Belle Isle Dual - Race Report
The Verizon IndyCar Series held the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans this weekend.
Results (with starting pos.) for Race #1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit
1. (16) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
2. (9) No. 15 Rahal, Honda
3. (8) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet, (Kanaan)
9. (20) No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet (Kimball)
11. (10) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
15. (5) No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet (Briscoe)
Results (with starting pos.) for Race #2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit
1. (3) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
2. (8) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
3. (20) No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet (Kimball)
4. (22) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
8. (17) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet, (Kanaan)
10. (5) No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet (Briscoe)
Details of Day 1
- Kanaan’s finish marked the best of the season for the No. 10 team
- Today was Briscoe’s 55th appearance in the Firestone Fast Six since he began his Verizon IndyCar Series career in 2005.
- Briscoe’s qualifying position of fifth is the highest of his 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- Briscoe led for five laps during the race.
- Kimball and the No. 83 made up 11 positions in the race today.
CGR Quoteboard Day 1
Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet: “The team did a great job. I’ve got to thank the Energizer guys for doing such a great job, but you can’t be happy finishing third. We want to win, so we’re working towards that. It was a great race for us. We got great restarts, great pit stops, plus the strategy played out in our favor big time. We have tonight to work on the car and then tomorrow I want to put that thing in P1. You know the Energizer car has a pretty good history of winning with Dixon and Dario, so I’ve got to keep it up.”
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “I guess we never really ended up in the right position. It was just one of those days for the Target team unfortunately. We had a decent car but that long yellow toward the end of the race just killed us. I'm not sure why it took so long to get back to green. At the end my tires were falling off really bad so we had to pit for tires just to have a chance. We'll talk about it tonight and be ready for qualifying tomorrow."
Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet: “Today was just a really disappointing day for NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing. We had a good qualifying session this morning and were able to get into fifth to start the race. We worked our way all the way up to first and our gap was big enough that we figured I’d be able to come back out in third. We were literally about to pit when that last yellow came out. Once that happened and the field bunched up again, there was no way I was going to be able to come back out in the top three. We have a great car in the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet, we just seem to keep running into bad luck. We’ll be ready tomorrow though, especially since we know how good we can be here.”
Charlie Kimball, No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet: “It’s a great result for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team did a great in the pits and calling the strategy. They really gave me the opportunity to get it done out there on the track. The last few laps were definitely a bit frantic, but it was great to come away from the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit with a ninth-place finish. We learned a lot in today’s race and our momentum should be really strong going into the second race tomorrow.”
Details of Day 2
- The No. 9 team started at the rear of the field after electing to use the morning qualifying session as a test session for the race
- Dixon lost his brakes on the second to last restart and dropped positions on track as a result
- Kimball moved up six positions in points to 14th in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings
- This result marked Kimball’s first podium of the season
CGR Quoteboard Day 2
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “A huge credit to the Target team coming from dead last to fourth. That's a huge accomplishment. We had some brake issues on the second to last restart and that cost us in the end. Overall a good day and the team did a good job on strategy."
Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet: “We had a decent Energizer car but we really weren’t in the mix today. We had a great result yesterday in the first of the doubleheaders but today they race just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. On to Texas.”
Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet: “We had a great starting position for the second dual but the race just didn’t play out the way we needed it to. I think we pit at the right times and made the best calls we could given the way the yellow flags came out, but that’s just the way it works sometimes. The racing was fast and extremely competitive like it always is and that just goes to show you how difficult it is to be up front here in the IndyCar Series right now.”
Charlie Kimball, No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet: “We ran a strong race today. I’m proud of this team and the work we did. We had a good Novolog FlexPen Chevrolet and our hard work paid off today. It was a fierce race and we were able to contend when it counted. There were some interesting moments out there at the end of the race over the last two restarts but we held our ground and got a podium finish.”