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Home Teams Struggle at Detroit Grand Prix

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It was a tough outing for the hometown teams at this weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Detroit businessman and racing legend Roger Penske arrived at Belle Isle on the heels of his team having won a record 17th Indianapolis 500.

But neither Penske nor hometown sponsor Chevrolet could match the rival Honda cars in Detroit.

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It was a rough weekend for the hometown Penske team at the Detroit Grand Prix.

They took the top six positions in the first Indycar race on Saturday.

Team Ganassi driver Scott Dixon finished in first, a victory that tied him for third in all-time wins in Indycar.

Dixon says it was especially satisfying for both him and Honda following a frustrating finish in the race leading up to Bell Isle. the famed Indy 500.

It’s always tough leaving Indianapolis unless you’ve won,” Dixon said after the Belle Isle race. “But it’s always nice to rebound strong in Detroit. Honda have done a superb job, I think, here in Motor City. It’s a pretty big deal.”

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The weekend featured family-friendly activities along with a variety of racing.

Driver Ryan Hunter Reay earned the win in the Sunday edition of the Indycar doubleheader.

He says the twisty, bumpy temporary street track on Belle Isle took a toll on drivers.

It’s just really physical because you end up counter-steering so much and constantly catching the car. It’s just violent out there,” Hunter Reay says.

The Sunday race was rough for Chevrolet as well, which had problems on Sunday even before the Indycar contest began.

The Corvette pace car, driven by a GM executive, crashed during the parade lap, causing a 30 minute delay.

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Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

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