WATCH: Racer Dodges Crashes To Clinch Detroit Grand Prix
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
DETROIT -- Simon Pagenaud took advantage of a series of restarts, making moves each time to thrive in a crash-filled Detroit Grand Prix for his first IndyCar victory.
The Frenchman finished 5.6 seconds in front of James Jakes on Sunday in the second of two races on Belle Isle.
"Luckily enough, my reflexes are pretty sharp," Pagenaud said.
The reigning IndyCar Rookie of the Year hadn't finished better than second in 39 IndyCar and Champ Car races, a fact he thought about late in the race.
"Those last two laps were very emotional in the car, but I kept saying, `Keep pushing,'" he recalled. "When I crossed the finish line, it was a sweet moment."
Jakes, meanwhile, was a little salty that the start-and-stop nature of the race hurt his chances of winning an IndyCar event for the first time.
"Whenever we managed to get in a rhythm, the yellow flags kept coming out," Jakes said.
Mike Conway, who won Saturday's race with just three cautions, finished third.
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