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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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DETROIT PISTONS STAR ANDRE DRUMMOND TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR ON JUNE 1

DETROIT, Mich. (May 23, 2019) – One of the Detroit’s biggest sports stars – literally – will serve as the Grand Marshal on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Detroit Pistons star player Andre Drummond will participate in many of Saturday’s activities at the Grand Prix as the Grand…

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30th DETROIT GRAND PRIX EXHIBIT AT THE DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM  CELEBRATES THE HERITAGE OF THE EVENT AND RACING IN THE MOTOR CITY

DETROIT, Mich. (May 21, 2019) – Celebrating the 30th Detroit Grand Prix in 2019, the Detroit Historical Society and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear have collaborated on a special exhibit that honors the heritage and the overall impact of the event in the Motor City. The exhibit, currently on display at the Detroit…

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2019 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (January 31, 2019) – As the Motor City prepares for the 30th Grand Prix event in Detroit’s history this summer, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is looking for a few hundred volunteers to help host this year’s event – held May 31-June 2 on Belle Isle. Grand Prix volunteers will become members of the Detroit Grand Prix Association (DGPA) and will serve as ambassadors for the Grand Prix, Belle Isle and the city of Detroit during race weekend on Belle Isle. One of the most popular annual events in Detroit, the Grand Prix will once again help wave the green flag on summertime in the Motor City while celebrating the festival’s heritage and history in 2019.

The DGPA hopes to recruit approximately 1,100 volunteers for this year’s event and with over 500 people already registered for 2019, the organization is looking for several hundred more to join the team. DGPA members assist in nearly every aspect of the Grand Prix on Belle Isle, working as ushers and ticket scanners, providing hospitality shuttle services and more during the three-day motorsports festival on Belle Isle. Volunteers will also get the opportunity to experience the Grand Prix from behind the scenes and be part of a very positive event in the community that remains focused on giving back to Belle Isle Park.

The 2019 Grand Prix will feature world-class racing, live music, entertainment, interactive displays, food, drinks and fun for the expected 100,000 fans that will visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park over the course of the weekend. Lear Corporation returns as the proud sponsor of the Grand Prix volunteer program once again in 2019.

Those interested in becoming a DGPA volunteer for the 2019 Grand Prix can visit www.DetroitGP.com and select the “Volunteer” link.

“We’re so thankful to all the members of the Detroit Grand Prix Association for supporting our event and creating a first-class experience for everyone that visits Belle Isle and attends the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Our volunteers are simply the best. They care about Detroit, about Belle Isle and they take pride in making sure everyone has a good time and a positive experience at the Grand Prix. I’m amazed by their passion, their dedication and their teamwork every year and if you want to volunteer and be part of a special event with a great team, we encourage you to join the DGPA.”

DGPA departments that still need volunteers for the 2019 Grand Prix include circuit marshals, customer relations, ticket scanners, information services and more.

In 2019, 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 departments are looking for volunteers to work a shift on both Saturday and Sunday of race weekend.

To join the DGPA and become a volunteer for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, members pay an annual fee of $20 – but anyone that signs up by the end of the day on February 1st will pay a reduced rate of $15.  This fee covers a number of volunteer benefits including a membership patch, commemorative lapel pin and access to pre- and post-race parties for DGPA members.  The Grand Prix also provides each volunteer with a credential to access the venue on race weekend, official uniform shirts and hat, free off-island parking, a shuttle ride to Belle Isle and lunch each day of race weekend.

For more information on the DGPA and to sign up to volunteer for the 2019 Grand Prix, visit www.DetroitGP.com.

ABOUT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for May 31-June 2, 2019, the event will include the Chevrolet 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 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. Partners for the 2019 Grand Prix include General Motors and Lear Corporation. 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.

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY FOR THE 2019 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

Reigning Indy 500 Champion Will Power of Team Penske in Detroit Tuesday DETROIT, Mich. (October 9, 2018) – Tickets for the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear go on sale TODAY, beginning at 7 am ET. The 30th Grand Prix event in Detroit will take place at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, May…

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Changes Coming to the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear

 

Source: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation Press Release

EXCITING CHANGES COMING TO THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR IN 2019
All Ticketholders to Enjoy Paddock Access; Tickets Go On Sale October 9

DETROIT, Mich. (October 3, 2018) – As the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear prepares to celebrate the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit in 2019, event organizers have announced some exciting new enhancements that fans will experience May 31-June 2 at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Tickets to the 2019 Grand Prix go on sale next Tuesday, October 9, and fans will enjoy more access and more options than ever before at next summer’s celebration in the Motor City. For the first time in the history of the Detroit Grand Prix, ALL ticketholders will have access to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock – known as the “locker room of motorsports.” Included with all tickets, fans will be able to see their favorite teams and drivers up close in the garage area and have access to the historic James Scott Memorial Fountain to experience all the excitement at the Autotrader Winner’s Circle throughout the weekend. Tickets will start as low as $45 for General Admission access to the venue.

Some new viewing experiences will also be available to Grand Prix fans in 2019. The Cars.com Grandstand 1 will relocate to the opposite side of the race track, across from pit lane. The new location will provide fans enhanced viewing options of the race cars coming down the fast front stretch, along with the action in the pits and the on-track battles entering Turn 1.

