luckily I could use technique and balance and just keep that flow going.”

Lawrence leaves Hangtown with an 18-point advantage over Ferrandis in the 450 Motocross standings, but perhaps more importantly, he climbed to 19th in the SuperMotocross standings and should he stay there, he has an automatic invitation to the Main events in the SMX Championship.

“On this track, you just have to manage,” Lawrence continued. “If you try to take too much and not respect the track, it will bite you very quickly. It was humbling on the first few laps. I got kicked on the cutout at the start of the third section, the tabletop going to the left. I had to get my focus because the boys were coming.”

Still in his first few races since returning from a concussion suffered at Houston in the Supercross series, Dylan Ferrandis finished second with results of third in Moto 1 and second in Moto 2. While Ferrandis was happy with the result, he remains hopeful that he will contend for victory shortly.

“The first moto was very hard for my physically, Ferrandis said. “I got arm pump and when you get arm pump your body gets tired. But I’m very happy because we made a big change for the second moto. We tried stuff every session today and in the last moto the bike was much better, but unfortunately I wasn’t sure what I could do with this bike because the track was very hard and difficult to pass.”

RESULTS: How they finished in the 450 Overall at Hangtown

With the rash of injuries at the end of the Supercross season, the podium was filled with heartwarming stories. Cooper Webb returned to action last week in Pala and failed to make the podium. He is steadily improving with a third-place finish in Hangtown. after finishing with a 4-2.

“It’s incredible what seven days can do,” Webb said. “Last week I felt like I was going to get lapped in the second moto. This week, I could see the leader. It was nice. I fought hard, learned how to suffer again there and that felt nice.

Moto 2 wasn’t pretty for Lawrence. On several occasions in the opening laps, he nearly high sided as he rode the front wheel through the ruts. The reward was worth the risk. By the halfway point, Lawrence had 4.5-second lead over Webb, who was embroiled in a tight three-rider battle for second with his teammate Aaron Plessinger pressuring him and Ferrandis ready to take advantage if those made contact.

It took 20 minutes for Plessinger to get around Webb and once he did, he trailed Lawrence by four seconds. But then, with three minutes remaining, Plessinger crashed and had difficulty restarting the bike, handing second back to Webb who has seven seconds behind Lawrence. Plessinger fell to fourth with results of third and sixth.

Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the top five with a 5-4.

Last week Hunter Lawrence won the overall with a 3-1. He repeated that feat in Hangtown in an exact replica of his Fox Raceway results last week. In Moto 1, Lawrence got off to a slow start and lost 10 seconds in the opening laps. Forced to overcome a sixth-place position in the race at the end of Lap 1, he once again caught the riders ahead of him when the field hit heavy traffic. For the second week, scored another 3-1 for the Hangtown National win.

“The start was crucial’ I knew I had to go,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’ Jason Thomas. “They laid a lot of water down, so I didn’t want to be behind any longer than [I was]. First hot one of the year, was a bit of a wakeup call, so I’m happy to get out of here safe and healthy.”

Lawrence’s third-place finish in Moto 1 featured a fierce battle for final spot on the podium when he caught Spain’s Guillem Farres and France’s Tom Vialle. With Lawrence hailing from Australia, the international nature of the sport was highlighted.

Lawrence left Hangtown with a 10-point advantage over Haiden Deegan in the Pro Motocross championship battle.

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Justin Cooper finished second in both motos to finish second overall. Hangtown represented a huge improvement from Fox Raceway where he finished fifth overall with a 5-4 finish in the two motos. Cooper pressured Haiden Deegan in the second half of Moto 1 and he earned the holeshot in the second moto and stayed within three seconds of Lawrence in that race.

“He was following me a little bit, checking out my lines, seeing where he was better,” Cooper said. “It’s disappointing to give up the lead like that but it was way better than last weekend. I will definitely take two seconds. I want to be on the top of the step. I feel like I get close to the top step but I never get it done. That’s building up the frustration – the fire. I really want to get one of these wins, so it’s time to start digging.”

Haiden Deegan earned the first holeshot of his career in Moto 1 and rode away from the field, building a four-second lead in the opening laps. Cooper trimmed the lead at the halfway point and for a while it leveled off at two seconds. Then Cooper made another charge with three to go and closed to within a second. Deegan was biding his time, however.

“I was saving a little. I knew at the end Justin was going to try and put a charge on. I let him get up close and then sent it super hard at the end to break him a little at the end.”

Deegan’s first moto win comes in only his fourth National and he remains perfect in regard to podiums this year.

“This was a dream since I was a little kid, to win,” Deegan said. “And in my fourth race, it’s gnarly. I was just sending it. I was getting a little tired at the end becasue I left my mouth open the whole time. It’s unreal; I’m so hyped. I wanted to win bad and I proved it to you guys.”

Chaos erupted in turn 1 in Moto 2 Jeremy Martin went and another rider ran over his arm. Michael Mosiman crashed further down the track on that same lap. Both riders were helped off course by the Alpinestars Medical team.

2023 Motocross Race Recaps

Fox Raceway: Jett Lawrence wins in first 450 start

2023 Supercross Race Recaps

Salt Lake City: Chase Sexton ends the season with win
Denver: Chase Sexton wins, takes points’ lead with Eli Tomac injury
Nashville: Chase Sexton keeps hope alive; Cooper Webb out
New Jersey: Justin Barcia wins muddy race; first in two years
Atlanta: Chase Sexton is back in the championship picture
Glendale: Eli Tomac wins 51st, breaks tie with James Stewart
Seattle: Eli Tomac wins and ties Webb for first
Detroit: Chase Sexton inherits win after Aaron Plessinger falls
Indianapolis: Ken Roczen gets first win in more than a year
Daytona: Eli Tomac extends Daytona record with seventh win
Arlington: Cooper Webb wins for second time, closes to two of Tomac
Oakland: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Cooper Webb gets first 2023 win
Houston: Eli Tomac bounces back from A2 crash to win third race of 2023
Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Eli Tomac wins opener for the first time

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250 West Supercross champion Jett Lawrence ends dream career
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