VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES, IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS TO APPEAR FRIDAY AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
DETROIT, Mich. (January 21, 2016) – Some of the top champion race car drivers in the world will visit the Motor City on Friday to celebrate Family Day at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and help promote the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, to be run June 3-5.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Chevrolet driver Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who won the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, will be in attendance on Friday, Jan. 22 along with defending race winner Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing who won the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans in his Chevy-powered car last summer. Action Express Racing teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, the defending Prototype champions of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will be in Detroit as well to attend NAIAS.
Starting the morning early with a local media tour to promote the Grand Prix and their appearance at the show, the drivers will then attend a special “Breakfast with Champions” event with select Grand Prix ticket holders that won a contest online to dine with the heroes of horsepower. After breakfast, the drivers will tour the North American International Auto Show floor before meeting with the media at 11 am at the Hitachi and Grand Prix display located on the Cobo Center concourse.
Dixon, Bourdais, Fittipaldi and Barbosa will then take the stage in the Cobo Center Atrium for a Grand Prix discussion moderated by WXYZ-TV sports anchor Brad Galli at 12 p.m. Joining the drivers on stage will be Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix; Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company (INDYCAR); Scott Atherton, President of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing; and Linda Forte, Chief Diversity Officer for Comerica Bank. After the on-stage Grand Prix discussion the drivers will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans near the Atrium stage from 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Fans will able to see the drivers on stage and get autographs afterward free of charge as the Atrium is located outside of the show floor. For tickets and more information about the North American International Auto Show visit www.naias.com/. Tickets to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are now on sale, for more information visit www.DetroitGP.com or call 866-464-PRIX (7749).
ABOUT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, the event will include the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas. Partners for the 2016 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at www.facebook.com/detroitgp, www.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.