Belle Isle, MI – Carlos Munoz has all the tools to be a great Verizon IndyCar Series driver. He’s strong at Indianapolis and quick nearly everywhere we go. If Indy is his best track, which lets face it, it is, Belle Isle is a strong second. Munoz, has his only Verizon IndyCar Series victory on the bumpy Belle Isle street circuit, winning the first of two Duels in Detroit in 2015.
Now, he returns with a new team, AJ Foyt Racing, and a chance to nab another strong result in both races this weekend.
Munoz, knows though that coming from a month at Indy, to a bumpy street course in Belle Isle, is challenging for the team, and knows that it will take a lot of hardwork to contend in both races this weekend.
“Moving on from Indy to road courses makes for a really challenging week, because everyone is really tired — the mechanics, engineers and the drivers,” Munoz said. “Detroit is a two-race event which makes it tough.”
Luckily, Munoz has a ton of success in this unique format. In 2014, he finished seventh and eighth respectively in the two races. In 2015, he obviously won. In 2016, he finished sixth and 15th respectively, giving him four top 10’s in six career Belle Isle starts. Mix that with two 10th place finishes in his last three starts on the season, and a seventh place run in the last street circuit we raced on this year in Long Beach, and there’s every bit of reason to why Munoz will have more confidence heading into this weekend.
“Detroit is where we’ve had a lot of success,” Munoz continued. “We’ve qualified good, run good and I got my first win there in 2015. They’ve ground down the bumps on the backstretch, which will be nicer, but it’s still a challenging track. I’m looking forward to it.”
Watch out for the ABC Supply duo this weekend. Chevrolet will be the manufacturer to beat again, and Munoz and his No. 14 Chevy should be up front.