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His excitement didn’t last long.

Wilson didn’t complete a lap before he was knocked out of the race because of a suspension failure. The Dale Coyne Racing team fixed the problem well enough to get Wilson back on the track later in the race, but he completed just 28 of the 60 laps.

“Not a great day,” he said. “We brushed the wall, bent the wishbone and I’m really disappointed with that. That ended our day pretty much. The guys worked hard trying to give us a good car and we got caught up.”


SUH SPEED: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the grand marshal of the Detroit Grand Prix after serving in the same role at the Phoenix 500 NASCAR race earlier this year.

“It’s definitely a blast for me to be here,” Suh said. “I’ve love racing ever since I had an opportunity to get into it. My first race out here would have been at MIS (Michigan International Speedway) with NASCAR. And then I’ve gone across the world and ventured off, and been to Formula One and obviously the Indianapolis 500.”

“You get to hear those engines roar, and you get that thrill. It’s like getting ready to start the beginning of a football game or being lucky enough to introduce Kid Rock at one of his concerts.”

Suh was among the celebrities in last year’s Gumball 3000 Rally, a seven-day car race stretching across 10 European countries.


SPARK PLUGS: IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed before Sunday’s race that an August event scheduled in China may not happen. “We have a backup plan,” he said, declining to provide details. … Graham Rahal and Simona de Silvestro were pushed back 10 spots on the grid at the start of the race, getting penalized by IndyCar for unapproved engine changes at Indianapolis 500. Rahal started 17th and finished 19th while de Silvestro went from 25 to 13.