- Second street race of the season for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
- Final race on Detroit’s Belle Isle before it returns to downtown
- DeFrancesco aiming to take Indy progress into busy schedule ahead
DETROIT, MI (Friday, June 3, 2022) – After a strong performance in his Indianapolis 500 debut, NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Devlin DeFrancesco heads to Detroit this weekend for a street battle at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.
This year’s Belle Isle race will be the final one held on the island with the Detroit race set to return to it’s origins in 2023 with an event scheduled for Detroit’s downtown streets.
INDYCAR raced in downtown Detroit on three occasions from 1989 to 1991 with DeFrancesco’s team boss Michael Andretti winning in 1990. The race moved to Belle Isle in 1992 and Michael again winning in 1996.
This year will be the 22nd season for INDYCAR competition on the 2.35-mile temporary street course. For the past eight events, the race has been held as a double-header but this year there will be a single 70-lap race on Sunday.
DeFrancesco will race his No.29 Honda-powered Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport INDYCAR at historic venue for the first time after competing here last year in Indy Lights.
The 22-year-old Italian-Canadian heads to Detroit after scoring a 20th place finish in his Indianapolis 500 debut. Detroit will be part of back-to-back weekends for the championship with a race at Road America the following weekend.
The current three-week schedule span features an oval, a street course and a road course on consecutive weeks – marking what makes INDYCAR racing so unique. Including Detroit, the schedule ahead features nine race weekends over the next 15 weeks.
Track action kicks off today at 3:30pm for the first practice session. Saturday’s final practice begins at 8:30 with qualifying scheduled for 12:35 pm. Sunday’s 70-lap Detroit Grand Prix goes green at 3:45 pm and will be shown live on USA Network and Peacock TV in the US.
“It’s a track I enjoyed when I raced in Indy Lights. The Andretti Autosport crew always seems to have strong cars in Detroit, so I hope we can be competitive. I’m looking forward to getting back to a street course to apply some things we’ve learned over the course of this season.”
Friday, June 3
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Practice 1
Saturday, June 4
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Practice 2
12:35 PM – 1:50 PM: Qualifying
Sunday, June 5
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Warm-up
3:45 PM: Race: Detroit Grand Prix – 70 laps
HOW TO WATCH
USA: USA Network and Peacock TV
Peacock also will stream all races airing on NBC’s networks and will be the exclusive home of INDYCAR practice and qualifying sessions, as well as a new post-race show.
Canada: SportsNet World
International TV: https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international
HOW TO LISTEN
INDYCAR Radio and Sirius XM – https://www.indycar.com/radio/broadcast-schedule
Raceway at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise)
150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation.
Six sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one new set of primary and alternate tires in the race. One additional set for teams fielding a rookie driver is available for the first session of the weekend.
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT PARTNERS
In 2022, Italian-Canadian racer DeFrancesco will drive the No.29 Honda-powered machine – resplendent in his signature bright fluorescent and red livery backed by long-time Road to Indy partner, Powertap Hydrogen.
The Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport entry is supported in 2022 by a trio of green technology brands. Joining PowerTap Hydrogen is long-time Andretti Steinbrenner partner, microturbine energy solutions provider Capstone Green Energy and clean technology company, Atmofizer.
Additional brands that will feature on the car in 2022 include new partner – ransomware security experts Halcyon; electric motorcycle pioneers Damon Motorcycles; electric and hydrogen truck pioneer Tevva; software and services company Fyllo; Miami-based Sol Yoga; Clarus Securities, life sciences health and wellness company, Wesana Health along with green technologies investment company, The House of Lithium.
Major retail brands will also be showcased on the car, including Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; Seattle, WA-based Jones Soda Co. and returning Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport partner – small-batch and Austrian-distilled ultra-premium brand, NEFT Vodka.