June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Belle Isle Park in
Detroit, Michigan this
Sunday, June 3, 2012, after a three year absence for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Quaker Chemical, an official sponsor and technical partner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) supports the #67 SFHR entry of rookie driver
Josef Newgarden as he seeks to continue his impressive debut season.
Although Quaker Chemical is headquartered in
, just outside of
, the Motor City is a second home to Quaker since the company is a leading supplier of a range of premium lubricants, coolants, hydraulic fluids, and greases that provide a "start to finish" solution for the world's leading automotive manufacturers.
"Quaker has a long-standing relationship with the automotive industry and we are extremely excited to bring this technology to the IZOD IndyCar Series," said
, Quaker VP and Managing Director North America. "Our partnership with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing builds on more than 90 years of technology leadership. Quaker is focused on one goal: creating more value for our customers."
Newgarden made headlines in practice and his qualifying trials for the
May 27, 2012
, by posting the fastest speed on three of six practice days and putting the only Honda-powered car into the Fast Nine final segment of Pole Day time trials. Newgarden ultimately recorded the 7th fastest time, setting a start on the inside of row three, ahead of many IndyCar veterans.
The tight and twisty 2.1 mile, 14-turn
circuit, offers a unique racing experience to the IndyCar drivers in contrast to the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. "I'm interested to see what happens, because I think it feels weird going into a street circuit after being on an oval for a long time. Everything you're doing in the car feels completely different. Now that things are back to a street circuit setting it takes a while to feel normal," said Newgarden.
Newgarden is ready for the challenge, he notes that, "You've got to give yourself four to five laps to re-adjust to the street circuit feel. I think we'll be able to adjust really quickly as a team, but I think it will be interesting to see which teams get on top of it the quickest."