IZOD IndyCar Series prepares for return to Detroit
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will mark the IZOD IndyCar
Series’ third visit to Detroit, but its first since 2008. The Motor City hosted
Indy car racing from 1989-91 in Downtown Detroit. The race moved to Belle
Isle Park from 1992-2001 and 2007-2008. Who will win the race’s return to
Franchitti looks to continue surge at Detroit
Dario Franchitti has started defense of his IZOD IndyCar Series title slowly,
but looks to have turned his season around after winning the 96th Indianapolis
500. Franchitti, who won at Belle Isle in 1999, has climbed to sixth in the
championship after strong finishes in Brazil and Indy. Can he continue his
march towards a fourth-straight series title with another win in Detroit?
Power looks to rebound at Belle Isle
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is the only road/street course in a
stretch of five-straight races. With a wins at Barber, Long Beach and Sao
Paulo, Will Power finds himself atop the point standings. Power, who was
eliminated in a crash at Indianapolis, saw championship rivals gain ground
Can he pad his lead with another win in Detroit?
Detroit natives look for win as team owners
Three team owners call Detroit home and bring a strong chance to win the
home race for engine manufacturer Chevrolet. Roger Penske played an active
role in bringing back the race in Detroit. His Team Penske has points leader
Will Power, Former Belle Isle race winner Helio Castroneves and Indianapolis
500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe. Penske’s son Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing
returns to the Motor City with four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien
Bourdais and Katherine Legge. Grosse Point native Robbie Buhl, a winner in
Detroit in Indy Lights, is co-owner of Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing,
which fields a Chevrolet for Spain’s Oriol Servia, who finished on the podium
at Belle Isle in 2000.
Helio returns to site of his first fence climb
Helio Castroneves returns to Belle Isle, hoping to climb the fence at the circuit
where he won his first race. Castroneves has two victories and two poles at
Belle Isle for team owner Roger Penske’s team. Can he win again at the
Captain’s home track?
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