By: Spencer Neff
June 1, 2019 | 12:00 PM
After an eventful month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series heads into June with another busy weekend.
The first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be the seventh of 17 races this year and the third on a temporary street course. This race will see 23 drivers run a scheduled 70 laps on the 2.35-mile, 11-turn course.
Beginning with its 1992 IndyCar debut, Belle Isle has hosted 25 races. Since 2013, the series’ annual trek to the Motor City has been a doubleheader weekend. In 2015, it became the only doubleheader weekend left on the calendar.
To get you ready for today’s race, here’s a quick look at the early headlines from this weekend.
Pre-Race Weekend Recap: Rossi leading the way with Saturday pole
After placing eighth in the first practice on Friday morning, Alexander Rossi has dominated two of the last three on-track sessions.
On Friday afternoon, he paced the field in practice with a best lap of 1m15.1367.
This morning in qualifying, the Andretti Autosport driver further asserted his dominance. With a blistering lap of 1m14.1989s, he earned his second pole of 2019- sixth of his career, as well as his second at Belle Isle.
When the IndyCar Series last raced on a street course, Rossi was the man to beat. At the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 14, Rossi won from pole while leading 80 of 85 laps.
Other Drivers to Watch
Although Rossi has been the dominant competitor so far, there are a handful of others who have had strong runs this weekend. In Friday’s opening practice, two-time Belle Isle winner Scott Dixon posted the fastest time.
During this morning’s qualifying, Dixon was second-fastest but will start third since Rossi was fastest overall and in his group.
Combined Practice Results from Detroit Grand Prix
Starting beside Rossi on the front row, Josef Newgarden posted the fastest overall time. With the extra point from his quickest overall time in the session, Newgarden ties teammate Simon Pagenaud for the points lead.
Speaking of Pagenaud, the Indianapolis 500 winner starts a disappointing 13th in Race 1.
Among the five rookies in today’s field, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist starts highest on the grid in fourth. When the series last took to a road course on May 11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he started on the pole and finished eighth.
Race Day Info
Today’s race will feature a half-hour pre-race show on NBC which begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, eventually leading into NBC’s race broadcast which kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
Additionally, fans can catch all 70 laps of the action on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. To listen to the radio network – and view timing and scoring – check out RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Additionally, you can find information on tire strategies here, courtesy of Firestone.
During today’s on-track action, join us on Twitter as well. We will be online during the day with insight on all the latest developments.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.