May 20, the MCTV Street team comprised of myself and our web editor AJ Williams went to Belle Isle to experience first-hand what it is like inside an Indy Pace car at the Grand Prix on Belle Isle. The Cheverolet Detroit Grand Prix hosted a “hot lap ride” with three of the Grand Prix’s hottest drivers: Will Power, Driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and three-time IndyCar Series road course champion, Simona De Silvestro, Driver of the 78 Nuclear Energy Chevrolet for KV Racing Technology and standout female driver, Townsend Bell, Driver of the No. 60 Sunoco “Turbo” Panther Racing Chevrolet and NBC Sports color commentator.
The drivers, having just come off of qualifying weekend at Indianapolis are preparing to race in the Indy 500 the next Sunday before coming to Detroit for the Grand Prix. We were able to experience the newly-paved and reconfigured 2.3-mile street circuit at Belle Isle with the drivers giving “hot lap” rides in high-performance Chevy Camaros.
We were fortunate to ride with Will Power, a phenomenal driver for Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. The trip around the track was breathtaking, a pure rush of adrenaline. In an interview with Power, he expressed confidence in Team Penske. In answer to what a win would mean to him he commented:
“I can’t imagine winning it. It’s such a unique race”
In regards to the new track, Power said:
“It’s a huge improvement. It makes for a really nice flying circuit.”
The Detroit Chevrolet Grand Prix is May 31st through June 2nd on beautiful Belle Isle. Purchase tickets by going online http://www.detroitgp.com/tickets/
Check out the video below of Amber Bogins in the ‘Hot Seat’ of her ‘Hot Lap Ride’