Detroit Sunday Weather It's Michigan, where weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable. However, the latest forecast has lowered the chance of rain to 20%, citing only a possibility of a stray thunderstorm. As of 2:10 pm, there was no rain in the State of Michigan.
Detroit Grand Prix Qualification results for Race 2 Takuma Sato's smile from Indy continued this morning as he grabbed the pole for the second Detroit Grand Prix race. Ryan Hunter-Reay will start alongside Taku, followed by yesterday's winner Graham Rahal. Helio Castroneves will start 4th, the top-qualifying Chevy.
Carlos Munoz found the wall in the first qualification session, severely limiting qualifying time. The rules for this race is that each group gets 12 minutes, with only 5 minutes of green flag guaranteed. Ryan Hunter-Reay put together one last hot lap after the track was reopened to grab the top spot in that group, second overall.
Once again, the qualification set a new track record for the current configuration of the Detroit Grand Prix.
1 26 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 01:13.6732 114.831 2 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 01:15.2833 112.376 3 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 01:13.8105 114.618 4 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 01:15.5279 112.012 5 5 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 01:13.8264 114.593 6 7 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 01:16.0371 111.261 7 12 Power, Will D/C/C/F 01:13.9449 114.410 8 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 01:16.1727 111.063 9 27 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 01:14.0339 114.272 10 4 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 01:16.1732 111.063 11 1 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 01:14.0765 114.206 12 83 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 01:16.1800 111.053 13 2 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 01:14.1814 114.045 14 98 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 01:16.2884 110.895 15 10 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 01:14.3287 113.819 16 8 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 01:16.5150 110.567 17 19 Jones, Ed (R) D/H/H/F 01:14.7786 113.134 18 21 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 01:18.6272 107.596 19 18 Gutierrez, Esteban (R) D/H/H/F 01:15.0055 112.792 20 16 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 01:21.4485 103.869 21 20 Pigot, Spencer D/C/C/F 01:15.8491 111.537 22 14 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F No Time No Speed
Sunday morning update from Detroit GP It is a wet morning here at the Detroit Grand Prix. It is not raining hard at the moment. The real storms are predicted for later this afternoon, which might give the series a chance to run on the new rain tire developed almost two years ago and has yet to be used in race conditions. As long as there is no lightning in the area. And this might shake up the championship race even more.
With big Chevy banners strung up around Belle Isle, Honda put it to their arch rival on Saturday
The tide has definitely turned in IndyCar as Honda put it to Chevy in the Chevy sponsored Detroit GP Race 1 on Saturday. And it was right in Chevy's backyard with Chevy brass in attendance.
Starting from the pole, Graham Rahal dominated Saturday's opening Verizon IndyCar Series race of a double header weekend in Detroit, leading virtually from flag-to-flag and spearheading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep at the Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit.
Rahal drove a flawless race – leading 55 of 70 laps, making his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team's two-stop pit strategy work perfectly and beating fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon to the checkered flag by six seconds in the first of the annual doubleheader at Belle Isle.
Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 ended as it started – as a two-man show with pole-sitter Kyle Larson on top.
Larson and Ryan Blaney were in a class by themselves at Dover International Speedway in the 11th NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season. In winning for the third time in six starts this year, Larson led 137 of the 200 laps to Blaney’s 28.
Sportscar veteran Stephane Sarrazin will replace Esteban Gutierrez at the Techeetah Formula E team for the remainder of the 2016-17 season now that IndyCar team owner Dale Coyne decided to run Gutierrez in his No. 18 Honda until primary driver Sebastien Bourdais recovers from his Indianapolis 500 injuries. That deal was brokered by former CART driver and Gutierrez manager Adrian Fernandez.
Video: Detroit GP Race 1 Highlights Race 1 shot list: • Beauty shots from Belle Isle of Windsor, Canada, (left) and Detroit Michigan (right) • Aerial over Fountain Point • Aerial of the James Scott Memorial Fountain
Tanner Foust Wins Round 3 in Thompson Claiming his 13th win in official Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) competition, Tanner Foust drove his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC to victory over VARX teammate Scott Speed and Mitchell DeJong at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut.
Entering his fourth season with Indianapolis-based Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX), Foust also boasts 73 heat race wins, 37 podiums, four X Games gold medals and two championships in GRC competition, in addition to his wins.
Legge at Indy? Andy Lally and Katherine Legge won the GTD (that's GT3 to the rest of the world) race in IMSA today. Prior to that, team owner Michael Shank was amazed at how much his people learned by going to Indy and hanging out with the Andretti people. Shank, as we reported, is definitely interested in going back for another Indy 500 run.
Tomorrow at Detroit The weather forecast calls for 50-60% chance of thunderstorms during tomorrow's race. Rain shouldn't be an issue during the morning, only the afternoon, but (as the joke goes) this **IS** Michigan, where weather forecasts are not always accurate. While this will no doubt make the race much more entertaining, it does raise the issue that Belle Isle doesn't have that many places for fans to get out of severe weather. Look for officials to play it safe if threatening weather comes this way.
