I haven’t been to Detroit since this past winter when I attended the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center. I enjoy attending that show because it’s a great way to break up the long off-season and enjoy incredible cars, even if they are silent. This weekend in Detroit, in stark contrast, is anything but quiet.
The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit kicks off this weekend and with four motorsport series gracing the pavement of Belle Isle, you are guaranteed one heck of a show over the next three days. If you’re in the area on Friday, make sure you come check things out absolutely free of charge. The traditional Free Prix Day allows race fans to come enjoy all the on-track action, check out the infield activities and games, and grab a bite to eat from the numerous food vendors without admission cost. The weather has been comfortable all day other than a few sprinkles, which look to possibly increase or pop up without much warning, so it’s a good idea to wear your rain boots, jacket and bring an umbrella. The track will be active until 6:10pm this evening when the TUDOR Championship concludes their Prototype class Qualifying session.
The Stadium Super Trucks, a crowd favorite and equally entertaining for veteran race fans and first-timers alike, is one of the other series here on the Isle this weekend. Their first of three races this weekend will start at 3:00pm ET today. Pirelli World Challenge (GT/GT-A) has two practice sessions today, one of which wrapped this AM and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as mentioned earlier will have their separate classes qualify later this evening.
The Verizon IndyCar Series had their first practice this AM, with Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, No. 10) coming in quickest, clocking a lap at 1:16:2931, closing in on the track record of 1:16:1371. Kanaan’s rookie teammate Sage Karam (No. 8) came in behind him by only two-tenths of a second. Will Power (Team Penske, No. 1) rounded out the Top 3.
The series will qualify at 3:40pm ET today for the first race of the doubleheader weekend. Race 1 is set to take place tomorrow afternoon, Saturday May 30th. At this point, we are all watching the radar because the likelihood of a wet qualifying track this afternoon and then severe weather tomorrow is quite high. Dangerous lightning could play a role on Saturday, nixing the idea of getting a wet race in. Will we get the first race in tomorrow? Will we end up in a true doubleheader situation on Sunday? As with all things, only time will tell… so for now, we wait.
I will be covering the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit from Belle Isle, MI all weekend for Live Full Throttle. Stay connected: