By Ian Shalapata
(DETROIT, MI) – For the first time ever, IndyCar scheduled two points races in the same weekend. Billed as the Dual in Detroit, the Belle Isle Grand Prix was held the weekend of 1 and 2 June and was jammed packed with racing. In addition to the headlining Chevrolet Indy races, there were also the Cadillac V-Series Challenge, the Grand-Am Rolex Series, and Pirelli World Challenge. Normally the Firestone Indy Lights races would be run as well, but the fourth series was dropped in Detroit to accommodate the second IZOD duel.
But, as with every Grand Prix weekend, there is much more for race fans than the action on the track. At Belle Isle there was an assortment of family friendly extras for patrons looking for more than rubber and ethanol.
The 2013 Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix was an international affair. With drivers and crew from around the world to being situated on the border of the United States and Canada, IZOD IndyCar brings together the world. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
A lot of rubber is used in a wekend. These Continental slicks were destined for the Dodge Viper belonging to Kyle Kelley. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Racing legend AJ Foyt converses with Takuma Sato, a top driver at AJ Foyt Racing. Sato currently sits 5th in the IndyCar points race and won earlier this year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 1st at the Honda Indy Grand Prix in Birmingham, AL, and added a 3rd place rsult in the first race on Belle Isle. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Dario Franchitti exchanges a satisfied look with his crew chief after winning the poll position for the first race in Detroit. He went on to finish in 6th place. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The very successful Emerson Fittipaldi was interviewed track-side before Dual 1 in Detroit. During the Brazilian’s career he twice won the Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1 championship. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The #7 Ford Mustang Boss of Dane Moxlow has seen better days after contact on Sunday in Detroit. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Hold on a second. There was more to the Detroit Grand Prix than what was happening on the track. Photo by Ian Shalapta.
The view from Grandstand 4 at Belle Isle was of the Whitcomb Conservatory and the nicely manicured grounds. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
In the paddock area there is less grease and more technology. Here a Honda technician runs a diagnostic survey on Justin Wilson’s ride. Wilson finished 2nd on Saturday. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Fans proudly displayed the colours of their favourite drivers. This racing enthusiast supported Oakville’s own James Hinchcliffe. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Detroit politics was evident at the race as a garbage skip was plastered with the likeness of Detroit’s Emergency Manager. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The international media were serenaded by the marching band from Cass Technical High School. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The quality of music from the Cass Technical HS Marching Band was very high despite the condition of the instruments being held together with duct tape. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Although there wasn’t much to do, the presence of Detroit’s finest ensured the family friendly fun during the Grand Prix. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The success of the Grand Prix weekend was due to the army of volunteers who made sure that everyone found their way to where they needed to go. Whether getting to the right parking lot, bus, or entrance, to finding the track, Meijer Family Fun Centre, or the proper seats, volunteers were there to help. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Jamie Little began her career with ESPN straight out of college and now reports on NASCAR as well as IndyCar. Here she stopped from her busy schedule to give us a wave from the infield. By Ian Shalapata.
WXYZ’s Stephen Clark studies some notes just before live coverage from track-side at the Grand Prix. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
As the lead singer for Kaleido, Christina Chriss belts out “Open Your Eyes”on the Sound Board stage at the Detroit Grand Prix. Kaleido is a local area band with a No Doubt vibe that has played on the Van’s Warped Tour and won the 89X Battle of the Bands. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Kaleido guitarist Jamie Burnham rocks out sporting a Kid Rock “Made in Detroit” t-shirt at the Belle Isle Grand Prix. Photo by Ian Shalapata.