Fast Facts: Two-race Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans

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Courtesy of INDYCAR PR, here’s all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual at Detroit at the Belle Isle street course. Races are scheduled scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, the seventh and eighth races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series:

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans FastFacts

Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise)

Race distance: 70 laps / 164.5 miles (Both races)

Entry List:  Chevrolet Dual in Detroit (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 15 seconds each (Both races)

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate (Weekend)

Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar, #DetroitGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.DetroitGP.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2015 race winners: Race 1: Carlos Munoz (No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda); Race 2: Sebastien Bourdais (No. 11 Team Mistic E-Cigs KVSH Racing Chevrolet)

2015 Verizon P1 Award winners: Race 1: Will Power (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) 1:16.0941, 111.178 mph; Race 2: Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), entrant points.

ABC race broadcasts: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 (3:30 p.m. ET)
Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC broadcasts for the second consecutive year alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Pit reporters are Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis.

Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters are Dave Furst, Katie Hargitt and Michael Young, with Jake Query and Nick Yeoman in the turns. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209,IndyCar.comindycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app. All Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions are available on IndyCar.comindycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app.

Video streaming: All practice sessions for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season and this weekend’s qualifying sessions (Race #1: 3:30 p.m. ET, June 3 and Race #2: 10:45 a.m. ET,June 5) will be available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

INDYCAR Mobile App: Verizon Wireless puts fans around the world in the driver’s seat with its INDYCAR Mobile app. The app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR Mobile app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and includes enhanced real-time leaderboard and car telemetry; the ability to follow the race in real time with the interactive 3D track; live in-car camera video streaming for select drivers during Verizon IndyCar Series races; live driver and pit crew radio transmissions during races and live Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network audio streaming during all track activities.

At-track schedule (all times ET):

Friday, June 3

10:45 a.m. – Noon – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #1

3:30 p.m. – Qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award Race #1 (three rounds of knockout qualifying), IndyCar.com (Live)

Saturday, June 4

10:05-10:35 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #2

3:03 p.m. – Driver Introductions

3:43 p.m. – Command to Start Engines

3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit #1 (70 laps/164.5 miles), ABC (Live)

Sunday, June 5

8:45 a.m. – Systems check

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Qualifying for Verizon P1 Award Race #2 (Two groups/15 minutes each), IndyCar.com (Live)

2:59 p.m. – Driver Introductions

3:43 p.m. – Command to Start Engines

3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit #2 (70 laps/164.5 miles), ABC (Live)

Race notes:

* The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will be the 20th and 21st Indy car races conducted at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the 23rd and 24th Indy car races held in Detroit. A 2.5-mile street circuit in Detroit hosted CART events from 1989-1991.

* Helio Castroneves has won three times at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, the most by an Indy car driver at the track. Castroneves won his first Indy car race at the track in 2000. He’s also won there in 2001 and Race #2 in 2014. Other previous Belle Isle winners entered include Tony Kanaan (2007), Scott Dixon (2012), Simon Pagenaud (2013, Race #2), Will Power (2014, Race #1), Carlos Munoz (2015, Race #1) and Sebastien Bourdais (2015, Race #2).

* There have been 13 different pole winners in the previous 19 races. Pole winners entered in this year’s race are: Power (2015, Race #1), Takuma Sato (2014, Race #2), Castroneves (2001, 2007 and 2014, Race #1), Dixon (2008 and 2012) and Juan Pablo Montoya (1999, 2000 and 2015, Race #2).

* Three drivers have won the race from the pole: Dixon (2012), Castroneves (2001) and Robby Gordon (1995).

* The driver who has gone on to win the championship has won at Detroit four times. Power won Race #2 in 2014, Alex Zanardi won on Belle Isle in 1998, Bobby Rahal won at Belle Isle in 1992 and Emerson Fittipaldi won in downtown Detroit in 1989.

* Since 1995, seven drivers have won the seventh race of the season and also won the championship. They are: Dario Franchitti (2009, Iowa), Dixon (2008, Texas and 2003, Richmond), Bourdais (2005, Edmonton), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006, Richmond), Cristiano da Matta (2002, Chicago), Greg Ray (1999, Dover), Kenny Brack (1998, Charlotte) and Tony Stewart (1997, Charlotte). Ten drivers have won the eighth race of the season and also won the championship. They are: Franchitti (2011, Milwaukee; 2007, Iowa), Bourdais (2007, Edmonton; 2005, San Jose), Hornish (2006, Kansas; 2002, Richmond), Kanaan (2004, Nashville), da Matta (2002, Toronto), Buddy Lazier (2000, Kentucky), Gil de Ferran (2000, Portland), Ray (1999, Pikes Peak), Zanardi (1998, Detroit) and Brack (1998, Pikes Peak).

* Castroneves has competed in 13 previous races at Belle Isle, most of any driver. Fifteen drivers entered have led laps at the track (Castroneves 247, Montoya 152, Dixon 80, Kanaan 30, Power 32, Marco Andretti 24, Sato 22, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Bourdais 18, Pagenaud 18, Conor Daly 12, Graham Rahal 10, Munoz 8, Charlie Kimball 3 and Jack Hawksworth 1).

* The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will be the fifth and sixth races on a road/street course in 2016. The first four races were won by Montoya (St. Petersburg) and Pagenaud (Long Beach, Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis).

