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Belle Isle Ready For Detroit Grand Prix Racing

(DETROIT, MI) – This weekend the Detroit Grand Prix returns to Belle Isle for a full schedule of racing and entertainment. Packed into the three days will be this year’s only points doubleheader for the IndyCar series as well as the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the Trans Am Series.

The 2.3 mile road course at Belle Isle will host Indianapolis 500 Champion Simon Pagenaud, who will lead a field of drivers through the 70-lap race on both Saturday and Sunday. Currently leading Josef Newgarden for the series lead by just one point, you can be sure that all the drivers will be competing strongly for the checkered flag each day.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) at the 2018 IndyCar competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) at the 2018 IndyCar competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Last year Scott Dixon won Race 1 of the dual with Ryan Hunter-Reay winning on Sunday. For Dixon, it was his second victory at Belle Isle, the first coming in 2012, and helped him to win his fifth career series championship.. This year’s event will mark the 30th anniversary of the Grand Prix in Detroit and many special exhibits will feature the racing history of the Motor City.

Beginning in 1982, the Detroit Grand Prix first zoomed through the streets of the downtown as Formula One racers weaved along the temporary track for the seven years before the emergence of CART. Famous names from the world of racing, such as Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, and Emerson Fittipaldi have all been victorious in Detroit.

Racing action at the 2018 IndyCar competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. John Skinner.
Racing action at the 2018 IndyCar competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. John Skinner.

In addition to the IndyCar series, the Detroit Grand Prix will host the IMSA Sports Car Championship race on Saturday at 12:30pm as well as the Muscle Car Challenge and the Motor City Dash, both part of the Trans Am Series.

Over the course of the weekend there will be twelve bands performing on the entertainment stage and highlighted by Michigan’s country music superstar Frankie Ballard Saturday night. The legendary Stone Temple Pilots will play a special matinee concert on Sunday. Marine City, MI, native Jeff Gutt, lead singer of STP, will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the final Dual in Detroit race.

Racing action at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. John Skinner.
Racing action at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. John Skinner.

Tickets, starting as low as $45, are still available online or by calling 866-464-7749, and all ticket classes include access to the racing paddock.

Katherine Legge in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.
Katherine Legge in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

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