Two very familiar names on Belle Isle found themselves atop the fastest laps chart in the second practice session for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix today – Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #77 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Mike Conway, driver of the #20 for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Conway & Pagenaud were the winners of last year’s Dual I & Dual II in Detroit, respectively. They had a bit more to contend with in the afternoon session since three red flags were waved throughout – Sebastien Saavedra found himself in the runoff while Justin Wilson made contact with the wall twice, damaging the nose & back wing – both of those cars returned to the pits on their own, after being assisted by the Chevrolet Holmatro Safety Team. The third red was brought out when Ryan Hunter-Reay (who finished first in the morning practice session) came to a stop on the course. With only 5 minutes left in practice, he was towed to a safe area until the checkered came out. Hunter-Reay said he was unsure of the reasoning behind the stall.
It’s also worth mentioning that Helio Castroneves finished both practice sessions today as third fastest. This track is kind of sentimental to Castroneves (and his fans) because it’s where he first climbed the fence like Spiderman after his win here in 2000… which was also his first career series win!
Given how the practice sessions differed today, I think it’s safe to say that the qualifying for Dual I bright & early tomorrow morning is going to be interesting! I can’t wait… how about you?
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