NTT INDYCAR SERIES STATEMENT:
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Fast Facts
Race weekend: Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5
Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise)
Race distance: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: 70 laps / 164.5 miles | Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix Race 1: 25 laps/45 minutes; Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix Race 2: 30 laps/55 minutes
Push-to-pass parameters: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation
Firestone tire allotment: Six sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one new set of primary and alternate tires in the race. One additional set for teams fielding a rookie driver is available for the first session of the weekend.
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Event website: https://www.DetroitGP.com
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2021 race winners:
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Race 1: Marcus Ericsson (No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)
Race 2: Pato O’Ward (No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet)
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Race 1: Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Andretti Autosport)
Race 2: Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Andretti Autosport)
2021 NTT P1 Award winners: Race 1: Pato O’Ward (No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet) 1:14.1989, 114.018 mph; Race 2: Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet) 1:14.8607, 113.010 mph
Qualifying lap record:
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Takuma Sato, 1:13.6732, 114.831 mph, June 4, 2017
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Jonny Kane, 1:21.840, 103.372 mph, June 17, 2000
USA Network race telecast: 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, June 5, USA Network (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for USA Network’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe.
Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while USA Network’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race telecast will be simulcast on the streaming service. Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race. The Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader will be streamed on Peacock Premium with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR Live!
INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers. Ryan Myrehn and Joel Sebastianelli are the pit reporters. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race (3 p.m. ET Sunday), Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader (11:20 a.m. ET Saturday and noon ET Sunday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.
At-track schedule (all times local):
Friday, June 3 (All times local)
2:25 – 3:15 p.m. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice #1, INDYCAR Live!
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice #1 (45 minutes), Peacock Premium
Saturday, June 4
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit Qualifying (Two 12-minute sessions: 7:45-7:57 a.m./Race #1; 8:03-8:15 a.m. /Race #2), INDYCAR Live!
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice #2 (45 minutes), Peacock Premium
11:25 a.m. Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit Race #1 command to start engines
11:30 a.m. Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit Race #1 (25 Laps/45 minutes), Peacock Premium (U.S)/INDYCAR Live! (Most international markets)
12:35-1:50 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (live)
Sunday, June 5
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium
12:05 p.m. Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit Race #2 command to start engines
12:10 p.m. Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit Race #2 (30 Laps/55 minutes), Peacock Premium (U.S)/INDYCAR Live! (Most international markets)
2:55 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver introductions
3:38 p.m. Command to start engines
3:45 p.m. Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear (70 laps/164.5 miles), USA Network (live)
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race Notes:
There have been five different winners in six NTT INDYCAR SERIES races to start the 2022 season. Scott McLaughlin (Streets of St. Petersburg), Josef Newgarden (Texas Motor Speedway and Streets of Long Beach), Pato O’Ward (Barber Motorsports Park), Colton Herta (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-1) and Marcus Ericsson (Indianapolis 500) have all won in 2022. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will be the 30th and final INDYCAR SERIES race conducted at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the 33rd INDYCAR SERIES race held in Detroit. A 2.5-mile street circuit in downtown Detroit hosted CART events from 1989-1991.
Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves have won three times at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and are tied for most wins by an INDYCAR SERIES driver at the track. In addition to Castroneves and Dixon, other previous Belle Isle winners entered include Marcus Ericsson, Josef Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Graham Rahal.
ACTIVE RACE WINNER
Helio Castroneves 3 2000, 2001, 2014 Race #2
Scott Dixon 3 2012, 2018 Race #1, 2019 Race #2
Will Power 2 2014 Race #1, 2016 Race #2
Graham Rahal 2 2017 Race #1, 2017 Race #2
Simon Pagenaud 1 2013 Race #2
Josef Newgarden 1 2019 Race #1
Marcus Ericsson 1 2021 Race #1
Pato O’Ward 1 2021 Race #2
Four NTT P1 Award winners have won the race from the pole: Graham Rahal (2017, Race 1), Scott Dixon (2012), Helio Castroneves (2001) and Robby Gordon (1995).
ACTIVE POLE WINNER
Helio Castroneves 3 2001, 2007, 2014 Race #1
Scott Dixon 2 2008, 2012
Takuma Sato 2 2014 Race #2, 2017 Race #2
Simon Pagenaud 2 2016 Race #1, 2016 Race #2
Alexander Rossi 2 2018 Race #2, 2019 Race #1
Josef Newgarden 2 2019 Race #2, 2021 Race #2
Will Power 1 2015 Race #1
Graham Rahal 1 2017 Race #1
Pato O’Ward 1 2021 Race #1
The winner at Detroit has gone on to win the INDYCAR SERIES championship in the same season five times. Josef Newgarden won Race #1 in 2019, Scott Dixon won Race #1 in 2018, Will Power won Race #2 in 2014, Alex Zanardi won on Belle Isle in 1998, Bobby Rahal won at Belle Isle in 1992 and Emerson Fittipaldi won in downtown Detroit in 1989.
Scott Dixon has competed in 20 previous races at Belle Isle, most of any driver. Thirteen drivers entered have led laps at the track (Helio Castroneves 268, Scott Dixon 143, Graham Rahal 111, Josef Newgarden 100, Simon Pagenaud 93, Will Power 87, Takuma Sato 44, Santino Ferrucci 20, Alexander Rossi 21, Marcus Ericsson 7, Pato O’Ward 6, Conor Daly 4 and Romain Grosjean 1.)
Four drivers will race NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars at the Raceway at Belle Isle for the first time: Tatiana Calderon, Devlin DeFrancesco, Kyle Kirkwood and David Malukas. Kirkwood, who won both Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races in 2021, will be pulling double duty, by also competing in the IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday.
Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 295th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in INDYCAR SERIES history.
Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix Race Notes:
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will conduct a doubleheader weekend with a 25-lap sprint race on Saturday and a 30-lap feature race on Sunday. Linus Lundqvist rides a wave of success, having won two of the last three races to put himself on top of the Indy Lights championship standings. The 23-year-old Swede has swept three out of four qualifying sessions so far this season, taking the momentum of three consecutive pole positions to this weekend’s event in Michigan.
Qualifying for the doubleheader event takes on a new look with teams splitting Saturday’s 30-minute qualifying session into separate 12-minute periods. Drivers will set the field for Saturday’s 25-lap sprint race during the first 12 minutes, then after a short break for adjustments, take to the 2.35-mile street circuit for a second 12-minute session to set the lineup for Sunday’s 30-lap feature.
Push-to-pass will also take on a new look beginning at Detroit as Indy Lights drivers will have a bank of 150 seconds to use added horsepower to assist in overtaking, similar to the drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The maximum amount of time for each press of the overtake system is 15 seconds.
The 2022 season features a deep and talented field with race winners such as Linus Lundqvist and Matthew Brabham joining a promising rookie class that includes Christian Rasmussen (Indy Pro 2000 champ), Hunter McElrea (Indy Pro 2000), Kyffin Simpson (Formula Regional Americas champion) and Ernie Francis Jr. (seven-time Trans Am champion/Formula Regional Americas). Other contenders include returning drivers Danial Frost, Sting Ray Robb and Benjamin Pedersen.
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