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TRANSPORTATION PLAN CHARTS EASY PATH FOR FANS TO BELLE ISLE FOR THE 2021 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (June 11, 2021) – Fans will have plenty of easy and safe transportation options available for their visit to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, June 11-13.

Once again, there is no public parking available on Belle Isle for Grand Prix attendees during race weekend. There are numerous options for fans to take advantage of, however, as they plan their visit to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. 

Fans are welcome to park at any of the public parking structures or lots in downtown Detroit and ride the free Grand Prix transportation shuttles for a smooth, fast and reliable trip to Belle Isle. The shuttles will pick up Grand Prix attendees from two dedicated locations in downtown Detroit, just east of near the GM Renaissance Center – on the south side of Atwater Street at St. Antoine Street and at Franklin and Rivard Streets.  In 2021, there is no Grand Prix shuttle stop at TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center).

Following health and safety protocols, face coverings will be required on the transportation shuttles. Shuttle riders will be dropped off at the entrance gates to the Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

The free shuttle service will begin at 6:30 am on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 and on Sunday, June 12, service will begin at 7:00 am. The shuttles will continue to operate each day until all guests have returned from the island once Grand Prix activities have concluded.

New in 2021, guests can bike across the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle through MoGo Bike Rental. Fans can pick up a bike from the MoGo station at any station throughout downtown Detroit and purchase two hours of bike time and ride to and from Belle Isle at a reduced rate.  For the return from Belle Isle, MoGo bikes can be rented from a special location on Belle Isle just across the street from the main entrance, near the Belle Isle Boat House. Download the Transit app and use the promo code ‘GP21MOGO’ to take advantage of this special offer.

The popular Grand Prix Ride Share system returns in 2021 as race attendees are welcome to use Lyft or Uber with the drop off and pickup area located on Belle Isle for the first time, just steps from the front gate.

“We are proud to offer our fans an easy and reliable transportation system for their visit to the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Our park and ride system provides safe and efficient transportation to and from the Grand Prix and we’re happy to bring back our Ride Share options for fans. We’re also excited to partner with MoGo this year as a great option for Grand Prix attendees to ride bikes on to or from Belle Isle. No matter how our fans choose to arrive on Belle Isle, we know they’ll have a great time at the Grand Prix.”

To learn more about the transportation options available for this year’s Grand Prix, visit www.DetroitGP.com/eventinfo/transportation.  Tickets for the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.DetroitGP.com

DETROIT PISTONS STANDOUT ROOKIE SADDIQ BEY NAMED SUNDAY GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (June 9, 2021) – One of the Detroit Pistons brightest young stars will serve as Grand Marshal at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday, June 13. Saddiq Bey, who just completed a stellar rookie season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Pistons, will participate in several activities to celebrate the final day of a busy Grand Prix weekend on Belle Isle.

Bey will participate in pre-race and post-race ceremonies for the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit NTT INDYCAR SERIES race (Sunday, June 13 at 12 pm ET on NBC) on the Belle Isle Park street circuit. After getting a chance to meet some of the star drivers and teams competing in INDYCAR, Bey will deliver the official command of “Drivers, To Your Cars” before the final race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. The talented 6-foot-7-inch forward from Washington, DC will then ride in an official pace car at the front of the INDYCAR field before the green flag waves to begin the Dual in Detroit II. After the race, Bey will help present trophies to the top three finishing drivers as they celebrate at Autotrader Winner’s Circle located at the historic Scott Fountain.

“It’s an honor to be the Grand Marshall for the Detroit Grand Prix,” said Bey. “The city has such a rich history within the sports and car industries and I’m excited to be a part of this incredible event on Belle Isle.”

Bey was drafted by the Pistons in the first round (No. 19 overall) of the 2020 NBA Draft after a successful two years at Villanova University. During his freshman season, Bey started 29 games for the Wildcats and was named to the Big East All-Freshman team after averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. His sophomore season featured a career-high 33 points with eight three-pointers against Georgetown. He finished the season averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Bey won the Julius Erving Award as the nation’s top small forward and was a unanimous selection on the All-Big East first-team.

