Chevrolet Indy Dual In Detroit Race 2 Tweet-By-Tweet
The IZOD IndyCar Series experimented with a format of holding two street/road course races at the same venue over the same weekend and by most anyone’s standards, the weekend was a great success.
This was be the first time IndyCar had tried this format for this type of racing (not an oval) and going in, people wondered if the physical demands of driver and track could hold up to the pressure and rigors of two 70 lap races in two days … after all, the drivers were not just turning the car to the left all the time and last year, parts of the track surface came apart with about 25% of the race still to be run.
Another concern was the potential of the typical spring pop-up shower but the weather only became a bit of a factor during the first qualifying session on Friday – the rest of the weekend was fine.
In hosting the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, there are several new features to the street circuit for the race weekend **Extended the circuit to create more overtaking opportunities. A half-mile straightaway between Turns 2 and 3 has been added **More than 100,000 square feet of road surface has been refurbished **Curbing at Turns 3 and 4 has been reworked or removed to create tighter turns and, consequently, more overtaking opportunities. Image Credit: IICS
The first race was an exciting affair that featured passing due to the new, longer and wider configuration and very few YELLOW Flag cautions. The race was won by a first time winner from a smaller team that has two British drivers for street/road course races – Mike Conway driving for Dale Coyne Racing’s Sonny’s Bar-B-Que sponsored Honda-powered Dallara DW12.
Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne’s full-season driver of the Boy Scouts of America sponsored Honda-powered Dallara DW12 had won the only other races for the team with two wins (one street/road course and one oval) came in at P3 giving the team a first-time double podium.
Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Justin bends over to congratulate Mike Conway on his first ever IZOD IndyCar Series win in Race 1. Image Credit: IICS
Before the Dual in Detroit Race 1 was run, in the morning’s warm-up and Race 2 qualifications session, Mike Conway had already secured the Pole position for Race 2 so there was a lot of anticipation for Conway to become a double race winner for this first Dual in Detroit and take home a $50,000 prize in doing so.
Winning sportcar and Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports driver, Frenchman Simon Pagenaud became the second first-time IZOD IndyCar Series race winner in as many days. Pagenaud started from row 3 in P6 … six positions better than he finished Race 1 on Saturday at P12. He’s the sixth different winner — from six different countries — in seven races and the fourth first-time winner this season (Hinchcliffe, Sato, Conway, and Pagenaud). Image Credit: Simon Pagenaud via FB
The following New Media entries are a combination of Tweets from Twitter and comments from the author in observance to the events that transpired during the Dual in Detroit Race 2 (best read with highlights from the 2nd Dual in Detroit Race video running in the background – turn up the volume!) … welcome to the 7th race of this 19 race IZOD IndyCar Series 2013 season –
“@INDYCARPR: FULL COURSE YELLOW: Car No. 2 makes contact with the wall. #DetroitGP #IndyCar” @AJDinger : (
Dinger wads up another car. Perhaps he needs to stick with vehicles with fenders. #IndyCar #DetriotGP
@12WillPower Leader #IndyCar #Dual2 #Detroit under caution
Power apparently got past Conway before the yellow light. Willy P your new leader. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
“@INDYCARPR: Back to green on Lap 4. @Mikeconway26 took the lead entering Turn 1 on Lap 5. #DetroitGP #IndyCar”
#IndyCar powerhouses Mike Conway & Dale Coyne Racing continue their dominance, while plucky upstarts like Penske & Ganassi keep hope alive.
Simona in the wall. Full course caution. #indycar
oh and Simona de Silvestro’s dead in the water turn 9. Crash. #indycar #detroitgp
LAP 10 of 70 – 1-Conway 2-Power 3-Pagenaud 4-RHR 5-Jakes 6-Dixon 7-Viso 8-Wilson 9-Hinchcliffe & 10-Castroneves
GREEN Flag Restart – LAP 13
Reds should last longer today with more rubber down. #indycar
@IAIndyFan Several as I predicted before the race, interesting though that Power and Pagenaud stayed out on reds. #indycar #detroitgp
Josef Newgarden slows on the backstretch as the track goes yellow again. Most of this race has been run under caution. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Cation out again for crash involving @tagliani. Sheesh. #DetroitGP #IndyCar
I think it is time for the traditional “Ed Carpenter struggling with the fact that this circuit has corners in BOTH directions”… #indycar
GREEN Flag Restart – LAP 15
.@EJVISO has damage after contact with @h3lio’s car. #IndyCar
16 laps of #IndyCar is already more exciting than 375 laps of #NASCAR.
