Rev Group Grand Prix: Betting Preview

By: Joe Branch
June 18, 2021

Indycar at Road America, as pure as it gets for the racing world! This weekend the starts of the NTT Indycar Series hit the four mile road course by Elkhart Lake. 

Traditionally this race is pretty straight forward in terms of strategy and betting, there aren’t a lot of cautions or even race strategy, just pure speed.  There are plenty of opportunities to pass at Road America so the fastest race car usually finds its way to the front.

One might think that this would make betting on the race this weekend easy?  However, the ultra competitive nature of this year’s field makes it tough.

Favorites

There are three odds on favorites going into this weekend, all coming in at +450 (4.5 to 1).  Here we find the two usual suspects in defending series champion Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden.  Both are former winners at Road America and very hungry for wins this weekend. 

Dixon earned his second win at Road America in Race 1 of last year’s doubleheader (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The other driver joining them as a favorite is the only two time winner of the season Pato O’Ward.  +450 isn’t a terrible value for an opening favorite.  Going off of previous qualifying trends, both Pato and Josef could easily put their cars on pole, so if you want to bet these two, I would recommend getting them before qualifying as the odds are unlikely to improve. 

As for Dixon, I don’t see great value in the +450, he hasn’t qualified better than 9th at Road America in the last three races, so you will likely get better odds by waiting for odds to be adjusted after qualifying.

Value

At most tracks throughout the Indycar season, value pics are usually found in the +2000 range.  That is a little different this week due to the straight forward nature of Road America.  Alex Palou stands out at +800 (8 to 1).  Alex has been quick all season, the 10 car was blazing fast in the double header at Road America last year, which yielded a win for Felix Rosenqzist. 

Palou earned his first career podium in his Road America debut last year (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Palou finished on the podium in the first race of last year’s double header as well for Dale Coyne Racing.  

Will Power joins Palou at +800 (8 to 1).  After last week’s mechanical failure that took Power out of the lead we know that he is more determined than ever to get “The Captain”, his Car Owner Roger Penske his first win of the season.

Lastly, Andretti Autosport’s duo of Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi will definitely be factors in this race.  They come in at +750 (7.5 to 1) and +1000 (10 to 1) respectively.

Long Shots

As stated above, the straight forward nature of Road America doesn’t usually yield a lot of value for long shots but I see one exception here and frankly I’m shocked to get these odds.  Jack Harvey is currently sitting at +5000 (50 to 1)! 

Harvey looks to become the fifth driver to score their first win in 2021 (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

He qualified 2nd here for Race One last year.  These odds are surely to go down after qualifying so jump on him now.  Harvey continues to knock on the door of his first win and the Meyer Shank Racing organization is definitely still on a high from winning Indy with Helio. 

My Picks

Favorite: Pato O’Ward +450 to win, +125 to podium

Value: Alex Palou +800 to win, +225 to podium

Value: Alexander Rossi +1000 to win, +250 to podium

Long Shot: Jack Harvey +5000 to win, +850 to podium

Header Image By Chris Owens/INDYCAR Odds from DraftKings as of 6/17

REV Group Grand Prix: Weekend Preview

By: Spencer Neff
June 18, 2021

This weekend, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES closes out their on-track schedule for the month of June. On Sunday, the field will run at Road America in Elkhart, Lake Wisconsin. It will be the 32nd race on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course, which first hosted Indy Car in 1982.

Before the weekend, begins, here’s some of the stories to look out for.

Headlines

Last weekend, Marcus Ericsson became the seventh winner in as many races from as many different countries in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual in Detroit.

After Will Power was unable to refire before the last restart, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver held on and became the fourth first-time winner in 2021.

O’Ward celebrates his second win of 2021 (Joe SKibinski/INDYCAR)

The next day, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward used another late-race restart to storm past pole sitter Josef Newgarden with three laps to go. O’Ward became the season’s first two-time winner and grabbed the points lead over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou by a single point.

Now, the Monterey, Mexico native returns to the site of his first career pole (Race 2-2020). With two laps remaining in that race, Felix Rosenqvist passed O’Ward for his first career victory.

Now, the two are teammates but Rosenqvist is still not cleared to drive following his accident in Saturday’s race. In his absence, Kevin Magnussen will make his IndyCar debut in the No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Magnussen will be reunited with McLaren following a stint in F1 with them from 2014-2015. The Roskilde, Denmark native will share the track with former Haas F1 Teammate Romain Grosjean (2017-2020) and will make his IndyCar debut 25 years after his father Jan did so.

Magnussen debuts a week after his first IMSA win in sports cars with Chip Ganassi Racing during the Detroit Grand Prix (Arrow McLaren SP)

“I can’t wait to make my NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet,” he exclaimed this week.

