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Lear Corporation Announced as Presenting Sponsor of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

LEAR CORPORATION ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (February 21, 2017) – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix today announced that Lear Corporation will be the presenting sponsor of the June 2-4, 2017 event and the popular summertime festival will now be known as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

With its world headquarters located in metropolitan Detroit, Lear Corporation is a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems. Lear is an international brand with approximately 150,000 employees in 37 countries across the globe, but the company stays true to its roots. Lear is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year as the company was founded in Detroit in 1917. Last fall, Lear opened its new Innovation Center in downtown Detroit and the creative space is a perfect pairing with its world headquarters in nearby Southfield, Mich., showcasing Lear’s technology and ideology. Lear is a positive force in the Motor City as the company is active with many initiatives that are key to Detroit’s continued revitalization.

“Lear is proud to partner with Chevrolet to bring the Grand Prix to the Motor City. Belle Isle Park is a perfect setting for an event like the Grand Prix,” said Matt Simoncini, President and CEO of Lear Corporation. “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of race fans to Detroit and showcasing our city to a national television audience of millions. Detroit is America’s comeback city and a great place to live, work and innovate.”
A Grand Prix partner since 2015, Lear Corporation will also become the official sponsor of the Grand Prix volunteers – one of the longest-running and most respected volunteer organizations in motorsports.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is so proud to welcome Lear Corporation as our presenting sponsor in 2017,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “Lear and Matt Simoncini are great supporters of Detroit and our community. We could not ask for a better partner to team with Chevrolet and help us host world-class racing and a weekend full of fun and excitement in the Motor City.”

As a result of the new partnership with Lear Corporation, the Grand Prix also unveiled its new event logo today (attached and above). Updating its previous iconic look and feel, the new event logo highlights Scott Fountain, the signature landmark on the Grand Prix’s home at Belle Isle Park, and the silhouette of the GM Renaissance Center – the world headquarters of General Motors. The new marque also recognizes the event’s two primary partners in title sponsor Chevrolet and the new presenting sponsor with Lear Corporation.
Waving the green flag to start the summer one week after Memorial Day weekend, Belle Isle Park will come alive June 2-4 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Featuring seven races from four exciting series – including the only doubleheader race weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule at the Chevy Dual in Detroit – the Grand Prix will once again include plenty of action on its 2.3-mile street circuit.

Away from the track, the excitement will continue to build with activities throughout the Meijer Fan Zone. National and local bands will perform all weekend long on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage. Fans will also enjoy extreme sports demonstrations, interactive displays and games, meeting current and former Detroit star athletes, food and beverages with a definite Motor City flair, autographs and interviews with the Grand Prix racing stars and much more.

Tickets for the 2017 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visitwww.DetroitGP.com or call 866-464-7749 (PRIX).

2017 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Tickets Go On Sale Thursday

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2017 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY
Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans to Highlight June 2-4 Event

DETROIT, Mich. (November 16, 2016) – Fans can secure their seats for the fastest weekend of the summer as tickets for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will go on sale to the public starting at 9 am ET on Thursday, Nov. 17.  One of the most popular annual events in the Motor City, the Grand Prix encourages fans to Start Your Summer June 2-4, 2017 on the streets of Belle Isle, and fans can get tickets by visiting www.DetroitGP.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).

Ticket pricing for the Grand Prix remains virtually the same at all levels from 2016 as packages are available for the action-packed weekend on Belle Isle, highlighted by the only doubleheader on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. The Grand Prix will once again offer free round-trip bus service to and from Belle Isle with every ticket. Listening to feedback from its loyal fans, Grand Prix organizers have also made a few enhancements for 2017 including padded seating in some areas and access to the Scott Fountain, the historic landmark at Belle Isle Park.

A Grand Prix tradition continues in Detroit with Comerica Bank Free Prix Day, as fans can visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and explore the entire venue and race paddock for free on Friday, June 2. Single-day tickets for the rest of the weekend start at just $40 for general admission, with two-day general admission tickets available for just $75. Children 12 and under are admitted into general admission seating free of charge with a ticket-bearing adult; limit two per adult.

