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Wickens moves up to sixth in IndyCar standings

DETROIT – Guelph’s Robert Wickens stands sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings following a sixth-place finish Sunday in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Duals weekend.

Wickens completed the 70-lap distance around the 2.35-mile circuit in one hour, 34 minutes and 25.5182 seconds. That left him 34.9398 seconds behind Ryan Hunter-Reay, the winner.

The Guelphite led six laps during the early stages of the race making him the only driver other than pole-sitter Alexander Rossi and Hunter-Reay to lead. Wickens had qualified second for the race.

“Mixed emotions today,” he is quoted on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team’s website. “When you start on the front row, you hope to be fighting for a podium. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find the balance to increase the tire longevity to compete. We committed to the three-stop strategy pretty early on and we took the lead for a little bit in the second stint, and I honestly thought things were looking pretty good. We had to pit a bit early which is how we lost out to Hunter-Reay, and then we just kept losing track position not coming out in clean air.

“Coming home in the Lucas Oil car P6 – we can’t really complain… We qualified third on Saturday, second today, so you hope to at least finish in the top five both days. I think we are a little disappointed, but a good points weekend.”

Wickens leaves Detroit in sixth with 232 points. Indy 500 winner Will Power, who was second Sunday, leads the series with 309 while Scott Dixon, Saturday’s winner, is second at 304. They’re followed by Rossi in third at 298, Hunter-Reay fourth at 278 and Josef Newgarden fifth at 270. Graham Rahal is seventh at 221, Marco Andretti eighth at 197, Sebastien Bourdais ninth at 194 and Simon Pagenaud 10th at 188.

Next race in the series is Saturday’s DXC Technology 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race is to start at 8 p.m.

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