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Indycar 2022 Round 7: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix


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#1 Risil

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 21:34

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Indycar is back!!! Following a speedy turnaround, your favourite international oval-inclusive single-seater circus leaves Indianapolis Motor Speedway for another, er, two months, and arrives at the bumpy, twisty and relatively bucolic circuit at Belle Isle Park within the Detroit River. This will, regrettably, be the last time the Indycar series visits the 2.35-mile parkland circuit as in his wisdom and serenity Roger Penske is moving the Detroit event to a rectangular layout outside the Renaissance Center downtown. So, one last chance to post that Montoya qualifying lap, one last chance to list all the different track surfaces that make up the circuit, one last chance to reminisce about the Carlos Munoz’s only Indycar victory. Well, maybe.
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It’s only one race this year, so no chance of a repeat of last year when we were spoiled by Will Power’s car not switching on after Felix Rosenqvist’s red flag and Marcus Ericsson inheriting his first Indycar victory (times change?), and Pato O’Ward qualifying 16th and dashing through the field in the closing stages to win his second Indycar race. O’Ward went on to feature in the championship run-in, Ericsson did not. This time? We’ll see. More on that directly below.
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A brief study of the points standings indicates that after a solid, even miraculous two weeks, Marcus Ericsson has jumped from an uneventful eighth in points to the championship lead. Being the Ganassi entry that kept it all together reaped benefits. Pato O’Ward’s second place has yielded a similarly vertiginous jump in the standings, whereas Alex Palou stays close to the championship lead after his recovery drive to 9th. Penske, who went into the Indy 500 with their three drivers in the championship top four, have seen their boys Power, Newgarden and McLaughlin drop to P4, 5 and 7. Still, there’s only 24 points between Ericsson in first and Power in fourth, and even notorious pitlane velocitator Scott Dixon is only 60 points of the championship lead, with 11 (eleven) rounds still to go. It’s too early for points, really! Plenty of time for one of the expecteds to grab hold of 2022, turn it upside down and pick up the loose change of glory that collects on the pavement of history.
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Well, here’s your schedule:

Friday, 3 June
8am: IMSA practice 1
12.05pm: IMSA practice 2
2.25: Indy Lights practice
3.30: Indycar practice 1
5.30: IMSA GTD qualifying
5.55: IMSA DPi qualifying

Saturday, 4 June
7.45am: Indy Lights qualifying 1
8.30: Indycar practice 2
9.50: IMSA warm-up
11.30: Indy Lights race 1
12.35pm: Indycar qualifying
3.10: IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

Sunday, 5 June
10.15am: Indycar warm-up
12.10pm: Indy Lights race 2
3.30: Chevrolet Indycar Grand Prix

OK! Time for comments below. I don't know anything about IMSA, but please talk about it as much as you want to.

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#2 red stick

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 22:17

Loose change on history's pavement? Gonna get letters . . . :D

#3 FLB

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 22:19

For all eternity, this is IndyCar at Belle Isle for me...

 



#4 PayasYouRace

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 22:34

That circuit map shows they’ve removed the left hand kink at the end of the back straight. Is that true?



#5 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 22:50

I'm too excited by TK's tweet today saying that the identity of the third Mclaren driver will "make you fall off your chair" - with Rossi's move I'm already eyeing up Mclaren with a flirty eye so I hope Pato can have a 2021 repeat.



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Posted 02 June 2022 - 22:54

I'm too excited by TK's tweet today saying that the identity of the third Mclaren driver will "make you fall off your chair" - with Rossi's move I'm already eyeing up Mclaren with a flirty eye so I hope Pato can have a 2021 repeat.

Well, Palou certainly would make me fall off my chair...



#7 red stick

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 23:41

Ricciardo rumor starts here. Pass it on.

#8 Afterburner

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 23:56

There was also that time Marco Andretti was racing in the rain using a keyboard (thanks Frood):



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 00:06

I’m thinking Mario or Ross Stonefeld.

 

I like red stick’s Danny Ric suggestion.



#10 OvDrone

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 00:12

I honestly can't believe that I'll grieve the loss of this track. I am busy this weekend and won't be able to see this last hoorah live. Double the Doom.

Have a great one y'all - give the Isle an incredible Indycat sendoff!



