There are a few constant things for the Detroit doubleheader weekend: rain and the jarring ride on the rough track surface.
The rain held off on the first day of Belle Isle track action. The multi-series weekend was only interrupted by a late afternoon threat of lightning.
Despite the new aero kit for the 2018 IndyCar machines, the bumpy streets of the Detroit GP delivered exactly what drivers were familiar with – tight track turns, cars ending up in the corner runoffs and a car that kept their hands full.
IndyCar had two 45-minute practice sessions today. In the second practice, Ryan Hunter-Reay posted the fastest lap of the day at 1 minute, 16.3598 seconds. Hunter-Reay’s best finish is a second place in 2013. Despite the challenging track, he echoed what many drivers say after a stint on the Detroit concrete.
“It’s a lot of fun around here. You really have to wheel the car to get it done.”
Scott Dixon posted the second fastest lap time of the day with 1:16.3667. He also acknowledged the uniquely rough ride that is the Belle Isle track.
“It’s very bumpy, it’s very physical, it’s very hard to get right, but I think that’s what makes it so much fun, too.”
James Hinchcliffe finally found some power after a few weeks out of the car and posted the third best lap time of Practice 2. Tony Kanaan brought out a red flag in Turn 7 as he slid through the corner, but sustained no damage. Jordan King, on the other hand, had a rough bounce off both track walls and took heavy suspension damage.
Qualifying for Race One sees the field split into two groups, each given a 12-minute session to post the best times they can. That starts at 10:55 a.m. EST Saturday.
Missed what happened in the first practice of the day? We covered all the action for you. Catch up here.
Wondering what’s going to happen when that inevitable rain finally comes? Firestone unveiled a new rain tire design. Read about here.
And for a juxtaposition between rookie Santino Ferrucci and last year’s doubleheader winner Graham Rahal, take a look here.