Difference between Indy and F1: Indy drivers have the guts to try to pass in places like this #detroitgp #indycar
Detroit…crash city! #indycar #DetroitGP
Oh and Hunter Reay has a busted suspension, wall contact likely #indycar #detroitgp
LAP 20 of 70 Top 10 – 1-Conway 2-Power 3-Pagenaud 4-Dixon 5-Jakes 6-Kimball 7-Castroneves 8-Wilson 9-Hinchcliffe & 10-Franchitti
Yellow again, wiping out an 8.8 second lead for @Mikeconway26, aka the Stig, aka Conweezy. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
No one is riding on REDS after a round of pitstops on 4th caution – for debris
Top 10 – 1-Conway 2-Dixon 3-Kimball 4-Wilson 5-Franchitti 6-Kanaan 7-Vautier 8-Sato 9-Bourdais & 10-Saavedra Top 4 have not pitted
GREEN Flag Restart – LAP 23
Meanwhile, they’re back to green once again in Detroit! #Indycar #DetroitGP
Vautier touches Sato and sends TAKU in the wall
Takuma no! 🙁 #SuperSato #Indycar
With all of the YELLOW Flags – 5 now – three fuel strategies seem to playing out
Top 10 – 1-Conway 2-Dixon 3-Franchitti 4-Kanaan 5-Vautier 6-Power 7-Pagenaud 8-Bourdais 9-Hinchcliffe & 10-Andretti – Top 2 yet to pit
It’s official: At the 26th lap, half of the #DetroitGP has been run under caution. #IndyCar
GREEN Flag Restart – LAP 27
YELLOW Flag – Power gets punted from behind, Wilson, Carpenter, Viso, Tagliani, and Briscoe all involved – Sebastien Bourdais is the culprit on the punt that collected
everyone – Hinchcliffe busts a wing on the way through
Will Power clearly pissed at Bourdais, decides to just throw his gloves rather than the double birds this time. #Indycar #DetroitGP
@indycaradvocate At least it wasn’t the track falling apart this year… #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Riiiight … it’s just the drivers that are falling apart
LAP 30 of 70 – Top 10 – 1-Kanaan 2-Dixon 3-Vautier 4-Franchitti 5-Bourdais 6-Conway 7-Pagenaud 8-Andretti 9-Jakes & 10-Kimball
Crazy amount of crashes/cautions at #indycar race at Belle Isle. Infinitely more entertaining though than seeing MConway drive solo in front
You know, this race really DOES represent Detroit: No matter what efforts you bring, it all goes downhill. #indycar
Restart order: 11 55 10 7 25 83 9 18 77 67 4 6 1 16 3 20 #detroitgp #indycar
Top 10 – 1-Kanaan 2-Vautier 3-Franchitti 4-Bourdais 5-Andretti 6-Kimball 7-Dixon 8-Conway 9-Pagenaud & 10-Rahal
GREEN Flag Restart – LAP 37
Conway is just carving up the field and he making it look easy – passes three cars left-right-left
Conway already up to fourth, will be third when Bourdais serves his penalty if he even waits that long #IndyCar
Vautier to the lead. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
LAP 40 of 70 – Top 10 – 1-Vautier 2-Conway 3-Kanaan 4-Kimball 5-Dixon 6-Franchitti 7-Pagenaud 8-Saavedra 9-Jakes & 10-Andretti
Vautier pits, giving Conway the lead again. >1s lead over Kanaan. Kimball P3, 2.6s behind Conway. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
LAP 42 – Conway already is 2.7 seconds in the lead over Kanaan – WOW!
