Indianapolis, Indiana June 2, 2024

One of the shortest tracks on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix should by no means be deceived as one of the easiest. The 1.645-mile street course is famed for its invisible bumps, tight corners, tough battles and multi-car pileups, creating a highly contested racing environment for 100 laps just one week after the Indianapolis 500.

The No. 78 entry of Agustin Canapino started Sunday’s race 18th on the grid, but didn’t stay there long before jumping up nearly 10 positions within the first few laps of the session. Under the second safety period of the caution-riddled race, Canapino committed to what was meant to be a three-stop strategy favored by a third of the 27-car field.

However when rain started to fall during a lap 34 caution, half of the field opted for rain-ready tires like Canapino, while others risked staying out on slick tires in the hopes that the track would dry quickly. By lap 60, the Argentine was fighting in 6th before the No. 6 of Theo Pourchaire clipped the front wing of the No. 78, bumping him down to 9th. Following a few more tight fights through the rest of the race, Canapino cinched his season-best points-paying finish of 12th in a regular points race.

Agustin Canapino
“We finished P12 after a very tricky race. The team did a really good job as we were running in the top 10 most of the day. Unfortunately, I received a pretty big hit from the No. 6 and my car was destroyed. The good thing was is we finished the race in a good situation despite the hit. Now we are looking forward to Road America.”

Saturday’s drama-fueled qualifying session saw the No. 78 entry of Romain Grosjean start Sunday’s race 15th on the grid, and like his teammate, was quickly fighting in the top 10 within the first few laps of the race. Grosjean, however, decided to stay out during the sessions’ early caution periods and opted not to switch to wet tires during the brief rainfall, fighting in fourth at the lap 41 restart.

The infamous turn 3 which saw numerous pileups throughout the weekend found one more, as the No. 45 of Christian Lundgaard spun and popped a wheel on Grosjean’s No. 77 entry, bumping him to the bottom of the grid. The Frenchman crossed the checkered flag in 23rd place, having enough pace to cinch the second-fastest lap of the race.

Romain Grosjean
“We had a fast car, second fastest lap of the race and then we got wrecked. Not much we can do but regroup and move forward.”

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix leads into the last race of the quadruple-header, the XPEL Grand Prix at Road America June 7-9. Fans can catch all the action on Peacock, and watch Sunday’s race live on NBC.