IndyCar results and points standings after Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 at Belle Isle

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IndyCar Detroit Sunday results and points standings: Pato O’Ward became the first repeat winner of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, leading the final three laps of Race 2 in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix after taking the lead from Josef Newgarden.

O’Ward cruised to a 6.7595-second victory in his No. 5 Dallara-Chevrolet for his second career victory (after also winning May 2 at Texas Motor Speedway). Newgarden finished second from the pole position as Team Penske remained winless through eight races this year.

The two-time IndyCar Series champion led a race-high 67 of 70 laps while finishing runner-up for the third time in’ 21.

It’s the ninth IndyCar victory for Arrow McLaren SP. Before taking the traditional winner’s bath in the Belle Isle fountain, O’Ward dedicated the win to teammate Felix Rosenqvist, who missed Sunday’s race after being hospitalized for a violent crash Saturday.

O’Ward took over the championship standings lead through eight races by one point over Alex Palou, who finished third ahead of Colton Herta and Graham Rahal.

Will Power, Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Marcus Ericsson (who won Saturday) and Santino Ferrucci (who rebounded from a qualifying crash) rounded out the top 10. Jimmie Johnson finished 21st in the fifth start of his IndyCar career.

Here are the IndyCar final results and points standings Sunday in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Raceway. Click here for the lap leader chart.

Here is the finishing order with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out:

1. (16) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 70, Running
2. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 70, Running
3. (4) Alex Palou, Honda, 70, Running
4. (2) Colton Herta, Honda, 70, Running
5. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 70, Running
6. (20) Will Power, Chevrolet, 70, Running
7. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 70, Running
8. (10) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 70, Running
9. (22) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 70, Running
10. (12) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 70, Running
11. (17) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 70, Running
12. (19) Takuma Sato, Honda, 70, Running
13. (7) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 70, Running
14. (14) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 70, Running
15. (8) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 70, Running
16. (13) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 70, Running
17. (11) Ed Jones, Honda, 70, Running
18. (3) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 70, Running
19. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 69, Running
20. (21) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 69, Running
21. (25) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 69, Running
22. (15) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 68, Running
23. (24) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 61, Running
24. (5) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 57, Mechanical
25. (23) Oliver Askew, Chevrolet, 46, Mechanical

Winner’s average speed: 97.227 mph; Time of race: 1:41:30.8814; Margin of victory: 6.7595 seconds; Cautions: 3 for 11 laps; Lead changes: 1 among 2 drivers; Lap leaders: Newgarden 1 – 67; O’Ward 68 – 70.


POINTS

Click here for the points tally in Sunday’s race.

Through eight races, here are the full points standings for:

Drivers

Entrants

Engine manufacturers

Top 10 in the standings: O’Ward 299, Palou 298, Dixon 263, Newgarden 248, Pagenaud 243, VeeKay 243, Ericsson 211, Rahal 209, Herta 202, Sato 181.


NEXT: The NTT IndyCar Series will race Sunday, June 20 (noon ET, NBCSN) at Road America.

Pato O’Ward celebrates in the fountain at Belle Isle Raceway (Chris Owens/IndyCar).

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”