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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – wrapping up the 2019 doubleheader

By Steve Wittich 2019 marks the tenth year that the Penske Corporation has promoted an NTT IndyCar Series event in the Motor City, and each year the staff and 1000 volunteers led by Michael Ritchie make meaningful improvements to the event each year. Grand Prix Chairman uses the phrase “inclusion not exclusion” when discussing the…

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SPOILER – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Sunday – 5:59pm – Rough Race Notes – SPOILER

By Steve Wittich Here are my undedited, rough, as they ran race notes – there will be many mistakes For the 27th time, the NTT IndyCar Series got the green flag on Belle Isle. The command to start the twin-turbo, direct inject V6 engines was given by General Motors executive Barry Engle. The two-seater was…

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Sunday – Pre Dual II grid walk

I’m going to try something different and add notes and photos to this post as I walk the grid. This is going to be a three stop race – unless there is A LOT of early yellow for the drivers starting on reds – expect a lot of drivers on those reds dive to pit…

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Sunday – 12:30 pm – Newgarden and Rossi continue weekend dominance in qualifying

By Steve Wittich A dominating weekend by Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden began with the first practice on Friday morning, includes Saturday’s qualifying and race and continued into this morning’s qualifying session. For the second straight day, the pair of Americans will start on the front row in Motown. Rossi started on pole yesterday, but…

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Sunday – Happy Race Day Take 2!

By Steve Wittich Good morning from an overcast and cool Belle Isle, where according to @Indycar_wxman, the NTT IndyCar Series teams and drivers should have no problem completing the 70-lap Chevrolet Dual II today. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO TWEET Here is Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation schedule. TIME EVENT 8am…

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Saturday – 11pm – A few final things on Saturday night

  By Steve Wittich Here a few more notes before I call it a night. I have plenty more, but it will have to wait until tomorrow morning. It’s time for some sleep. Before today, Josef Newgarden’s average finish in the Motor City was a mediocre 11.7. Newgarden set the fastest lap of the race,…

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SPOILER – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Saturday – 6:45 pm – Rough Race Notes – SPOILER

Rough race notes as it ran – lots and lots of errors Cars were pushed out to the grid at 4:25pm when the lightning moved out of the area. The twin-turbo, direct inject V6 engines were fired at 4:55 pm. With a light rain still falling, the start was declared wet and was single file….

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Saturday – 3:05 pm – Weather Update #1 – on hold until at least 4 pm.

Here’s a quick weather update for you. At about 2:35 pm fans were asked to seek shelter for incoming weather. The NTT IndyCar Series teams had their cars lined up to head to pit road for the pre-race but towed them back to the paddock. The sky is really dark, and the area is under…

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Saturday – 12:50 pm – starting line up and tire designation

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation – Saturday – 12:20 pm – more from Carlin, including some personal moves

By Steve Wittich I have a quick update to the Carlin and O’Ward story from earlier. There have also been some changes in the engineering department at Carlin. Matt Greasley, who engineered Charlie Kimball at St. Petersburg and for the Indianapolis 500 and Patricio O’Ward at the other races has moved to the No. 59…

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