According to the Detroit Free Press, Spiderman will be practicing his qualification runs at the newly refined course at Belle Isle. We are told this course has been redesigned not just aesthetically but also functionally, as 6 of 14 turns have been repaved to promote race conditions. That alone offers some encouraging prospects for racing at this formerly passing-free circuit.
BACK TO BELLE ISLE: Helio Castroneves, who finished third to Dixon over the weekend, will be in Detroit today to run his Team Penske car around the Raceway at Belle Isle.The Detroit Indy Grand Prix is scheduled for September 2nd. Since it's also on Labor Day weekend, much consumption of hot dogs and beer is also scheduled.
The first on-track activity on the island in six years, Castroneves' compatibility test will be conducted on the new 2.1-mile circuit, which the Brazilian driver and two-time Indy 500 champion will compete on during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Sept. 2.
The test is closed to the public.