Reserved grandstand seats for the 2017 Grand Prix start at just $65 for a single-day adult ticket. Enhanced race experience options are available, including the new Belle Isle Club and Prix-mium Seating. The Belle Isle Club will give ticketholders an opportunity to add to their race experience in an exclusive area.  Located in the Fifth Third Bank Paddock the Belle Isle Club will allow fans to enjoy an all-inclusive private area that will feature closed-circuit TV feeds of the on-track action, food and beverages – including beer and wine, access to the paddock and the Winner’s Circle. Based on availability, Belle Isle Club pass holders will also be able to receive on-island parking passes offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with packages starting at just $200 for a single-day and $375 for a two-day experience. The Prix-mium Seating section will be located in Grandstand 1 and will feature padded folding chair seating and additional leg room for just $105 each day. For fans wanting an up-close experience with some of the fastest cars and most talented drivers in racing, passes to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock – the locker room of motorsports – will also be available starting at just $25 per day and $45 for a two-day pass.

For those looking to showcase their own ride at the Grand Prix and take advantage of on-island public parking during the weekend, purchase tickets to the Continental Tire Car Corral.  Packages include a grandstand ticket, a Fifth Third Bank Paddock pass and premium on-island parking.  Visit www.DetroitGP.com/Corrals to see all of the great car corral options for the 2017 Grand Prix.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will not only feature two full-points paying races on back-to-back days from the Verizon IndyCar Series in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, the exotic cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will battle in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers on Saturday, June 3. The Trans Am Series returns in 2017 with championship races on both Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City 100 while the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS will thrill the fans with races all three days of the Grand Prix.

Off the track, the Grand Prix has something for fans of all ages. The Meijer Fan Zone will feature displays from the Detroit area sports teams, interactive experiences including the IndyCar Fan Village, the IMSA Fan Zone and the TRAXXAS display area, extreme sports demonstrations, a tailgating/party pit and lots of family-friendly activities. Throughout the weekend, local and national acts will perform on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage with the full lineup to be announced closer to the 2017 event.

Fans can purchase tickets to the 2017 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 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.

Record-Setting TV Numbers Help Illustrate Successful 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 

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RESULTS REVEAL A VERY SUCCESSFUL 2016 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (June 9, 2016) – The key results are in and the numbers reveal a very successful weekend for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Highlighted by strong attendance, record television ratings and unprecedented partner support, this year’s event weekend left a positive impact for the community and in the racing world overall.

Grand Prix organizers revealed shortly after the final race of the weekend that the event drew an estimated 95,000 people to Belle Isle Park over the course of its three days, June 3-5. This included over 25,000 fans on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day last Friday, approximately 40,000 fans for one of the most well-attended Saturdays in Grand Prix history and more than 30,000 fans on Sunday when rain and threatening weather in the surrounding area kept the expected attendance down. With the totals, it marked the fourth time in the last five years that the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix topped the 95,000 fan mark in total attendance.

The two Verizon IndyCar Series races held on the weekend – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – posted impressive numbers in both national and local ratings on ABC-TV. According to the final Nielsen ratings, both the Saturday and Sunday national broadcasts saw increased ratings and viewership over 2015 and the two races combined represented the highest viewership ever for a doubleheader race weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Saturday’s Dual in Detroit drew a .7 rating, which represented a 17% increase from 2015 while Sunday’s race posted a .9 rating, up 13% from the previous year. Both races were seen by over one million viewers for an increase of over 20% each day and with an estimated 2.41 million viewers over the course of the weekend, it marked the highest viewed doubleheader in series history. Sunday’s Dual in Detroit race was also the most viewed IndyCar race this season outside of the Indy 500 and the most viewed Detroit race since the Grand Prix returned in 2007.

