Skip to comments.Detroit Grand Prix Stopped Because Of Detroitís Terrible Roads (DNC City = Crumbling Infrastructure)
Posted on 06/03/2012 9:59:14 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Detroit Grand Prix Stopped Because Of Detroits Terrible Roads
The first running of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix since 2008 was red-flagged this afternoon after a piece of the track started to crumble, causing driver James Hinchcliffe to go flying into the wall. As you can see in the video (YouTube link provided below), he was not happy about it.
Indy's return to Detroit's Belle Isle course was supposed to be another signal of the rebirth of the American automaker. Instead, it's just been a reminder of Detroit's failing infrastructure and Indy's inability to make anything outside of the Indy 500 remotely interesting.
Race organizers patched up the cracks in the road with a filler that, it seems, couldn't survive a weekend of racing abuse and started coming up earlier in the race. The Grand Prix was allowed to continue until Hinchcliffe hit a chunk and lost his steering, causing him to kiss the tires.
"The f*cking track just came up. They leave that big piece of track just sitting there. What the f*ck?" Hinchcliffe screamed after plowing into the rubber. This led them to red flag the race. Since then they've been hanging out in the paddock waiting for the track to get patched.
UPDATE: The race eventually finished, but shortened with multiple yellow flags.
(Note by DogByte6RER: Scott Dixon won the shortened Detroit Grand Prix)
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Ryan Briscoe drives past a broken piece of asphalt during IndyCar's Detroit Grand Prix auto race on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
“James Hinchcliffe Angry F-Bombs as Detroit IndyCar track surface breaks apart and causes crash”
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“Scott Dixon wins shortened Detroit Grand Prix”
DETROITScott Dixon just wanted to enjoy his first victory of the year and hail crews that patched up problems on a shoddy surface.
Dixon won IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix that was marred by poor track conditions that stopped the race for a little more than 2 hours on Sunday, leading the lackluster race from start to finish.
“We have to focus on the positives,” he said.
That’s easier to do of course when you win.
A red flag halted the event 45 laps into a race that was scheduled for 90 laps and shortened to 60.
I think this type of thing would make the race more interesting - and hence why one would have the race in a certain place. In Detroit the additional local flavor would be crumbling infrastructure, avoiding lines of unemployed on turn 16, a gang fight on turn 4, etc.
My last word ... Detroit should get onboard the Sister Cities International program with Pyongyang. They have so much in common and so much to share.
An EBT/TANF Obama Money Card for every lap led?
Happens all the time in MI, home of the 160,000 lb. truck limit.
Get over it.
The dude is fortunate that the deer are not jumping out in front of him....
Wow! That photo says it all.
If only they had laser warfare, decapitations, dinosaur beatdowns, explosions, fires, and accordion playing galore like you see in this soccer game you would probably actually have people tune in to watch the race!
I think they should throw in a tanker truck that comes around the various corners of the track, rolls over, and smashes into competing cars.
Lol, and a flash mob at the concession stand...
The sign coming in to Detroit should read:
Welcome to Detroit, America’s third world shit hole.
“Welcome to Detoilet”
And why stop with racing? Imagine the interesting obstacles Detroit could provide for a miniature golf course! The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Indycar was just ‘keeping it real’ with the torn up street!
This is not really an example of deetroit roads. It is Belle Isle, a seldom visited chunk of land floating in the Detroit river between the us and Canada. Sheesh. actually the real.roads are much worse - and they redo them every other year with lots of stimulus money, seemingly “repairing” the decent ones over and over while the trouble spots languish. Keeps the right voters working, until we run out of other peoples money.
The project had some major quality issues. They should have gone the extra mile to bring that track up to speed (cough). Instead, they called it good and could only run half a race.
If it were up to me, I’d have the Detroit Gran Prix run at Stoney Creek Metropark....after some minor alterations to the main road’s layout.
Evocative imagery ping!
Didn’t Obama say he wants to make every city in America like Detroit?
Oh, well. The carjackers would have eventually stopped them anyway...
Repairing concrete is easy if you know what you’re doing. The race organizers didn’t know what they were doing.
I miss the old Michigan 500 with the Indycars. Was a great race!
Yesterday’s broadcast was touting the resurgence of Detroit and GM (positioned via the Chevy engines that dominated until Indy), then the track fell apart and showed it’s just one more dying part of the region.
Didn’t the MIS “long” road course actually have a loop that went outside the oval at one time? I remember going there with some SCCA racer friends in the early 70s.
As I remember his “bugeye” Sprite looked pretty small on that track, LOL.
The road course is still there outside the backstretch. Its just not used for any kind of real racing.
That could work!
Thanks for the info. I’d rather watch an oval live (not that I have!) to see more of the track and the action.
OTOH, I got to attend the Edmonton race a couple of years back as a guest of Honda and it was VIP treatment all weekend. Really a blast!And they had TV monitors in the suite so we could see what TV saw, which was pretty well everything.
Still, I watched it again on TV when I got home and it was amazing how different the experiences were.
The Detroit Grand Prix used to be one of my favourite races back in the CART days, because the roads were hell on the cars and it meant a high attrition rate.
Nice to know some things never change . . .
Shame on you, people who caused the Detroit mess. Shame on you all.
I will always have a great memory of visiting Detroit twice, once in the early 1990s and once in 2001. It had gone downhill fast.
But in my youth, a family vacation took us there in its prime. It shone like a diamond. I remember an antique car show, which was stacked end to end with gorgeous, 100 point cars. An ivory Cadlilac of the 1930s, custom built, comes to mind.
Shame on you.
It’s not enough that I am angry or embarrassed at this. Behind it all, my heart hangs low for what was a treasure and symbol of American industrial might.