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JUNE 6, 2018

(Photo By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
Ryan Hunter-Reay is congratulated by Michael Andretti after winning Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix 
presented by Lear at Belle Isle on Sunday. It was Hunter-Reay's first Verizon IndyCar Series race in 43 starts. Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda Turbo V6) won the second half of the IndyCar doubleheader, winning by 11.3549 seconds over Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6). It was the seventeenth Indy car victory for Hunter-Reay and first since a win at Pocono Raceway in August 2015. "When we started that last stint, Rossi was more than a straightaway ahead of us," Hunter-Reay said. "I couldn't even see him. I just put my head down and this thing was flying. That was going to be a heck of a fight at the end, but good thing we pressured him into it and we're here in victory lane. It's awesome, this car deserves to be where it is right now. That was a heck of a car, heck of a strategy, great work in the pit lane and I drove my rear end off." Relying on an aggressive three-stop strategy, Hunter-Reay was nearly eight seconds behind teammate and pole sitter Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda Turbo V6) following the final round of pit stops with seventeen laps remaining. Reeling off laps at near qualifying pace - Hunter-Reay posted the five fastest race laps chasing down Rossi - he quickly closed the gap and forced the 2016 Indy 500 winner to lock up his tires on two occasions. The second tire lockup came on Lap 64 of 70 on the 2.35-mile temporary street course, with Rossi sliding into the Turn 3 runoff area and Hunter-Reay driving by into the lead. Hunter-Reay then pulled away from the field, while Rossi was forced to pit for new tires and finished twelfth after leading a race-high 46 laps. Hunter-Reay became the sixth different driver to win in eight Verizon IndyCar Series races this year. Ed Jones (No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing NTT DATA Honda Turbo V6) tied his career best by finishing third. Jones' teammate, Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6) finished fourth a day after winning Race 1 of the doubleheader. Honda swept both IndyCar races for the second year in a row at Chevrolet's "home" race.
(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
Scott Dixon (
No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6) won the opener of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader, collecting the 42nd victory of his impressive career. The win tied Dixon with Michael Andretti on the all-time list and leaves only fellow legends A.J. Foyt (67 wins) and Mario Andretti (52) ahead. "I feel very lucky and very privileged to be in this sport," said Dixon, who spent the first year- of his Indy car career with PacWest Racing before joining Chip Ganassi Racing four races into the 2002 season. He's been with CGR since. "For me, I love racing. I feel very lucky to do it, and while I'm here, I want to do the best that I can. Winning is why we're in this business, and that's why we're going to come back tomorrow and try and get No. 43." Dixon finished 1.8249 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda Turbo V6) on the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course. Hunter-Reay's teammates Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda Turbo V6) and pole sitter Marco Andretti (No. 98 Andretti Autosport AutoNation/Curb Honda Turbo V6) finished third and fourth, respectively. Dixon's first win of 2018 came in the 294th race of his 18-year career, and he extended his record of winning at least one race in a season to 14 consecutive years. It also moved him into second place in the 2018 championship. The 37-year-old New Zealander trails Rossi by four points. Mike Hull, the managing director at CGR, has had a front-row seat for the majority of Dixon's success as his long-time race strategist. "Winning today was like winning the first race with Scott," Hull said. "The first race we won with Scott was (at) Homestead in 2003. It's been a great ride to this point for us. "What Scott does so well is that he represents the culture of Chip Ganassi Racing. He's a teammate, a team member. It's something that you'll look back on and say, 'Man, that was awesome to be a part of.' But for today and now, we're happy to come home with the win."
Jorge Lorenzo (No. 99 Ducati Team) won the Italian MotoGP at Mugello, his first victory since joining Ducati. Lorenzo surged from second position on the grid into an early lead ahead of home polesitter Valentino Rossi (No. 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) moving up to third place on the opening lap. Marquez then passed Rossi's Yamaha and started putting pressure on leader Lorenzo, but on the fifth lap, Marquez lost the front end coming into the Scarperia right-hander, sliding into the gravel trap before remounting. That left Lorenzo leading Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso (No. 04 Ducati Team) who then moved into the runner-up spot. Lorenzo, a three-time MotoGP champion, was able to reel off the remaining 10 laps and ultimately secure his first win since Valencia 2016 and the 45th of his premier class career by a margin of 6.3s. Dovizioso held off third-placed Rossi by just 0.259s to complete a Ducati 1-2.
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Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour Energy Toyota) took charge of Sunday’s Pocono 400 by staying out under caution on Lap 140 of 160, and then the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion pulled away after a restart with seven laps left to win the race. Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing DC Solar Chevrolet) moved into second place after a Lap 144 restart and held it the rest of the way, finishing 2.496 seconds behind Truex. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Red, White & Blue Toyota) finished third.
Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran (No. 31 Action Express Racing Whelen Engineering Cadillac-branded DPi-V.R) won the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on the 2.3-mile street circuit at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on Saturday. Nasr took the lead with 35 minutes remaining when Ricky Taylor (No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi) made his final pit stop of the race. He then managed to hold off a late run by the hard-charging Taylor to win by 1.016 seconds. It was Nasr’s first career victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Curran’s eighth win in IMSA competition (six in the WeatherTech Championship, two in GRAND-AM). Taylor and Helio Castroneves backed up their victory last time out in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio with a runner-up result in Detroit. Dane Cameron came home third in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi alongside co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya. 
Katherine Legge and Mario Farnbacher (No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3) won the GT Daytona (GTD) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Saturday on Belle Isle. It was the first victory of the year for Acura in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks (No. 93 Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3) finished second and Bryan Sellers/Madison Snow (No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3) came in third.
(Photo by Chris Clark)
Rafa Matos (No. 88 Coleman Motorsports 3-Dimensional Services Chevrolet Camaro) scored his third Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli victory of the season on Sunday at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, winning the 3-Dimensional Services Motor City Dash which concluded with a one lap sprint to the finish following the third and final restart of the 75-minute race. The victory increases Matos’ podium streak to five on the season and follows up on a second-place finish in Saturday’s competition to cap off a stellar weekend in Detroit for the Coleman Motorsports team. “It was a little nerve racking,” said Matos.  “I knew if I was able to nail my restarts, I would have a good chance to win.  On the third, I was able to get a jump, and I knew I had the pace and just needed to remain mistake free.” Gar Robinson (No. 74 Palate of Milford/74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro) finished second and Ernie Francis, Jr., (No. 44 ECC/Anchor Bolt and Screw Chevrolet Camaro) came in third.  
(Photo by Chris Clark)
Tony Buffomante (No. 34 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang) captured a flag-to-flag victory in the 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Saturday, the first of two Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli weekend races on Belle Isle. Buffomante, started the race on pole and led every lap, navigating two full-course cautions and insistent pressure from Gar Robinson (No. 74 Palate of Milford/74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro). Points leader Rafa Matos (No. 88 Coleman Motorsports 3-Dimensional Services Chevrolet Camaro) finished second and Robinson was third.