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2014 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX :: Verizon IndyCar Series Race

 

THE STREETS OF BELLE ISLE

Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1, 2014 on ABC

 

Castroneves completes sweep for Penske Racing on Detroit's Belle Isle

 
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Helio Castroneves celebrating his victory

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT, Mich. – Roger Penske is a very lucky guy. Will Power won on Saturday at Belle Isle Park in the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual while Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag in the second race on Sunday. The temperature was 84 degrees, sunny and clear skies. General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave the command "Drivers, start your engines."

In lap one, Sato No. 14 led into turn one. Then, there was a multi-car accident in turn four with Newgarden No. 67, Rahal No. 15, Wilson No. 19. Power No. 12 made side-to-side contact with Newgarden No. 67, who in turn hit the tire barrier. Kimball No. 83 went into the runoff to avoid the accident. Verizon IndyCar Series officials gave Power No. 12 a drive-through penalty for contact with Newgarden No. 67.

During lap 10, there was a yellow caution flag when Saavedra No. 17 stopped on course between turns six and seven after contact in turn five. From lap 30, Castroneves No. 3 began his lead and maintained it all the way to victory.

In lap 35, Sato No. 14 spun out in turn three. Halfway through the race, Castroneves No. 3 lead Conway No. 20 by 2.6931 seconds. In lap 59, a caution flag went up when Bourdais No. 11 made contact with the tire barrier in turn five. A yellow caution also happened in turn five of lap 64 when Sato No. 14 hit the tire barrier after contact with Andretti No. 25. By lap 69, Castroneves No. 3 lead Power No. 12 by 1.5080 seconds.

When the checkered flag was waved, Helio Castroneves No. 3 won the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit's second race by 1.6836 seconds over Will Power No. 12. After that, Castroneves stopped at turn one and climbed the fence along with his pit crew. Can you show a little enthusiasm, Helio???? only kidding. "I'm so happy for Team Penske," says Castroneves.

The race lasted one hour and 45 minutes and the average speed was 93.211 miles per hour. The track is 2.35 miles long. There were seven lead changes and 13 caution laps. Will Power No. 12 came in second place and Charlie Kimball No. 83 came in third.

The Sunday's Cadillac V-Series GTS class results were: Dean Martin No. 50 as the winner, Mark Wilkins No. 38 came in second, and Alec Udall No. 17 came in third.

The Monster Truck race results on Sunday were: E.J. Viso as the winner, Ari Luyendyk, Jr. came in second, and Robby Gordon placed third.

Belle Isle Park was the perfect backdrop for these races and had over $7 million in improvements. From repairing damaged lighting on the island, new concrete for road improvements, the renovation of Scott Fountain, Belle Isle Casino and the Boat Club, installing more concrete in the paddock area to installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes, Belle Isle Park is truly the jewel of the city of Detroit.

The next Indy race, the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series, is Saturday, June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

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Castroneves parked his No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet in the Shinola Winner's Circle.

 

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The top three finishers include Helio Castroneves (center), Will Power (left) and Charlie Kimball (right)

 

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Will Power receiving his second place trophy

 

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Roger Penske accepting the team owner's trophy

 

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