In his rookie season with the Pistons, Bey became one of the team’s building blocks for the future with his standout play on both ends of the court. He set a Pistons rookie record and led all NBA rookies with 175 three-point field goals on the year and he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in mid February, following a week that included a career-high 30 points, along with 12 rebounds, in a Pistons win against the Boston Celtics. For the season, Bey averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and he will be a strong candidate to earn all-rookie team honors for the 2021 season.

“We are excited to welcome one of the Detroit Pistons brightest young stars and one of the top rookies in the NBA with Saddiq Bey serving as our Grand Marshal for Sunday at the Grand Prix,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Saddiq will help us get everything started as we celebrate the final day of what we know will be a memorable weekend on Belle Isle.”

Tickets for the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.DetroitGP.com

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ONLY LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FOR THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

All Passes for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day Have Been Claimed

DETROIT, Mich. (June 8, 2021) – Tickets are going fast for the first big event to return to the Motor City this summer as only limited tickets are available for this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Belle Isle, June 11-13. All tickets for Friday’s Comerica Bank Free Prix Day have been claimed while only a few reserved grandstand tickets remain for Saturday’s racing action at the Grand Prix. Select reserved grandstand seats and limited general admission tickets are currently on sale for Sunday’s final day of the annual motorsports celebration in the Motor City.

Demand has been high for tickets at the Grand Prix since the event announced a few weeks ago that more fans could attend the event on Belle Isle with new health and safety guidelines in the State of Michigan. The need for speed extends to hospitality at the Grand Prix as all 23 of the event’s chalet suites are also sold out for the weekend.

“We are so excited to be back racing in the Motor City and we can’t wait to welcome our fans to Belle Isle this weekend,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “We’ve been reminded over the last few weeks just how much people love the Grand Prix and want to be part of this special event as we get the wheels turning again in the Motor City.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear features the cars and stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing the Chevy Dual in Detroit doubleheader race weekend. With two full-points races on consecutive days, there’s a lot at stake during an important weekend on the tough Belle Isle street circuit. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship hosts the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday evening. Corvette Racing returns to its hometown race for the first time since 2008 with two new mid-engine C8.R Corvettes competing in the IMSA Chevy Sports Car Classic. Completing an action-packed weekend on track is Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, racing on both Saturday and Sunday for their first races in Detroit since 2012. With five races over three days, the Grand Prix will provide non-stop action and plenty of thrills for fans on Belle Isle. 

Tickets for the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.DetroitGP.com

ABOUT THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX
The Detroit Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 at Belle Isle Park, the event will include the Chevy Dual in Detroit featuring the cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with the exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the rising stars of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com

FAST FACTS FOR THE 2021 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

WHAT:
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will take place on Belle Isle, June 11-13, 2021. The event features the cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Series. The event is collectively referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

WHEN:
Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, 2021

WHERE:
The Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit

TRACK LENGTH:
2.3 miles

RACE HISTORY: 
The first Detroit Grand Prix was in 1982 and it started as a Formula One race through the streets of downtown Detroit before becoming a CART-sanctioned race in 1989. The race moved to Belle Isle in 1992 continuing under the CART/Champ Car banner until 2001. After the success of the Super Bowl in Detroit in 2006, Roger Penske and the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) teamed up to bring an annual national sporting event to the city of Detroit and spearheaded the return of the Grand Prix in 2007 on Belle Isle. After challenging economic times delayed the event after the 2008 season, the Grand Prix returned in 2012 with Chevrolet as the title sponsor of the event and the current promotional group as a subsidiary of the DDP. The 2019 event marked the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history. The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHAMPIONS VISIT VICTORY LANE IN 30th DETROIT GRAND PRIX: 
Two former NTT INDYCAR SERIES champions captured race victories in the 2019 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit races on Belle Isle. Josef Newgarden of Team Penske won Dual I on Saturday, June 1 to secure his 12th career IndyCar win and the first trip to the top step of the podium on Belle Isle for the 2017 series champion. In Dual II on Sunday, June 2, Scott Dixon of Ganassi Racing – a six-time series champ – earned his 45th career victory and his third Detroit win. Both drivers followed up Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 2018 winning plunge into the chilly waters of the James Scott Memorial Fountain by taking a celebratory dip following victory ceremonies at the Autotrader Winner’s Circle.

