The best part about the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is that there are two races over the weekend. The drivers compete on the same course on Belle Island in Detroit Saturday and Sunday.
This road course requires drivers to be perfect throughout the day. One mistake can end a driver’s day on Belle Island, which has been apparent throughout the years. Race two of the Detroit Grand Prix will be on Sunday at noon ET.
Fans can tune in on NBC for the Detroit Grand Prix. The defending champion in the race is Scott Dixon. However, they did not run the event in 2020 because of COVID-19, so the drivers will return to the course for the first time in two years.
Temporary Road Course
The drivers will compete on the same track during both days. Belle Island is transformed into a temporary road course, making it difficult for drivers because it’s not meant for racing.
These types of courses are typically narrow with a lot of turns. This perfectly describes the terrain at Belle Island. The race is 70 laps, and each trip around the track is 2.35-miles. Thus, the total distance of the race is 164.5 miles. This is a shorter race than usual because of the doubleheader weekend.
IndyCar has been venturing to Belle Island for this annual doubleheader since 2013. There have been many surprises in the Detroit Grand Prix, which means anything can happen. Make sure to keep up to date with the latest updates through trusted sportsbooks like BetUS.
Scott Dixon, the Defending Champion
Scott Dixon is the defending champion in the second race of the Detroit Grand Prix. He dominated the Sunday race in 2019. The driver knows this course, so he will likely be successful. Dixon has claimed 28 poles and 51 race wins. In addition, he has claimed the NTT IndyCar Series championships six times.
Dixon knows how to win, and he is never a bad bet. Dixon had a rough week in the Indy 500, so I expect him to bounce back in a significant way in Detroit. Unfortunately, his team made a mental error in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing which cost him the race before getting into the competitive part of the afternoon.
Eye the Young Guns
The young guns in IndyCar make the sport so exciting to watch. Alex Palou, Colton Herta, and Pato O’Ward have redefined the sport recently. All three of these drivers are in their early 20s, but they are far from beginners. All three have been successful in the sport and are setting records for their age.
All three of these drivers can win on road courses, so they have betting value. Another name to look for on Sunday is Josef Newgarden. Newgarden has been successful. I would not define him as a young gun as he is 30.
Newgarden is the defending Detroit Grand Prix race one champion and a favorite this weekend. He is currently sixth in the points standings, which means he has a betting chance of winning his third NTT IndyCar Series title.