Alex Palou Dominates from the Pole Position to Win Detroit Grand Prix

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Detroit, MI — June 4, 2023

Racing returned to the streets of Detroit as the city hosted the IndyCar series a week after the Indianapolis 500. The Detroit Grand Prix ran 100 laps through the riverside downtown circuit.

Alex Palou(10) started on the pole and had to start the race twice. Indy officials waived off the start as the field was deemed to be too strung out as they approached the green flag. The next time around, Palou fired off into the lead, leaving Scott McLaughlin in the dust.

The early race drama continued when Callum Ilott ran into the back of Kyle Kirkwood on lap one. The accident destroyed Ilott’s car and damaged the rear wing of Kirkwood’s machine.

Palou pulled away to a comfortable lead early.

Pato O’Ward crashed out of the race after hitting the wall 41 laps into his race. Graham Rahal drove into a wall while circling the track under caution on Lap 50.

Team Penske driver Will Power tried to make a race of it. He led 14 of the 100 laps. He moved through several cars over the last ten laps to get to the second spot. But it was Palou who ran out front for 74 circuits of the tight street course to take the win.

Indy 500 Champion, Josef Newgarden, finished in 10th. After a first-lap accident required Kyle Kirkwood to have his rear wing replaced. The Andretti Autosport driver finished in the sixth position.

Alex Palou celebrates his victory in the Detroit Grand Prix / Photo Courtesy of the IndyCar Series

 

 

Results of the Detroit Grand Prix

Pos Car Driver Laps Behind Laps Led Team
1 10 Alex Palou 100 74 Chip Ganassi Racing
2 12 Will Power 100 1.1843 14 Team Penske
3 6 Felix Rosenqvist 100 5.9515 Arrow McLaren
4 9 Scott Dixon 100 7.5682 Chip Ganassi Racing
5 7 Alexander Rossi 100 9.9841 1 Arrow McLaren
6 27 Kyle Kirkwood 100 10.5426 1 Andretti Autosport
7 3 Scott McLaughlin 100 10.9350 Team Penske
8 11 Marcus Armstrong 100 11.6792 Chip Ganassi Racing
9 8 Marcus Ericsson 100 13.0181 7 Chip Ganassi Racing
10 2 Josef Newgarden 100 14.0223 2 Team Penske
11 26 Colton Herta 100 17.6606 Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
12 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 100 19.4321 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
13 60 Simon Pagenaud 100 19.6486 Meyer Shank Racing
14 78 Agustin Canapino 100 21.4219 Juncos Holling Racing
15 20 Conor Daly 100 21.7748 Ed Carpenter Racing
16 45 Christian Lundgaard 100 22.1160 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17 30 Jack Harvey 100 23.0710 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 21 Rinus VeeKay 100 23.8193 Ed Carpenter Racing
19 6 Helio Castroneves 100 24.6734 Meyer Shank Racing
20 55 Benjamin Pedersen 97 3 LAPS AJ Foyt Enterprises
21 14 Santino Ferrucci 97 3 LAPS AJ Foyt Enterprises
22 51 Sting Ray Robb 97 3 LAPS Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR
23 18 David Malukas 85 DNF Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
24 28 Romain Grosjean 80 DNF Andretti Autosport
25 15 Graham Rahal 50 DNF Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
26 5 Pato O’Ward 41 DNF 1 Arrow McLaren
27 77 Callum Ilott 1 DNF Juncos Hollinger Racing