PAGENAUD SCORES FIRST IZOD INDYCAR SERIES WIN AT DETROIT'S BELLE ISLE PARK..POSTGAME REACTION: YOUTUBE UNDER: CURRICH5

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PAGENAUD SCORES FIRST IZOD INDYCAR SERIES WIN AT DETROIT'S BELLE ISLE PARK..POSTGAME REACTION: YOUTUBE UNDER: CURRICH5

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Simon Pagenaud became the sixth different winner in seven IZOD IndyCar Series
races when he drove the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car to 5.6-second
victory in the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by
Quicken Loans.


It was the
initial win in the series for the native of France and for the team co-owned by
former IndyCar drivers Sam Schmidt and Davey Hamilton. It also was the 100th
victory for Honda with Indy car engine manufacturer competition.


"It's
unbelievable. I don't know how we did it," said Pagenaud, who started sixth in
the 70-lap race on the 2.346-mile, 13-turn street course. "It's a great feeling.
One I hope of more to come. I started karting when I was 8 so it's been 21 years
of hard work to finally win an IndyCar race."


James Jakes, who
started second, finished a career-best second in the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car
for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing by holding off Race 1 winner Mike Conway by
.4342 of a second. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario
Franchitti were next to cross the start-finish line.


Helio
Castroneves overtook Graham Rahal on the final laps for eighth place, gaining
the extra point to retain the championship points lead. He's tied at 206 with
Marco Andretti, who finished sixth, heading to the Firestone 550 on June 8 at
Texas Motor Speedway.


In Race 1 on
June 1, Conway overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead on Lap 44, built a
20-second gap leading into the final round of pit stops and went on to easily
claim his second series victory. Because Conway missed sweeping the inaugural
IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader, the prize fund for the SONAX Perfect Finish
Award jumps to $100,000 at the Honda Toronto Indy in mid-July.

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