June 2012
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Detroit Track Is The Bomb...Field
June 3 - After a 3-year hiatus, IndyCar returned to Belle Isle, the largest island in the continental U.S. (not counting Long Island NY), located between
Detroit and Windsor Canada.  
Scott Dixon grabbed the pole and led every lap.  At the halfway point, the suction from the race car's began pulling up
"repaired" sections of the course and
James Hinchcliffe got thrown into the tire barrier ending his day.  The race was red-flagged and repairs
began around the track.  Two hours later the race resumed for 15 laps and was then was ended early at lap 60 instead of the intended 90 laps.  
IndyCar Race in Fort Woth Texas
June 9 -IndyCar traveled to Fort Worth Texas this weekend
for the Firestone 550.  The new DW12 chassis got its first
taste of racing on a fast mile and a half oval and proved once
again that it is an incredible machine.  

With the old car, the racing at Fort Worth was fast, close and
scary, as the drivers flew around the track stuck to it like
glue.  The new chassis presents a whole new ballgame.  The
cars don't have much down-force and drivers are lifting and
driving a different line, as well as practicing tire management.

The new style of driving was appreciated by the drivers, but
those whose cars went loose would have an intense physical
day.

Dario Franchitti was nudged from the pole by Alex Tagliani
in Saturday's qualifying.   But it was his Ganassi teammate
Scott Dixon who would lead the first half of the race, lost the
back end of his car and hit the wall ending his race.

Will Power was fighting for the lead when he put a big block
on
Tony Kanaan.  Power didn't argue with the drive through
penalty that was handed down, which put him out of
contention.
In the end, it looked like Graham Rahal had it all buttoned
up, but on the 2nd to last lap, his right rear tire touched the
wall in a turn which gave him the wiggles.  A hard-charging
Justin Wilson was then able to pass Rahal for the win.  

This was Wilson's 2nd win for Dale Coyne Racing and his
first victory on an oval.  The lanky Brit towers over the other
drivers at 6'4".
Montoya, McMurray Join Super Weekend
GRAND-AM Race
June 22 - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
announced today a partnership with Chevron to field a
second Daytona Prototype (DP) in the GRAND-AM Rolex
Sports Car Series’ inaugural race at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway July 27.
The No.02 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie
McMurray
will return to action for the team for the first time
since January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.  The second entry will
run alongside the season-long effort (No.01) driven by
Scott
Pruett
and Memo Rojas, who hold the distinction of being
the most successful driving duo in series history with 23 race
wins.