2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit 2013 took place on June 1 and 2 at the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, United States place and was the sixth and seventh race of the IndyCar Series in 2013.

  • 3.1 1 Qualifying
  • 3.2 second qualifying
  • 3.3 Race 1 3.3.1 guiding portions
  • 3.3.2 yellow phase
  • 3.4.1 guiding portions
  • 3.4.2 yellow phase
  • 4.1 Drivers' Championship



After the Indianapolis 500 Marco Andretti led the Drivers' Championship with 11 points on Takuma Satō and 16 points on Hélio Castroneves.

In comparison to the previous season another variant of the Raceway at Belle Isle was chosen and that was used which was last used in 2001. This route were parts where the lining had not withstood the stresses in the preseason, omitted.

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit was the first IndyCar event with two races over the full distance on a weekend. It was the first of three so-called double headers in the 2013 season. Both races there was a separate qualifying and there were two races of the full score.

In both races the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit drivers were a total of 150 seconds to use the push-to -pass button. The overtaking was allowed to be activated ten times in the race.

The starting field was reduced by almost all vehicles that were not reported for the entire season. Only the Team Penske remained with AJ Allmendinger in the starting field and sat once more an additional vehicle. In addition, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing presented on this race weekend on racing due to financial reasons and for the time being a retired until further notice from the IndyCar Series back. In addition, there were two driver changes. Mike Conway replaced Ana Beatriz from Dale Coyne Racing. He was most recently in Long Beach at the start. Ryan Briscoe, who had driven an additional vehicle of Chip Ganassi Racing in the previous race, moved to Panther Racing, where he replaced JR Hildebrand. Hildebrand had been dismissed after an early accident at the Indianapolis 500.

The first of the two races Sebastien Bourdais went for the 100th time in a IndyCar race at the start.

With Castroneves (twice), Tony Kanaan, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon ( once each ) were four former winners of these Indys.


Because of the second race just a training before the qualifying session took place. This was six times interrupted. Briscoe broke after a spin in the eleventh curve from the first interruption. For the second red phase a duck family was responsible, which crossed the track. Then Dixon presented his race car in Turn 9 from. He was brought back to the pits. Parallel to beat Dixons teammate Dario Franchitti in the seventh curve into the wall. Then James Hinchcliffe drove into the tire wall of the first curve. The fifth red phase was triggered by a spin James Jakes. Allmendinger triggered the last stop after he rolled out of turn 7.

Alex Tagliani was finally the fastest pilot in front of Dixon and Josef Newgarden.

1 qualifying

The qualifying for the first race took place after the original format for road courses. The track dried, so that the times of segment were faster to segment. In the first two sections of rain tires were used.

The first part of the session was held in two groups. The six fastest drivers in each group came to the second segment. The remaining starting positions were determined from the result of the first Qualifyingabschnitts, where the drivers of the first group, the odd positions from 13, and the drivers of the second group were assigned to the even positions from 14. In the first group Tagliani drove the fastest lap in the second group was Satō the fastest pilot.

In the second segment of qualifying, the six fastest riders qualified for the final section. Ryan Hunter -Reay scored the fastest lap time. Next to him made ​​it Franchitti, Conway, Tagliani, EJ Viso and Jakes in the third part of qualifying, the so-called Firestone Fast Six. Since Castroneves turned in the closing stages after a mistake in the third corner and there was a red phase, some pilots were no longer able to use their time to improve.

Franchitti finally posted the fastest time and scored the bonus point for pole position in front of Viso and Conway. Since Franchitti was occupied due to a premature engine change with a disciplinary transfer to ten positions, but he went from eleventh on the grid and Viso started from the first position. Before Franchitti drove his fastest lap, he had to go again through the pit lane due to a wrong exit out of the box.

In addition, Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball and Newgarden were offset by ten positions to the rear due to a premature engine change.

Second qualifying

The second qualifying session was held in two groups. Each group had twelve minutes. The respective first group received a bonus point for pole position. The first starting place went to the faster of the two.

In the first group Tagliani replaced with a spin of a red phase. The race directors stroked him on the fastest lap. Jakes was the fastest before Hunter -Reay and Simon Pagenaud. In the second group Conway scored the fastest lap in front of Will Power and Viso.

Since Conway was the fastest overall, he received the first starting position and all the drivers of the second group were sorted on the basis of Qualifyingreihenfolge on the odd grid positions. The driver of the first group were given the even starting places.

First race

Viso started from the first place of bad and was overtaken directly from Conway. In the third curve also Hunter -Reay passed by Viso. Shortly thereafter, there was already a money phase: Allmendinger was clamped before the fourth curve between Wilson and Dixon. Allmendinger hooked up with Dixon and flew off. He was uninjured.

At the restart, Conway maintained the lead. Viso briefly went to Hunter -Reay past, but was overtaken as the start in the third corner. But this time also drove Tagliani with past him. Viso fell in the next round back on. Franchitti, however, made ​​some good positions and had driven up already in the seventh round in the Top -5.

Conway and Hunter -Reay had dissociated itself from the rest of the field. Conway went in the 25th round to the pits and lost the lead to Hunter -Reay. Shortly thereafter, Satō rolled out in the third corner, creating a yellow phase was triggered. Before the yellow phase Bourdais had given up with technical problems. His accelerator stuck. Satō took the race on again. During the caution period Tagliani slid into the tire wall of the third curve, which ended his race.

