Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams ready for doubleheader challenge on home turf at the raceway at Belle Isle Park for the Chevrolet Indy dual in Detroit
The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams head ‘home’ to Detroit for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, races six and seven of the 18-race 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and the first of three doubleheader events on this year’s schedule.
Returning to the backyard of the world headquarters of Chevrolet for the third consecutive year, the Chevy IndyCar V6 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected powered teams and drivers face a unique challenge as they compete in a pair of races that both pay valuable championship points over the course of one weekend. The temporary street circuit named The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is an intricate 2.36-mile/13-turn temporary road course on the Detroit River Island. The teams and drivers will have to adapt to the changes and be prepared for the mental toughness it will take to focus on not one, but two races during the three-day event.
“This hometown event on Belle Isle in Detroit is always special for Team Chevy and our technical partners,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “Racing in view of our corporate headquarters and in front of our families and friends adds a uniqueness to the events. The double header format gives fans the chance to witness more street course action that the Verizon IndyCar Series is known to provide. Numerous positive changes and learnings from prior year races on Belle Isle has Team Chevy ready to earn the top spot of the podium on Saturday and Sunday.”
In 2012 Chevrolet was an integral part of bringing IndyCar back to the Motor City for the first time since 2007. While every race on the schedule is important and demands dedicated attention to every detail, for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers racing in the shadows of Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters in the Renaissance Center towers just to the west of the track adds the element of hometown pride, and determination to stand atop the Victory Lane podium.
For several current Team Chevy IndyCar drivers, returning to The Raceway at Belle Isle Park Street Circuit has special meaning. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won his career-first race on the challenging course in 2000 and backed it up with another victory in 2001. Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan took the trip to Detroit Victory Lane in 2007. Kanaan’s teammate Scott Dixon was the winner in 2012 and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Mike Conway, the winner earlier this season at the Long Beach Grand Prix, won Dual No. 1 in 2013.
After its successful debut as the Indy 500 pace car, Chevrolet will again roll out the all-new 2014 Z/28 Camaro to take center stage as the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit pace car. All of the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers in the field for Saturday and Sunday’s races will follow the 2014 model of the iconic nameplate to the green flags.
For fans attending the races at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Team Chevy Display will be located in the heart of Belle Isle to give race fans the opportunity to closely inspect the newest vehicle offerings in the Chevrolet stable. The Team Chevy Racing Display will be open Friday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday’s hours will be 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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