By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2022 INDYCAR season continues with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. OpenWheel.com will be covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Preview: Indy Lights Grand Prix of Detroit (Entry List) – Race 1: Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:25AM (ET) Peacock & Race 2: Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:05PM (ET) Peacock – It’s an important doubleheader weekend in Detroit for Indy Lights as Linus Lundqvist has started to open a bit of a gap in the championship standings after a great weekend at IMS. The Andretti Autosport cars were excellent on the Streets of St. Pete to start the year so you’d expect them to give the HMD/GRG team a strong challenge this weekend. Andretti’s Kyle Kirkwood won both races at this circuit last year. I’m guessing one of, if not both, Hunter McElrea or Christian Rasmussen gets their first Indy Lights win this weekend.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – Sunday, June 5, 2022 3:00PM (ET) USA – The final planned year at Belle Isle before a move to a downtown Detroit circuit next season should be a great weekend. Both of last year’s races featured plenty of excitement and this year should be no different.
Previous driver experience at Belle Isle shows eight former winners in the field in Helio Castroneves (3), Scott Dixon (3), Will Power (2), Graham Rahal (2), Marcus Ericsson (1), Josef Newgarden (1), Pato O’Ward (1), and Simon Pagenaud (1). Ericsson and O’Ward are the last two winners at the circuit. Looking at the box scores from Race 1 and Race 2 last year, O’Ward and Rahal each finished in the Top 5 in the last two races at the circuit. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, that pair is joined by Newgarden, Dixon, Ericsson, and Santino Ferrucci. The active Top 5 in laps led at the circuit are Castroneves (268), Dixon (143), Rahal (111), Newgarden (100), and Pagenaud (93).
My pick to win: Pato O’Ward – O’Ward won Race 2 here last year and started on the pole for Race 1 and has a win and a second recently at Barber and the Indy 500. It’s poised to be a big weekend for the Arrow McLaren SP star.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Pato O’Ward $29, Josef Newgarden $31, Christian Lundgaard $20, & Kyle Kirkwood $19 – You know my thoughts on O’Ward. At least one of the Team Penske cars, and there’s a good chance it’s all of them, will be strong this weekend so I definitely want to include one and Newgarden seems like a safe pick. Lundgaard could be a good value choice this weekend as this is a circuit RLL typically has figured out. Kirkwood won both Indy Lights races here last year and AJ Foyt Racing had a couple solid mid-pack runs with Bourdais so this could be a good value pick this weekend.