Locally, WXYZ-TV in Detroit once again had solid ratings for their over 12 hours of coverage during race weekend. Saturday’s race broadcast on WXYZ drew a 2.1 rating while Sunday’s race posted a 3.3 rating, which ranked second nationally both days in major U.S. markets behind only Indianapolis.

With a record 75 partners featured at the Grand Prix in 2016, the event also benefitted from remarkable corporate support and sponsorship.

“We are very happy with the results that we’ve seen so far for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix. “Our ticket sales were strong and we believe we would have topped the 100,000 mark in attendance if it weren’t raining everywhere else in the Detroit area on Sunday, except on Belle Isle! We were excited to see the impressive TV numbers for both of the Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans races and thrilled that over a million fans each day saw those remarkable aerial shots of Belle Isle and the Detroit and Windsor waterfronts with full grandstands and great racing. These are truly great numbers for our event but probably the most impressive thing we saw were the smiles on the fans’ faces all weekend long on Belle Isle. Everyone was having a great time enjoying the island and those are the best results we could hope for.”

On its social media platforms, the Grand Prix also continued to raise the bar during race weekend. Total social media impressions rose from 139.5 million in 2015 to over 156 million this year, representing an increase of over 11.5%. On Twitter, the Grand Prix generated over 97 million potential impressions (up from 92 million in 2015) while trending for at least nine hours in Detroit on FridaySaturday and Sunday and also trending for multiple hours in other markets on Sunday, including Denver and Indianapolis. On Facebook, the Grand Prix produced over 1.2 million impressions over the course of three days.

From online to on the track, the action was fast, furious and exciting at the Grand Prix. Chevrolet swept both ends of the Dual in Detroit in their “hometown” race as Sebastien Bourdais won on Saturday for KVSH Racing and Will Power was victorious on Sunday for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Saturday – the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers – Chevrolet won again with brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor taking home the victory for their father’s team in the Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP car. In Trans Am Series competition, RJ Lopez, Kyle Marcelli and Dean Martin of Westland, Mich., were the class winners in Saturday’s 3-Dimensional Services Motor City 100 race while John Baucom, Adam Andretti and Ernie Francis Jr. were Sunday’s race class winners. Matt Brabham claimed victory in both of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS races from over the weekend.

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Revs Up Second Annual Greektown at Sundown Kick-Off Event On Thursday, June 2

Greektown welcomes the Grand Prix to this year’s celebration MAY 31, 2016 (DETROIT, MI) – Start your engines… and your summer! The Greektown Preservation Society welcomes the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix to help launch an exciting weekend and a summer of Detroit-style fun. On Thursday, June 2, the second annual Greektown at Sundown…

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DETROIT RED WINGS STAR DYLAN LARKIN TO SERVE AS CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX GRAND MARSHAL ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4

DETROIT, Mich. (May 20, 2016) – A hometown hero and one of the brightest rising stars in the National Hockey League (NHL) has been named Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for Saturday, June 4. Detroit Red Wings star center Dylan Larkin will participate in activities throughout the day on Belle…

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Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Launches New Mobile App

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CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX LAUNCHES NEW DETROITGP MOBILE APP

DETROIT, Mich. (May 19, 2016) – Bringing the excitement of one of Detroit most popular summertime events to mobile users worldwide, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix today announced the release of the DetroitGP mobile app for iOS and Android.

The new DetroitGP app gives fans the ability to purchase tickets to the Grand Prix – held June 3-5 at Belle Isle Park, stay up to-date on the race weekend schedule, view the detailed map of the venue, learn more about the racing series competing at the event and much more.  The DetroitGP app is native, meaning users do not need an internet connection to run the application, so visitors to Belle Isle on race weekend can engage no matter where they are located on the island.

“The new DetroitGP mobile app will give our fans the opportunity to interact with the Grand Prix on a different level in 2016,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “With the functions available, mobile users will be able to engage both before and during the Grand Prix and we will be able to keep everyone up to date on all the latest happenings through interactive push notifications. The DetroitGP app will really enhance the fan experience at this year’s Grand Prix.”

