This past weekend, IndyCar visited Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan for a doubleheader, and it was full of action. The first race of the weekend was on Saturday, which saw Helio Castroneves starting on the pole. The first caution of the day came relatively quick when Will Power and Simon Pagenaud made contact on lap 5, which caused Pagenaud to hit the barrier and slow on course. The race went back to green soon after with Castroneves still in the lead and Pagenaud becoming the first retirement of the day. Shortly after, there was another caution period when Mike Conway made contact with the wall between turns twelve and thirteen on lap 16 and stopped on track.
The race stayed green until lap 37 when Josef Newgarden made contact with the tire barrier in turn 7 and stopped between turns seven and eight. Mikhail Aleshin received a penalty during the caution on lap 37 as well for blocking and had to wait until the race went green to serve it. As soon as the race resumed, Carlos Huertas was given a penalty for a pit safety violation. The race remained green for ten laps, when Aleshin made contact with James Hinchcliffe and spun at the exit of turn 7. On the very last lap, there was a local yellow when Jack Hawksworth and Mikhail Aleshin hit the tire barrier in turn 5 and Ryan Hunter-Reay made contact with the tire barrier in turn 7. Will Power went on to win Saturday’s race, with Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, with Justin Wilson and Helio Castroneves rounding out the top five.
Sunday saw just as dramatic of a race with Takuma Sato starting on pole position. After the first attempt of the start was waved off, the race went green but immediately went back to yellow after Will Power and Josef Newgarden make contact. Newgarden then collected the cars of Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson. Charlie Kimball had to go into the run off area to avoid the accident. Power later received a penalty for avoidable contact at the start of the incident. The race soon went back to yellow when Sebastian Saavedra made contact in turn five on lap 10 and stopped between turn six and seven.
The race remained green until lap 59, when Sebastien Bourdais collided the tire barrier in turn five. The yellow came back out when Takuma Sato came to a stop in turn five on lap 65 but the race went back to green three laps later. Helio Castroneves took the checkered flags, with Will Power, Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon, and James Hinchcliffe rounding out the top five. Mikhail Aleshin, a rookie who became the first Russian driver to lead a lap of an IndyCar race, finished an amazing seventh.