Helio Castroneves shows off new Detroit Belle Isle race track

DETROIT - It's been a busy week for Roger Penske. The famed car owner is celebrating his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with driver Brad Keselowski.

Tuesday, the spotlight shined on the Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Penske's IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power took turns giving people firsthand looks at the newly fixed Belle Isle track, in anticipation of next May's Duel in Detroit.

"The new surface, they did a great job fixing the problems we had last year," Castroneves said.

Penske's team isn't just fixing. They're ensuing the track will be as entertaining - and as fast - as possible.

Around Turn No. 3, fans will notice the biggest difference in the course. Where drivers used to turn right, they will now follow a straight that will encourage passing, and engage drivers into speeds of 175 m.p.h.

"It's pretty darn fast for a street course. People that want to see speed, cars passing by, and battling for position, that will be the spot," Castroneves said.

"It's great to take bumps out of the track to make it smoother and faster."

Tickets for the Belle Isle Grand Prix went on sale Tuesday.

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