The dust has barely settled at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to action this weekend at the diametrically different Belle Isle street course in Detroit for the next phase of the season.
Felix Rosenqvist enters the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on a high following his two most competitive showings to date with Arrow McLaren SP, taking sixth in the GMR Grand Prix and a personal-best fourth in the Indy 500 last Sunday – with the Swede fighting for victory in both events.
The Month of May performances have reinvigorated Rosenqvist and the #7 Arrow McLaren SP crew, who will be looking to make further inroads in the championship standings – where Rosenqvist currently sits ninth – on home soil for engine partner Chevrolet this weekend.
“We’re certainly on a good path at the moment,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “The Indy 500 was perfectly executed by all of us, I’d say, and we really maximized our package. It was a big boost for the entire team and everyone on the #7 car. We really look forward to building on that this weekend on the streets of Detroit, an important event for us and our partner Chevrolet.”
Rosenqvist was at the centre of serious drama in Detroit last year, suffering the biggest crash of his life that forced him out of the following two races.
In testament to the never-ending work on safety, however, Rosenqvist miraculously escaped severe injury and returned at full pace later in the season.
“We all know what happened in Detroit last year, but it’s really not something I think about at all,” Felix Rosenqvist explains. “The only thing that bothers me when looking back to Detroit last year is the fact we were really strong in that particular race. It was definitely a case of missing out on a very strong finish.
“We have some unfinished business and I’m excited to get back there this weekend with the momentum we’re starting to build.”
Practice for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix begins on Friday. While previous editions of the Michigan event have typically featured a double-race weekend, this year’s meeting is a single-round happening, with the sole race taking place on Sunday.
All times local (U.S. Eastern)
NTT INDYCAR SERIES | Rd. 7
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit Belle Isle (USA)
Friday 3 June
Free Practice 1: 3:30-4:30 pm
Saturday 4 June
Free Practice 2: 8:30-9:30 am
Qualifying: 12:35-1:50 pm
Sunday 5 June
Warm-up: 10:15-10:45 am
Race (70 laps): 3:30 pm
TIMING: INDYCAR App / racecontrol.indycar.com
ENTRY LIST: view here
TRACK DATA: view here