2013 Detroit Grand Prix: “Dual at Detroit”

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    So Power dropped back again. I thought he might be able to do something once Tagliani had disappeared from in front of him, and he was running third when the caution period around lap 25 was taking too long and I decided to go to bed.


    Keith Collantine

    Detroit produced one-and-a-half good races – the second half of the first was a bit of a crash-fest, but the rest was rather enjoyable. Switching back to the earlier track layout with the longer straight after turn two was definitely a good move – there was quite a lot of passing heading into turn three.

    Conway was in exceptional form but we won’t see if he can produce more of the same until he returns to the series in five races time for the next double-header at Toronto. The next four races are all on ovals so Beatriz will be back in the car.

    Good win for Pagenaud in the second race again, though he was perhaps a bit fortunate that the persistent caution periods helped him strategically.

    Honda swept the top five positions in the second race which will be a welcome result for them in Chevrolet’s backyard after being pasted by their rivals at Indy.

    And still no win for powerhouse teams Ganassi and Penske this year while Andretti KV, Foyt, RLL Coyne and Schmidt have all taken victories.

    The upshot is a very open championship led by two drivers on the same number of points who are yet to win a race this year – and the only two-times winner is down in ninth!

    1. Helio Castroneves 206
    2. Marco Andretti 206
    3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 191
    4. Scott Dixon 186
    5. Simon Pagenaud 177
    6. Takuma Sato 175
    7. Justin Wilson 169
    8. Tony Kanaan 160
    9. James Hinchcliffe 154
    10. Charlie Kimball 149

    Here are highlights from both the Detroit races:

    The next round is at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, F1 Fanatic Live will be running as usual.


    Keith Collantine

    Power and Bourdais have been placed on probation for the rest of the season. Saavedra and Jakes have been handed a raft of penalties. Details here:

    IndyCar , the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today penalties following the June 1-2 races at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

    The No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry driven by James Jakes was fined a total of $10,000 for violating Rule and Both violations were found during post-qualifying inspection for Race 1. The team was fined $5,000 for each violation. (Rear Wing): The rear wing mainplane must be set at 0.0 degrees plus or minus 0.50 degrees. (Rear Wing): The mainplane trailing edge height, as measured from the chassis reference plane, is 28.060 inches plus or minus 0.050 inches.

    Drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power have been placed on probation for the remainder of the 2013 IndyCar season for violating Rule during Race 2. Power was penalized for improper actions toward a fellow competitor after contact during Race 2, and Bourdais was penalized for comments made toward Officials on pit road after Race 2. (Improper Conduct): Using improper, profane, or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or actions or situations connected in any way with IndyCar, the IZOD IndyCar Series or any event.

    In addition, driver Sebastian Saavedra was fined $30,000 for violating Rule after making an improper gesture toward a fellow competitor after contact during Race 1. Because of the public display of these actions, Saavedra will be able to work off the fine by making a series of public appearances on behalf of IndyCar throughout the remainder of the season.

    Members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the protest and appeal procedures of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.



    On the one hand, it’s fine they put the drivers in their places, you can’t just go there and show a certain part of your hand to someone. On the other, nobody on TV bothers, I mean, NASCAR has waay worse fights (see Tony Stewart, a champion, throw his helmet at another competitor some time ago) and they get away from it with small penalties. The only exception was Kyle Busch some time ago. But I do think IndyCar officials are right, and NASCAR should take the example.

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