What was supposed to be the triumphant return of open wheel racing to the streets of the Motor City turned into a near calamity – and a very public and high-profile reminder of the crumbling infrastructure in Detroit and the rest of cash-strapped Michigan – when synthetic rubber patching came loose from the road surface, delaying and shortening the race. Penske told Mlive.com that the race officials had anticipated the situation, but their pre-race preparation "wasn't enough," continuing to say that, "we'll address that in 2013."
According to the report, James Hinchcliffe, the driver that crashed after hitting a piece of debris from the crumbling road described the race as akin to "playing Russian Roulette." Penske was partial to another analogy, comparing the delayed race to a rain delayed baseball game.
Except that nobody needlessly risks their life when the grounds crew gets out the tarp.