Race Report: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – Race 2
DETROIT June 2, 2013—The tranquil setting of Detroit’s Belle Isle stood in stark contrast to the heated IndyCar race that took place on the park’s circuit Sunday afternoon. Indeed, the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 2 resembled a Saturday night brawl in the streets as tempers flared during and after the race.
Five of the six full course cautions were for cars making contact of one sort or another, including a 10-car pile-up on a lap 27 restart.
Takuma Sato had come back strong in the No. 14 ABC Supply car after a disappointing result in the first portion of the doubleheader race weekend. Starting 21st, he had climbed to eighth by lap 21 of the 70-lap race when a full course yellow slowed the action as officials cleared debris from the track. On the lap 24 restart, he edged ahead of rookie Tristan Vautier at the start/finish line and the two Honda-powered drivers went side-by-side down the half mile straight to Turn 3. Entering the corner, Vautier veered wide and hit Sato, sending him hard into a tire barrier.
“It was a frustrating end for us really,” said Sato. “We made good progress this morning on the warmup, the car started working really well and I think we had a competitive car this afternoon.”