First Hinch and Will Power is back too! All hail #IndyCar mechanics. #DetriotGP
Man, @Mikeconway26 is driving this race LIKE A BOSS. #Indycar #detroitgp
That replay of Conway passing the Ganassis looked like he DROPPED THE HAMMER and the others were standing still. #IndyCar
Kanaan pits and comes back out in 12th
This is Ganassi’s best shot at a win so far in 2013. Currently occupies 2-3-4. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Charlie Kimball gaining on Conway #IndyCar #DetroitGP
No. 83 current lap time: 80.2126 for P2. Conway P1 at 82.4594. #DetroitGP #IndyCar -PLR
First time in two races and Conway gets passed … Kimball in the lead
Really, almost anyone can win these Indycar street races. Except the expected favorites! #DetroitGP #Indycar
Pagenaud gets around Conway. Those tires are done. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Conway in the pits – back on Blacks! – Conway out at P6
LAP 50 of 70 – Top 10 – 1-Pagenaud 2-Jakes 3-Andretti 4-Franchitti 5-Conway 6-Rahal 7-Kimball 8-Dixon 9-Kanaan & 10-Saavedra
This–> “@curtcavin: Great tweet from @BourdaisOnTrack “Seb avoids all the mess.” Uh, he helped cause the mess. #IndyCar”
3-wide racing on the streets of Detroit!!!!! @IndyCar #indycar
once they’ve figured out how to not hit each other, this is getting good! #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Conway up to P4 – Pagenaud and Jakes will need to pit for sure
The race is between Franchitti and Conway – first four cars are Honda-powered
Why no Conway in-car? #indycar #detroitgp
Pagenaud in and out and ahead of the Franchitti Conway battle
Great battle between Conway and Franchitti for 3rd. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Of note: these are the first laps led on road/street course for @JamesJakes. #DetroitGP #IndyCar
Anyone notice that Power is getting closer to Bourdais?!?! LOL!!! I sense a “Duel” coming! About 4 sec difference! #DetroitGP #IndyCar
Conway passes Franchitti on LAP 57 – 28 seconds behind Pagenaud – Jakes in and comes out in P2 ahead of Conway
LAP 60 of 70 – Top 10 – 1-Pagenaud 2-Jakes 3-Conway 4-Franchitti 5-Dixon 6-Andretti 7-Kimball 8-Rahal 9-Kanaan & 10-Castroneves
There is racing all through the top 10
Pagenaud is one of those drivers who has constantly been knocking on the door. Does he get his first win today? #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Kanaan pits from ninth. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Top two have never won #IndyCar race… Makes it more exciting! #DetroitGP
In the top 3, Pagenaud and Jakes both just set fastest laps of the race. Jakes’s was faster. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
The top 3 cars are all in sight of each other – what a grand street course race … real ChampCar racing is back bigtime!
Vautier spears the wall during another ad break, now stalled. Bourdais also went off but is still going. Local yellow. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
ABC is picking the WORST times to go to commercial!!!! #indycar
LAP 65 of 70 – Top 5 are 1-Pagenaud 2-Jakes 3-Conway 4-Dixon 5-Franchitti and the field is stable unless something happens
Pagenaud is the fastest guy on track right now, doesn’t look like Jakes or Conway have anything for him. #Indycar #DetroitGP
Jakes trying to hold on to P2. Big day for Pags and Jakes both. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
The lethargic ABC @IndyCar announcers are describing an exciting race as though it were a medical procedure. Come on! #indycar
. @simonpagenaud out up front with just a couple laps to go! #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Conway closes on Jakes at 2 LAPS to go
Two laps to go. Conway trying to battle Jakes for the 2nd #DetroitGP #Indycar
At this point the circus clowns just tumble out of the clown car. Exhausted. Clown union preparing strike as we speak. #IndyCar #DetroitGP
Race 2 Podium drivers congratulate each other during the cool down lap at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. Image Credit: Nicolas Dura via Twitter
A podium of Schmidt/Peterson, RLL, and Coyne??!! Are you kidding??!! 🙂 #Indycar #DetroitGP
Oui Oui! Pagenaud wins! #IndyCar
BEST DRIVERS IN THE WORLD! 6 winners in 7 races, from 6 different countries. It doesn’t get any better than THAT, race fans! Epic
Pagenaud wins #DetroitGP ahead of Jakes and Conway, but Conway was the undisputed star of this race and the weekend. #IndyCar
.@simonpagenaud Wins Race Two at the @detroitgp! Pagenaud also banked the fastest lap of the race. #IndyCar
First win for proven ALMS sportscar series winner Simon Pagenaud.
What a wacky year! Someone predicted that right? Nice job podium! Pagenaud, Jakes, Conway #indycar #detroitgp
Honda-power captures the top 5 positions with more horsepower than Chevy-power … in DETROIT!!!
Overnight television ratings for ABC’s live telecast of the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on June 2 grew 14 percent over last year’s Sunday telecast, which also aired on ABC.
The network earned a 0.8 overnight rating, up from a 0.7 overnight for last year’s race at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The June 1 race, which was new this year, earned a 0.7 overnight rating on ABC.
… notes from The EDJE
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