Graham Rahal swept to his first win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a dominant display in Saturday's opening race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend, controlling proceedings from pole position.

Rahal ended an eight-year pole drought earlier in the day before retaining his lead at the start despite coming under pressure from Penske's Helio Castroneves, with the Brazilian eager to pick up his first victory in three years.

Rahal opted for a long first stint as part of a two-stop strategy, and managed to sneak his first visit to the pit lane in before a caution was called following a shunt for Charlie Kimball and a stall for Conor Daly.

Castroneves had got the jump on Rahal through the first pit cycle, but as he was on a three-stop strategy, the advantage always lay with Rahal as he led 55 of a possible 70 laps.

Rahal ultimately crossed the line six seconds clear of the field to become IndyCar's seventh different winner in the opening seven races of the season, as well as coming good on his pre-race promise that he could dominate.

Despite dealing with an ankle injury after his wild crash in the Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon battled past the pain barrier to take second place, moving into the lead of the drivers' championship in the process.

James Hinchcliffe bounced back from a first lap spin to make a three-stop strategy work perfectly en route to third place, finishing ahead of Josef Newgarden, who was Penske's top finisher on a quiet day for the team.

Alexander Rossi took fifth place for Andretti Autosport ahead of Mikhail Aleshin, while Castroneves was left ruing the lack of cautions down in seventh. Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato was also undone by strategy, finishing eighth, while recent Indy Lights champions Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot rounded out the top 10.



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