“I want to send well wishes to Felix Rosenqvist, who is continuing to recover after a hard crash in Detroit. It will be a big challenge to go straight into a race having never driven an Indy car before but I couldn’t say no to this opportunity. INDYCAR has some of the best racing in the world and I’m excited to be a part of it. Road America is a beautiful course and this will be my first time racing there, so I’m looking forward to that as well.” 

Earlier this week, Ed Carpenter Racing’s RInus VeeKay fractured his right collarbone. The GMR Grand Prix winner had successful surgery but will not be able to drive this weekend. After making his 2021 debut substituting for Rosenqvist, 2019 Indy ]Lights Champion Oliver Askew will drive the No. 21 this weekend.

In addition to Magnussen, one additional driver will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend. Cody Ware is set to drive the No. 52 entry for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR.

Ware during the April 8 Open Test at IMS (James Black/INDYCAR)

The 2019-2020 Asian Le Mans Series Champion previously completed his Rookie Orientation Program for the Indianapolis 500 in April and participated in another test at Texas Motor Speedway,

“To be a part of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is such an honor, and a surreal experience for me. I never would’ve thought that I would ever go down the open wheel route for a multitude of reasons,” the Greensboro, North Carolina native noted this week.

“But thanks to RWR, Dale Coyne Racing, and Biohaven / Nurtec ODT I am getting an opportunity to compete at the highest level of open wheel motorsport in the US. Road America is an ideal place to make my debut and I am so excited to learn and soak it all in. Having two great teammates such as Romain Grosjean and Ed Jones will help take some of the edge off the learning curve if only a little.”

Ware, Magnussen and Askew have made their mark in other series before and in Askew’s case, IndyCar as well. This weekend, the trio will look to make their mark in another opportunity.

Before Friday afternoon’s opening practice, here’s a look at some key info for this weekend.

REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR Fast Facts

The start of Race 2 last year at Road America (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Entry List

Pit Assignments 

Spotter Guide

Race weekend: Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20
Track: Road America, a 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course (clockwise), in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Race distance: 55 laps / 220.77 miles

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate for use during the race weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.

Twitter: @RoadAmerica @IndyCar, #REVGROUPGP, #IndyCar

Event website: http://www.roadamerica.com

INDYCAR website: http://www.indycar.com

2020 race winners: Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) and Felix Rosenqvist (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)

2020 pole winners Josef Newgarden (No. 1 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet), 1 minute, 45.5191 seconds, 136.964 mph and Pato O’Ward (No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet), 1:44.8971, 137.758 mph

Qualifying record: Dario Franchitti, 1:39.866, 145.924 mph, Aug. 19, 2000

NBC Sports telecasts: Qualifying: Midnight ET Saturday, NBCSN (taped); Race: Noon ET Sunday, NBCSN (live). Kevin Lee will serve as the lead announcer for NBCSN’s REV Group Grand Prix telecast alongside analyst Townsend Bell.

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.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analysts Davey Hamilton and Nick Yeoman. Jake Query and Michael Young are the turn announcers with Ryan Myrehn and Joel Sebastianelli in the pit lane.

The REV Group Grand Prix will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 205, indycar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying are available on SiriusXM 205, indycar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

At-track schedule (all times Eastern Time):

Friday, June 18

5 – 5:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 1, Peacock Premium

Saturday, June 19

11:10 – 11:55 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 2, Peacock Premium
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (Three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium/NBCSN (Taped, midnight, June 20)
5:30 – 6 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Practice, Peacock Premium

Sunday, June 20

12:05 p.m. – Driver introductions
12:38 p.m. – Command to start engines
12:45 p.m. – REV Group Grand Prix (55 laps/220.77 miles), NBCSN (live)

Header Image By Chris Owens/INDYCAR, Fast Facts By INDYCAR MEDIA

Rewind: 2016 Kohler Grand Prix

By: Spencer Neff
June 17, 2021

This weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series returns to one of the most popular venues on the circuit in Road America, the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

In 1982, IndyCar contested its first event on the circuit and did so every year until 2007 save for a 2005 absence.

Following the reunification of ChampCar and the Indy Racing League, Road America was absent from the schedule between 2008 and 2015.

For 2016, the event would make a long-awaited return to Road America. This week, we’ll look at that race in the latest edition of Rewind.

Power takes dominant win in Road America’s comeback

After an absence of nearly a decade, Road America returned for its first open-wheel race since 2007 as the Kohler Grand Prix was scheduled for June 26.

Following practice finishes of third and second, Will Power earned his second pole of the season with a lap at 141.379 miles per hour (1m42.2105 seconds)

After missing the season opener at St. Petersburg with a concussion, this would be his first official one since the season finale at Sonoma in 2015.