Hunter -Reay was at his pit stop in the lead and kept it at the restart before Conway. It was followed by Franchitti and Power, which came close to the restart. Franchitti pulled over at the restart on power. A little later, Andretti and Sebastian Saavedra dueled. Here Andretti squeezed his opponent in the fifth curve into the barriers. The accident triggered the third and final caution period. Saavedra resigned from the accident. The race management evaluated the duel as a racing incident and imposed no consequences.

Hunter -Reay was the restart the front. Power went past Franchitti. The two pilots were a little later overtaken by Canaan and Wilson. In the 44th round Conway took over the lead again. In the third corner he stopped himself passed Hunter-Reay. Hunter -Reay came with the Reds, the tire compound which he used at this time, not so good to right.

The following pit stops Wilson went briefly into leadership gave this but after his stop again to his teammate from Conway. The order of the top three positions after the last pit stop was Conway, Hunter -Reay and Wilson.

In the final phase of Dixon Wilson was pressured. Meanwhile beat Briscoe in the top 10 four rounds before the end lying in the tire wall of the sixth curve a. The race organizers did not send the safety car onto the track and left it in locally shown yellow flags.

Conway eventually won the race ahead of Hunter -Reay and his teammate Wilson. It was Conway's second victory after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 2011. Dixon could not get past Wilson and was fourth ahead of Castroneves and Franchitti. The top 10 was completed by Newgarten, Power, Rahal and Jakes.

Final training

In the final training session on Sunday morning Franchitti was the fastest driver of Bourdais and Conway.

Race 2

As on the previous day difference Allmendinger in the first round by an accident. Allmendinger started in the replacement chassis. Since he had suffered a thumb injury the day before, he took a painkiller. With oversteer he drove into the wall. After the restart Power lost the lead to Conway, who kept it for a long time.

In the next rounds followed by four shorter yellows. The first sparked Simona de Silvestro, who drove into the tire wall after a puncture in the eighth curve. The pilot was eliminated. At the restart was a three-way battle between Ed Carpenter, Tagliani and Newgarden. The sequence of touches was that Tagliani stopped in the third corner and crashed Newgarden in the sixth. This had a more yellow phase result. All pilots took the race on again. For the next neutralization of the race debris were responsible. The fifth caution period sparked an accident of Satō. Satō drove in the third corner in the wall. At the same time drove Hunter -Reay in the eighth curve in the limit. Both drivers took the race on again.

In the round after the restart Bourdais turned into the first S - curve power. As a result, a pile-up, were involved in the nine cars occurred. This triggered the sixth and final caution period. Tagliani and Wilson dropped out, the rest took the race, some with several laps down, back up. Power was very upset about the action Bourdais and pelted his opponent, who had moved on, in the next passage with his gloves. Bourdais did not blame themselves. Because of the accident were only 13 of 20 drivers on the lead lap. Bourdais was occupied by the race organizers as the cause of a collision with a drive-through penalty.

Conway lost by a bad pit stop in the yellow phase, the leadership of Canaan, who had already been rather on the box. Conway improved in the first round after the restart from eighth to third place. With pit stops, the guide went first to Tristan Vautier, who led for the first time and finally back to Conway. Conway was the pilot with the most laps led.

In the 46th round of Conway, however, was first overtaken by Kimball and Pagenaud. Kimball went by in the lead. Since Pagenaud pursued a different strategy and a longer middle stint went, he took the lead after Kimball had been in the pits. A similar tactic pursued Jakes. Pagenaud lost the lead in his pit stop briefly at Jake's, but came before the rest of the field, led by Conway, back on track. Conway had previously been involved in a duel with Franchitti, which had cost him time. Jake fell after his stop behind Pagenaud, but also stood in front of Conway. Franchitti was overtaken in the final stage of his teammate Dixon.

Pagenaud finally won his first IndyCar race in front of Jake, Conway, Dixon and Franchitti. It was Jake's first podium placement. Thus there were only Honda rider on the top five positions. Best Chevrolet driver was Andretti finished sixth. The top 10 was completed by Kimball, Castroneves, Rahal and Saavedra. It was Saavedras first IndyCar top- 10 ranking. It was also the first IndyCar victory of Sam Schmidt Motorsports, who had reported under the name Hamilton Schmidt Motorsports Pagenauds vehicle.

In the overall standings Castroneves took the lead. Points with him in second place was Andretti, who had gone from the lead into the weekend. Hunter -Reay moved up into the top 3 of the drivers' standings in third place.

After the weekend, there were sanctions against four pilots:

  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was busy due not set correctly, the rear wing on the vehicle of Jake after the first qualifying with a fine of 10,000 U.S. dollars.
  • Saavedra was occupied due to an inappropriate gesture towards Andretti after the collision of the two in the first race with a penalty of $ 30,000. Saavedra was allowed to work off the punishment with PR appearances.
  • Power was busy due unambiguous gestures in the second race and statements against Bourdais with a fine of 10,000 U.S. dollars. The race organizers also imposed a suspended sentence to the end of the season against him.
  • Bourdais was assigned due to negative remarks about IndyCar officials with a suspended until the end of the season.

Message list

All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.



1 qualifying


Second qualifying


First race


Guide sections


Yellow phases


Race 2


Guide sections


Yellow phases


Points standings after the race weekend

Drivers' championship

The scoring is explained here.