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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DETROIT PISTONS STAR ANDRE DRUMMOND TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR ON JUNE 1
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…
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/detroitgp, www.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.
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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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
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.
A Great Big World and Tom Walker to Perform on June 2 at Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear
A GREAT BIG WORLD HIGHLIGHTS POWERFUL MUSIC LINEUP FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 2
AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR
DETROIT, Mich. (April 30, 2018) – Grammy award-winning pop music duo A Great Big World will highlight a power-packed day on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage on Saturday, June 2 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
Ian Axel and Chad King of A Great Big World will bring their unique pop sound to the stage on June 2 at approximately 6 pm – shortly after the completion of the first Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race of the Grand Prix weekend. All Saturday Grand Prix ticket holders are welcome to attend the concert on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage – located in the Meijer Fan Zone – at no additional cost.
A Great Big World first hit the scene in 2011 with the single “This Is The New Year,” which was used on popular television outlets including The Amazing Race, ESPN, One Tree Hill and Good Morning America. The duo’s first album – Is There Anybody Out There? – released in 2014, reached No. 3 in the US Billboard 200 and included the songs “This Is The New Year,” “Already Home” and “Rockstar.” The group’s single “Say Something” was a No. 1 hit across the U.S. The version of the song recorded with Christina Aguilera also topped the iTunes charts before winning the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. A Great Big World also released When the Morning Comes in November of 2015 and it featured the hit songs “Hold Each Other” featuring FUTURISTIC, “Oasis” and “Won’t Stop Running.”
“We are excited to bring A Great Big World to the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Stage on Saturday evening as part of the world-class entertainment the Grand Prix brings to our fans,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “A Great Big World will put on an awesome show in the Meijer Fan Zone to complete an exciting Saturday on and off the track at the Grand Prix.”
In addition to A Great Big World, rising rock star Tom Walker will also be featured on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage on Saturday, June 2. With his soulful rock sound, Walker released his first EP Blessings in May, 2017. He has produced a number of successful singles in the past year, including “Just You and I” – which he performed on NBC’s Today show – “Fly Away with Me,” “Play Dead,” “Blessings” and his latest release “Leave a Light On,” which reached the top 10 on the charts in France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
Joining A Great Big World and Tom Walker on Saturday’s entertainment lineup at the Grand Prix is Crashing Cairo – a four-piece anthemic rock band from Detroit – and Weekend Adventure, the popular 90s local cover band.
The diverse entertainment lineup will add to a busy Saturday at the Grand Prix with all four racing series competing on the track. Along with the Verizon IndyCar Series, the exotic machines of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will take part in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will race in the 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will compete in their first race of the weekend.
96-3 WDVD, entertainment partners for the 2018 Chevrolet Grand Prix presented by Lear, made the announcement live on their airwaves this morning that A Great Big World and Tom Walker will join the Grand Prix lineup. WDVD will also host Grand Prix ticket giveaways throughout the week while registering winners for a VIP prize package, including the opportunity to meet A Great Big World and Tom Walker backstage on Belle Isle before the duo takes the stage.
“96-3 WDVD is thrilled to present two of the most exciting rising stars in pop music right now at the world-famous Chevy Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in A Great Big World and Tom Walker,” said Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit. “This is gonna be a fun Saturday at the Grand Prix and we’re confident the concertgoers are in for some special performances!
With A Great Big World on Saturday, June 2 and country music star David Nail performing on Sunday, June 3, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will feature a unique blend of music for fans to enjoy on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage. For a complete listing of all of the entertainment at the Grand Prix and a detailed weekend schedule, visitwww.DetroitGP.com closer to race weekend.
Tickets for the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.DetroitGP.com or call 866-464-7749 (PRIX).
DETROIT, Mich. (April 10, 2018) – Fans of racing, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear and the City of Detroit have a new online home for merchandise related to one of the Motor City’s most popular annual summertime events. Grand Prix officials unveiled a new online home for licensed merchandise at www.DetroitGPshop.com to ensure that…
COUNTRY MUSIC STAR DAVID NAIL TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY, JUNE 3
AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR
DETROIT, Mich. (March 30, 2018) – Grammy-nominated country music artist David Nail will perform on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage in a Sunday afternoon matinee concert on June 3 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
Nail will bring one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in country music along with a blend of Mississippi-delta sounds to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park just prior to the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the action-packed Grand Prix weekend. All Sunday Grand Prix ticket holders can enjoy the concert and all June 3 performances on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage, located in the Meijer Fan Zone, at no additional cost.
