Big weekend for Brembo on Belle Isle

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It’s a busy weekend for Brembo brakes this weekend in Detroit. See release below:

Brembo, the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology for automotive vehicles, will be featured at every turn on Detroit’s Belle Isle Grand Prix Circuit this weekend. At the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Brembo will be represented in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Brembo will also display several brake systems on Belle Isle as Cadillac will show its all-new ATS-V and CTS-V with Brembo brakes. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the 2015 Camaro with a Brembo braking system are on display in the IndyCar paddock.

Brembo enters its fourth consecutive season as the exclusive brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series and will be fitted on the entire 23 car field. In the Pirelli World Challenge series, Brembo brakes will be stopping 22 of the 28 GT cars. In addition, Brembo brakes and calipers will also help to pace the big events on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as well as the Cadillac ATS-V.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a home event for Brembo,” Dan Sandberg, president and chief executive officer, Brembo North America said. “Our brake systems will help stop every IndyCar as well as 88 percent of the Pirelli World Challenge field. Out front you will see the Corvette Z06 with Brembo brakes pacing the IndyCars and the all-new Cadillac ATS-V pacing the World Challenge race with Brembo brakes as well.”

The 2015 season marks the 40th Anniversary of Brembo’s first entry into motorsports. Brembo supplied its first racing brake system to Ferrari in 1975, in the Formula One World Championship. Since then, the Italian company has invested heavily in research and development of highly innovative and technological products.

In 40 years of motorsports, Brembo-equipped teams have won championships in F1 (20 Drivers’ and 24 Manufacturers’), 24 Hours of Le  Mans (23 of 26 years), MotoGP (24 of 27) and three in IndyCar since returning to the series in 2012. Brembo’s history with open-wheel racing in America dates back to the 1989 CART Indy Car Championship.

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.