Will Power says Hairpin at Chevrolet Detroit GP Will Be Something Else

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  • Two-time IndyCar champ Will Power will pilot the No. 12 NTT IndyCar for Team Penske at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear.

  • Power says that there is currently an accurate sim of the circuit, which will prepare racers for the return to Detroit’s streets.

  • Power points us to what should be the most exciting part of the track: the hairpin after the straight.

On the heels of the monster that is the Indianapolis 500, two-time IndyCar champ and Indy 500 winner Will Power is already looking ahead to the following week: the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear.

Power says there's going to be a different vibe on Detroit’s streets during a race week after two decades of racing Indy cars on Belle Isle.


“I’m looking forward to the event itself because I think it's going to bring a lot more fans, especially with 50% of the track being free to people," Power said during a recent visit to Detroit. "That’s very inclusive, and I think that was their goal to make it as inclusive as possible so everyone could come.

"Tracks pretty cool. I think it will be very good racing. Very long straight into a hairpin.”

If you’re wondering how exactly a driver can prepare for a race on a track that doesn’t exactly exist, well that’s business as usual.

“We actually have great simulation now," Power said. "My teammate is on the simulator today driving this track. It’s scanned and it’s exactly as it is. You know it before you even get there. Everything about it. It simulates all the bumps. It’s an exact scan.”

Fortunately, according to Power, the sims are easier on his body than the real car.

Asking Power where fans should watch, his answer is short. “I would say the best seat in the house is at that hairpin at the end of that long straight. That’s where you’re going to see most of the action.”

We’re going to have to wait until June 2-4 to see what kind of action happens at that hairpin. Though, we’re going to take Power’s advice and keep an eye on it.

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