2021 IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix Preview

After the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and a week off the IndyCar series returns to action this weekend with a double header around the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit.

Alex Palou enters the latest race weekend of the season at the top of the driver standings and has a 36 point advantage over second placed Scott Dixon. With the top three in the standings being completed by Pato O’Ward, who is one point behind Dixon and has a 10 point gap to fourth placed Simon Pagenaud.

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Palou enters this weekend having finished inside the top three in the two races prior. Dixon meanwhile will no doubt be looking to recover from a disappointing 500 where issues during the earlier part of the race meant that the Kiwi ended up being classified down in seventeenth.

O’Ward meanwhile heads into the double header having finished inside the top five in four of the six races contested so far this season. The Mexican managed to lead a few laps of the Indianapolis 500 before eventually finishing fourth.

With IndyCar returning to a street circuit it means that we are set to see the full compliment of 2021 series rookies. Scott McLaughlin will begin the weekend ninth in the championship having finished his first Indianapolis 500 in twentieth. The New Zealander is five points behind Graham Rahal in eighth and five ahead of Marcus Ericsson in tenth.

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Romain Grosjean returns to action twenty first in the championship, his last outing being the GMR Grand Prix around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course where the Frenchman qualified on pole and went on to finish second.

Lastly Jimmie Johnson will be back in the #48 Chip Ganassi car, the American is thirty second in the standings and is yet to best the nineteenth place finish he achieved in the season opener in Barber.

With Helio Castroneves beating Alex Palou in the latest edition of the Indianapolis 500 it means the series heads to Detroit having had six different winners across the opening six races of the season.

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It is also worth noting that the last double header held, at Texas Motor Speedway, this year saw Dixon and O’Ward claim victory. While the last double header held at a road/street course saw victories being split between Josef Newgarden and Will Power. This added to the six different winners so far this season will make it interesting to see what unfolds this weekend in Detroit.

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