Ganassi: Detroit should cut back to one race


IndyCar team owner Chip Ganassi believes that the ‘Dual in Detroit’ weekend at Belle Isle should be cut down to just a single race so that it mirrors the rest of the season calendar.

Since 2013, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has run as a double-header weekend with races taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.

The task of squeezing practice, two qualifying and two race sessions into a regular weekend schedule does place a great deal of stress on the drivers, teams, and organizers, particularly when inclement weather also adds to the challenge as experienced in 2015.

As quoted by Detroit Free Press, Ganassi called on event organizer and fellow team owner Roger Penske to consider cutting the event back down to a single race weekend to ease the pressure on the IndyCar paddock.

“It should be one race, like every other race,” Ganassi said.

“I appreciate what Roger’s done. I love him. I appreciate what he’s done for the town. I appreciate what he’s trying to do for the city. Appreciate all the hard work – make sure you put all this in there – but please let’s go to a one-day race.

“It’s too hard on the teams. It doesn’t really accomplish anything. If you have a bad day, it can be really tough, and both Roger and I have had bad days at the Detroit Grand Prix.

“I don’t know why that has to be the one lone dual event.”

As things stand, the 2016 event in Detroit is set to once again be a double-header, taking place on June 4 and 5.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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