Palou holds off Power in fierce battle on the streets of Detroit

DETROIT STREET CIRCUIT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JUNE 03: #10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda at Detroit Street Circuit on Saturday June 03, 2023, United States of America. (Photo by Jake Galstad / LAT Images)

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix was won by polesitter Alex Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, but only after surviving a caution-strewn race and holding off the Penske Chevy of Will Power.

The 2021 champion took his second victory of the season after leading 74 laps, and moved into a 51-point lead in the championship. Considering the Penskes didn’t look a match for the Ganassi cars this weekend in terms of tire life, Power will take satisfaction from beating three of the CGR cars after going a different way on tire strategy, despite being nudged onto two wheels during a late restart.

He finished ahead of a bruising fight between the Arrow McLaren Chevys of Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi, which eventually resulted in the latter striking a wall and allowing Scott Dixon to slip past into fourth. Kyle Kirkwood, whose car was damaged at the start, staged a brilliant fightback to finish sixth.

The first start was waved off when only the first eight cars wer

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