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

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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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IMSA Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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Start times, TV schedule: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will conclude the 2022 season this weekend with the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta, which also will mark the end of the line for the DPi class.

The premier Daytona Prototype international category, which started in 2017, will be replaced by the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with its LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to Le Mans.

For the third time in four years, an Acura will be crowned the champion in DPi as the No. 10 of Wayne Taylor Racing holds a 19-point edge over the No. 60 of Meyer Shank Racing.

Last year, WTR’s No. 10 entered the season finale with a 19-point lead but lost the title to the No. 31 Cadillac of Action Express.

Full-time WTR drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor (who will be joined by Brendon Hartley in the No. 10 this weekend) have a series-leading four victories this season. The MSR duo of Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves this weekend) won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and have five runner-up finishes this year.

Championship scenarios in the other four categories:

GTD Pro: Points leaders Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet will clinch the title by starting in their No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

–GTD: There are 140 points separating the top four teams with Roman De Angelis and the No. 27 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 leading by 45 points.

–LMP2: John Farano is first in the driver standings by 33 points over Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel. In the team standings, the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports leads by 19 points over the No. 8 Tower Motorsport (Farano’s team).

–LMP3: No. 54 CORE autosport drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun lead by 83 points over the No. 74 Riley Motorsports of Gar Robinson.

With the 10-hour race requiring an extra driver, several stars from other racing series have been added. In addition to Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay will serve as third drivers in Chip Ganassi Racing’s pair of Cadillacs.

Jimmie Johnson also will be making his last DPi start in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac with Mike Rockenfeller and Kamui Kobayashi. Petit Le Mans could mark the last start in an IMSA prototype for Johnson, who has said limited inventory likely will keep him out of the GTP category in the Rolex 24 next year.

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (all times are ET):


Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta start times, schedule, TV info

When: Saturday, 12:10 p.m. ET

Race distance: Ten hours on the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course

TV: Noon-3 p.m., NBC; 3-10:30 p.m., USA Network. Peacock, the NBC Sports App,and NBCSports.com will have streaming coverage of the event from flag to flag beginning at noon. Leigh Diffey and Dave Burns are the play by play announcers with analysts Calvin Fish, Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe and Brian Till. The pit reporters are Kevin Lee, Hannah Newhouse, Dillon Welch and Matt Yocum.

IMSA.com live TV qualifying stream: Friday, 3:35 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio: All sessions are live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Saturday at noon (XM 207, Internet/App 992).

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 63 degrees with an 85% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the 48-car field for the IMSA Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta


Daily schedule IMSA Petit Le Mans

Here’s a rundown of the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia:

Wednesday, Sept. 28

9:30 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 practice

10:25 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup

12:30 p.m.: Prototype Challenge practice

1:15 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 practcice

2 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

3:30 p.m.: Michelin Challenge practice

Thursday, Sept. 29

8 a.m.: Prototype Challenge practice

9 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying

9:50 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

11:40 a.m.: Prototype Challenge qualifying

12:10 p.m.: Michelin Challenge practice

1:50 p.m.: Mazda MX-5, Race 1

2:55 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

5 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 1

6 p.m.: Michelin Challenge qualifying

7:30 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Friday, Sept. 30

8 a.m.: Prototype Challenge race

9:50 a.m.: Mazda MX-5, Race 2

10:55 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 2

1:10 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race

3:40 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

Saturday, Oct. 1

9:15 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

12:10 p.m.: Petit Le Mans