IZOD IndyCar: Team Penske Has Home-Field Advantage Heading into Detroit

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIJune 1, 2012

Penske hopes for some hometown luck on Sunday.
Penske hopes for some hometown luck on Sunday.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

There is no city in this country that is more important to racing than Detroit. Motown is the home of the automotive industry, and they love their cars and their racing. On Sunday, the IndyCar Series will return to the beautiful Belle Isle road course along the downtown Detroit riverfront.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is back.

The IndyCar Series returns to Detroit for the first time since 2008, and the city is excited about the return. Longtime Motor City resident Roger Penske is likely excited as well. For 40 years, the racing icon has been a proud resident of Detroit and has worked to promote the city. He has also promoted the auto industry all over the world.

So, after a less-than-impressive Indianapolis 500, Penske will look to get his team back in Victory Lane. All four road races this season were won by a car with his name on it: Will Power had three wins, and Helio Castroneves got the other victory for Team Penske.

Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and his teammate Scott Dixon proved that the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team is not going away. The Andretti Autosport boys, led by James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, are also ready to challenge Team Penske.

But this race is a race that every member of Team Penske knows their 75-year-old boss want to win—if only from a bragging standpoint. So, come Sunday, it will be a battle. Right now, Power has to be considered a favorite, but it will be fun to see if anyone got an Indy 500 bump.   

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