Power celebrates his second Verizona P1 Award of 2016 (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Starting 20th, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden fought through the pain of a broken right clavicle and wrist following his crash at Texas Motor Speedway earlier.

Race Recap

Aside from a half-spin in Turn 5 by Jack Hawksworth as well as slight front and right-rear wheel pod damage to Sebastien Bourdais, the 22-car field got away cleanly during Lap 1 of the 50-lap race.

Power held serve in the lead early on. On Lap 7, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon fell out of the race with a broken engine header, further hampering his championship efforts against points leader Simon Pagenaud. Prior to the race, Dixon trailed Pagenaud by 80 points, nearly two races on full points.

Graham Rahal took the lead on Lap 12 as Power and Tony Kanaan pitted. Two laps later, Power was back up front with Kanaan chasing him down but was unsuccessful through another stint.

Pagenaud and the No. 22 team gained an extra point in their championship fight after leading a lap (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

On Lap 39, Power took his final stop of the day, allowing teammate Pagenaud to lead two laps and earn an extra bonus point. Prior to his final stop, Pagenaud charged through the field

Two laps later, Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly suffered a left-rear suspension failure and spun, crashing in the Turn 1 tire barriers, bringing out the first and only caution of the afternoon.

Power kept distance between himself and Pagenaud during the Lap 45 restart while several battles ensued behind him.

A lap later, Kanaan use the advantage from his alternate tires and the added “push to pass” horsepower to take second. On the front stretch the following lap, Rahal would do the same.

(Left to Right) Kanaan, Power and Rahal celebrate on the podium (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

At the front, Power held on to win by .743 of a second over Kanaan, with Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay completing the Top Four. Power tied Johnny Rutherford with his 27th career win.

Despite a late race penalty while battling with Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball, Helio Castroneves held on to finish fifth and move to second in the points.

2016 Kohler Grand Prix Box Score

Although he fell back to 13th, Pagenaud left Road America with a 74-point advantage over Castroneves. Dixon would fall to fourth in the championship.

Analysis

Power’s second consecutive win vaulted him from seventh to third in the points standings, giving Team Penske the top three spots nine races into the 16-race seasons.

Power and the No. 12 team pose for pictures after their victory (Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Pagenaud won from the pole at Sonoma to cap off a dominant season, beating Power by 127 points to win his first career title.

After a fight to finish eighth, Newgarden dominated two weeks later at Iowa, leading 282 of 300 laps. Since the 2016 race, Team Penske has won just once at Road America despite winning three of the next five pole positions.

Heading into this weekend, the four-car Team Penske has just one pole (Newgarden-Belle Isle Race 2) and no victories, despite at least one driver earning a podium finish in six of eight races.

Header Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual in Detroit: Sunday Notebook

By: Spencer Neff
June 13, 2021

Following a chaotic Saturday and Race 1, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, lined up for another go on the Raceway at Belle Isle. Here’s how the second 70-lap race on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn street circuit in Detroit went.

O’Ward takes second win and points lead

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 Results

After qualifying 16th in the morning, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward charged his way through the field and won Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual in Detroit. It is his second win of the season and he is the first repeat winner in 2021. The driver of the No. 5 notched his first win at Texas Motor Speedway on May 2.

O’Ward beat pole sitter Josef Newgarden by 6.7595 seconds after the Team Penske driver led the first 67 laps. He also tied Will Power’s mark from Race 1 in 2014 for furthest back on the grid lane eventual winner has started in a full-length race. During Race 1 in 2015, Carlos Munoz won from 20th in a rain-shortened event.

The Monterrey, Mexico native holds the points lead by 1 over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou, who finished in third. Yesterday, O’Ward finished third to Marcus Ericsson and is the only driver to earn podium finishes in both of this weekend’s events.

Following a heavy crash that left him in a local hospital overnight, O’Ward dedicated the win to his teammate, Felix Rosenqvist.

O’Ward celebrates in the James Ross Memorial Fountain (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Although he was cleared and released this morning, the driver of the No. 7 did not participate in Sunday’s race. 2019 Indy Lights Champion Oliver Askew, who drove the entry last year, was tabbed to run the event.

Race Recap

As the second race began, several cars broke loose over the first set of corners. In Turn 3,Max Chilton ran into the back of James Hinchcliffe and lost his front wing. Although the No. 59 was able to continue, the first caution flag of the afternoon was out and the opening four laps were completed under yellow.

Following the Lap 5 restart, Newgarden pulled away from the field, leading the first 20 lap stint before making his first pit stop. While Newgarden held off on the mandatory stint with the alternate (red wall) Firestone racing tires, Herta continued to gain on him, particularly as the No. 26 went to the primary (black wall) tires.

