Rahal Drives to Dominant First Win at Belle Isle Grand Prix

DETROIT - Graham Rahal completed a dominant drive to win the opening half of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Rahal, in the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda, led 55 of 70 laps around the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course on the state park island located in the Detroit River. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver earned the fifth win of his 11-year Indy car career and first since his thrilling victory last August at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rahal crossed the finish line 6.1474 seconds ahead of four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Camping World Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. James Hinchcliffe gave Honda a podium sweep by placing third in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry.