Chevrolet Indy Dual In Detroit Race 2 Tweet-By-Tweet

Schmidt Hamilton Racing’s Simon Pagenaud, driving the Hewlett Packard sponsored Honda-powered Dallara DW12, wins his first IZOD IndyCar Series race in 39 starts. Image Credit S. Pagenaud – iOS photo

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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