With 17 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson spun in Turn 1 and the No. 48 stalled, prompting the second caution of the afternoon.

(left to right) Newgarden, O”Ward and Palou on the podium. 9Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Soon after the Lap 59 restart, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Romain Grosjean stalled in Turn 7 after spinning. While his left-front brakes caught fire, the driver of the No. 51 climbed from his car.

After a thrilling restart, O’Ward clawed his way to the lead with four laps to go and walked away to the victory.

Newgarden earns first pole of 2021

Although the season has been full of parity, Team Penske had been notable absent from the win and pole columns.

Image By Chris Owens/INDYCAR

Qualifying Results Starting Lineup

On Sunday morning, Josef Newgarden changed things. With a best lap of 1m14.1094 (114.156 miles per hour), the 2019 Race 1 winner earned his second pole at the track. With his 12th career pole, Newgarden ties Parnelli Jones for 28th all-time.

Up Next

Next weekend, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to Road America for the REV Group Grand Prix. First practice on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin begins at 5:15 p.m. Eastern (4:15 p.m. track local time) on Friday, June 18.

Keep tabs on the action with IndyCar1909.com and our social media platforms, listed at the bottom of our webpage.

Header Image By Chris Owens/INDYCAR

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: Saturday Notebook

By: Spencer Neff
June 12, 2021

The June doubleheader that has become tradition for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES began with the first of two 70-lap races on Saturday.

Here’s a look at an eventful day of action.

Ericsson takes first win in frantic Race 1

2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Results

Following an eventful Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson stormed from 15th on the grid and became the seventh driver from seven different countries to win in the first seven races of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

Ericsson climbs from his car in Victory Lane (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

After taking the checkered flag by 1.729 seconds over Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned his first career win, the fourth driver to do so in 2021. The seven different winners in as many races matches the mark set in 1958, 2000 (CART) and 2017.

Continuing to eat into Alex Palou’s points lead, Pato O’Ward finished third after starting on the pole. After leapfrogging Scott Dixon for second in points, he is just 12 back of the championship lead. Here’s a look at how the race unfolded from the start.

Race Recap

By Lap 3, drivers began to make the switch to the primary Firestone tires after fulfilling the mandatory two laps on the alternates.

After making his first pit stop, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden suffered a driveshaft issue. While making a second pit stop, the left-rear tire fell off the No. 2 entry.

While the field was jumbled up during the opening stint with various strategies playing out, the race stayed under green.

On Lap 25, the throttle on Felix Rosenqvist’s Arrow McLaren SP entry stuck, sending the No. 7 hard into the Turn 6 tire barrier. After a lengthy extraction, he was put in a neck brace and stretchered to a local hospital, fortunately he was awake and alert with no major injuries, per IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows.

He will be kept overnight for observation and the team has selected Oliver Askew, 2019 Indy Lights Champion and last year’s driver of the No. 7, to fill in on Sunday.

Will Power led 37 of 70 laps (Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Following a 78-minute red flag to replace the damaged concrete barrier, racing resumed with 39 laps remaining. Once the lead drivers, including Scott Dixon, pitted, Power took over the race lead. After leading Friday’s lone practice session, the race looked to be a third win on Belle Isle for the 2014 Series Champion.

With six laps remaining, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Romain Grosjean smacked the outside wall in Turn 9, prompting the second caution of the day. Soon after, IndyCar threw the red flag, pausing the race for a second time. Under the yellow, Power struggled with keeping himself and his Engine Control Unit (ECU) cooled.

Once the red flag was lifted, Power’s car was unable to refire and Ericsson took over the lead. From there, he kept the lead and never looked back.

O’Ward nabs Pole Position

O’Ward receives his second NTT P1 Award of 2021 (Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Starting Lineup Qualifying Results

By turning a best lap of 1m15.5776 (111.938 miles per hour), Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward earned his second pole of the season, the first driver to do so.

O’Ward topped Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, a two-time pole winner at the circuit, by .0808 of a second for his third career pole.

Dale Coyne Racing teammates Romain Grosjean and Ed Jones will share Row 2. Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon and Rinus VeeKay also made the Fast 12.

After posting the 11th-fastest time of 13 drivers in Group 1, points leader Alex Palou was relegated to the back of the field for an engine change prior to May 30’s Indianapolis 500.

Up Next

Ericsson celebrates his victory while atop the James Scott Memorial Fountain at Belle Isle Park (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Tire Strategies

Here is the schedule for Sunday’s on-track activities. Keep tabs on this weekend’s action with IndyCar1909.com and our social media platforms, listed at the bottom of our webpage. All times listed are track local (Eastern). 

