BELLE ISLE, Mich – Now that two rounds of NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions are behind us, so is qualifying to set the field for Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network), who’s going to win?
Here’s why I think will be the victor in today’s 70 Lap race around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit.
27 Rossi – He’s taking his Indy frustrations out of the field this weekend. Rossi, was over .5-seconds quicker than the field in practice on Friday. He was over .2-seconds faster than everyone else in qualifying on Saturday. He’s on the pole for the sixth time of his Indy Car career and in four of his previous five poles, he dominate the race en route to a win too. Rossi, led 80 of 85 laps in a win by 20+ seconds at Long Beach back in April. He has three top seven finishes in his last four Belle Isle starts. He was fifth and first respectively on street course races in 2019.
9 Dixon – He starts third but was first and third respectively in practice on Friday. Dixon, also has five straight top six finishes on the Detroit street course including a win in this race last year and fourth in Race No. 2 in 2018. Dixon, has finishes of second and third respectively on street courses in 2019.
2 Newgarden – He starts second and was fourth and second respectively in practice on Friday. Newgarden, has finished first and second respectively on street courses in 2019 and has four top four finishes in his last six Belle Isle starts.
28 Hunter-Reay – He won Race No. 2 last year and was second in Race No. 1. Hunter-Reay was third and sixth respectively in practice on Friday and starts sixth on Saturday.
30 Sato – Hes been on a roll lately. Sato, has five top eight finishes in his last six starts on the season. He also has seven top 11 finishes in his last eight Belle Isle starts including three top eight results in his last four Belle Isle starts overall. He was 10th and 15th respectively in practice on Friday and starts ninth on Saturday.