IMSA Detroit results: Chip Ganassi Racing caps week with another win in Belle Isle finale


DETROIT — Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande delivered the second big victory to Chip Ganassi Racing this week, topping the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Raceway.

It was the second consecutive victory in Detroit for Ganassi’s No. 01 Cadillac, which won  last year with van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen. Bourdais, who started on pole position for the fourth time this season, joined his new teammate for the celebratory dip Saturday in the James Scott Memorial Fountain.

Their dominating victory bookended a week that began with Ganassi snapping a 10-year winless drought in the Indy 500, which was won by Marcus Ericsson.

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POINTS: Standings after Detroit

“It was definitely not the easiest race we have ever won, but I am super proud of everyone on the 01 Cadillac team,” Bourdais, who set the track record in its final IMSA qualifying session, told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider. “Renger brought it home. It was a hard fight, but it is that much sweeter when you win it.”

Said van der Zande: “We got it done. We’ve had some trouble this year. It is good to get it behind us so we can look forward and win some more races hopefully.”

Oliver Jarvis finished in second by 0.309 seconds in the No. 60 Acura of Meyer Shank Racing. The 100-minute race was caution-free for the first time (featuring a record 73 laps), and everyone was watching reigning series champion Pipo Derani in the closing stint.

After taking over from new teammate Olivier Pla (who replaced Tristan Nunez in Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Cadillac this week), Derani erased a deficit of nearly 30 seconds.

He also had two wheel-to-wheel battles with Earl Bamber, who finished third in Ganassi’s No. 02 Cadillac. The No. 31 finished fourth but was moved to the rear of the class after being found underweight in postrace inspection.

Jarvis and teammate Tom Blomqvist took the DPi points lead.

It was the fourth Belle Isle victory for van der Zande and first for Bourdais. The duo won from the pole for the second time this season as Cadillac remained unbeaten on street courses this season.

Next year, the Detroit Grand Prix that includes the IMSA race will relocate to a downtown circuit.


IndyCar rookie Kyle Kirkwood led an overhauled Vasser Sullivan lineup to the team’s first win this season — the first career IMSA victory for Kirkwood and teammate Ben Barnicoat.

Kirkwood won the pole for the race but raced Saturday with an injured right hand from a crash in IndyCar practice Saturday morning.

Although clearly ailing, Kirkwood started the race and ran second during his stint while saving fuel before handing off to Barnicoat shortly before halfway, making a pit stop a lap after the leader. The Vasser Sullivan crew had a quick two-tire pit stop and the No. 17 Lexus returned to the track in first. Barnicoat then led the final 43 laps.

“We won this one on pit strategy, and on that pit stop,” Kirkwood told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “They had a mega pit stop. We got out about 4 seconds sooner than anyone else and just led the race from there. This race is all about track position. We needed that track position, we got it, and we were able to control the race there until the end. It’s so good to come back with the Vasser Sullivan team and get their first win of the year with Ben and I.”

It was the IMSA debut at Belle Isle for both drivers. It is the 10th victory for the Lexus RC F GT3 in GTD, the eighth with Vasser Sullivan and the second Detroit victory for the RC F GT3.

Kirkwood and Barnicoat were put into the lineup this week as the team needed replacements for regular Jack Hawksworth, who was injured in a motorbike crash.

“It was an awesome day,” Barnicoat said. “I’m stoked to get my first win with Lexus and Vasser Sullivan. It was tough out there. We only took two tires, so it was pretty loose for a while until the fuel burned off. Then at the end, we had it under control. This one is for the Vasser Sullivan boys and for Jack, who’s at home recovering. I send him all the best and can’t wait to have him back in the car with me soon.”

Kirkwood is the endurance driver for the team but got his first sprint race Saturday. He declined to celebrate in the fountain over superstition about racing in Sunday’s IndyCar event.


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NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to its endurance schedule with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International at 10:30 a.m. ET on June 26 with coverage on USA and Peacock. All five classes are in action.