9:15 – 10 a.m. – Race 2 qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Two rounds of knockout qualifying/10 minutes each), NBCSN, Peacock Premium (live)
Noon – Driver introductions
12:43 p.m. – Command to start engines
12:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit #2 (70 laps/164.5 miles), NBC (live)

Header Image By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual in Detroit: Weekend Preview

By: Spencer Neff
June 11, 2021

After a busy month of May that included four races, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will take to the Raceway at Belle Isle for a doubleheader weekend. Since 2013, the 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course in Detroit has played host to a doubleheader weekend for IndyCar.

Last year, the event was canceled amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Now, Belle Isle will once again host IndyCar.

Headlines

Two weeks removed a thrilling win to earn his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory, Helio Castroneves will not participate in this weekend’s race. The No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing team will stick to their schedule and return for the August 8 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the brand new Nashville street circuit.

During that race, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou led 35 laps and finished second, grabbing the points lead from teammate Scott Dixon. This weekend, Palou and the No. 10 team will receive a six-place grid penalty for changing engines prior to the “500”.

A runner-up finish and double points enabled Alex Palou to retake the points lead (Doug Mathews/INDYCAR)

Palou, along with Rinus VeeKay, Dalton Kellett, Jack Harvey, Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin and Romain Grosjean will make their first starts on Belle Isle this weekend. VeeKay was the last winner on a road course during the May 15 GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Grosjean earned his first career pole in that race.

After setting the race’s fastest lap and finishing seventh, Santino Ferrucci will return to the No. 45 entry for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing this weekend.

“I’m excited to compete in the two races in Detroit after a fantastic run at the Indy 500,” he expressed in a press release .

“It’s a fantastic track, and I’m excited to be returning to Detroit since we didn’t get a chance to race there in 2020.”

Although Scott McLaughlin earned Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500 following his 20th-place finish, Team Penske remains winless in 2021. It is the organization’s longest winless drought since 2015 (10 races) and the farthest into a season they have gone without a victory since 2013, when they went the first seven races without a win.

Scott Dixon won Race 2 of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix, the most recent event held on Belle Isle (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Fast Facts

Entry Lists: Race 1 | Race 2

Pit Assignments

Spotter Guide: Race 1 Race 2

Betting Odds

Race weekend: Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13


Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise)

Race distance: 70 laps / 164.5 miles (both races)

Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation (for each race)

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, five sets alternate (weekend). Teams must use one set of primary and alternate tires in each race. One additional set available to teams fielding a rookie driver is available for the first session of the weekend.

Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar, #DetroitGP, #IndyCar

Event website: http://www.DetroitGP.comINDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2019 race winners: Race 1: Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet); Race 2: Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)

2019 NTT P1 Award winners: Race 1: Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) 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: Takuma Sato, 1:13.6732, 114.831 mph, June 4, 2017

NBC Sports race telecasts: Race 1 Qualifying, 11 a.m. ET Saturday NBCSN (live);

Race 2 Qualifying, 9 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN (live);

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 1, 2 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC (live);

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2, noon ET Sunday, NBC (live).

Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

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.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analysts Davey Hamilton and Nick Yeoman. Jake Query and Michael Young are the turn announcers with Ryan Myrehn and Joel Sebastianelli in the pit lane.

The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 205, indycar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying are available on SiriusXM 205, indycar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

At-track schedule (all times local): 
Friday, June 11

5 – 6:15 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice #1, Peacock Premium


Saturday, June 12

11 – 11:45 a.m. – Race 1 qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Two rounds of knockout qualifying/10 minutes each), NBCSN, Peacock Premium (live)
1:20 p.m. – Driver introductions
1:58 p.m. – Command to start engines
2:05 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit #1 (70 laps/164.5 miles), NBC (live)


Sunday, June 13


9:15 – 10 a.m. – Race 2 qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Two rounds of knockout qualifying/10 minutes each), NBCSN, Peacock Premium (live)
Noon – Driver introductions
12:43 p.m. – Command to start engines
12:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit #2 (70 laps/164.5 miles), NBC (live)

Header Image By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR, Media Links and Fast Facts By INDYCAR, Betting Odds By DraftKings

Rewind: 1997 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

By: Spencer Neff
June 10, 2021

This weekend, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to action for two races with the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on The Raceway at Belle Isle.

After the 2020 event was removed from the schedule, IndyCar will be on this course for the 28th and 29th time since its 1992 debut. Previously, the series competed on a different course in the city from 1989 to 1991.

Before the doubleheader, this week’s rewind goes back to 1997’s race and one of the most memorable finishes in series history.

Moore nabs second straight win as PacWest duo stumbles

Entering the seventh race of their 17-event schedule, the PPG CART World Series was in the midst of an intriguing championship battle. A week earlier, Forsythe Racing’s Greg Moore became the youngest winner ever at the Milwaukee Mile.

