BELLE ISLE, MI – Good thing Chevrolet won and dominated last weeks Indianapolis 500 because they got their rear ends kicked in their own backyard this weekend. In Indy, Chevy drivers had nine of the top 11 starting spots and led 150 of the 200 laps en route to a 1-2 finish. But, one week later in Detroit, they home of the automotive industry, Chevy drivers led zero laps, took zero poles and scored zero wins.
From the start of practice on Friday to the checkered flag of the race weekend on Sunday, it was all about the Honda teams and drivers. In the two practices on Friday, Honda drivers had the top eight speeds in practice No. 1 and five of the top six in session No. 2. In fact, in that final practice, Honda had nine of the top 11 times.
In the two qualifying sessions, Honda had the entire top five for the first 70 Lap dual on Saturday and eight of the top nine starts. For the second race, Honda had five of the top six starters and eight of the top nine.
What about the races?
Honda had the entire top six of the finishing order in race No. 1 and five of the top six in race No. 2. They also led all 70 laps in each race as well.
An old fashioned butt whooping on the Chevrolet sponsored race weekend.
That isn’t too surprising though. For the season, Honda has led 321 out of 335 laps on street courses. That’s 96-percent of the overall laps. They led 105 of 110 laps in St. Pete and 76 of 85 laps in Long Beach. They also had the top six finishes in the season opener and five of the top six in Long Beach.
Luckily for Chevy drivers, we only have one more street course race the rest of the season. That falls on July 15 in Toronto. That’s a Honda sponsored event.