A First-Corner Caution Is Exactly What Was Expected in the Detroit Grand Prix

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Early Caution for Will Power in Detroit GPIndyCar / Twitter

A decision was made prerace to throw the green halfway down the Jefferson Street Straightaway of the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. On the entry to Turn 3, the first corner to see racing action, Will Power got tapped from behind by Santino Ferrucci, spun, and collected six cars, including Ferrucci, Pato O'Ward, and Theo Pourchaire.

Power was the only driver with significant damage; he would enter the closed pit for repairs and rejoin the restart at the back of the grid. The Australian driver reported over the radio that the car felt fine after leaving the pits and, as of lap 28, has improved to 17th position from 27th.


IndyCar officials declared the lap one caution a racing incident, with no one in violation. However, a dozen laps later, Ferrucci got into Helio Castroneves, collecting Kyffin Simpson as well; this time, the AJ Foyt driver was penalized for avoidable contact.

Christian Lundgaard, who received slight front-wing damage in the collection, stayed out after improving from 11th to seventh on the initial start.

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