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2012 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX :: IZOD IndyCar Series Race

THE STREETS OF BELLE ISLE

Sunday, June 3, 2012 on ABC

 
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Race Coverage on AmericaJR.com

WATCH: Exclusive Interviews with IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the garage at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. IndyCar races are returning to Detroit on June 3 and Fontana, Calif. on Sept. 15. Closer to home, the IndyCar drivers will be racing on the Streets of Long Beach on April 15. In this video, watch for interviews with Chip Ganassi Racing Drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball. What are their hopes for the 2012 season? How does it feel to return to the Motor City and Fontana, Calif. this season? How will Danica Patrick's move to NASCAR impact the future of the IndyCar series? How is the Long Beach, Calif. race different from the Fontana, Calif. race? Get those questions answered in this video.

IndyCar drivers excited to return to Detroit and Fontana, Calif. By Jason Rzucidlo

Chip Ganassi IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal, 23, and Charlie Kimball, 26, did some testing on Wednesday at the Auto Club Speedway. They managed to get in only a few laps in before it started to downpour and the weather never let up for the remainder of the day. The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season kicks off March 25 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. In 2012, the IndyCar series will return to the Streets of Belle Isle in Detroit and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

WATCH: Exclusive interviews with three IZOD IndyCar drivers

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from outside the Tecate Light Lounge on the Streets of Long Beach road course. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with race car drivers ahead of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix. In this video, watch for remarks from IndyCar drivers Mike Conway (No. 14 Honda and Last year's winner); Ed Carpenter (No. 20 Chevrolet); and Simona de Silvestro (No. 78 Lotus)

PREVIEW: IndyCar drivers ready to race on Detroit’s Belle Isle next weekend By Jason Rzucidlo

The IZOD IndyCar series is returning to downtown Detroit for the first time in four years. Belle Isle will once again be filled with race fans over the weekend of June 1 – 3. It is being made possible by the hard work and dedication of team owner and Motor City ambassador Roger Penske. The weekend also includes a Firestone Indy Lights race, a GRAND-AM Rolex Series race and a Pirelli World Challenge Series race. I spoke with 10 IndyCar and Indy Lights drivers to get their early predictions on returning to Detroit.

WATCH: Exclusive interviews with two IZOD IndyCar drivers

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from outside the Tecate Light Lounge on the Streets of Long Beach road course. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with race car drivers ahead of this weekend's races in Long Beach, Calif. In this video, watch for remarks from IndyCar drivers Takuma Sato (No. 15 Honda); J.R. Hildebrand (No. 4 Chevrolet); and American LeMans Series drivers Guy Cosmo (No. 2 Ferrari); and Patrick Long (No. 45 Porsche). Don't forget that Belanova and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be performing free concerts throughout the weekend.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix hosts Free Prix Day Friday By Raymond Rolak

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is returning world-class auto racing to the Motor City, June 1-3, and Friday there will be a series of free events presented by PNC Bank. The Grand Prix will feature “PNC Bank Free Prix Day” on Friday, June 1 when spectators can enjoy free admission for the day’s activities on Belle Isle. “We are excited to continue the long-standing tradition of ‘Free Prix Day’ thanks to support by PNC Bank,” said Bud Denker, event chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

WATCH: Exclusive interviews with three Firestone Indy Lights drivers

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from outside the garage area at the Auto Club Speedway. Fifteen Firestone Indy Lights drivers participated in a testing session at the race track in Fontana, Calif. In this video, watch for exclusive interviews with drivers Esteban Guerrieri (No. 11 Indy Lights car); Juan Pablo Garcia (No. 76 Indy Lights car); and Sebastian Saavedra (No. 27 Indy Lights car). Look for them to return to the Detroit on June 2.

PHOTOS: Thursday at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE on Detroit's Belle Isle on Thursday as racing teams were setting up for this weekend's Chevrolet Grand Prix. Crews were seen loading up the Meijer Family Fun Zone and midway vendors. Pace car rides, an IndyCar Experience and a Track Walk also took place on Thursday. Chevrolet offered fans the opportunity to ride in the passenger seat of its cars as well. The news media were treated to rides in the World Challenge race cars too.

Scott Dixon wins Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for Chip Ganassi's second consecutive victory By Gloria Rzucidlo

The Grand Prix on Belle Isle in Detroit was back. What a great day for a race. The temperature was 77 degrees, sunny, with winds from 18-29 mph. Kid Rock joined the festivities and was a passenger next to Helio Castroneves in his Chevrolet Camaro. Rock also got a ride with Mario Andretti in a Racing Experience two-seater. Many professional athletes and entertainers were on hand for some on-track action. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, retired Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Ronnie Dunn from Brooks & Dunn entertained the crowd with a pre-race concert.

PHOTOS: Hospitality/Paddock Areas and Ronnie Dunn Concert

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE on Detroit's Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon. Look for photos of the team paddock/hospitality areas. That is an exclusive section of the race track where only those with media passes or special VIP tickets could access. You'll also see the free concert by country music star Ronnie Dunn on the MotorCity Casino Entertainment Stage. He performed some past Brooks & Dunn hits as well as some new songs as a solo artist.

PHOTOS: Sunday's Cadillac V-Series Pirelli World Challenge race

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE on Detroit's Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon. Look for photos of the Cadillac V-Series Pirelli World Challenge Race. It took place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 27-lap race was shortened to a 50-minute timed race due to cautions. Jerry O'Connell won the race in the GT division in his Cadillac CTS-V while Andy Lee won with his Camaro in the GTS division. It took place in the backyard of GM's world headquarters, the Renaissance Center.

PHOTOS: Sunday's Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix IZOD IndyCar Series race

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE on Detroit's Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon. Look for photos of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix IZOD IndyCar Series race. It took place from 3:00 p.m. and lasted much longer than it was scheduled to. The 90-lap race was shortened to just 60 laps after some concrete starting coming up from the track after lap 45. Crews patched the holes in the pavement and then the race resumed shortly after. Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon won the shortened race and his teammate Dario Franchitti came in second.

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