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 02:24

I'm too excited by TK's tweet today saying that the identity of the third Mclaren driver will "make you fall off your chair" - with Rossi's move I'm already eyeing up Mclaren with a flirty eye so I hope Pato can have a 2021 repeat.

 

So it's TK in the car?  Cool.



#12 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 05:07

It's not a double header anymore?



#13 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 05:39

It's not a double header anymore?

No.



#14 PayasYouRace

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 08:19

Ricciardo rumor starts here. Pass it on.

My silly season shock prediction is for Lewis Hamilton. Reasoning in that thread. But I can see the Ricciardo logic.



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 09:00

Carlos Munoz.
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Posted 03 June 2022 - 09:05

That circuit map shows they’ve removed the left hand kink at the end of the back straight. Is that true?

:(

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 09:30

That circuit map shows they’ve removed the left hand kink at the end of the back straight. Is that true?

If this video from RLL was shot this year, no:

 

https://twitter.com/...483231890788352



#18 TomNokoe

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 13:43

A shame for Ilott as he was starting to build some momentum.

Grosjean's livery is nice.

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 14:00

As Risil notes, this is mandatory for all Detroit posts.

 



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 15:19

This is also mandatory viewing:

 



#21 ANF

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 16:35

A shame for Ilott as he was starting to build some momentum.

Grosjean's livery is nice.

What happened? Why the hell is Ferrucci in the #77?

 

Edit: Ilott was reevaluated this week after an injury suffered to his hand caused during his wreck at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ilott will go through another evaluation next week. https://www.juncosra...oit-grand-prix/


Edited by ANF, 03 June 2022 - 16:48.


#22 Risil

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 17:03

After his drive at the 500 I figure Santino deserves it. That said, he's not been a particularly hot shoe on road courses.

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 18:55

If I picked IIlott do I get Santucci?
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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:06

Oh and while I’m here……..
Anyone going to the Zibs gig ?


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#25 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:32

Practice live on Peacock.

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:37

After his drive at the 500 I figure Santino deserves it. That said, he's not been a particularly hot shoe on road courses.

 

Top-10 2x @ Detroit.



#27 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:38

Kellett stopped on track.

#28 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:39

Not Turn 1. Made it to 5.

Edited by red stick, 03 June 2022 - 19:40.


#29 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:40

Can't count on anything any more . . . :smoking:

#30 Anja

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:46

Oh and while I’m here……..
Anyone going to the Zibs gig ?

 

Finally listened to some of their stuff on youtube. Pretty much exactly what I expected but not bad at all.



#31 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 19:56

Rosenqvist finds wall.

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 20:11

How does everyone rank Belle Isle among the current street courses?  I didn't get to watch Nashville last year so I'm missing one potential contender.  But I've always liked the layout of Belle Isle better than St Petersburg, Long Beach or Toronto.  It feels like a nice cocktail of 1 part Quebec and 1 part Sebring



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 20:25

Second for me behind St Pete. We've had some good races at Belle Isle over the years, usually yellow-influenced. It's perfect for onboard cameras too.

Oddly Toronto's been pretty dull since they went to the DW12; it used to be the pick of the CART street tracks imo.

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 20:48

Oh and while I’m here……..
Anyone going to the Zibs gig ?


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Cracker of a poster.



#35 red stick

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 22:12

Cracker of a poster.

And a nice counterpoint to the opening act, who is comparatively "wreckless."   :cool:



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Posted 03 June 2022 - 23:26

I find Long Beach the best street course.  Toronto was good, but changes over the years have made it less good.  St Pete is better than Detroit, but both are not that bad, especially compared to some of the other places 



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 00:04

Have they released the layout of the downtown track for next year?

 

 

*There's more than enough vacant land to build an epic road course within Detroit but the backdrop of burned out homes and decrepit factories would be rather unappealing.



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 01:01

Can't count on anything any more . . . :smoking:


We can count on you for sneering contempt.

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 05:15

Have they released the layout of the downtown track for next year?

 

 

*There's more than enough vacant land to build an epic road course within Detroit but the backdrop of burned out homes and decrepit factories would be rather unappealing.

Track map https://detroitgp.co...t-in-2023/71711

 

Many of the dilapidated homes are gone, in their place empty lots.  Same with most of the old factories.  The last iconic ghost factory, the Packard plant,  has been ordered to be demolished at the end of the month.  Ten-twenty years ago it was ruin porn central.  These days there is pain and blight but nothing like it was.


