Archive for May 31, 2015

Race 2 of Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans

• Race notes: A wet, raw day is forecast for the Detroit area. Rain tires with a grooved tread pattern that improves grip, control and helps prevent hydroplaning could be used throughout the 70-lap/two-hour timed (whichever comes first) event. Each entry was allotted seven sets for the race weekend. … If the circuit remains wet throughout, the strategy obviously changes — even from Race 1, when teams picked the best time to switch from rain tires to slicks and back again.

• Qualifications: The Verizon P1 Award for the pole position will be awarded to the best overall lap time in the two qualifying sessions divided into two groups of 12 minutes each of track time. The remainder of the cars in the same group as the Verizon P1 Award winner will be ranked in the odd-numbered race starting positions based on fastest lap times. Even-numbered starting positions will be determined from the other group based on fastest lap times.

Watch it at 11:25 a.m. (ET) with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast on http://www.RaceControl.indycar.com.

Qualifying groups

For Race 1, Will Power led a Team Penske 1-2-3 sweep of the top positions with a qualifying lap record in the Firestone Fast Six session at 1 minute, 16.0941 seconds (111.178 mph). Ride along with Power on the circuit HERE.

• Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar, #DetroitGP, #IndyCar

• Tickets and information: www.DetroitGP.com

At-track schedule (all times Eastern):
10:20 a.m. – Systems check
11:25-11:55 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series group qualifications, two groups, 12 minutes each
3:50 p.m. – Green flag

• TV: ABC will telecast the race beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis are the pit reporters.

• Web: Streaming video of practice sessions and qualifications available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com and augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts. … Timing & Scoring and the radio broadcasts are available for the races.

• Radio: Paul Page is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Qualifying and all Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app.

• INDYCAR 15 app: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR 15 app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and include interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan’s favorite driver is positioned, leaderboard with enhanced 2D marching ants and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter as drivers talk strategy with their pit crews during the race. Download it HERE.

Course: 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise race direction)
Distance: 70 laps / 164.5 miles
Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 15 seconds each (both races)
Fuel allotment: 60 gallons
Pit box size: 38 feet x 18 feet

• Race 1: Carlos Munoz earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory, with Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti finishing second. READ

• Of note: Mark Reuss, the top product development executive at General Motors, will be the honorary pace car driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk is the pace car driver for the race. … Racing at Belle Isle Park dates to 1992, when the first temporary course was constructed for a CART race. Bobby Rahal was the winner. … The Raceway at Belle Isle Park hosted two Verizon IndyCar races on the same weekend for the first time in 2013. It was also the inaugural doubleheader weekend in series history. … At 1:15 p.m. May 31, Smashmouth performs in concert at Belle Isle. … Shay Lewis will perform the Canadian national anthem and Jeff Gutt, 2013 “The X-Factor” runner-up, will perform the U.S. national anthem before Race 2.

Data and Photography courtesy of IndyCar

Image by Joe Skibinski

Chris Jones3

DETROIT (May 30, 2015) Carlos Munoz earned his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory as severe weather prompted a red flag with 47 of 70 scheduled laps of Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Munoz, 23, joins Carlos Huertas and Josef Newgarden as Verizon IndyCar Series race winners born in the 1990s, and he joins Newgarden as a first-time winner this season. There have been six different winners in the seven races, and for the second consecutive race the winner is a native of Colombia. Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24.

Munoz, who started 20th in the AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda, picked up the lead on Lap 40 when Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti pitted for fuel and Firestone rain tires in anticipation of rain returning to the area. Munoz remained on track for an additional two laps, building a 26-second lead on Andretti, before also pitting for rain tires.

Chris Jones

“I wanted to win 100 percent and with all the laps,” said Munoz, who joined Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud as drivers who claimed their first Indy car victory at Belle Isle. “Racing is racing, which is what happened with the weather. It was a great call with the strategy and a great result for the team with a 1-2 (finish). I had the fuel to go laps longer. I wanted to get my first win by doing all the laps, but I’m really happy for my team.”

Andretti led a field-high 23 laps in the No. 27 Merchant First/Snapple Honda and secured his first top-three finish since the Indianapolis 500 last May.

“(Strategy) started very early in the race. We were running eighth and we had a bunch of strong guys in the front so it seemed like a no-brainer (to pit for Firestone primary tires on Lap 9) as long as I could keep it off the fence, which we were able to do,” Andretti said. “At the end I really didn’t want to come in, but we needed to get some fuel, and I knew whoever stayed out would beat me. It was good for an Andretti Autosport 1-2.”

It was the second victory of the season for Honda and its first 1-2 finish of the year.

Added team owner Michael Andretti, race strategist for the No. 27 entry: “In races like this, anything can happen and I felt very confident in our guys that they would get the job done.”

Pagenaud picked up his first podium finish in the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and pole sitter Will Power placed fourth and Scott Dixon was fifth.

“Today was all about team effort and I can’t thank the 22 crew enough for a good strategy and a great call at any time,” Pagenaud said. “It was very dicey. We never knew when the rain was going to come. We could only look at the radar, but on the racetrack it wasn’t raining when they called me in so we had a few communications exchanges. We stayed out a bit longer and then made the call at the perfect time to jump to third and then get a first podium with Team Penske. I’m over the moon right now.”

Power is 11 points behind Team Penske teammate Montoya, who placed 10th, heading into the second scheduled 70-lap race on Belle Isle. Qualifications are at 11:25 a.m. (ET) May 31, with the race at 3:30 p.m.

Photos courtesy of IndyCar

Images by Chris Jones