Toyota sold all its Tesla shares Toyota Motor Corp. said on Saturday it had sold all shares in Tesla Inc. by the end of 2016, having cancelled its tie-up with the U.S. automaker to jointly develop electric vehicles.
In 2010, Japan's biggest automaker acquired around a 3 percent stake in the Palo Alto, Calif.-based automaker for $50 million.
Graham Rahal on Courtney's Engine Explosion Mrs. Rahal, your husband is one the phone.... AR1 spoke with Graham Rahal about his wife's, Courtney Force, engine explosion at the NHRA qualifying yesterday. "It Is obviously is not a good thing to see. To say I wasn't that pleased last night puts it on a light note." Force was not hurt in the incident.
Video: Q&A with Michael Shank at the Detroit GP AR1.com's Lucille Dust and Tim Wohlford talk to Sportscar team owner Mike Shank about his Indy 500 experience with Andretti Autosport and his future plans at the Detroit GP where his Acura NSX team is racing in the IMSA race Comment
Detroit, Still on a Comeback! Stop the Presses! Detroit's road course is bumpy! Okay, not exactly news there -- Oriol Servia joked around with us talking about bouncing around in car, that it's bumpier than he remembers. And yes, it's bumpy.
But Oriol wasn't here last year -- his last time was 2012. Since that time, concrete bits were added that weren't there before, which have become quite bumpy. However, over the winter, the back stretch got repaved, and a fix for the bumpy concrete sections is already in the works. "It's like a lounge chair" compared to last year commented Charlie Kimball.
Claire Williams wants us to cut her ride-buyer some slack
Claire Williams, sticking up for the spoon that feeds her team
Claire Williams has told critics of 18-year-old Lance Stroll to cut him some slack as he crashes the FW40 almost every race. The ride-buying rich Canadian with a billionaire father has finished only twice in the first six races and has been consistently off the pace of teammate Felipe Massa - an old man that Williams had originally put out to pasture.
Stroll has received heavy criticism across the motorsport community, but Williams has said that it is not justified due to how tough it is for a rookie to come in and race at 18-years-old: "There's a lot of pressure on Lance's shoulders and we all have to remember how young he is still," Williams told ESPN. "The transition between a junior Formula and Formula One is huge and I think people underestimate that.
Another beautiful day on Belle Isle. There is no rain in the forecast for today but tomorrow we could see rain.
Qualifying today and tomorrow will a different format than IndyCar usually follows on road and street courses. The drivers have been assigned to a qualifying group 1 or 2 based on their times in the Friday afternoon practice session. Each group will go out for 12 minutes, with a guaranteed 5 minutes of green time. The fastest driver between both groups will be on pole. Then the groups will line up by their remaining times within their group.
Courtney Force grabbed the headlines during the first round of qualifying at the NHRA New England Nationals when her Advance Auto Parts entry suffered a massive engine explosion (see video below) at the end of a track-record run that placed the second-generation Funny Car driver No. 1 on the qualifying sheets.
Force sisters, Enders lead opening day at NHRA New England Nationals
It was ladies day in Epping with Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) leading their respective classes after Friday's qualifying rounds at the NHRA New England Nationals.
Brittany Force raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday night at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the ninth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. If all three women maintain qualifying leads it would be the first time in NHRA history that all three No. 1 qualifiers are female.
Meijer Fan Zone Offers Something for Fans of All Ages at Chevrolet Detroit GP DETROIT, Mich. (June 3, 2017) – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear features world-class racing on track, but off the track the fun and entertainment is just as exciting in the Meijer Fan Zone.
After entering the Grand Prix and going through the midway, fans walk over the Chevrolet Bridge to the enter the Meijer Fan Zone, which includes something for fans of all ages. Live music, Detroit-themed food and beverages, interactive displays, the chance to meet some of Detroit’s legendary athletes, extreme sports demonstrations and more await fans all three days of the Grand Prix on Belle Isle.
Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal swapped top honors in today's practice sessions for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear - the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
After Rahal led the morning's 45-minute practice and Castroneves ran second, the veteran drivers exchanged spots in the afternoon. Castroneves' lap of 1 minute, 15.1511 seconds (112.573 mph) in the second practice put the driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet atop the combined speed chart for the day.
Detroit GP Mid-day report (Update) UPDATE Add video below.
With the first practice session under his belt, Esteban Gutierrez held his first IndyCar press session today. Gutierrez commented about his coming to the series, "Obviously my first goal right now is to feel comfortable, to learn. I have a great team behind me supporting me, giving me all the available information for me to get up to speed as quick as possible, right, because we know that coming from a Formula 1 experience, from Formula E, takes a bit of time to get used to a different car, especially coming into a weekend where there is quite few practice and track time."