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday, the Acura Team Penske duo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron earned their second consecutive win as they drove the No. 6 Acura Team Penske DPi to victory lane. It was the first win in Detroit for Montoya while Cameron scored his second victory in the Motor City, to go along with his 2015 win on Belle Isle. In the GTD class, Richard Heistand and Jack Hawksworth of AIM Vasser Sullivan piloted their Lexus RCF GT3 across the finish line, marking the first Detroit victory for both drivers.

INDYCAR BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit I (NTT INDYCAR SERIES)
Live National television coverage: NBC (2:00 pm ET)
Live Local television coverage: WDIV, Local 4
Live Local radio coverage: 910AM Superstation (INDYCAR Radio Network)

Sunday, June 13, 2021 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit II (NTT INDYCAR SERIES)
Live National television coverage: NBC (12:00 pm ET)
Live Local television coverage: WDIV, Local 4
Live Local radio coverage: 910AM Superstation (INDYCAR Radio Network)

IMSA BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)
Live National television coverage: NBC Sports Network (5:00 pm ET)

INDY LIGHTS BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Race #1 (Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires) 
Live National television coverage: Peacock TV (12:00 pm ET)

Sunday, June 13, 2021 Race #2 (Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires) 
Live National television coverage: Peacock TV (10:30 am ET)

FAN ACTIVITIES:
While fan activities will be reduced from previous years due to health and safety protocols, there will be displays featured throughout race weekend including food trucks, activation areas from Chevrolet, Cadillac and Firestone, along with fan forums, new viewing areas and celebrations at Victory Podium (Historic Scott Fountain). 

TICKETS:
Ticket are on sale now for the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Limited reserved grandstand seating and general admission tickets can be purchased online at www.DetroitGP.com/tickets

TRANSPORTATION:
There is no public parking available on Belle Isle for Grand Prix attendees, but event guests are all encouraged to utilize the convenient and efficient park and ride system. New in 2021, event attendees can utilize Detroit’s MoGo Bike Rental transportation system. Convenient ride-share services through Lyft are also available for Grand Prix attendees. Click here for more information on the 2021 Transportation Plan. 

COMERICA BANK FREE PRIX DAY RETURNS:
Carrying on a tradition that began with the first Detroit Grand Prix in 1982, Comerica Bank Free Prix Day returns in 2021. Fans that reserved free tickets are welcome to attend all activities at the Grand Prix on Friday, June 11 free of charge. No more tickets are available for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day.

FANS WELCOME IN FIFTH THIRD BANK PADDOCK:
All Grand Prix ticketholders will once again have access to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock at the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear – known as the “locker room” of motorsports. The paddock area includes the garages where race teams work on their cars throughout the weekend, providing a unique behind-the-scenes experience for fans on Belle Isle.

GRAND MARSHAL:
Detroit Lions new Head Coach Dan Campbell will serve as Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Saturday, June 12. A former Lions player, Campbell will bring his intensity and enthusiasm to Belle Isle as he meets with teams and drivers before giving the famous command of “Drivers, Start Your Engines” and riding in a pace car at the front of the field prior to the beginning of Chevrolet Dual in Detroit I.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will continue to align with the current COVID-19 health and safety protocols in the State of Michigan. This includes relaxed restrictions at outdoor venues after June 1, which allows for full seating in the grandstands on Belle Isle during race weekend, and no face coverings required for all Grand Prix attendees that have been fully vaccinated. 

BELLE ISLE IMPROVEMENTS:
Since the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers and contributing partners have made over $13.5 million in lasting improvements to Belle Isle. These enhancements include:
• Repairing damaged lighting and drainage systems
• Renovating the Scott Fountain, the Belle Isle Casino and the Belle Isle Boat House
• Repaving, repairing and maintaining island roadways
• Installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes
• Working with Platinum Equity to install new LED lights on the MacArthur Bridge and around the Scott Fountain
• Enhancing paved areas for park visitors to enjoy more parking, community events and activities year-round
• Creating pedestrian walkways and new bicycle lanes on Belle Isle
• Raising more than $5 million in funds for the Belle Isle Conservancy and their mission to preserve, protect and restore Belle Isle Park through the annual Grand Prixmiere charity gala

COMMUNITY IMPACT:
The Grand Prix has annually generated over $45 million in total spending annually for the Metro Detroit region. An independent study concluded the Grand Prix created an estimated $58 million in total spending for the Metro Detroit region in 2017. Over 95,000 people attended the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear events in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

PARTNERS:
The Grand Prix welcomes support from 60 local and national partners in 2021. The total includes eight new partners and 26 companies that have been part of the race since the event returned in 2012.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Visit the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DetroitGP.
Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DetroitGP.
Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/DetroitGP.
Subscribe to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDBIGP/.

