Detroit Two Race Review: Bourdais Haze

May 31, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato (left) Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal celebrate in victory circle after the Dual in Detroit Race 2 at Belle Isle road course. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-225300 ORIG FILE ID:  20150531_lbm_aw3_258.JPG

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Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais prevailed in the rain in Detroit on Sunday for KV Racing for the thirty third win of an IndyCar career that spans a decade.  Happily Bourdais even managed not to drop the trophy off the podium this time. AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato recovered from a poor string of races to finish second ahead of RLL’s Graham Rahal, who was penalized for blocking Sato in the frenzied street fight.

Sebastien Bourdais, of France, drives in the rain during the second race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Dave Frechette) ORG XMIT: MIPS109

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The race saw a wet start, a clean and green first half and a second half reminiscent of Saturday’s stinker. After another aero kit explosion of debris thanks to a Penske tussle the race was eventually red flagged for clean up. This set up a mad dash to the finish of a timed race and an exciting ending to a water logged weekend on the border.

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ABC aired a brief fifteen minute pre race show that was typically heavy on the Capn’s team. It didn’t ignore Andretti Autosport though, allowing Carlos Munoz to correct the record and say “it feels good” to have won his first race rather than just “ok.” Graham Rahal also got some air time after his poor showing Saturday. After GM’s CEO gave the command to start engines, another rain race began on Belle Isle. In a double file start which always adds some drama the drivers behaved themselves for a caution free fifty laps of racing.

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First race winner Munoz’s AA Honda went up in smoke in the first ten laps having given its all the previous day. First out of the race, he recklessly drove his car across the racing line to a pull off area, smoke billowing out the back. Fortunately no one hit him as he did so. It was a case of karma for the young Colombian who never should have described an IndyCar win as ok. Continue reading

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