With no public parking available on Belle Isle for Grand Prix attendees during race weekend, the DetroitGP app will inform fans about the Grand Prix’s park and ride transportation system. The app, free to download for mobile users,  will also detail all the entertainment options at the Grand Prix, allow users to sign up to be an event volunteer, purchase Grand Prix merchandise, engage with the event’s social media channels, learn about all the Grand Prix partners and more. Created in partnership with Avai Mobile out of Austin, Texas, the DetroitGP app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play. Find it by searching DetroitGP2016.  To find out more information about the Grand Prix visit www.DetroitGP.com.

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, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Traxxas and the return of the Trans Am Series in the Motor City 100. 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/detroitgpwww.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.

CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX AND PNC BUILD ON EDUCATION INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP

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CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX AND PNC BUILD ON EDUCATION INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP

DETROIT, Mich. (May 4, 2016) – For the fifth consecutive year, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and PNC are teaming up to incorporate PNC’s signature early childhood education initiative, PNC Grow Up Great and the Fifth Gear education programs, into pre-race activities designed to enrich the development of Detroit Public School (DPS) students.

Building on the partnership that began in 2012 between the Grand Prix and PNC, both the PNC Grow Up Great and Fifth Gearprograms combine math and science themes with motorsports in real-world applications to help expose DPS students to engineering and technology-based careers. The programs are funded by a grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), under the stewardship of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.  For the past several weeks, the science and math curriculums have been incorporated in the classrooms for each participating school, helping to build the excitement for the Grand Prix’s return to Belle Isle Park, June 3-5.

Today, approximately 500 pre-kindergarten DPS students got a hands-on application of this curriculum as part of the PNC Grow Up Great program during the PNC Racing Fair at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The students got a chance to use the knowledge they have learned in nine different activity stations including a gravity track, human powered engine, jet toys and more. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers and brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor visited with the students and participated in some of the activities while looking ahead to the Grand Prix.

In addition to today’s Racing Fair, the Grand Prix and about 35 teamGM Cares employee volunteers will host approximately 300 DPS fifth graders on June 2 during Education Day on Belle Isle leading into the race weekend.  The GM employees will guide these Fifth Gear students through STEM interactive modules that demonstrate aero dynamics, gravity, friction and more.

“The Grand Prix is excited to continue this partnership with PNC that gives DPS students a practical, hands-on learning experience with STEM through motorsports,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “This is the fifth year for our partnership with PNC and by working with teamGM Cares this year while hosting two separate events for the Grow Up Greatand the Fifth Gear students, we are proud to create more experiences for the students and give them the opportunity to learn even more lessons around racing.”

PNC Grow Up Great is a multi-year, $350 million initiative created to improve early childhood education, primarily in underserved areas. PNC launched a three-year program in science and the arts for DPS preschool students in 2010 with a $2.1 million commitment, and extended the program for two additional years and another $950,000 in 2014.

 

“PNC remains committed to providing valuable educational experiences for Detroit Public Schools students through its support of the Grand Prix racing education program,” said PNC Regional President Ric DeVore.  “We’ve seen how the students embrace STEM education initiatives through motorsports activities. It’s exciting to introduce students to the possibility of careers in engineering and technology.”

This marks the first year that teamGM Cares will provide support for the PNC Grow up Great and Fifth Gear programs around the Grand Prix.

“Our employees look forward to volunteering with local students, especially on STEM-related activities,” said Heidi Magyar, Director of teamGM Cares activities. “Being able to spend time with them at the Belle Isle racetrack makes it even more exciting.”

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Builds on Partnership with the Detroit Medical Center in 2016

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DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER BUILDS ON PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX IN 2016

DETROIT, Mich. (April 27, 2016) – The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is proud to once again partner with the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as its official healthcare services provider when the event returns to Belle Isle Park, June 3-5, 2016.

Every year that the Grand Prix has been hosted in the Motor City since 2007, the DMC has served as the official provider of healthcare services for the event and the partnership continues to grow along with the popularity of the annual race. As part of the relationship, the DMC coordinates and operates all medical facilities and stations at the Grand Prix during race weekend – not only servicing all event attendees, but working closely with each of the racing series to coordinate care for the competitors as well.

