Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal won both races during IndyCar’s double header outing to Detroit this weekend, becoming the first-ever driver to sweep both Motor City races.
Rahal set a track record to take the Verizon P1 award Friday and start on pole for Race 1. He went on to lead 55 of the race’s 70 laps in his No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda, only forfeiting first to pit for fuel and tires twice. Reigning IndyCar series champ Scott Dixon was second after crossing the finish line 6.1474 seconds behind Rahal, while James Hinchcliffe helped achieve a Honda podium sweep with a third place finish.
Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato broke Rahal’s Friday track record in qualifying for Race 2 to start on pole. Sato led 22 of 70 laps, but Rahal proved to be the quicker of the two, leading 40 laps in the near caution-free race. Rahal defended against a hard-charging Josef Newgarden in the closing stages to take the win, with Newgarden crossing the finish line 1.1772 seconds behind him. Team Penske’s Will Power was third, while pole-sitter Sato was fourth.