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#40 Ben1445

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 05:40

I think it’s a shame to lose Belle Isle, I think it’s a great track. I’ll be sure to watch this one in case it’s really a final appearance.

Not entirely convinced by the downtown layout. Some bits look unsuitably narrow and it’s entirely made up from straights and 90 degree turns. I feel as though they could have been a bit more imaginative, especially considering the old downtown circuit and the sweeping turns of Belle Isle.

But time marches onward I guess.

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 08:36

I agree that’s it’s a great shame to lose Belle Isle. Taking inspiration from Montreal and hosting their grand prix on an island was always a great idea, though the circuit has always felt a bit small compared to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Still, it’s provided an entertaining and challenging street track with more than just 90 degree corners and hairpins. Great flowing track.

 

To move to a downtown circuit just 10 minutes down the road just seems like a downgrade.



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 09:18

I'll miss Belle Isle as well. It has its charm and has proven itself to be a good circuit for racing. There might be an advantage to the new location in commercial etc aspects but on paper the track itself seems like a major downgrade. We can only hope it will be better than it looks. 


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Posted 04 June 2022 - 09:41

I love the Belle Isle layout on iRacing, it looks great on TV too. 

However, I am generally pretty against these parkland circuits now. I try and put myself in the shoes of people who live locally and I would be mightily pee'd off if a valuble community asset like a park was effectively out of bounds for weeks on end for a private event I wasn't interested in. I guess that started when i saw the backlash to the Battersea Park ePrix and spoke to friends who were spitting feathers because they lost their usual running route/hangout. Accessible green spaces in cities are really important. 

Anyway. Glad this is back to a singular race for it's swansong. I've never dug the double-headers.



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 10:21

A more agreeable situation for parkland circuits might be one where there's a redevelopment of industrial ground by which a new circuit helps facilitate for the creation of a new park for the community which wasn't there before. Though I don't think many examples of that exist outside of perhaps Fundidora Park. 

 

Also, in Belle Isle's defence, I suppose the circuit doesn't take up too much of the total park space, perhaps up to a quarter? Though I suppose traditional race events are noisy affairs. 


Edited by Ben1445, 04 June 2022 - 10:25.


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Posted 04 June 2022 - 10:26

I love the Belle Isle layout on iRacing, it looks great on TV too.

However, I am generally pretty against these parkland circuits now. I try and put myself in the shoes of people who live locally and I would be mightily pee'd off if a valuble community asset like a park was effectively out of bounds for weeks on end for a private event I wasn't interested in. I guess that started when i saw the backlash to the Battersea Park ePrix and spoke to friends who were spitting feathers because they lost their usual running route/hangout. Accessible green spaces in cities are really important.

Anyway. Glad this is back to a singular race for it's swansong. I've never dug the double-headers.


Did you tell them about the hole in the fence though?  ;)

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 12:10

A reminder: P2 in 20 minutes.

 

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix - Practice 2 (staylive.io)



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 12:14

I love the Belle Isle layout on iRacing, it looks great on TV too.

However, I am generally pretty against these parkland circuits now. I try and put myself in the shoes of people who live locally and I would be mightily pee'd off if a valuble community asset like a park was effectively out of bounds for weeks on end for a private event I wasn't interested in. I guess that started when i saw the backlash to the Battersea Park ePrix and spoke to friends who were spitting feathers because they lost their usual running route/hangout. Accessible green spaces in cities are really important.

Anyway. Glad this is back to a singular race for it's swansong. I've never dug the double-headers.


A good point, but denying a few people a leisure space for a few days seems less disruptive than denying everybody transport links for the same period when using public roads.

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 12:16

This will, regrettably, be the last time the Indycar series visits the 2.35-mile parkland circuit as in his wisdom and serenity Roger Penske is moving the Detroit event to a rectangular layout outside the Renaissance Center downtown. 

Sad to read this - it was the bonkers 2019 double header that got me in to following Indycar.



#49 FLB

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 12:27

Sad to read this - it was the bonkers 2019 double header that got me in to following Indycar.

These two weren't bad either:

 

 



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Posted 04 June 2022 - 12:36

I like that second Youtube thumbnail image of a giant Bob Varsha spectrally looming over Belle Isle like Dracula.