“The Grand Prix has developed a trusted partnership with the DMC over the years and we appreciate all they do to provide first class medical services for our event,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

In the DMC, the Grand Prix knows it has a partner that has established itself as a leader in the medical community, and especially with its local sports teams and events. The DMC also serves as the official healthcare services provider for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and the annual Detroit Free Pres Marathon.

“At DMC we take pride in our city and the communities we serve, and that translates into supporting Detroit’s biggest sports traditions like the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Joe Mullany, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center. “DMC brings the same emergency medicine expertise to the race as we do in our hospitals. We’re proud of our partnership, excited for the race, and ready to go.”

Building on the relationship, Grand Prix drivers have also made appearances at DMC hospitals each year, visiting with patients and staff while bringing the event closer to them. This morning, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball, who races with diabetes, visited the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and spent some time with pediatric patients with diabetes and participated in a unique art therapy session.

“It was awesome to spend some time with the patients at Children’s Hospital and, as drivers, we appreciate all the DMC does to support the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Kimball. “Hopefully we can see some of the patients on Belle Isle when the race returns the first weekend in June.”

ABOUT THE DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is a premier healthcare resource in Southeast Michigan and among the finest health care centers in the United States through excellence in the provision of clinical care enhanced by education and research. In all clinical endeavors quality of care is paramount. In addition, the DMC believes that access to quality health care is the right of every human being. DMC, along with local, state and federal government, supports a unique Public Mission to the residents of the communities we serve to assure that this right is preserved.

 

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 cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Traxxas and the return of the Trans Am cars in the Motor City 100. 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/detroitgpwww.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix & City of Windsor Canadian ticket offer

CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX AND CITY OF WINDSOR ANNOUNCE RENEWED PARTNERSHIP AND CANADIAN TICKET OFFER FOR 2016

DETROIT, Mich. (April 12, 2016) – The City of Windsor and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix today announced their renewed partnership for 2016 and revealed details that will make it even easier for Canadian fans to experience the unique “two-nation destination” Grand Prix weekend.

For the seventh year, the Grand Prix and the City of Windsor will team up in 2016 and provide an efficient and safe way for Canadian fans to visit Belle Isle Park through Transit Windsor and experience the excitement of the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3-5.

This year’s enhanced partnership in 2016 will give fans the opportunity to purchase Grand Prix tickets online, including round-trip transportation to Belle Isle through snapd Windsor and the City of Windsor. City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix General Manager Michael Montri and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden will announce all the details of the renewed partnership today at a press conference along the Riverfront in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

This year fans have the option to purchase general admission tickets or a reserved grandstand seat in Grandstand 1 overlooking pit lane and the start/finish line area at the Grand Prix. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the numerous activities in the Meijer Fan Zone, including local and national acts on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage, food and drinks in the Coors Light Beer Garden and Food Court, artists creating crafts in the Trendy Crafts Craft Show, extreme sports demonstrations and more. Single-day tickets will start at $55 CAD (HST included) for a general admission ticket or $95 CAD (HST included) for a reserved grandstand ticket.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the City of Windsor that allows our great Canadian fans a fast, efficient way to the experience all the fun and excitement of the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.  “This is truly an international event that celebrates and showcases the beautiful Windsor and Detroit waterfront and we are excited to once again help our Canadian fans Start Their Summer at the Grand Prix.”

For more information on the Grand Prix and travel packages, fans can visit www.citywindsor.ca or call 311.  To buy tickets online visit www.snapdwindsor.com/grandprix or purchase in-person at the Windsor International Transit Terminal. Cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard are all accepted to purchase the Canadian Grandstand package.  Canadian fans who already have their Grand Prix tickets can also purchase the round-trip transportation from the Windsor International Transit Terminal for just $12 CAD per person.

