June 5, 2017 / 12:32 AM / a year ago

Rahal completes Detroit doubleheader sweep

(The Sports Xchange) - Graham Rahal completed a double dose of fun on Sunday, although the excitement was momentarily tempered by a red flag.

May 20, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal waits in line to qualify during qualifications for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal dominated a 70-lap race in the Detroit Grand Prix for the second consecutive day, but he had to fight through a two-lap shootout to become the first IndyCar driver to win both races at Belle Isle Park since the doubleheader format was instituted five years ago.

Josef Newgarden finished second and Will Power was third. Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato took fourth and Simon Pagenaud came in fifth.

Rahal led 55 laps in Saturday’s race and another 41 laps on Sunday. He won the first one by 6.14 seconds and the second by 1.1772 seconds.

Rahal had a seven-second lead when a late caution waved Sunday, and he had to sit through a 20-minute red flag as officials cleaned oil off the track from two unrelated engine failures.

Rahal became the first driver to win two races this season, and of the five doubleheader events (10 races) on the temporary street circuit, he is only the third driver to win for a second time. The others are Sebastien Bourdais and Power.

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