IndyCar Hits The Streets Of The Motor City

Duals In Detroit Features 2 Races In 2 Days

Scott Stiller
June 01, 2018 - 10:11 pm
Scott Dixon No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

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The Verizon IndyCar Series powers into the Motor City this weekend with 2-races in 2-days. The Chevrolet "Duals In Detroit" take place Saturday and Sunday on a 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course set-up through Belle Isle Park.

Drivers hit the streets on Friday for two practice sessions on the bumpy concrete surface. Ryan Hunter-Reay was quickest with a fast lap of 110.791 mph (1 minute, 16.3598 seconds) in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.

"I was really happy with the balance on the DHL car, even to start with," Hunter-Reay said.  "The car was basically doing the fundamentals that I needed it to do, the front was working well and from there we just kept chipping away at it.  It was a good first practice today, but a lot is riding on tomorrow with qualifying and Race 1."

Scott Dixon was 2nd fastest in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda with a speed of 110.781 mph (1:16:3667).

"I think, overall, we had a really good day and I was very happy with our PNC Bank car out there," Dixon said.  "The speed on the black Firestone (primary) tires was really good and the and the car felt quite good on the reds (Firestone alternate tires), after that when we improved the times.  I got into the wall around turn 13 and lost some time, but the car just has a ton of speed."

James Hinchcliffe, who failed to qualify for last weeks Indianapolis 500, was third fastest in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda at 110.611 mph (1:16:4840) despite limited time in the morning session due to brake issues.

"In the first session, we had some issues with the brakes and we were really struggling to get the car to feel the way I wanted," Hinchcliffe said.  "Even on the blacks before I went to the reds, the car got miles better, really just sorted it out and the track came alive.  Then we put the reds on and managed to get a solid time out of it."

Graham Rahal, who swept both races last year, was sixth fastest in the No. 15 United Rentals RLL Honda with a speed of 110.286 mph (1:16:7098)

"The United Rentals car was not bad," Rahal said.  "We certainly weren't great, but out pace is close.  We struggled with the car being very, very loose compared to last year."

Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power was 12th on the chart with a speed of 110.064 mph (1:16:8647).

"Today's practices were not bad," Power said.  "We still have a bit of pace to find compared to the other cars, but the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team is working to find it."

Qualifying for the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear begins Saturday at 10:55 a.m. and will be live-streamed on racecontrol.indycar.com.  The 70-lap race airs live on ABC at 3:30 p.m.

Qualifying for Race 2 is set for 10:45 a.m. on Sunday with race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

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