“The City of Windsor is proud to support the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix again this year,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “By going online at snapd Windsor or visiting the Transit Windsor Terminal in person Canadian race fans are able purchase tickets at a significant savings, and then thanks to our friends at Transit Windsor, enjoy Belle Isle-bound transportation to world class auto racing this June 4 and 5.”

As part of the partnership, the City of Windsor will continue as the sponsor of the City of Windsor International Media Center, located at the historic Belle Isle Casino on race weekend. With over 700 media members expected to attend the event in 2016, the media center will be the working home for the press covering the Grand Prix throughout the weekend. Staffed by members of both the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, media members will have access to the facilities and services throughout the weekend as they are exposed to the unique “two-nation destination” of the Detroit/Windsor area. New in 2016, the City of Windsor will also be the sponsor of Grandstand 2 at the Grand Prix, located between Turns 1 and 2 with a view of the start/finish line.

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 May 29-31, 2015, the event will include the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the high-performance vehicles of the Pirelli World Challenge Series in the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by TRAXXAS. Partners for the 2015 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Verizon Wireless. 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.

TRANS AM SERIES RETURNS TO THE MOTOR CITY AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

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The Chevrolets, Fords and Dodges will take to the streets of the Motor City for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix (photo courtesy of Trans-Am)

The Chevrolets, Fords and Dodges will take to the streets of the Motor City for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix (photo courtesy of Trans-Am)

TRANS AM SERIES RETURNS TO THE MOTOR CITY AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (March 21, 2016) – One of the most popular racing series to compete in the Motor City will make its return to Belle Isle and help Detroit Start its Summer as it was announced today that the Trans Am Series will race at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 35, 2016.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, the Trans Am Series will return to Detroit for the first time in 15 years as it last raced on Belle Isle in 2001. The Trans Am cars will host two invitational races on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 at the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit.  Over the course of its 18-year history racing at the Detroit Grand Prix, beginning on the downtown streets in 1984 and moving to Belle Isle to compete from 1994-2001, the Trans Am Series consistently provided some of the most exciting races witnessed in Detroit, with events known as the “Motor City 100.” Some of the best road racers in history won at Detroit over the years including Wally Dallenbach Jr., Scott Pruett, Dorsey Schroeder, Scott Sharp, Ron Fellows and Tommy Kendall.

 

“We’re excited to bring back some history, some heritage and even more on-track excitement with the return of the Trans Am Series to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.  “Our racing fans will be thrilled to see the competition between Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Aston Martin and more in the Trans Am field all weekend long and we’re honored to bring back the tradition of the Trans Am Motor City 100.”

 

With the addition of the Trans Am Series, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature one of the best and most diverse weekend lineups in all of motorsports. The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Detroit with the only doubleheader weekend on the schedule – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. The exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will battle wheel-to-wheel on Saturday in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS race all three days at the Grand Prix.  With eight races in one action-packed weekend, the Grand Prix will bring tremendous entertainment and value to fans on and off the track at Belle Isle Park.

“Everyone in the Trans Am Series is ecstatic to return to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Series. “We’re excited to reintroduce the modern Trans Am Series to fans in the Motor City 100 and continue the legacy of great Trans Am races in Detroit.”

Founded in 1966, the Trans Am Series features five different classes ranging from the world-renown GT cars in TA, the return of the pony wars in TA2 and pure production racing in TA3, TA4 and TA5.  Cars representing each class are expected to compete in the invitational races on Belle Isle. Manufacturers in the series include Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Aston Martin and more.

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 35, 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, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Traxxas and the return of the Trans Am Series in the Motor City 100. 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/detroitgpwww.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.

ABOUT THE TRANS AM SERIES

The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), through a five-year agreement in which TARC oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.

Defending Champions include: Amy Ruman (TA), Gar Robinson (TA2), Ernie Francis, Jr., (TA3 American Muscle) and Lee Saunders (TA3 International). For more on the Trans Am Series visit www.gotransam.com, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam, or follow Trans Am on Twitter at @gotransam.

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