Though a Honda ended up in Victory Lane at the 2023 IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, The Bow Tie didn’t have too bad of a showing, claiming second and third behind winner Alex Palou in the No. 10 Honda.
Will Power put forth the best effort at the Detroit Grand Prix in the Chevy Racing stable, with his No. 12 Penske Racing Chevy crossing the line 1.1843 seconds behind Palou on the new 1.645-mile street course running along the Detroit River. Power even led a few laps, taking control of the race on a restart and putting almost three seconds between the rear bumper of his No. 12 Chevy and the front end of Palou’s No. 10 Honda.
However, Palou managed to rally his No. 10 Honda back to the lead just a few laps later, taking back the top spot on Lap 65 and forcing Power’s No. 12 Chevy to go back on the offensive.
Several more restarts put Palou and Power neck-and-neck, but Palou always gained the upper hand in short order. On the final restart, Power managed to keep his race car under him, even after contact with the No. 9 Honda of Scott Dixon. Power held onto it and lunged ahead of Dixon, who was ultimately relegated to fourth after he was passed by the No. 6 Chevy of Felix Rosenqvist for third.
“I did everything I could to get Palou,” Power said in a postrace interview, explaining that his second-place result wasn’t for lack of trying. “He was just too quick, man. Too good today.”
Meanwhile, Palou drove away to earn his sixth career win, and second of the 2023 IndyCar season. Palou is the current leader in the championship standings over Honda driver Marcus Ericsson in second. Meanwhile, Power commands eighth in overall point standings.