Roe Geared Up for the Motor City

May 31, 2024
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May 31, 2024 jamesroejr

Detroit, Mich. (Thursday, May 30, 2024) – James Roe is ready to make his own mark on the Motor City’s rich racing history as he tackles this weekend’s INDY NXT™ by Firestone Detroit Grand Prix on a bumpy and physically challenging course through the Streets of Detroit.

The revamped Detroit Grand Prix weekend will feature three full days of activities and celebration on some of Detroit’s most popular and active Downtown areas, including racing on a new 1.645-mile, nine-turn street circuit along Jefferson Avenue, Bates Street, Atwater Street, St. Antoine, Franklin Street and Rivard.

“Detroit was good to us last year and I’m looking forward to getting back,” said Roe. “It’s a super technical track and really pushes you as a driver. Last year, our car was fast, which allowed us to execute well, and I know the Andretti team has what it takes to bring the No. 29 Topcon Dallara up to winning form.” 

The No. 29 car livery will feature Iafrate Construction – a Michigan-based heavy civil construction company and key client of Topcon Positioning Systems – prominently on the rear wing as it races against the backdrop of the Detroit skyline.

Having qualified less than one tenth of a second off the pole in his last outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, Roe looks to capitalize on the pace of the No. 29 machine to secure a strong Championship points haul in Detroit for his team and partners Topcon, Ring Power Corporation, CES Power, Strong Roots, Trintech, Tourism Ireland, and The Ireland Funds. 



Event: INDY NXT by Firestone Detroit Grand Prix

Season: Race 5 of 14

Race Info: Sunday, June 2 (10:30 a.m. ET) 

Track: Streets of Detroit (1.645-mile, 9-turn street course)

Other Sessions: Practice 1 – Friday, May 31 (1:50 p.m. ET); Practice 2 – Saturday, June 1 (8:00 a.m. ET); Qualifying – Saturday, June 1 (11:20 a.m. ET)

Broadcast: Races – Live on Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network (U.S.), INDYCAR Live! (outside of U.S.). Practice/Qualifying – Live on INDYCAR Live!, INDYCAR Radio Network (globally). Sky F1 (UK/Ireland/Northern Ireland).



Hometown: Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 25

2024 Car: No. 29 Topcon Andretti Global Dallara

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