WEB SITE:
For complete information on the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, visit www.DetroitGP.com
To follow the NTT INDYCAR SERIES action on Belle Isle, visit www.INDYCAR.com.
Follow along with the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship action on Belle Isle, visit www.IMSA.com.
Keep up with the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires on Belle Isle by visiting www.IndyLights.com.

ABOUT THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX
The Detroit Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 at Belle Isle Park, the event will include the Chevy Dual in Detroit featuring the cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with the exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the rising stars of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Fans Welcome in Fifth Third Bank Paddock at the 2021 Detroit Grand Prix

DETROIT, Mich. (May 25, 2021) – As the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear welcomes additional fans in its grandstands as a result of restrictions in Michigan being lifted at outdoor venues on June 1, attendees will also be able to access the Fifth Third Bank Paddock free of charge. All ticketholders at this year’s Grand Prix, held June 11-13, will once again be welcome in the paddock, where race teams and drivers prepare the cars that compete on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park circuit.

The Grand Prix announced last week that several thousand more reserved grandstand tickets will be available to fans at this year’s event following the recent announcement by the State of Michigan that pandemic restrictions will be lifted for outdoor events, beginning in June. Tickets are now available for online purchase only at www.DetroitGP.com/tickets.

With the new guidelines in place, Grand Prix organizers are opening up the Fifth Third Bank Paddock to all reserved grandstand ticketholders, as well as fans that purchase general admission tickets for race weekend. Known as the “locker room of motorsports,” the paddock area provides the opportunity for Grand Prix attendees to get a peak at the garage areas and see the world-class NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams that race at the event in their natural environment.

“At the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix we opened up the Fifth Third Bank Paddock so all fans had the opportunity to get behind the scenes and closer to the action on Belle Isle,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “We weren’t sure if we would have opportunity to provide that experience again this year, but with the new protocols announced last week, we are excited to safely welcome our fans back inside the paddock and give them the chance to feel the excitement of world-class racing here in the Motor City.”

Fans that attend Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 11 at the Grand Prix will also be welcome in the Fifth Third Bank Paddock. Free Prix Day tickets, along with reserved grandstand seats and general admission tickets, are available online at www.DetroitGP.com/tickets.

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Welcomes Fans Back to Belle Isle with Reduced Attendance, Health and Safety Protocols in Place

2021 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR TO FOLLOW 
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES WITH REDUCED FAN ATTENDANCE AT JUNE 11-13 EVENT
Ticket Renewal Process to Begin this Week with Tickets to go On Sale May 20

DETROIT, Mich. (May 11, 2021) – The 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will follow current health and safety guidelines in the State of Michigan as it makes its return to Detroit and Belle Isle Park, June 11-13. 

Bringing one of the most popular annual summertime events back to the Motor City, the Grand Prix will continue its giveback to Belle Isle by safely welcoming fans to the 31st running of the Grand Prix in Detroit. This year’s Grand Prix will feature spacing between groups of attendees in reserved grandstand seating, limited general admission viewing areas and reduced capacity in hospitality areas. General admission tickets will also be available for purchase, while displays and fan activities away from the track will be reduced or removed this year to adhere to current protocols. Including race participants, workers, partners, vendors, media and fans, the Grand Prix is expected to host between 6,000-9,000 people each day on Belle Isle.

All attendees will be required to wear a face covering at the Grand Prix, except when actively eating or drinking. Hand sanitizing stations will be present around the venue and there will be cleaning and sanitizing services employed throughout each day, especially in high-contact areas. Each entry gate will include contactless ticket scanning and contactless security/bag screening for attendees.

