Race Report: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Duel 1

June 1, 2019

 DETROIT—The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is the only doubleheader in the NTT IndyCar Series. The dual duels in Detroit can put a strain on the drivers and crews because it is both physically and mentally demanding. The bumpy street course is defined by concrete barriers and a wheel put wrong usually ends with a car in a tire barrier. That can mean long hours into the night for the crews.

 

The nice thing about doubleheaders is that if you didn’t like your race on Saturday, you only have to wait 24 hours to try again on Sunday.

 

Weather delayed the start of Saturday’s race.

 

Postponed for over an hour, the race did get underway late enough that it was declared a timed race – 75 minutes long which turned into a 43-lap race. Due to the wet track conditions, the cars started in a single file but still two cars had spun in the opening stages—one car spun before the green had dropped.

 

The rain stopped and the track’s racing groove quickly began to dry out. Soon after, drivers pitted to switch from the rain tires with tread patterns to the slicks.

 While some opted for the softer red-rimmed alternate tires,  both of the ABC Supply drivers took on black slicks when the second of four full course cautions slowed the race on lap 18 when Ed Jones hit the barrier in Turn 7.

 

Tony Kanaan, who started 21st in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, finished 15th. Despite being dissatisfied, he saw the positives in today’s effort.

 

“We got a good recovery,” said Kanaan. “We tried different things for qualifying to find the right way. The only way we’re going to be making improvements is trying and unfortunately qualifying didn’t go well. We had a pretty good race."