After a three-year hiatus, IndyCar racing finally made its return to Detroit this weekend. But after only five laps, things started to fall apart – literally – for Belle Isle’s big race. Now, any Michigan native – or anyone who has spent enough time here – will tell you that this state isn’t exactly renowned for its immaculate road surfaces.
And because the Belle Isle circuit sat unused for the past three years (aside from its day-to-day duties as a public road on Detroit’s island park), cracks and potholes were present along the entire race surface. Before the weekend’s events took place, road crews used synthetic rubber to fill the cracks and dips, but as you can see from the photo above, the patch job wasn’t good enough. As the racers lapped the patched pavement at high speed, it began to break loose to dangerous effect.
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