DETROIT -- Scott Dixon led all 60 laps in a shortened Detroit Grand Prix, the only normal part of a wild afternoon of IndyCar racing at Belle Isle.
In between the start and the finish was a two-hour delay for a track surface coming apart, several crashes and rain.
The finish was a swap of last week's Indianapolis 500, with Dixon holding off 500 winner Dario Franchitti for his 28th IndyCar victory, his first win of the season.
"He's been in a class by himself all weekend," Franchitti said of the pole winner. "He was also a wily little fox there (on the last restart)."
Franchitti held off Simon Pagenaud for second, completing a Honda sweep of the podium in a Chevrolet-sponsored race.
Will Power finished fourth, Oriol Servia fifth in Chevrolets.
"It was pretty crazy," said Dixon, who enjoyed the break in the team's transporter. "I had some Frosted Flakes (cereal), came back out and did the last 15 laps."
Thirty laps were trimmed from the scheduled distance because of the uncertainty over the track repairs.
Dixon scored the maximum points of the weekend to pull within 25 points of Power, the series leader.
The delay came as a result of track sealant coming up in several parts of the 14-turn, 2.07-mile street circuit. Several chunks landed in areas at the end of the track, including chalets filled with corporate guests.
Drivers began complaining about the track as early as Lap 5, but the race continued without incident -- for a while. Then, on Lap 39, everything changed.
James Hinchcliffe was following a group of cars through Turn 6 when a large piece of track sealant laying on the track struck his front wing. The debris got under the car and lifted it in the air, breaking traction with the asphalt.
Unable to control the No. 27 machine, Hinchcliffe soared into the large tire barrier, which engulfed him.
Takuma Sato crashed at almost the same point, although his incident was caused by running over the curb.
Hinchcliffe described the sealant debris as "giant pieces" that he and the other competitors had to dodge.
"It was like playing Russian Roulette," he said.
The craters left in the track were described as 2 inches deep by 6 inches wide. There were in several parts of the island circuit.
"A mess," Hinchcliffe said.
A piece of the sealant broke part of Power's front wing, another broke Tony Kanaan's mirror.
Dixon overcomes delay to win shortened Detroit Grand Prix
In Between The Start And The Finish Was A Two-hour Delay For A Track Surface Coming Apart, Several Crashes And Rain.
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