After winning the previous three races, points leader Paul Tracy was injured during an incident prior to the 77-lap race at Belle Isle. Tracy, the winner of the previous three races before Milwaukee, was forced out.

With his team sitting on 99 wins, Penske’s hopes rested with Al Unser Jr. Fortunately, Tracy’s 24-point lead over Newman-Haas’ Michael Andretti meant he would still lead by no less than three after the race, considering Andretti was unable to qualify better than sixth.

Walker Racing’s Gil de Ferran earned his second pole of 1997 when he turned a lap at 1m09.052 (109.500 miles per hour) on the 2.1-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit in his Reynard Honda.

Gil de Ferran set a track record in qualifying and would lead the first 27 laps (David Taylor/Allsport)

Race

The rough and narrow surface of the temporary Belle Isle circuit put overtaking at a premium, as the start of the race proved. On the first lap, 1996 Rookie of the Year Alex Zanardi and Adrian Fernandez got into separate accidents, ending their days without a lap completed and forcing the first four laps to be run under the yellow flag.

Debris from a Turn 8 braking distance marker forced another caution just two laps later. Continuing a rough day for his Tasman Motorsports team, Andre Ribeiro spun into the Turn 5 barrier and forced yet another caution, ending his day with a broken suspension.

As the carnage ramped up behind them, the leaders began to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. During the first round of pit stops, outside pole sitter Scott Pruett made an early appearance on pit road with engine issues on his Reynard-Ford and did not return, finishing 53 laps down in 24th.

Rookie Dario Franchitti of Hogan Racing and Roberto Moreno, making his expected final start in place of Christian Fittipaldi at Newman-Haas, also spent time up front.

Moore took the lead during the first pit stop cycle (Jamie Squire/Allsport)

On Lap 31, Della Penna Motorsports’ Richie Hearn spun in Turn 11, prompting another yellow. Thanks to waiting until the caution to make his first pit stop, Moore was able to inherit the lead and held on as the race restarted on Lap 42.

Despite a suspension failure by Michel Jourdain Jr. that also had a course worker briefly pinned under his right-front tire, the action continued unabated prior to Hiro Matsushita stalling between Turn 14 and the front straightaway with 28 laps remaining. His Reynard-Toyota was towed in and he continued on.

When the race went back to green on Lap 54, the PacWest duo of Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell held the top spots as they looked for their first win as a team and individually.

Gugelmin leads Blundell and Moore (Twitter/HistoryinIndy)

Due to the expected number of cautions, Gugelmin and Blundell planned on making it to the checkered flag on a single pit stop, which they had made on Lap 34.

The race would stay under green the remainder of the afternoon. Entering the back straightaway on the final lap, Gugelmin’s fuel tank ran dry, handing the lead of the race to his teammate.

Two turns short of his first career win and first podium, Blundell suffered the same fate. Moore sped past and earned his second consecutive victory by 1.818 seconds over Andretti, with de Ferran climbing back to third.

Gugelmin and Blundell ended the day 16th and 17th. After his runner-up, Andretti shrunk his points deficit to just eight behind Tracy.

Moore (Center) celebrates on the podium with Andretti (left) and de Ferran (right) (Getty Images)

Analysis

Following the bitter disappointment of the Belle Isle race, Victory Lane proved to be closer than expected for PacWest.

Two weeks later, Blundell used tire strategy in a rain-shortened Portland race to earn his first career victory by .027 over de Ferran, the narrowest margin to date.

He and the No. 18 team also scored victories on the Toronto street circuit and the inaugural California (Auto Club) Speedway event in the season finale.

Gugelmin earned his first win at Vancouver. The duo would not win again and PacWest’ last win came with Scott Dixon at Nazareth in 2001.

Blundell emerged with his first victory in another thrilling finish at Portland two weeks later (INDYCAR)

Moore’s win proved to be his only victory away from an oval, where he earned two more wins in 1998 and a win in the 1999 opener. He was fatally injured two years later at California Speedway in the finale.

Despite finishing 11th two weeks later, Zanardi dominated in the second half of 1997, finishing in the Top Four every race and clinching the championship with a race to go.

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Indianapolis 500: Race Day Notebook

By: Spencer Neff
May 30, 2021

Following an intense two weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 2.5-mile track and the 33 competitors were finally ready for the latest installment of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.

In a race that featured more than its share of intrigue, here’s the final results.

Helio Castroneves wins in record-setting “500”

2021 Indianapolis 500 Box Score

Since winning his third Indianapolis 500 in 2009, Helio Castroneves has finished second three times.

This year, the São Paulo, Brazil-native made the jump to Meyer Shank Racing on a part-time basis after 21 years at Team Penske, including 20 starts in the “500”.