For fans attending the Grand Prix, the free shuttles to and from Belle Isle will be available and riders will be required to wear a face covering and seating will include spacing between groups in each shuttle. The Grand Prix encourages anyone that plans to attend the event to fully vaccinated before visiting Belle Isle.

“We look forward to bringing world-class racing back to the Motor City next month,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “We are excited to welcome race fans to Belle Isle Park for three days of excitement in a safe and healthy manner. We will showcase the Park, our City and it’s beautiful waterfront to the nation and the world as NBC will provide over six hours of network TV coverage. And, once again, the biggest benefactor will be Belle Isle.”

Following the cancelation of the 2020 Grand Prix due to the pandemic, some fans elected to transfer their tickets from last year’s event to the 2021 Grand Prix. As the Grand Prix honors those commitments from its loyal fans, the event is reaching out to those ticket buyers this week to review their options for the 2021 Grand Prix. Ticket purchasers that opted for a refund as a result of the cancelation in 2020, along with fans that registered for a pre-sale period in 2021, will also have the opportunity in the coming days to buy tickets for this year’s race. The remaining available tickets for June 12-13 will then be placed on sale on Thursday, May 20.

The Grand Prix will continue its long-standing tradition of Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 11 with a limited number of free passes available upon request. Fans will be able to visit DetroitGP.com to reserve their free passes for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day beginning on Monday, May 17.

ABOUT THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX 
The Detroit Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 at Belle Isle Park, the event will include the Chevy Dual in Detroit featuring the cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with the exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the rising stars of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at www.facebook.com/detroitgpwww.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp

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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Returns to Traditional One-Weekend Format in 2021

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR RETURNS TO ONE-WEEKEND FORMAT IN 2021
Corvette C8.R to Compete at “Home” Race as IMSA Sports Cars Join INDYCAR for June 11-13 Weekend

DETROIT, Mich. (March 25, 2021) – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will return to its traditional one-weekend format in 2021 as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will join the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires for an exciting on-track lineup, June 11-13 on Belle Isle.

The exotic IMSA sports cars were originally scheduled to race in Detroit one week earlier in order to provide teams and drivers the opportunity to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the world’s largest and longest-running sports car event. With the recent announcement that the historic endurance race hosted in Le Mans, France has been delayed to August, the road to Detroit is clear for IMSA competitors to join INDYCAR and Indy Lights for a thrilling three-day racing experience in the Motor City. 

The action-packed weekend will also provide tremendous exposure for Detroit, for Belle Isle Park, for the Grand Prix and its partners as both INDYCAR races will be televised live on NBC on consecutive days, while Saturday’s IMSA race will air live on NBCSN.

IMSA will host practice and qualifying on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit on Friday, June 11 and then race in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 12.

The schedule adjustment also creates an opportunity for Corvette Racing to compete at its “home” race. With its headquarters in Metro Detroit, the Corvette Racing team will race both of its powerful and winning Corvette C8.R cars in the IMSA event on the streets of Belle Isle. The C8.R, which made its racing debut in IMSA competition last season and captured the 2020 WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) title, is set to compete in its first 24 Hours of Le Mans for Chevrolet later this summer.

“We are excited to bring the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear back to Belle Isle in 2021 and return to a traditional one-weekend format June 11th through the 13th, featuring five great races with three incredible racing series,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “With the established stars of INDYCAR and the rising stars of Indy Lights both racing on Saturday and Sunday and Corvette Racing joining the intense IMSA sports car action on both Friday and Saturday, it’s going to be an incredible weekend in the Motor City.”

The 2021 Grand Prix will mark the 11th time that INDYCAR and sports car racing will compete together on the same weekend at Belle Isle. It will also represent the first time since 2016 that Corvette will compete in Detroit and the first time in 13 years that a Corvette GT sports car will race at its home track.

Following the cancelation of the 2020 Grand Prix due to COVID-19, the event returns with a diverse and entertaining three-day racing lineup in 2021.

