Detroit Grand Prix Features Sweep For Penske, Stress For Others

June 2, 2014

This weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix featured seven different races, a hip-hop concert and a clean sweep by the Indycar team owned by the driving force behind the event’s return to Belle Isle – Roger Penske.

It also marked the second year the Grand Prix included something somewhat unique in modern motor sports – two full-length Indycar races on consecutive days.

Not everyone is a fan of those back-to-back Indycar races, in particular the owner of the team that just won the series’ marquee event – the Indy 500 – former champion racing driver Michael Andretti.

He told WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the allure of driving fast on Belle Isle is dampened by the emotional wear-and-tear of competing in two races with no break after having spent a solid month in Indianapolis preparing for the famed 500 mile race… (photos by Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo)

Race team owner Michael Andretti says running two full Indycar events on consecutive days in Detroit - one week after spending a solid month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - puts undue strain on drivers and mechanics.

Driver Helio Castroneves celebrates his victory on Belle Isle - his first in Detroit in more than a dozen years - just a week after a heart-breaking loss at the Indy 500. Here's a bit of his post-race news conference in Detroit...

This year's Detroit Grand Prix featured new races, a fully-functioning Scott fountain and a concert by hip hop artist Shaggy. Here's some of the scenes from the Grand Prix weekend on Belle Isle...