Argentine Agustín Canapino (Dallara-Chevrolet) finished fourteenth in the IndyCar Motorsport competition at a street circuit in Detroit this afternoon for the seventh date of the annual calendar of monopostos, the traditional category in the United States. ,
The 33-year-old pilot from Arrecife had started in twentieth place and developed an interesting race plan which allowed him to stay solidly in the second pack in a challenge that consisted of 101 laps on the 2,736-metre track.
The four-time Turismo Carretera champion with a unit from the Juncos Hollinger Racing team finished his run in the top 15 in 21st place. Winner, 421/1000 from Spaniard Alex Palo (Dallara-Honda).
Canapino made a good start, which allowed him to advance in the qualifiers, through neutrality, with an otherwise acceptable performance, turning in around 64 seconds per lap.
As such, and given the delay of several motorists who overtook him due to entering the pits, the Argentine moved up to ninth, averaging 30 laps.
However, when he stopped in the pits for refueling and a tire change, Reef’s No. 78 Dallara-Chevrolet began to slide down the standings.
Even his one small friction with American Colton Herta (Dallara-Honda) prevented Canappino from seeking the top ten places and he had to settle for fourteenth place behind Frenchman Simon Pagenaud (Dallara-Honda) .
Palu had a fierce battle with Australian Will Power (Dallara–Chevrolet), who finished second, 1 second behind. 184/1000. The third step of the podium was for Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Dallara–Chevrolet), who was 4 seconds away. 767/1000.
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon (Dallara-Honda) finished fourth, 7 behind. 568/1000, while American Alexander Rossi (Dallara-Chevrolet), who came in for an escort in the late part of the race, finished fifth, only 10 seconds behind.
The championship standings were as follows: Palau 273 points; Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) 222; Josef Newgarden (USA), 203; Scott Dixon (NZ), 194; Peto O’Ward (Mexico), 191; Alexander Rossi (USA), 176; Scott McLaughlin (NZ), 175.
Canapino is twenty-fourth in the competition with 77 units.
The next race, the eighth of the season, will be held on Sunday the 18th in the city of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with 55 laps on the 6,515 meter long road course.