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Will Power won his first race of the 2022 IndyCar season

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Joey Logano won the Enjoy Illinois 300 in overtime after passing Kyle Busch on the white flag lap. Busch and Logano dueled throughout OT but Busch moved up the track in turn three of the final lap as Logano cruised by for a victory by .655 seconds

“Kyle and I have raced each other for a long time now,” Logano said after the race. “I even think back to when we raced Xfinity cars before I moved up to Cup. We were racing each other for wins a lot earlier in my career. To still do that today, it’s pretty cool, right? Kyle is one of the best in the sport. I knew it was going to be a slugfest right there until the end.” 

It was Logano’s second Cup Series win this season and the 29th of his career. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by his brother Kurt Busch, with Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola rounding out the Top 5 on Sunday. After 15 races Chase Elliott sits atop the Cup Series standings, followed by Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Blaney and Martin Truex Jr.

At the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday Will Power held off a hard charging Alexander Rossi to secure his 41st career IndyCar victory and first this season. Power won by 1.0027 seconds, but Rossi stormed back after being behind the race leader by 12.128 seconds with 10 laps left in the race.

“I knew if I could keep a reasonable gap until the end, we’d be OK,” Power said after the race.

Scott Dixon finished third, with Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward rounding out the Top 5 on Sunday. Power currently leads the championship standings, followed by Marcus Ericsson, Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou and Josef Newgarden.

Red Bull Racing Sergio Perez
(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

News & Notes:

Red Bull F1 driver Sergio Perez won the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29 and two days later he signed a two-year contract extension to stay with his squad until the end of 2024.

“For me, this has been an incredible week, winning the Monaco Grand Prix is a dream for any driver and then to follow that with announcing I will continue with the Team until 2024 just makes me extremely happy,” Perez said.

The F1 veteran signed with Red Bull in 2021 after spending the previous seven seasons with Force India/Racing Point. Perez is currently third in the driver standings.

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Image courtesy of NASCAR

NASCAR announced that Phoenix Raceway will host the 2023 NASCAR Championship Weekend. Phoenix Raceway has hosted the NASCAR Championship Weekend since 2020.

“This historic achievement wouldn’t be possible without the outpouring of support the community and our fans continue to show for events at our facility,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese.

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi has signed a multi-year contract with Arrow McLaren SP that starts in 2023. Rossi has driven for Andretti Autosport since 2016 and before coming to IndyCar he was an F1 test driver for Caterham , 2012-2014, and a reserve driver for Marussia F1/Manor from 2014-2016.

“He is someone we have had our eye on for some time and we’re excited to see what he’ll do as a part of Arrow McLaren SP,” said Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing.

The Nevada City, California native won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and has seven career IndyCar race victories.

Acura Motorsports today released the first images of their electrified Acura ARX-06 LMDh prototype that will race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship hybrid-powered GTP category beginning in 2023.

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Acura ARX-06 Prototype – Image courtesy of Acura

The Acura ARX-06’s [Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 6] exterior design was led by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif., in conjunction with Honda Performance Development. Acura will partner with Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing organizations in 2023.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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