Last weekend's Indianapolis 500 was indeed the most prominent race of the 2014 IndyCar series so far, with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay winning in what was an incredibly close fight to the very last lap. But the Indy 500 doesn't mark the end of the IndyCar season, and this weekend, the series heads to Detroit for the Belle Isle Grand Prix – an event that brought open-wheel racing back to The D in 2012 (to admittedly terrible results).
Belle Isle Grand Prix
Chevrolet first debuted its Corvette Stingray pace car at the 2013 Indy 500, but this past weekend saw the new 'Vette return to its home during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. As you'll recall, open-wheel racing returned to Belle Isle in 2012 as part of a three-year deal worked out between General Motors, the Penske Corporation and IndyCar.
What else could Roger Penske say? As the promoter and most public face of the Detroit Grand Prix, what else could the man do besides promise that the miserable track surface will be fixed before next year's race? Oh yeah, he could have made sure that the Belle Isle circuit was properly prepared for last weekend's event, which most certainly did not happen.
After a three-year hiatus, IndyCar racing finally made its return to Detroit this weekend. But after only five laps, things started to fall apart – literally – for Belle Isle's big race.
Many carmakers maintain high performance or race divisions in hopes that technological breakthroughs on the track will transfer down to the high-volume passenger vehicles they sell. This "trickle-down" tech transfer is a common theme here at TRANSLOGIC. Race teams have produced plenty of innovations in the areas of tuning, suspension, lightweight materials and even hybrid technology.