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The rain, Muñoz, Montoya and Chaves were protagonists in Detroit

The rain that fell throughout the weekend in Detroit, and Colombian drivers Carlos Muñoz, Juan Pablo Montoya and rookie Gabby Chaves were the main protagonists in the double day of Saturday and Sunday in the IndyCar Series.

The rain, which did not stop in the two days, did not prevent that in the first race on Saturday the 23-year-old Muñoz won for the first time in the category, after completing 48 of the 70 laps at the Belle Isle circuit.

Brazilian Helio Castroneves, from Penske, was sixth and best Latin American classified after Muñoz, while Montoya had to settle for tenth place.

Motoya stayed at the top of the standings with 315 points, followed by Will Power, who has 294, and third place is held by New Zealander Scott Dixon (252).

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Castroneves, with 245 points, dropped to fifth place after being overtaken by American Grahan Rahal (246), who is now fourth, while Sebastian Bourdais rose to sixth with 228.

The Colombian Muñoz learned of his triumph on Saturday when he was standing in the pits like the rest of the pilots who had to enter due to the bad weather conditions that occurred on the track, with rain and electric shocks, included.

Although he could not complete 70 laps, Muñoz knew how to maintain the race strategy as he held out on the track on dry tires when everyone had gone through the pits to change to the rain ones, including his teammate Marco Andretti, who did it. did two laps before.

Muñoz took a 30-second lead by going at least 10 seconds faster than the rest of his rivals and that was what allowed him to enter the pits as leader, so when the judges of the race decided to end it.

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Deserved triumph and great team strategy.

In addition to his first IndyCar win, Muñoz became the sixth different winner this season in the seven races that have been contested.

Last Sunday, he won the 99th edition of the Indianapolis Montoya 500, fifteen years after his first conquest.

“I feel happy, but I would have liked to win the race one hundred percent of the laps,” declared Muñoz.

If Muñoz lived his big day on Saturday, on Sunday he had the worst because mechanical problems forced him to abandon and finish last (number 23), in the classification of the test that was won by the French Sebastian Bourdais, of the KVSH Racing team .

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Muñoz dropped to eleventh place with 180 points, Brazilian Tonny Kanaan has 174 and is thirteenth, while another Colombian, Chaves, rose to fifteenth (133) and is the best rookie.

The Latin American winner today was precisely Chaves, who ranked ninth, his best professional record, beating Montoya himself, from the Penske team, who was tenth.

Chaves, 21, who ranked eighteenth in Saturday’s test, was happy today and acknowledged through Twitter that the entire team did a great job.

His compatriots Sebastián Saavedra is twenty-sixth with 47 points and Carlos Huertas thirty (31), followed by Venezuelan rookie Rodolfo González (17), who could not finish either of the two races, from Detroit, and the Spanish Oriol Servía is thirty. third by adding 10 points. EFE

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