GM cleans up in Detroit

Helio Castroneves’ victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on Sunday capped a weekend in which Chevrolet and Cadillac combined to win five races run in the Verizon IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series held on The Raceway of Belle Isle, a 2.3-mile, 13-turn street course near the manufacturers’ world headquarters.

“Racing and performance are important parts of our heritage," said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “For Chevrolet and Cadillac to combine to win five races this weekend, right here in our own backyard, demonstrates the preparation, teamwork, determination and never-give-up attitude by our Chevrolet and Cadillac teams."

Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, led a race-high 42 laps en route to pacing a podium sweep for Chevrolet; Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) and Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) finished second and third, respectively. Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) completed a 1-2-3-4 Chevy finish.

Castroneves’ victory came one day after Power reached Victory Lane. Power led 21 of the 70 laps en route to his second win of the season and 23rd of his career. Tony Kanaan, in the No. 10 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished third to put two Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers on the podium. Earlier Saturday, Castroneves won the pole for his first Verizon P1 Award of the season. Power is now the points leader by 19 over Castroneves.

Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor drove their No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) to victory in the TUDOR SportsCar Championship Chevrolet SportsCar Classic on Saturday. Richard Westbrook (No. 90 Visit Florida Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP) won the pole and finished second.

Johnny O’Connell, driver of the No. 3 Cadillac CTS.V.R, swept both Saturday’s and Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge Series Cadillac Grand Prix of Belle Isle GT races from the pole. O’Connell, the series points leader, now has five wins in six series starts at Belle Isle. His teammate, Andy Pilgrim (No. 8 Cadillac CTS.V.R) was runner-up in Sunday’s race.

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