For the first time since 2007, Indy car racing returned to the historic Road America circuit with Graham Rahal leading the way for Honda, scoring a third-place Verizon IndyCar Series finish Sunday in front of a massive crowd at the 4.0-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Starting sixth, Rahal ran in the lead pack throughout the 50-lap contest, battling for a podium position with a half-dozen fellow competitors as the race ran caution-free for the first 39 laps. At that point, Conor Daly spun off track and into the Turn One safety barriers, following an apparent suspension failure, bringing out the sole full-course caution of the race.
Prior to his incident, Daly had been one of the strongest Honda runners in the field. Qualifying a career-best ninth for Dale Coyne Racing, the rookie moved up to sixth following the first round of pit stops and appeared headed for a finish of sixth or higher.
When the green flag waved on Lap 44, Rahal was running fourth, but soon passed Simon Pagneaud to gain third, and would hold that position to the checkers six laps later. Meanwhile, Hunter-Reay went on a charge, moving from seventh to pass Charlie Kimball, Helio Castroneves and Pagenaud to finish fourth, his third top-four finish of the season. Carlos Munoz rounded out the top-10 finishers for Honda.
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