The IMSA sports cars and the Indy Lights open-wheel machines will compete with both practice and qualifying on Friday, June 11. All three series will host races on Saturday, June 12 with the first Indy Lights racing action on Belle Isle since 2012 followed by the first INDYCAR Chevy Dual in Detroit race of the weekend (live on NBC at 2 pm ET) and concluding with the IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic in the evening (live on NBCSN at 5 pm ET). The second Indy Lights race of the weekend opens the action on Sunday, June 13before the final INDYCAR Chevy Dual in Detroit (live on NBC at 12:30 pm ET) waves the checkered flag on 31st Grand Prix event hosted in the Motor City.

Tickets for the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear are expected to go on sale within the next few weeks. Fans can learn more about this year’s event and sign up for an early opportunity to purchase tickets at www.DetroitGP.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2020 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

 DETROIT, Mich. (January 28, 2020) – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will wave the green flag on a busy summer in the Motor City and the May 29-31 celebration on Belle Isle is looking for a few hundred volunteers to help host this year’s event. Grand Prix volunteers are members of the Detroit Grand Prix Association (DGPA) serving as ambassadors for the event, as well as Belle Isle and the city of Detroit throughout one of the most exciting weekends of the summer.

The DGPA hopes to have approximately 1,100 volunteers assisting at the 2020 Grand Prix and with nearly 500 members already registered, the organization is looking to welcome several hundred more members to the team. DGPA members can volunteer to help in many different areas at the Grand Prix, from working as ticket scanners and ushers, to providing transportation services and more during race weekend on Belle Isle. Volunteers will also have a unique and fun experience behind the scenes at the Grand Prix while supporting a very positive event for the community that remains focused on giving back to Belle Isle Park.

The 2020 Grand Prix will feature world-class racing, live music, entertainment, interactive displays, food, drinks and more for the expected 100,000 fans that will visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park throughout the three-day weekend.  Lear Corporation once again is a proud sponsor of the DGPA in 2020.

Those interested in joining the DGPA to become a volunteer for the 2020 Grand Prix can visit www.DetroitGP.com and click on the “Volunteer” link for more information.

“We always hear from our fans, our partners and even the race competitors just how special our volunteers are at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear and they are so right. We simply could not host this event without our amazing members of the Detroit Grand Prix Association. They are so passionate about the Grand Prix, the city of Detroit and Belle Isle Park,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Our volunteers make sure that everyone who attends the Grand Prix on Belle Isle has a wonderful experience. We encourage anyone that’s looking to volunteer and help make a difference in our community to come join our DGPA team.”

Areas that need DGPA volunteers for the 2020 Grand Prix include circuit marshals, customer relations, ticket scanners, information services, transportation and more.

In 2020, the DGPA will continue to provide an enhanced scheduling program that offers more flexibility and shorter shift times for new volunteers working at the Grand Prix. New members have the option to work one, two or three days at the Grand Prix, but most areas are looking for volunteers to work a shift on both Saturday and Sunday of race weekend (May 30 and 31).

The annual DGPA membership fee is $20, but everyone that signs up to become a volunteer for the 2020 Grand Prix by the end of the day on January 31 will pay a reduced rate of $15. The fee helps cover many volunteer benefits including a membership patch, commemorative lapel pin and access to exclusive pre- and post-race parties for DGPA members. The Grand Prix also provides each volunteer with a credential to access the venue throughout race weekend, official uniform shirts and hat, free off-island parking, complimentary shuttle service to Belle Isle and lunch each day of race weekend.

For more information on the DGPA and to sign up to volunteer for the 2020 Grand Prix, visit www.DetroitGP.com.

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX CHAIRMAN BUD DENKER STATEMENT ON ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC PGA TOUR EVENT SHARING MAY 29-31 WEEKEND WITH THE GRAND PRIX IN 2020

“What a great way to start an exciting 2020 summer season in Detroit – with two world-class sporting events in one awesome weekend. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear has become a tradition in the Motor City and we’re excited to share the May 29-31 weekend in 2020 with the Rocket Mortgage Classic,…

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RESULTS REVEAL IMPRESSIVE TOTAL NUMBERS  FOR THE 2019 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2019) – Solid attendance, improved television viewership and record social media results highlighted a very successful weekend both on and off the track at the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. With the final numbers reported this week for the 30th Detroit Grand Prix, held May 31-June 2 at Belle…

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