After starting eighth, he led 20 laps and earned the elusive fourth win, holding off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou for the victory by .4928 of a second,

He joins A.J. Foyt , Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time winners. Castroneves’ victory also breaks a tie with Dario Franchitti for most wins by a driver born outside the United States (3).

Castroneves rolls to a stop on the front straightaway after his victory (Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

The victory is the first for Meyer Shank Racing, which made their debut in 2017’s race. Castroneves now ties Franchitti and Paul Tracy for 10th all-time with 31 wins, his last win had been at Iowa Speedway in 2017.

2020 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Pato O’Ward and Arrow McLaren SP finished third, with 2019 pole sitter and race winner Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and Owner/Driver Ed Carpenter of Ed Carpenter Racing making it five different teams in the Top Five and three for Chevrolet.

Honda also earned their second consecutive win in the race and their second straight 1-2 finish (1-2-3-4 in 2020).

It is the first time either of the engine manufacturers have earned 1-2 finishes at Indy in back-to-back years since 2012 saw Chevrolet and Lotus return to IndyCar.

In a race featuring 35 lead changes among 13 drivers, the 190.690 miles per hour average speed is a new record for the race, breaking the 2013 record (187.433 mph).

The 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was slowed by two cautions for 18 laps.

Race Recap

During the parade laps, Will Power had to pit as he was unable to get his engine started.. His Team Penske crew was able to rectify the issue.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon was taken over for the lead on Lap 1 by Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay.

After Herta led the opening lap, VeeKay led the next 28 laps until the first cycle of pit stops on the day,

On Lap 34, Stefan Wilson spun in the entrance of pit road and tagged the inside retain wall, prompting the first caution flag of the day. The Andretti Autosport driver was unable to continue and would finish 33rd.

During his opening pit stop, Dixon and Rossi ran out of fuel. Refueling issues put both a lap down while under a lengthy yellow.

Conor Daly led the most laps (40) but the local favorite ended the day in 13th (Doug Mathews/INDYCAR)

On Lap 50, Conor Daly powered by his ECR teammate after Herta and VeeKay had been the front runners on the first stint. Daly would lead until his Lap 71 stop, when Castroneves took over up front.

On Lap 77, the Meyer Shank Racing driver pitted but not before he was overtaken by Herta. Seven laps later, Daly was back in the lead.

Lap 119 saw the second caution of the day as Graham Rahal crashed by the exit of Turn 2, ending the second-generation racer’s day.

After his pit stop, the left-front wheel on his No. 15 Dallara-Honda fell off, sending him into the outside wall.

As the wheel bounced down the track, it was struck by Daly and damaged the front wing of the No. 47 but he was able to continue.

Palou spent much of the second half of the race dueling with Castroneves for the race lead (Doug Mathews/INDYCAR)

On the Lap 124 restart, Castroneves drafted past Alex Palou. Three laps later, O’Ward was back up front after leading during the preceding cycle of pit stops.

Palou took over the lead on Lap 131. During the next round of stops, more issues hampered Power’s run as he did a half-spin by Pit in. Luckily, the No. 12 team got things corrected after his lock up and he continued on.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year was able to receive assistance from her crew to avoid a caution but she was out of the car moments later as her day ended prematurely.

Right after Castroneves took back the lead with 32 laps remaining, another car spun on pit road. This time it was the Paretta Autosport entry of Simona de Silvestro.

Several drivers made their way to the front while they looked to stretch their fuel, including two-time and defending race winner Takuma Sato.

With eight to go, Sato had to pit, setting up a late-race duel between Castroneves and Palou. Palou would have the lead for three of the last seven laps.

Castroneves and the No. 06 team celebrate (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Ultimately, Castroneves passed Palou on Lap 199 and hung on, earning an emotional victory.

With double points in today’s race, Palou now leads Dixon by 36 in the standings.

Up Next

After a busy month, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will have a week off before the next event. On June 12, the first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will be held.

Practice will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

Stay with IndyCar1909.com for all the latest regarding the Indianapolis 500 and check out our social media accounts for photos and videos from IMS and more around IndyCar.

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Indianapolis 500: Carb Day Notebook

By: Spencer Neff
May 28, 2021

With qualifying completed and the Field of 33 set, the one item left on the agenda was final practice on “Carb Day” at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

The NTT IndyCar Series would get a two-hour session to dial in everything before Sunday’s race.

Here’s a look at how things went down.

Dixon leads Final Practice

Final Practice Results Combined Practice Results

After a delay that lasted more than two and a half hours for a practice that was called less than 10 minutes before the finish, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing were atop the leaderboard once again.

Dixon’s crew prepares for pit stop practice (Walt Kuhn/INDYCAR)

The series points leader turned in a best lap of 228.323 miles per hour (39.4178 seconds), besting Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud by .2023 of a second. Dixon was the only driver above 228 mph, while Pagenaud was the only other one above 227.

