Race Day 1 in Detroit

Today’s Schedule:

Penske VP Bud Denker said on Friday afternoon that about 1,000 tickets remained for today’s race and around 1,400 were still available for Sunday. Thge crowd is limted because of the number of grandstands the organizers could get in place given the original capacity limits which were later expanded.

The IMSA race begins at 5pm. It is a 2 hour race.

The weather for Saturday in Detroit will be similar to yesterday. According to my weather app, there is a 32% chance of rain at 3 pm. Rain tire strategy could come into play mid race.

The new qualifying format for Detroit adds a Fast Twelve for the pole. The fastest car in each group does not receive a point as in the past. Only the pole winner gets a bonus point. Will Power said in the post practice press conference that he might choose Group 1 today because of the time of the qualifying round. Indy Lights has race 3 qualifying before Indycar is on track. Power’s reasoning is that since you only need to be one of the fastest six cars in your group, it doesn’t matter. The order of the groups switches tomorrow.

I’ll be back with a brief post qualifying report around noon.