Texas starting lineup: Felix Rosenqvist back on pole; Scott Dixon qualifies second


FORT WORTH, Texas — For the second consecutive year, Felix Rosenqvist will lead the NTT IndyCar Series starting lineup to the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Arrow McLaren driver is hoping the third time will be the charm at the 1.5-mile oval, where he has run extremely well but has only a career-best 12th in five starts.

“We’ve always been good here, but this is a whole different confidence level compared to last year,” Rosenqvist told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider. “Let’s try to wrap it up (Sunday).”

In 2020, Rosenqvist was competing for a podium when he crashed with 10 laps remaining at Texas.

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Last year, he started first on an oval for the first time in his career but finished 21st because of a broken halfshaft.

“It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks, and naturally, I’ve always been OK here,” Rosenqvist said. “It was the first oval that made sense to me. Every year I’m building on that. But looking at the results, they don’t represent the speed I normally have.

“I don’t want to jinx anything, but I hope tomorrow is going to go a bit better and some luck our way would be nice. It’s been feeling super good. Arrow McLaren has been mega every session, so just keep it rolling.”

Arrow McLaren qualified all three of its Chevrolets in the top five, building on a second for Pato O’Ward and fourth for Alexander Rossi in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The March 5 season opener was a disappointing start for Rosenqvist who was squeezed into the wall by Scott Dixon on the first lap.

Dixon, a five-time winner at Texas, will start second Sunday, followed by Rossi and Josef Newgarden. O’Ward will start fifth alongside Takuma Sato, who will start on the outside of the third row in his Chip Ganassi Racing debut.

During nearly four hours of practice and qualifying (including a special high-line session), Saturday’s lone incident involved Conor Daly.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver spun three times but stayed off the wall and in the frontstretch grass. Aside from a front wing change and new tires, there was no damage to his No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet during the incident midway through the 30-minute session in which drivers were limited to the high line.

“I hadn’t really had a moment before, but it snapped really aggressively,” Daly told NBC Sports after final practice. “Not ideal, but I do know my way around correcting a spin it seems like. I drove NASCAR last weekend and that seemed to help a little bit. I drove in the dirt a lot in USAC Midgets and seemed to be able to save something but not ideal or what we wanted to have happen.”

Daly will start 25th of 28 cars alongside teammate Rinus VeeKay in Row 13. Carpenter qualified 18th.

“Our three of our cars were clearly looking for something. Mechanical grip is for sure what we need. Qualifying we actually expected to be a lot better, but we found an issue there. We’ll see what happens. This race can change a lot. I’m confident in the team to hopefully figure some things out for tomorrow.”

Here’s the IndyCar starting lineup for Sunday’s PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway (qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine and speed):


1. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Dallara-Chevy, 220.264 mph
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 219.972


3. (7) Alexander Rossi, Dallara-Chevy, 219.960
4. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevy, 219.801


5. (5) Pato O’Ward, Dallara-Chevy, 219.619
6. (11) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 219.508


7. (10) Alex Palou, Dallara-Honda, 219.480
8. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 219.355


9. (18) David Malukas, Dallara-Honda, 219.256
10. (26) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 219.184


11. (28) Romain Grosjean, Dallara-Honda, 219.165
12. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Dallara-Honda, 219.146

ROW 7 

13. (55) Benjamin Pedersen, Dallara-Chevy, 219.100
14. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Dallara-Chevy, 218.892


15. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Dallara-Chevy, 218.765
16. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Dallara-Honda, 218.698


17. (77) Callum Ilott, Dallara-Chevy, 218.427
18. (33) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 218.375

ROW 10

19. (78) Agustin Canapino, Dallara-Chevy, 218.367
20. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Dallara-Honda, 218.227

ROW 11

21. (06) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 218.196
22. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 218.103

ROW 12

23. (51) Sting Ray Robb, Dallara-Honda, 217.676
24. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 217.611

ROW 13

25. (20) Conor Daly, Dallara-Chevy, 217.457
26. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Dallara-Chevy, 216.880

ROW 14

27. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Dallara-Honda, 216.210
28. (30) Jack Harvey, Dallara-Honda, 216.103