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Belle Isle…mind your step!

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Going into Detroit confidence had been building and things were looking optimistic. The saying is ” That’s racing”. And it took on a new meaning as the #27 Go Daddy car’s weekend was ruined by  a track in disrepair.

“James Hinchcliffe, running 12th, crashed because the track surface was breaking down. Asphalt seams began peeling up, and Hinchcliffe hit the seam, which was missing a large chunk of asphalt, and it pitched him into the tire barrier. The track had a variety of cars running non-stop over the weekend, and by the time the headliners took the stage, the toll was too much. The downforce from the Indy cars sucked up the asphalt patches used to fill in the cracks in the track that come from the harsh Michigan winters.

The cars ran under yellow for seven laps while IndyCar and track officials evaluated the situation. They red-flagged the race after 45 laps. Because the race was at the halfway point, they easily could have called it a race and sent everyone home disappointed. But racers never give up.

Instead, they used a quick-setting concrete mixture to repair about 20 asphalt patches in three different turns. Nearly two hours later — and much to my surprise, to be honest — the drivers were back in their cars, ready to race.” A.J. FOYT  for USA TODAY

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