June 3, 2023 - Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic
Daniel Morad and Bryce Ward collect their maiden IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge victory on the streets of Detroit
Daniel Morad and Bryce Ward took the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 to victory in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class-only 100-minute race on the streets of Detroit. Morad was able to snatch the lead away from RS1 driver Stevan McAleer with 34 minutes to go in Turn 1. From there, Morad opened a gap and held on to claim victory in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic with teammate Bryce Ward.
Morad and Ward's margin of victory was 2.405 seconds over RS1’s McAleer and Eric Filguerias. Birmingham, Mich.-based Thaze Competition’s Michael DiMeo and Marc Miller scored a third-place finish in the team’s IMSA debut.
It marked both drivers’ first victory in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition.
June 4, 2022 - Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic
Bourdais, van der Zande give Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing back-to-back wins in Detroit
Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande made it back-to-back Chevrolet Sports Car Classic wins for Chip Ganassi Racing. Bourdais started the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi on the pole and despite pressure from Tom Blomqvist early on, held him off until the pitstops, when van der Zande climbed into the car. With Jarvis in the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb Agajanian Acura DPi, the two continued the duel their teammates started, but despite running mostly nose-to-tail, Jarvis could not find a way past van der Zande.
The No. 60 car of Blomqvist and Jarvis finished second and moved into the lead of the DPi championship. Earl Bamber in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi held onto third for himself and Alex Lynn.
This was the second win of the season for van der Zande and Bourdais. For the first time in the history of sports car racing at Belle Isle, the race was completed without a full-course yellow.
In the GTD class, IndyCar rookie Kyle Kirkwood led an overhauled Vasser Sullivan lineup to the team’s first win. Kirkwood won the pole for the race but raced with an injured right hand he hurt in an IndyCar practice crash. Kirkwood was overtaken at the start by Roman De Angelis in the No. 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
After leapfrogging the No. 27 Aston Martin during pit stops, Ben Barnicoat led the final hour of the race. De Angelis and Ross Gunn settled for second and Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow in the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 settled for third.
Although ailing, Kirkwood teamed with Barnicoat to win the GTD class and gave Vasser Sullivan and Lexus their first win. Both Kirkwood and Barnicoat were late additions, with Barnicoat a replacement for regular Jack Hawksworth, who was injured in a motorbike crash.
June 12, 2021 - Chevrolet Sports Car Classic
Magnussen and van der Zande Bring Cadillac Back to Victory Lane in Detroit
The Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande led a Cadillac 1-2 finish at the manufacturer’s “home” race as the No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R. won the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic for the team’s first victory of its maiden IMSA season. The battle for the win came down to the final minutes of the 100-minute street course battle. Van der Zande took the green flag race restart with just two minutes and 50 seconds remaining and the polewinning No. 01 Caddy pulled away from the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac co-driven by Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani to win by 0.573 seconds. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 finished in third place to round out the podium as drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque retained the DPi class championship points lead.
In the GTD class, Ross Gunn and Romain De Angelis scored their first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship wins in an unconventional manner. The duo’s No. 23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 took the checkered flag in second place, and they were awarded the victory after the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 was penalized by IMSA for a refueling time infraction.
In the GTLM class, Corvette Racing returned to compete in Detroit for the first time since 2008 as the C8.R Corvettes put on a great show for the hometown fans. Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner brought the No. 4 Corvette home 0.226 seconds ahead of the No. 3 C8.R driven by Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia.
June 1, 2019 - Chevrolet Sports Car Classic
Acura Team Penske’s Montoya and Cameron Win to End GM’s Detroit Dominance
In the GTD class, Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand drove the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 to victory in the second race of the 2019 WeatherTech Sprint Cup – the championship comprised of the seven IMSA events timed at two hours and 40 minutes or less. Heistand took the green flag in fourth place and ran inside the top five before he turned the No. 14 Lexus over to Hawksworth. With 51 minutes remaining, Hawksworth moved into the lead and he held off Patrick Long and the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R for the win. The No. 12 Lexus combo of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo joined their AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates on the podium following a third-place finish. After their second consecutive win to begin the WeatherTech Sprint Cup season, Hawksworth and Heistand left Detroit with a 10-point lead in the standings.