NFL blocks Earnhardt sponsor Hendrick Motorsports on Friday announced the Eagles paint scheme it planned on running on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevy during the June 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway "violated an NFL rule that club marks cannot be used in connection with the promotion or presentation of another sport." The Eagles logo was going to "promote the Axalta All-Pro Teachers program." ESPN.com
IndyCar's Detroit Grand Prix Features Record Sponsor Support
General Motors brass Ken Morris Executive VP Mark Reuss will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car
The Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix has signed a "record number of partners" headed into the Friday-Sunday race weekend.
Of this year's 77 partners, "there are 17 newcomers while a dozen have increased their level of support."
Presenting sponsor Lear, a partner since '15, will "boost its presence" on Belle Isle this weekend with "displays on the track, the Midway, its corporate chalet and through sponsorship of the No. 119 Lear Corp. truck in the Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series with driver Arie Luyendyk Jr." CRAINSDETROIT.com
Crutchlow tops opening day at Mugello while Vinales crashes After Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) led the way in FP1 under the sunny Tuscan skies of the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, two-time GP winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) struck back in the afternoon to take to the top late in FP2 -- just heading 'DesmoDovi' by 0.029 on combined times. German rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) impressed to complete the top three on the first day of running.
Another impressive performance as action opened in Italy saw Ducati test rider Michele Pirro end Friday in fourth with his time from FP1, taking some serious scalps to just head Championship leader Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Vinales’ fastest lap was also from Friday morning to put him fifth on combined, with the 2013 Moto3 World Champion suffering a big crash in the afternoon at Arrabiata 2 – rider ok.
Dillon Would Love To Celebrate Another Big Victory at Brickyard 400
Austin Dillon's house had a distinct, unusual smell earlier this week, but he didn't think for a second to call the cleaners or open a cluster of air fresheners.
Dillon returned to his home in North Carolina in the very early darkness of Monday morning, May 29, where his friends were waiting in his barn to celebrate his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory a few hours earlier in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon was unable to perform a celebratory burnout at the start-finish line because his No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet ran out of gas shortly after he executed a daring fuel strategy to win.
Newly-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will continue to carry Ruoff Home Mortgage on his No. 26 machine into the upcoming double-header weekend in Detroit. The Indiana-based company, which joined the Andretti Autosport partnership portfolio just in time to drink the milk, takes on a Major Associate sponsorship placing Ruoff Home Mortgage once again with Sato.
Mark Music, President & CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage stated, "What you can definitely feel is the excitement that has been built around Takuma's win at the Indianapolis 500 and we wanted to continue that partnership with Sato and Andretti Autosport for this race. Our 450+ employees, in particular, are extremely excited with the incredible performance of Takuma Sato and are happy to continue our relationship into Detroit."
Indy 500 proves all races should be blacked out in local market The number of empty seats at this year's Indy 500 were alarming given all the Fernando Alonso hype. While it's still the biggest crowd in all of motorsports, it was far from a sellout this year. Yet there are some idiots out there who are suggesting the local TV blackout should be lifted. (See photos below)
As we have written previously, since NASCAR stopped blacking out all their races in the local market, attendance has plummeted. If the Indy 500 isn't sold out, which it never is since Tony George took his hammer to the sport, the only way they will get anywhere near 300,000 on race day is to have a local TV blackout. If they make it live, attendance will drop by 1/3 to 1/2 overnight. NASCAR has proved that for years.
Good morning from the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. We are back on the historic Island that is a 982 acre park in the Detroit river, separating the United States and Canada. Since 2013, the format has been two separate races, one held Saturday and one Sunday. Both races pay full points and there is a qualifying session each morning for the race that will start at 3:45 pm both days. Weather should be perfect on Friday and Saturday with upper 70s and sunshine.
Google to test wireless at NASCAR races Google wants to test 3.5GHz radios at four NASCAR speedways over the summer and tells the FCC that CBRS technology is now part of a "secret commercially valuable plan" for the tech giant. In redacted documentation dated April 28, 2017, Google asked the FCC for "Special Temporary Authority (STA)" to test 3.5GHz technology at raceways. The STA was granted on May 22. The tracks: Michigan in June; Bristol in August; Darlington in September; Richmond in September. More at Light Reading
Alexis DeJoria will return to the seat of her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry at this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H.
“I’m excited to get back to racing,” said the four-time Funny Car winner, who has been tending to a private family matter. “I want to thank everyone for their support these past few weeks. Missing races is never easy and certainly not a decision that was made lightly. I can’t wait to get back at it and resume the fight for our spot in the top-10 this weekend.”
IndyCar has been in Long Beach since 1984. Will 2018 be its last?
Below Jim Michaelian makes the case why the City of Long Beach should stay with IndyCar and Chris Pook makes the case why F1 would be far better.
Michaelian: Long Beach Grand Prix has no reason to shift gears now
The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach has enjoyed an extraordinary relationship with the city of Long Beach for the past 43 years. During that time, the city has become a vibrant community, attractive to business, residents and tourists.
And over those years the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has become the largest three-day attended street race -- with crowds of 183,000-plus -- in the world. It is the biggest IndyCar race other than the Indianapolis 500.
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