Pagenaud’s teammate Josef Newgarden ended the session third, with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly and Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian’s Marco Andretti rounding out the Top Five.

Despite pit road penalties, including one from a fuel spill in Alexander Rossi’s pit, the session was completed without an on-track incident.

Up Next

With on-track preparations completed, the focus now turns to the lone task at hand.

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is set for a green flag time of 12:45 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 30.

Stay with IndyCar1909.com for all the latest regarding the Indianapolis 500 and check out our social media accounts for photos and videos from IMS this weekend.

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105th Indianapolis 500 Betting Preview

By: Joe Branch
May 28, 2021

It’s here! The 2021 Indy 500 and fans are back.  Excitement is up and betting sites are throwing up odds for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 

The field is as deep as we’ve ever seen it with nine former winners and a minimum of 20 drivers that could legitimately win this race.  What does that mean for sports bettors? Pure Madness!

For those of you that follow along every week, you know that betting sites often only post winning odds and maybe a few head to head bets for the weekend. 

For the Indy 500 on DraftKings, you can currently bet the winner, the podium, top 5, top 10, 1 on 1 matchups, groups, and all kinds of prop bets! We will still look at our traditional, favorites, value bets, and long shots.  Hopefully that will help in leading you to some solid prop bet wins as well.

Favorites

Defending series champion and last year’s Indy 500 runner up Scott Dixon comes into the weekend as the odds-on favorite to win the race at +350 (3.5 to 1).

3.5 to 1 is a tough bet in a race like this when so many things can go wrong but given the fact that it’s the Iceman, no one would be surprised if he’s drinking milk for the 2nd time of his career this Sunday.

Dixon posing for the “morning after” photos on Monday after securing his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Colton Herta comes in at +700 (7 to 1). Herta qualified 2nd and has a real chance this Sunday.

He finished 8th last year and has definitely shown that he’s willing to make the risky move to win the race in the last 10 laps if it comes down to that. Herta has had a rocket ship this month and is itching for real race day success at IMS.

A last honorable mention in the favorites category goes to Alexander Rossi.  Rossi has run at the sharp end of the grid at Indy ever since his fuel mileage win in 2016.

He has proven to be one of the guys that can make passes happen even when it seems to be impossible for others in years passed.

Rossi was dicing it up pretty good in the last practice Sunday night and looked pretty good in traffic. He will start the race on the inside of row 4 and is +1400 (14 to 1).

Value

There are so many potential value bets in the field but a few definitely stand out more than most. Let’s start with Tony Kanaan +1600 (16 to 1). TK and Chip Ganassi have had the fastest cars all month.

TK starts fifth and has a lifetime of experience to draw from and get to the end of the race. Double digit odds on a former winner in a fast car with something to prove is a great combination.

Tony Kanaan looks to repeat his 2013 Indianapolis 500 win (Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Ed Carpenter is +2200 (22 to 1).  You may have to read that twice to believe it.  The Indianapolis native starts 4th and Chevy seemed to be faster in race trim throughout the week before qualifying boost.  A ton of value here.

Other value picks worth a look would be the duo from Rahal Lanigan Racing in Graham Rahal at +1800 (18 to 1) and defending Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato at +2000 (20 to 1)

Long Shots

Ed Carpenter Racing has been one of the most impressive teams this month and Conor Daly has +5000 (50 to 1) odds.

Of the three Carpenter cars, Daly has been one of the best in traffic and has been really happy with his car. Could you imagine that mullet in victory lane?

Daly will start 19th on Sunday (Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

The rest of the long shots would probably need some circumstance to win the race, but both Marco Andretti and Santino Ferrucci are +5000 (50 to 1).  3 time winner Helio Castroneves is +2800 (28 to 1) and starts in the 3rd row. 

Lastly for a real long shot and some huge odds, Stefan Wilson has +15000 (150 to 1) odds. Last time he raced for Andretti Autosport he led the race with five laps to go before having to pit for fuel.

Also J.R. Hildebrand has +20000 (200 to 1) odds. Hildebrand has always been capable at Indy and of course we remember 2011.

Joe’s Picks

Favorites: Colton Herta 7 to 1 to win, 2.15 to 1 for top 3

Value: Tony Kanaan 16 to 1 to win, 4.5 to 1 for top 3

Value: Ed Carpenter 22 to 1 to win, 6 to 1 for top 3

Long Shots: Conor Daly 50 to 1 to win, 12 to 1 for top 3

Extra Long Shots with small bets on Stefan Wilson 150 to 1 to win, 35 to 1 for top 3

Odds from DraftKings as of 5/27

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