Nail has produced a pair of No. 1 hit singles on the country charts including “Let it Rain” and “Whatever She’s Got.” He released his first of four studio albums in 2009 – I’m About to Come Alive – which peaked at number 19 on the US Country Music charts while the song “Red Light” became his first top-10 single. “Let it Rain” was Nail’s top hit off of his second album The Sound of a Million Dreams – which reached as high as number eight on the US Country charts. Nail’s most recent albums – I’m a Fire and Fighter – both reached number three on the US Country charts. Rolling Stone Country named Nail’s I’m a Fire tour as one of the “must-see concert tours” and Nail has toured with some of country music’s biggest superstars including Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw and Kenny Chesney.
“We are excited to host David Nail at the Grand Prix and welcome an established country music star to the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Stage on Sunday, June 3rd,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Our fans will love David Nail’s energy and his powerful matinee performance will help set the stage for what promises to be a very exciting final afternoon of the Grand Prix weekend.”
The David Nail concert will take place at 1 pm on June 3, just prior to the final race of the Grand Prix weekend – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual II, featuring the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series. That will complete a thrilling day on track with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks also in action on Sunday.
The Chevrolet Grand Prix presented by Lear’s entertainment partners at 93-1 NASH FM revealed the David Nail concert announcement live on their airwaves air this morning. NASH FM will also be hosting ticket giveaways throughout the week while registering winners for a complete VIP Grand Prix prize package, including the opportunity to meet David Nail backstage on Belle Isle before his concert.
Working closely with NASH-FM, the Grand Prix will also feature established country music acts Chuck Wicks, Jessie Chriss and the Drew Hale Band to the entertainment stage on Sunday, June 3. NASH-FM will also broadcast live from Belle Isle during race weekend with their popular morning show Ty, Kelly, Chuck and Renee in the Morning and longtime Detroit deejay Doug Podell.
“The Grand Prix is a special, uniquely Detroit summer tradition and we are thrilled to partner with the event to bring the stage alive and also to broadcast live from the fun and excitement on Belle Isle on race weekend,” said Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit. “Ty, Kelly, Chuck and Renee in the Morning will be live doing a special pre-concert show on the island, followed by Detroit icon Doug Podell. The entire NASH FM team will then introduce David Nail, Chuck Wicks, Jessie Chriss and the Drew Hale Band to the fans!”
The top-performing act that will be featured on Saturday night, June 2 at the Grand Prix, will be announced in the coming days while the full weekend entertainment schedule on the 96-3 WDVD/NASH FM 93-1 Entertainment Stage will be revealed closer to the event.
COMERICA BANK CONTINUES THE TRADITION OF FREE PRIX DAY AT
THE 2018 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR
DETROIT, Mich. (January 26, 2018) – A tradition that began back in 1982 with the first Grand Prix on the streets of Detroit will continue in 2018 thanks to Comerica Bank. Today at the North American International Auto Show, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will announce the return of Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 1, which will allow all guests free entry to the race venue and the paddock area at Belle Isle.
All fans will be able to visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and tour the paddock, known as the “locker room of motorsports,” courtesy of Comerica Bank. It will mark the sixth consecutive year that Comerica Bank has provided fans this free access, inviting everyone to experience the first day of on-track activity at the Grand Prix.
“Friday Free Prix Day is a Detroit tradition that dates back to the very first Grand Prix on the streets of Detroit in 1982,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “We have witnessed great crowds on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day over the last several years as fans are excited to get a taste of the Grand Prix. We thank Comerica Bank for their continued support to allow fans the opportunity to come to Belle Isle and experience all that’s great about the Grand Prix, free of charge, on Friday, June 1st.”
Comerica Bank Free Prix Day will feature racing action from all four series that will participate in the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. The Verizon IndyCar Series will feature two practice sessions as drivers prepare for the Chevy Dual in Detroit – the only doubleheader weekend on the IndyCar schedule. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will participate in two practice sessions and qualifying for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic race that will be held on Saturday afternoon. Both the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will also host practice and qualifying sessions on Friday for their respective Saturday afternoon races.
Off the track, fans will be able to experience everything that the Grand Prix has to offer on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day. The Meijer Fan Zone features family fun, interactive areas, extreme sports demonstrations, displays from the Detroit sports teams and more, along with live music on the Entertainment Stage.
“Our sponsorship of Free Prix Day allows us to say thank you to our customers and our neighbors here in Michigan,” said Mike Ritchie, president, Comerica Bank-Michigan. “We hope families with young children will join us on Belle Isle for a day filled with racing action and fun for the kids.”
Tickets can be purchased for Saturday and Sunday activities at the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear online at www.DetroitGP.com/Tickets, through the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749) or in person at the Grand Prix box office located in the GM Renaissance Center above the GM Wintergarden, 300 Renaissance Center Drive, Suite 2311, in downtown Detroit.