Belle Isle Indy Car race red-flagged for track trouble

Eric Mauk

Roger Penske, Bud Denker and the rest of the race organizers this weekend have done an outstanding job this weekend in preparing for the Indy Car event at Belle Isle Park, but right now the festivities have been prematurely halted.

The track surface began coming up in a number of the corners, rubbing up chunks of asphalt and rubber sealant used to fill in cracks and grooves. The first signs started on Lap 37 where some drivers started to notice debris.

Two laps later James Hinchcliffe hit a large chunk of roadway and broke a suspension part, sending him hard into the tire wall.

"We saw that there was this giant piece of tar that were getting pulled up, but they decided that it wasn't going to be a problem. It was like playing Russian Roulette out there and I drew the bullet.

Scott Dixon had the race lead at the time of the red flag ahead of Will Power and Simon Pagenaud

The series is now going to target starting the race at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time and shorten it from 90 to 60 laps.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud , Roger Penske , James Hinchcliffe
Tags belle isle, detroit, featured, mauk