IndyCar: Sunday Morning from Detroit, Rossi tops morning warm-up (Update)

Alexander Rossi in his #27 NAPA Honda topped the morning warm up for today’s Detroit GP IndyCar race, the final race on Belle Isle before the race moves downtown in 2023.

Honda-powered cars swept the top-7 times.

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Speed Engine Team
1 27 Alexander Rossi 1:15.5816 0.000s 0.000s 111.932 Honda Andretti Autosport
2 8 Marcus Ericsson 1:15.9213 0.3397 0.3397 111.431 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:15.9755 0.3939 0.0542 111.352 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
4 30 Christian Lundgaard 1:16.1116 0.5300 0.1361 111.153 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
5 10 Alex Palou 1:16.1747 0.5931 0.0631 111.060 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
6 60 Simon Pagenaud 1:16.1838 0.6022 0.0091 111.047 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
7 26 Colton Herta 1:16.3035 0.7219 0.1197 110.873 Honda Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
8 5 Pato O’Ward 1:16.4047 0.8231 0.1012 110.726 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
9 15 Graham Rahal 1:16.7595 1.1779 0.3548 110.214 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
10 7 Felix Rosenqvist 1:16.7702 1.1886 0.0107 110.199 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
11 21 Rinus VeeKay 1:16.8460 1.2644 0.0758 110.090 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
12 28 Romain Grosjean 1:16.8628 1.2812 0.0168 110.066 Honda Andretti Autosport
13 51 Takuma Sato 1:17.2420 1.6604 0.3792 109.526 Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR
14 06 Helio Castroneves 1:17.3837 1.8021 0.1417 109.325 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
15 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 1:17.4347 1.8531 0.0510 109.253 Honda Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
16 20 Conor Daly 1:17.4380 1.8564 0.0033 109.249 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
17 12 Will Power 1:17.4521 1.8705 0.0141 109.229 Chevy Team Penske
18 18 David Malukas 1:17.5398 1.9582 0.0877 109.105 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
19 14 Kyle Kirkwood 1:17.5480 1.9664 0.0082 109.094 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
20 2 Josef Newgarden 1:17.6678 2.0862 0.1198 108.925 Chevy Team Penske
21 3 Scott McLaughlin 1:17.8730 2.2914 0.2052 108.638 Chevy Team Penske
22 77 Santino Ferrucci 1:18.5049 2.9233 0.6319 107.764 Chevy Juncos Hollinger Racing
23 45 Jack Harvey 1:19.1576 3.5760 0.6527 106.875 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
24 48 Jimmie Johnson 1:19.3103 3.7287 0.1527 106.670 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
25 4 Dalton Kellett 1:19.4306 3.8490 0.1203 106.508 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
26 11 Tatiana Calderon 1:19.6684 4.0868 0.2378 106.190 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises

June 5, 2022 

Good morning from the final NTT INDYCAR Series race from Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, after 30 races in this location since 1992.  The weather today might be wet for the warm-up at 10:15 am,  but not around race time.  It has been lightly raining this morning. Temperatures are expected to reach 72 degrees by the scheduled race green flag at 3:45 pm.

The starting grid is a bit shuffled today.  Six-time series champion Scott Dixon, 2022 race winner Colton Herta and 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi were prevented from their final attempt to advance to the Firestone Fast Six when Romain Grosjean crashed in the final seconds of the second round of qualifying yesterday. All three of these drivers were having good runs, but that session ended with a checkered and red flag which prevented them from posting a faster lap.

Grosjean’s No. 28 Zapata/DHL Andretti Autosport entry clipped the barrier inside Turn 12, breaking a toe link in the suspension and causing the car to spin and make contact with the barrier on the outside of the corner. Grosjean was unhurt, but the car suffered heavy damage.   He was cleared to drive by the IndyCar medical staff.


Kyle Kirkwood. Penske Entertainment: Chris Owens

Kyle Kirkwood will start 15th as his eventful weekend continues. He led practice Friday, but his No. 14 ROKiT/AJ FOYT RACING entry nosed into the tire barrier in Turn 7 after side-to-side contact with Malukas during practice Saturday morning.

The shunt into the tire barrier was caused by a mechanical issue and resulted in Kirkwood missing most of the Saturday’s practice session.  He sustained a sprain to his right hand but was able to make it out for qualifying four hours later.


Josef Newgarden. Penske Entertainment: Chris Owens

The alternative tires might be an issue for this race.  Even though Firestone creates a compound for this 80% concrete track, the red (alternative) tires were not the favorite tire from last year’s races.   But the temperatures were also in the 90s  last year.

Josef Newgarden, the Team Penske polesitter, told the media his thoughts on the alternative tire usage during the race.

“I think it’s going to be a similar case to last year where we learned it was difficult to understand whether you should take your medicine early or late. Seems like the red tires are more fragile. So it makes it interesting. Do you want durability or do you want a little speed to start the race? I think we will get that equation in a better spot than last year. We got pipped at the very end of the race, but we can do the job.”


It is disappointing to think we will not race again in this beautiful park, which is someplace to explore if you ever visit Detroit.  It definitely will surprise you with all the different attractions inside.

Stay tuned to AR1 for race day updates.

Lucille Dust reporting live from Belle Isle in Detroit