Where to Watch IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA This Weekend (June 5th, 2022)

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IndyCar – Detroit Belle Isle
Sunday, June 5th – 3:00 pm ET – USA

IndyCar is moving to a downtown street circuit in Detroit next year, which makes tomorrow’s now-traditional post-Indianapolis 500 race at Belle Isle the last on the island street circuit. It wasn’t always a beloved track, but great races over an ultra-bumpy surface the past few years have made it a surprisingly enjoyable track for the series.

Unlike recent years, this year’s IndyCar round at Detroit is just one race on Sunday. That means we have two defending race-winners for one race. It just so happens that those drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Pato O’Ward, finished first and second in the Indianapolis 500 last weekend. Now that the world has caught on to just how good Marcus Ericsson has been in IndyCar lately, they’ll be smart picks on Sunday.

NASCAR – Gateway
Sunday, June 5th – 3:30 p.m. ET – Fox Sports 1

After decades of lower-level races at the track once known as Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, NASCAR announced last year that it will bring the marquee Cup Series to the uneven intermediate oval in 2022. That race happens tomorrow, marking the second new oval for the Cup Series in two years after a decade without one.

Gateway is a unique challenge for drivers: The combination of its Darlington-like uneven track design and flat corners make it a track with two very, very different sides. Thanks to the new car’s transaxle finally going above four gears, that means drivers will be consistently shifting on another oval. It makes for a new layer of challenge at what is already going to be one of the more difficult tracks on the schedule.

IMSA – Detroit Belle Isle
Saturday, June 4th – 3:00 pm ET – USA

The last IndyCar race at Belle Isle means the last IMSA race here, too. While DPi leads the field, the series will again race with only its pro-am GTD category and not its factory GTD Pro class behind them.

Kyle Kirkwood, a full-time IndyCar rookie and usually an endurance driver for Lexus, has through a COVID case ended up as the lead driver in a second Lexus GTD car entered for only this and the last race. He’ll start on pole in class. Sebastien Bourdais will start from the overall pole for Cadillac’s Ganassi-run factory operation.

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