The NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to downtown Detroit this weekend for the first time since 1991.
The race was held on Belle Isle up until last year and is a ten turn track around Detroit. Looking ahead to this weekend’s race, Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda says:
This year’s Detroit Grand Prix is going to be interesting because there’s no previous data for us on this new track since we’ve only raced at Belle Isle. It looks like this updated layout has some good overtaking opportunities, but the track also consists of mostly 90 degree left and right turns. I always love and enjoy going to new places, so I’m excited to get out to this race and see what the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda can do.
Kyle Kirkwood in the No.27 AutoNation Honda will be back behind the wheel just days after a scary crash which he revealed on Monday at the Indianapolis 500 victory celebration was recorded at 80G.
Even though we’re going to be on a brand new track this year for the Detroit Grand Prix, I’m sure it’s going to be just as fantastic as Belle Isle. I’m looking forward to exploring the unknowns of this track and taking on some of the exciting challenges that comes with it in the No. 27 AutoNation Honda.
Romain Grosjean is looking forward to hitting the streets of the Motor City in Detroit and speaking ahead of the race he commented saying:
Detroit is known as The Motor City, so we always enjoy going racing out there. There have been major changes to this track, and after reviewing it, I think the new layout looks good for racing. We’re looking forward to getting the No. 28 DHL Honda out on the track.”
Devlin DeFrancesco in the No.29 Evtec Honda is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
I’ve had a chance to look at the layout for the Detroit Grand Prix and it’s quite different. Pit lane looks like it’s going to be quite bumpy, and having one pit lane on each side is definitely going to throw some spice into the mix too. However, I’m looking forward to getting back to The Motor City and racing on the new track.
Andretti Autosport Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards reflected on what could have been at the Indy 500 on Sunday before looking ahead to Detroit saying:
We had two cars capable of winning the Indy 500, but it wasn’t destined to be our year. It’s time to hit the reset button and head to Detroit. A new track will provide new challenges for all of us. Hopefully, we can build on our street circuit momentum from Long Beach. It looks like this race is going to be more like Nashville the last two years – survival of the fittest.”