Simon Pagenaud fell victim to a lap one accident that damaged a part on his No. 22 DXC Chevrolet and forced him to make repairs in the paddock, losing crucial laps and eventually finishing a disappointing 17th in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle.
As the race took the green flag, several cars got together in turn three. With cars spinning in front of him, Pagenaud tried to get slowed down, but got hit from behind and spun. The contact broke a gear sensor, which kept the car from being able to refire. The DXC Technology Chevrolet had to be towed to the pits, where the team was able to make repairs and get Pagenaud back on the track, 12 laps down to the leaders.
Despite the issues, Pagenaud's No. 22 was one of the fastest cars on the track, even turning the fastest lap of the race by nearly a half second over all of his competitors. Using a fast car and a number of problems from other drivers, Pagenaud was able to climb from 22nd following his first lap crash to 17th at the finish.
Thanks to the persistence of the No. 22 DXC Technology team, Pangeaud fell just one spot in the IndyCar Series point standings to third. He sits just 25 points behind leader and teammate, Josef Newgarden.
"A sensor was damaged after the contact, then I couldn't select the gears, it couldn't restart. The car wasn't too badly damaged. But yeah, that was it, had to wait for the car to come back. The guys did a great job fixing it. We got back in the race and we scored six points which could be important in the end. We had the fastest lap of the race by half a second so the car was just honestly really, really good. It was a bit of a shame we didn't get to race because I really think we would have challenged for it today. It could have been a huge day for points, but at the end of the day you also have to remember, I think we got pretty lucky today. Unlucky for Josef of course, you don't want to see that happen, but Rossi didn't score too much which for the both of us is a good thing."