After a two-year absence, the NTT IndyAutomotive Series will return to Belle Isle Raceway in Detroit this weekend for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader schedule of begin instances.
There are 25 entries for every race as Santino Ferrucci was added this week in a third car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing after his sixth place within the Indy 500. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing) and Romain Grosjean (No. 51 for Dale Coyne Racing) will return in Detroit after lacking the Indianapolis 500.
After changing into the fourth driver to win his fourth Indy 500, Helio Castroneves received’t be racing at Detroit (however can be showing in 5 extra IndyAutomotive races for Meyer Shank Racing this 12 months and in the SRX this weekend). It’s the primary time the Indy 500 winner isn’t entered within the following IndyAutomotive race because the late Dan Wheldon in 2011.
The 2021 IndyAutomotive season has opened with six winners in six races. There have been seven winners within the first seven races 3 times — 1958, 2000, and ’17 (when the streak was damaged by Graham Rahal sweeping Detroit). If there isn’t any repeat winner in Saturday’s race, the document for many IndyAutomotive winners to begin a season can be tied.
Among these nonetheless searching for victories are former Detroit winners Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power of Team Penske.
Here are the main points and IndyAutomotive begin instances for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Raceway in Detroit (all instances are ET):
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader at Belle Isle Raceway in Detroit
TV: Both races are on NBC (and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyAutomotive on NBC with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Saturday’s broadcast begins at 2 p.m.; Sunday’s broadcast begins at midday.
COMMANDS TO START ENGINES: 1:58 p.m. Saturday; 12:43 p.m. Sunday
GREEN FLAG SATURDAY: 2:05 p.m.
GREEN FLAG SUNDAY: 12:50 p.m.
DISTANCE: Both races are 70 laps (164.5 miles) on a 14-turn, 2.35-mile avenue course at Belle Isle Raceway in Detroit.
TIRE ALLOTMENT: Eight units main, 5 units alternate (weekend). Teams should use one set of main and alternate tires in every race. One extra set obtainable to groups fielding a rookie driver is obtainable for the primary session of the weekend.
PUSH TO PASS: 150 seconds of complete time with a most time of 15 seconds per activation (for every race). The push-to-pass will not be obtainable on the preliminary begin or any restart except it happens within the last two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The function will increase the ability of the engine by roughly 60 horsepower
FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s anticipated to be 85 levels with a 24% probability of rain on the inexperienced flag Saturday. Sunday is predicted to be 81 levels with a 9% probability of rain on the inexperienced.
PRACTICE: Friday, 5 p.m. (Peacock Premium)
WARMUP: None scheduled this weekend
QUALIFYING: Race 1, 11 a.m. Saturday; Race 2, 9 a.m. Sunday
IndyAutomotive weekend schedule for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit Grand Prix Friday schedule
9:50-10:30 a.m.: Indy Lights follow
8:55-9:25 a.m.: Indy LIghts qualifying, Race 1
5-6:15 p.m.: IndyAutomotive follow (Peacock Premium)
Detroit Grand Prix Saturday schedule
9:30-9:50 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying, Race 2
11 a.m.-noon: IndyAutomotive qualifying, Race 1 (NBCSN, Peacock Premium)
Noon-1 p.m.: Indy Lights, Race 1 (Peacock Premium)
2-4 p.m.: IndyAutomotive, Race 1 (NBC)
Detroit Grand Prix Sunday schedule
9-10 a.m.: IndyAutomotive qualifying, Race 2 (NBCSN, Peacock Premium)
10:20-11:45 a.m.: Indy LIghts, Race 2 (Peacock Premium)
Noon-3 p.m.: IndyAutomotive, Race 2 (NBC)
COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM:
JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 1: A 19th at Barber Motorsports Park
JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 2: Tough day for the No. 48
JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 3: Making progress in a 24th-place finish