The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Motor City for this weekend’s Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit presented by Lear double-header following a sensational end to the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge last month. The question is, will we see another first time winner of 2021?
In the opening so races of the season we have had six different winners with Team Penske yet to open their 2021 win account.
Championship leader Alex Palou will be out of position for Saturday’s opening race as he was handed a six-place grid penalty after Chip Ganassi Racing changed his engine between Carb Day and race day for the Indianapolis 500 meaning that where ever he qualifies he will start Sunday’s places further back.
This penalty for Palou gives the field the opportunity to capitalize with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay telling Paddock Eye on Wednesday that he sees Detrout as a reset for the season.
It is strange to think that Penske has not won a race yet this season but here we are the series is enjoying one of its most competitive seasons in recent memory.
Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta may have taken victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg earlier in the season, his teammate’s James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi will be looking for a strong result here this weekend following a tough start to the season for the pair.
Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean had a great month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as he started the race from pole and came home in second place so he will be one to watch this weekend.
It is going to be an intriguing weekend of racing on Belle Isle.