Turn 3 on the Belle Isle track always includes a lot of action at the end of the longest straightaway. That area will now feature double the seating as Grandstand 3 on the driver’s left side of the circuit will become a value priced reserved grandstand while the new General Admission Grandstand 4 will be positioned on the driver’s right side of the track in Turn 3. With the new Oudolf Garden coming to Belle Isle, there will no longer be a grandstand in Turn 5. A new General Admission Grandstand 7 will be located in the “horseshoe” at Turn 7, featuring awesome sightlines of the cars coming off the fastest part of the track on the back stretch.

Fans will get a chance to enjoy more of the beautiful race venue on Belle Isle in 2019. The distinctive Chevrolet Front Stretch Bridge over the track and pit lane will be open for everyone to visit the Fifth Third Bank Paddock and Scott Fountain, including easy access from the new Cars.com Grandstand 1 location and the City of Windsor Grandstand 2. There will also be a new pedestrian bridge over the track at Turn 8 to provide access to all the activities in the “horseshoe” for all ticketholders.

To learn more about all the Grand Prix enhancements for 2019, fans are encouraged to visit www.DetroitGP.com.

“We’ve listened to feedback from our fans and we’ve made some changes that we believe will create an even better experience for everyone at next summer’s Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “With more access, new seating options, the opportunity for all ticketholders to get closer to their racing heroes in the Fifth Third Bank Paddock and at the Autotrader Winner’s Circle next to Scott Fountain, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit with our fans on Belle Isle in 2019.”

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will once again feature a diverse racing lineup with the only doubleheader weekend on the IndyCar Series schedule – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit – along with the exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racing on Saturday in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.

The Motor City Muscle of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will also host a doubleheader with races on both Saturday and Sunday. The SST Series will not return to Belle Isle in 2019. A number of special activities are planned to commemorate the 30th Grand Prix event held in the Motor City and more details on the celebration will be announced soon.

Tickets for the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will go on sale beginning at 7 am ET on October 9. Two-time Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race winner – and the defending Indianapolis 500 champion – Will Power of Team Penske will be in the Motor City to help wave the green flag on ticket sales next Tuesday. Fans can still sign up to purchase tickets early before they go on sale to the rest of the world on October 9 by visiting www.DetroitGP.com.

Detroit Grand Prix to Continue on Belle Isle in 2019 and Beyond

DETROIT GRAND PRIX TO CONTINUE ON BELLE ISLE IN 2019 AND BEYOND
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Approves Agreement to Host Annual Motorsports Festival

DETROIT, Mich. (August 10, 2018) – The Detroit Grand Prix and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have reached an agreement for the annual motorsports festival to continue on Belle Isle for at least three more years.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Grand Prix will return to its home on Belle Isle for three more years beginning in 2019, with an option for extending the agreement two additional years through 2023.

The previous agreement to host the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle concluded with the 2018 race. Grand Prix officials listened to public feedback on the future of the race over the past year, consulted with stakeholders and made the decision to submit a proposal to the MDNR on July 13 to continue the event on the island. The MDNR, which manages the operation of Belle Isle Park, responded to the proposal with suggested changes on July 20. The Grand Prix adjusted its proposal and today reached an agreement to secure the future of the event.

As a result of the feedback received from the public, the MDNR and the Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee, the Grand Prix has made some key changes under the new agreement that will continue to positively impact Belle Isle Park. The event will further reduce its overall build out and post-event take down time on the island to just 60 days in 2019 and 59 days in 2020 and 2021. This represents a reduction of five days from the total time spent on the island in 2018 and a 35-day reduction from 2015.

The Grand Prix will also increase its annual total contribution for hosting the event on Belle Isle from $200,000 to $450,000 for each year of the new agreement. This includes an annual $325,000 event fee and a contribution of $125,000 annually to be used by the MDNR for specific projects on Belle Isle. The Grand Prix will also continue to host the Grand Prixmiere fundraising event on Friday night of event weekend over the course of the new agreement. The Grand Prixmiere has raised more than $4 million for the Belle Isle Conservancy over the last five years with the funds dedicated to improvements on the island.

“We are excited that the Detroit Grand Prix will continue at Belle Isle for the next several years and we want to thank the State of Michigan for working with us on this new agreement, as well as our partners with City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix. “This event means so much to Detroit, to Windsor and our entire community. We are proud to showcase the beauty of Belle Isle around the world every year and to make such a positive impact on the local economy with over $50 million in total spending generated annually as a result of the Grand Prix. Most importantly, we want to continue our goal of improving Belle Isle Park. The Grand Prix has made over $13.5 million in improvements on the island over the last decade and we know there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done. Our team looks forward to building on all of the positive momentum and being part of the remarkable renaissance going on at Belle Isle.”

With the new agreement in place, event officials confirmed the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will return May 31-June 2, 2019 on Belle Isle, with its customary date the weekend following Memorial Day to start the summer season in the Motor City.

“We listened to all of the feedback and we appreciate everyone’s perspective and support of the Grand Prix,” said Michael Montri, Grand Prix President. “This was an important process for all of us and we’ve made some significant changes to the event over the years as a result of the input we received from the public, as well as our partners. We’re now focused on celebrating the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history in 2019 and we’re excited to be back on Belle Isle.”

More details on the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will be announced in the coming weeks, including when tickets will go on sale for the 2019 event.

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