IZOD IndyCar Series - Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 3rd
SITE: The Raceway at Belle Isle (1992) -- Detroit, Michigan
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Justin Wilson (won in 2008)
RUNNER-UP: Helio Castroneves
POLE WINNER: Scott Dixon (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 90
MILES: 184.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: 103.401 m.p.h. (Helio Castroneves, 2007)
RACE RECORD: 89.911 m.p.h. (Justin Wilson, 2007)
2008 Finish
1Justin Wilson46Ryan Hunter-Reay7
2Helio Castroneves27Bruno Junqueira24
3Tony Kanaan88Will Power12
4Oriol Servia39Ryan Briscoe5
5Scott Dixon110Hideki Mutoh16
2008 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 89.911 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10.7618 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.4058 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 11 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Scott Dixon (103.090 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Justin Wilson, 102.007 m.p.h., Lap 85
Past Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Winners (Start Pos.) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Not held
2010 -- Not held
2009 -- Not held
2008 -- Justin Wilson (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 89.911 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Tony Kanaan (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 83.841 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Motorola Indy 300 (2007), Detroit Indy Grand Prix (2008)
Past Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Not held
2010 -- Not held
2009 -- Not held
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 5th
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 14th
Last Race Results
RACE: Indianapolis 500 (May 27th)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Dario Franchitti
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
THIRD: Tony Kanaan
FOURTH: Oriol Servia
FIFTH: Ryan Briscoe
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (Finished 5th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 51.2532 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under caution
AVERAGE SPEED: 167.734 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 34 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Hinchcliffe 1, Briscoe 2-4, Hinchcliffe 5-6, Briscoe 7-15,
Hinchcliffe 16-17, Briscoe 18-19, Andretti 20-21, Briscoe 22,
Andretti 23-44, Tagliani 45-46, Dixon 47, Kimball 48-49, Andretti
50-73, Dixon 74-78, Kimball 79, Andretti 80-90, Dixon 91-118, Sato
119-123, Barrichello 124-125, Sato 126-146, Dixon 147, Sato
148-152, Franchitti 153-159, Dixon 160, Franchitti 161-162, Dixon
163-171, Franchitti 172-173, Dixon 174-176, Franchitti 177, Dixon
178, Franchitti 179-186, Kanaan 187-193, Franchitti 194, Dixon
195-198, Franchitti 199-200.
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Hitachi/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Auto Club/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
6Katherine Legge (Guildford, England)TrueCar/Lotus-Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Lotus-Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Mike Conway (Bromley, England)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing
18Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
19Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Lotus-Dreyer & Reinbold
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France)Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Entergy/Lotus Cars/Lotus-HVM Racing
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Team Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
Leading Contenders (Finish last two years)
Justin Wilson---Won
Helio Castroneves14th2nd
Tony KanaanWon3rd
Oriol Servia---4th
Scott Dixon8th5th
Ryan Hunter-Reay18th6th
Will Power---8th
Ryan Briscoe---9th
Graham Rahal---13th
Marco Andretti17th18th
Alex Tagliani---22nd
Dario Franchitti6th---
James Hinchcliffe------
Sebastian Bourdais------
Simon Pagenaud------
Rubens Barrichello------
Mover of the Week
Oriol Servia - Started 27th on the grid and finished 4th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Sebastian Bourdais
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Simon Pagenaud) - Finished 16th
The IndyCar Series returns to Detroit after a three-year hiatus, as Dario Franchitti seeks to capitalize on his recent success last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Franchitti, who won the Indianapolis 500 for third time in his career this past Sunday, moved into a tie for sixth-place on the points list. He is attempting to win his record-extending fourth straight and fifth overall IndyCar championship this year.

Starting fourth in the 2008 race in Detroit, Justin Wilson took the lead on lap 73 and then held it for remainder of the event. He crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Helio Castroneves. Scott Dixon started on the pole and led the first 18 laps but finished fifth. Castroneves dominated much of the race, leading twice for 53 laps, but officials determined he blocked Wilson. Therefore, Castroneves was ordered to surrender the lead with 17 laps to go. Once in front, Wilson clicked off the fastest laps of the race, which helped him win his first IndyCar race.

In 2007, Tony Kanaan claimed the lead with just 20 laps remaining and held on to defeat Danica Patrick under caution for his fifth win of the 2007 season and the 12th of his IndyCar career. Kanaan, who now owns 14 titles, started fourth on the grid. Castroneves started on the pole and failed to finish due to contact and placed 14th. The race finished under caution due to an incident involving Scott Dixon, Buddy Rice and Dario Franchitti on lap 88. Franchitti led twice for a race-high 27 laps.

The 2007 event marked the first grand prix held in Detroit in six years. Formula One staged the first ever grand prix on the streets of downtown Detroit back in 1982 and continued racing through 1988. Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) joined the grand prix in 1989 and continued to race at the downtown street course through 1991. The race venue shifted gears in 1992 to the picturesque Belle Isle road circuit ,and CART continued to race at the venue through 2001. There have been 22 grand prix events held in Detroit. The 2012 race marks 30 years since the event made its debut in the "Motor City".

John Watson captured the first Grand Prix back in 1982. Ayrton Senna was a three-time winner of the Formula One Grand Prix (1986-88). Two-time winners of the Detroit Grand Prix under CART were: Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Andretti and Castroneves.

Thirteen drivers entered in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix competed in the last IndyCar Series event at the circuit in 2008. Five of those drivers led laps at the track (Helio Castroneves 79, Tony Kanaan 20, Scott Dixon 18, Oriol Servia 1 and Justin Wilson 15).

Kanaan is expected to make his 186th consecutive IndyCar start, which dates back to 2001 in Portland. Jimmy Vasser holds the series' all-time record with 211 starts. Scott Dixon with 127 straight starts and Marco Andretti with 104 straight starts are the only other active drivers with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.

The next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the June 9 Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year's race there was a twin 275-kilometer event. Dario Franchitti scored the victory in the first event, while Will Power took the checkered flag for the second.

05/29 14:34:06 ET

As of May 29, 2012, at 02:34 PM ET
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