Andretti notes: Miami updates on IndyCar, Indy Lights, FE, GRC programs

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MIAMI – Michael Andretti (shown right with son Marco at the previous FE race in Argentina) might be the busiest individual in motorsports at the moment, certainly over the rest of the month of March.

This weekend sees his Andretti Sports Marketing company promote the Miami ePrix, the first U.S. race for the FIA Formula E Championship.

Miami joins its current Verizon IndyCar Series races, Milwaukee and New Orleans, the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in Washington, D.C., and the past street course race in Baltimore as Andretti-promoted events.

This one presents what would, in theory, be a major logistical challenge. But even despite the tight timeframe of a one-day event, it’s not an impossible task for the Andretti Sports Marketing staff.

“It’s really the same amount of politics; the logistics here is just amazing,” Andretti told MotorSportsTalk. “Every city has its own challenge. I guess the other thing is, our people did amazing to get to this point. Everything is running really smooth.”

Series CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed during his Friday press conference that it took a full 163 permits to make this race happen.

As for the Andretti Autosport team side, here are some nuggets of note, across several series:

  • Andretti Autosport’s fourth car in the IndyCar remains one of the hottest seats in motorsports. Simona de Silvestro is confirmed for St. Petersburg only. Justin Wilson, Conor Daly and Zach Veach are known to be in play for further races, and Jean-Eric Vergne, one of Andretti’s Formula E drivers, told MotorSportsTalk Friday he and the team “have had some discussions” about an IndyCar opportunity. Watch this space.
  • The Andretti IndyCar team is currently at Sebring on Friday, with a further test expected at New Orleans before IndyCar’s spring training session at Barber Motorsports Park next Monday and Tuesday.
  • Andretti is also close to finalizing a second car for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. He said he expects to have two cars at the season-opening St. Petersburg race. Right now, only Shelby Blackstock is confirmed to that lineup.
  • Scott Speed, who makes his FIA Formula E race debut this weekend, is only confirmed for this race at the moment. “I’m an Andretti guy; I go where I can help,” Speed told MotorSportsTalk. The Andretti FE lineup has had at least one driver change for each of the five ePrixs to date. Speed will test for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in the months to come before its season opens in Tampa/St. Petersburg on May 31.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix

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DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


RESULTS

Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

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Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


POINTS

Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:

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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.