By: Spencer Neff
June 2, 2019 | 12:25 PM
The second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be the eighth of 17 races this year and the third on a temporary street course. This race will see 22 drivers run a scheduled 70 laps on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn course.
To get you ready for today’s race, here’s a quick look at the headlines from the first two days on track at Belle Isle.
Drivers to Watch
On Saturday morning, Newgarden tied teammate Simon Pagenaud for the points lead with a front row start in Race 1. Following a caution when Matheus Leist made contact with the Turn 6 tire barrier, Newgarden was able to beat pole sitter Alexander Rossi out of the pits.
From there, Newgarden held off Rossi by 0.8237 seconds for his second win of the season. With the IMSA win earlier in the day, Car Owner and Detroit Grand Prix promoter Roger Penske also swept the day.
Despite first-lap contact with Carlin Racing’s Patricio O’Ward, Takuma Sato rebounded for his second straight third-place finish.
After recording a season-best eighth-place finish on Saturday, Rossi’s Andretti Autosport teammate Zach Veach will look to finish the weekend strong as he starts third.
This weekend has been a boon for Newgarden, as he scored the pole for this afternoon’s race – the seventh of his career. In recording his first pole position of 2019, Newgarden beat out Rossi again and padded his championship lead with another bonus point.
With his second front row start of the weekend, Rossi also earned a bonus point as he looks to keep pace with the Penske duo of Newgarden and Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.
Although there was a lengthy stoppage to dry the track as water seeped onto the racing surface in Turn 6, both sessions were run without any other incident. For one of Belle Isle’s prior winners, that was not the case.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal (who is the only driver to sweep the weekend back in 2017) experienced a gearbox failure. As a result, Rahal will start last today.
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 James Black/INDYCAR.