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A Statistical Deep Dive into Jimmie Johnson’s Detroit Doubleheader

Jimmie Johnson practices on the streets of Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

After having the greater part of the month of May off, Jimmie Johnson was back behind the wheel of the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda for his second taste of street racing in the NTT IndyCar Series at Belle Isle in Detroit. This was shaping up to be Johnson’s most challenging weekend. One 75-minute …

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What Mattered for IndyCar at Detroit

Oliver Askew getting ready at Detroit

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Two races, two winners and a swap of the points lead were among some of the bigger storylines coming out of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix as the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series reaches its halfway point. Pato O’Ward is now the man to beat. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was the first car …

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Strategy Helps Will Power Charge From 20th to 6th at Detroit

Will Power on the streets of Detroit on Sunday

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

After a frustrating race in Saturday’s doubleheader race in Detroit for the NTT IndyCar Series, Will Power used long stints to vault his way through the field to finish in sixth place in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader. Power started 20th after failing to advance to the second round of …

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Takuma Sato Falls From Second to Fourth Late at Detroit

Takuma Sato practicing at Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Coming to the final restart in Saturday’s race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Takuma Sato was in second-place behind eventual race winner Marcus Ericsson, but the racing gods did not smile on the Japanese racer. At the lap 67 restart, Rinus VeeKay went past Sato going into turn 1, putting the No. 30 Rahal …

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Will Power Blasts INDYCAR After ECU Failure Drops Him to 20th

Will Power practicing at Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

It wasn’t Will Power’s goose that was cooked. It ended up being his ECU that was well done. When the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet failed to start after the final red flag in Saturday’s race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner fell through the running order, eventually finishing 20th, …

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Patricio O’Ward Wins Pole for Saturday Detroit IndyCar Race

Pato O'Ward practicing on the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

After a modified Detroit-specific qualifying session, Patricio O’Ward won his third career NTT IndyCar Series pole position for Saturday’s race at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. O’Ward went around the 14 turn, 2.35 mile street circuit with a fastest lap of 111.938 mph in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Second fastest was Alexander …

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Will Power Fastest in Detroit IndyCar Practice

Will Power practicing at Detroit in 2021

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

On the final lap of practice, Will Power set the fastest lap of the only practice session for the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit. The 2014 NTT IndyCar Series champion went around the 14 turn, 2.3 mile street circuit in 1 minute, 17.2768 seconds, averaging 109.477 mph. Power has two victories in Detroit (2014 race one …

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Cadillac Fastest in Friday IMSA Detroit Practice

Renger van der Zande during practice for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park, 6/11/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Cadillac flexed their muscles early in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s visit to the Motor City as the General Motors brand topped the time sheets in both Friday practice sessions for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. Tristan Vautier set the fastest lap in the opening session in the Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi as the …

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Techbench Tuesday: Detroit’s Belle Isle

Graham Rahal at the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The streets of Belle Isle right outside of Detroit is the host of the upcoming doubleheader race weekend for the NTT IndyCar Series and the bumps of the concrete surface are ready to greet the field just two weeks after the 105th Indianapolis 500. Belle Isle has hosted Indy car racing since 1992 with two …

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Sage Karam Climbs From 31st to 7th at Indianapolis 500

Sage Karam in the 105th Indianapolis 500

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS — In a single-car effort without any technical alliances, Sage Karam managed to finish 24 places ahead of where he started in Sunday’s (May 30) 105th Indianapolis 500. The No. 24 Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Chevrolet finished seventh after starting 31st for the third year in a row, and it was Karam’s fourth time …

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