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RACE PREVIEW – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 – SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2023

RACE: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
STATE: The streets of downtown Detroit
LOCATION: Detroit, Michigan, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: Road circuit 1.7 miles, with 9 turns

DURING THE WOMAN: 100 laps/170 miles
PRACTICE: Friday – 3-4:30pm ET (Peacock Premium),
Saturday – 9:05-10:05am ET (Peacock Premium)
Sunday – 10-10:30am (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFICATION: Saturday – 1:20-2:50pm ET (Peacock Premium)
RACE: Sunday – 3:30pm ET (NBC, 3 p.m. ET)

ED RACING carpenter

Less than a week after competing in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay will not only be back behind the wheels of their BITNILE.COM Chevrolets, but they’ll be taking on a new circuit. The 2022 event marked the final race at Belle Isle as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix returns to its roots on the downtown streets for 2023 and beyond. Both Daly and VeeKay hold second place at the Belle Isle circuit and look to get back on the podium again on Sunday.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, no. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “Chevrolet has a lot of momentum going into Detroit. The Chevy team won the Indy 500, so everyone will be very excited to hit this new track. We will do our best to make the Chevy family proud, as well as BITNILE.COM!”

FOR NOTE:

• Conor Daly has competed in four NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheaders at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix and made his 9th Detroit start in the opener last year. In the 2022 race, Daly narrowly missed out on progress in the second round of qualifying, gained two positions over the final lap and finished 12th. The track’s previous appearance is home to his best NTT INDYCAR SERIES finish to date, as the first of the 2016 races gave him a runner-up finish.

• Daly will be behind the wheel of the number 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet after his best result of the year and second-best finish in the Indianapolis 500. Daly started 16th in what was his 10th Indy 500. Aided by quick stops in smart pit and strategy, he firmly moved into the Top 10. Daly remained focused throughout the closing laps of the race, which held many cautions and red flags, and brought home an 8th place finish.

• Second-generation racer Daly climbed into a kart for the first time at age 10; within five years, he was competing in both the United States and international open-wheel systems. He found success in each before focusing solely on American motorsports in 2015. Daly is now in his fourth season with ECR and recently reached a career milestone as he competed in his 100th NTT race INDYCAR SERIES.

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET


RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet:
“Detroit is going to be a lot of fun! I’ve run it in the simulator and can’t wait to get started there. A new song is always a big challenge! We had a great car in the Indy 500 and I’m excited to turn right again.”

FOR NOTE:

• Rinus VeeKay had never driven on the streets of Belle Isle in any series until the opening NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice in 2021. Less than 24 hours later, his first race at Detroit ended with a podium finish as he took the checkered flag in second place. He was running in the Top 10 at last year’s event when the No. 21 slid in the Turn 6 tire barrier, resulting in a 16th-place finish.

• Last Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 resulted in VeeKay’s best finish of the season. He qualified second, the third time in three years that he started on the front row. He traded the lead with pole-sitter Alex Palou for the first quarter of the race, leading 24 laps. A penalty for avoidable pit contact left him at the back of the field, but with 97 laps to go, VeeKay took every opportunity to move forward. After running as high as 28th, he finished the 500-mile race in 10th position.

• Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout started karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With his sights set on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, he switched to the Road to Indy in 2017 and began his US career driving as Rinus VeeKay. Just four years into his time in the United States, he not only made it to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, but earned 2020 Rookie of the Year honors. The 22-year-old recently entered his 50th career.

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