(DETROIT, MI) – The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will mark the first of three doubleheaders on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The series will race a pair of 70-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit, posing a unique challenge for IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams. In addition, SONAX will offer a $50,000 bonus to any driver who can win both races through the SONAX Perfect Finish Award. Will someone sweep the races and be crowned king of the streets in Detroit?
Tony Kanaan scored the biggest win of his career when he won the 97th Indianapolis 500. Kanaan, who won at Belle Isle in 2007, has climbed to seventh in the championship and looks to maintain his momentum at a place where he has had the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Can he continue his climb towards the top with at least one win in Detroit?
Continuity is key for third-year driver James Hinchcliffe, who returns to the same team – Andretti Autosport – for the first time in his racing career. Hinchcliffe, already a two-time IZOD IndyCar Series winner in 2013, has also been reunited with his engineer from his rookie season, Craig Hampson. Will the familiarity breed success for the popular Canadian driver, nicknamed the Mayor of Hinchtown?
Helio Castroneves returns to Belle Isle, hoping to climb the fence at the circuit where he won his first race. Castroneves has two victories and two poles at Belle Isle for team owner Roger Penske’s team. Can he win again at the Captain’s home track?
The driver who has gone on to win the championship has won at Detroit three times. Alex Zanardi won on Belle Isle in 1998, Bobby Rahal won at Belle Isle in 1992 and Emerson Fittipaldi won in Downtown Detroit in 1989.