* There have been four different winners in six Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016: Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg), Dixon (Phoenix), Pagenaud (Long Beach, Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis) and Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis 500).

* James Hinchcliffe’s Indianapolis 500 pole ended a streak that saw drivers from Team Penske earn pole positions in the previous five races in 2016. Power (St. Petersburg), Castroneves (Phoenix and Long Beach) and Pagenaud (Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis) all earned poles through qualifying.

* At least two drivers will compete in their first Verizon IndyCar Series races at the Raceway at Belle Isle: Max Chilton and Alexander Rossi.

* Kanaan seeks to start his 256th and 257th consecutive races, which would extend his Indy car-record streak that began in 2001 at Portland. Teammate Dixon has made 197 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.

* The 2016 season is the second in which aerodynamic bodywork component kits are used. The aero kits, produced by engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda for their respective supplied teams, are the latest technical innovation to enhance on-track performance through competitive aerodynamic development. Each manufacturer produces two kits for teams – one for short ovals/road courses/street courses and another for superspeedway ovals – but within each kit, teams have multiple component options available.

* The second season of aero kit competition complements the fifth year of engine manufacturer competition between Chevrolet and Honda with their 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. It will be another season testing speed and durability to determine the manufacturer champion.

Mario Andretti says Colton Herta could be next American star in F1

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Mario Andretti’s last Formula One victory is also the last by an American driver in more than 42 years on the international open-wheel road racing series.

If you had told Andretti that while he was celebrating on the Grand Prix of the Netherlands podium on Aug. 27, 1978 at the Vandzoort circuit, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“Absolutely not,” Andretti told Kyle Petty during the most recent “Coffee With Kyle” episode (video above). “It’s a shame. Somehow we have so much talent here, and either there’s no invitation or something there. But I think it’s time to give some of this young talent that, in my opinion, is absolutely capable.”

The Dutch GP was the last of Andretti’s 12 victories in F1 and came during his championship season. No one since has come close to matching his success in F1.

Mario Andretti drives his Lotus-Ford to victory in the 1978 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (Bernard Cahier/Getty Images).

Andretti’s son, Michael, took a full-time ride with McLaren in 1993 but left with three races remaining in a season marred by crashes and mechanical problems.

Scott Speed was the last American to run a full F1 season in 2006, and Alexander Rossi made the most recent F1 start by a U.S. driver in 2015. Rossi has said he has no desire to return to racing in Europe after winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and becoming an IndyCar championship contender.

But Mario Andretti believes Andretti Autosport has another rising star with F1-caliber ability.

“Colton Herta is one that comes to mind,” Mario Andretti said. “As a young lad, his dad sent him to Europe, he was doing Formula 3, and he knows most of the circuits there. He’s trained. He’s showed in his rookie season and won some premium races at COTA (and Laguna Seca), beat two of the very best Indy has to offer (in) Will Power and Scott Dixon.

“This is one kid I’d love to see him get a break over there to fly the U.S. colors again.”

Herta, 20, seems interested in exploring an F1 leap over the next few years. After winning Sept. 13 at Mid-Ohio from the pole position (his third career victory in the NTT IndyCar Series), the No. 88 Dallara-Honda driver is ranked fourth in the standings in his sophomore year and regarded as one of the series’ top prospects.

Herta recently told RACER.com “I’d love to give Formula 1 a crack” but said he also would be happy driving in IndyCar and IMSA.

A naturalized U.S. citizen who told Petty about spending several years with his family in an Italian refugee camp before coming to America, Mario Andretti said F1 brought an enormous sense of patriotic pride.

“Formula One is like the Olympics in a sense,” he said. “You’re in a different country, a different continent. When you earn that highest step of the podium, they play your national anthem. That’s when you take nothing for granted. You feel like I’m representing my country, and the proudest moments are those.

“I’d just like to see some other American drivers experience that. It’s time.”

Mario Andretti with four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton before the Nov. 22, 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).

During the “Coffee With Kyle” conversation, Andretti also discussed:

–His versatility as a winner in IndyCar, sports cars, NASCAR and Formula One;

–His 1967 Daytona 500 victory and how he enjoyed racing with crew chief Jake Elder at the famed Holman-Moody team;

Mario Andretti Colton Herta
Mario Andretti and Kyle Petty saluted “The King” by wearing their Richard Petty-style hats during the latest “Coffee With Kyle” (NBCSN).

–Why he delayed his entry to F1 for a few years because of his earnings power in IndyCar. “I always say I’d race for free, but at the same time, you’re thinking of family and the future,” he said. “It was in the back of your mind that you can’t give up the earning power of IndyCar. That kept me from going full time in Formula One, but I always said that sometime in my career, I’d have to devote a period to Formula One.”

–On what it was like racing in an era when driver deaths were more prevalent. “If you’re going to do this, you’re not going to dwell on those negatives,” Andretti said. “There’s no way. You knew it was present. Especially in the ‘60s at the beginning of the season at the drivers meetings, you couldn’t help but look around and say, ‘I wonder who is not going to be here at the end of the season.’ We’d lose four to five guys. In ’64, we lost six guys.

“It’s something if you dwell on that, you’re going to take on a different profession. It’s a desire and love to want to drive that overcame all that and then the confidence it’s not going to happen to me. And then you pray.”

Watch the full “Coffee With Kyle” episode in the video above or by clicking here.

Mario Andretti looks on before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).