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Jody Watley Featuring Shalamar Reloaded to Play June 4 at Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear

JODY WATLEY FEATURING SHALAMAR RELOADED TO PERFORM
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR

DETROIT, Mich. (March 21, 2017) – The MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will come alive on Sunday, June 4 as one of the most popular dance artists of the 80s and 90s will energize the crowd on Belle Isle.

Grammy Award-winning artist Jody Watley featuring the new group Shalamar Reloaded (SRL) will bring their soulful, feel good jams to a Sunday matinee concert at the Grand Prix, just prior to the final race of the weekend motorsports festival in the Motor City.

Watley will feature signature hits like “Looking for a New Love” and “Don’t You Want Me” along with a few songs from her Shalamar days when she performs at the Grand Prix. She’ll be joined on stage by the new SRL group members, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy, and they will spotlight a few songs from their forthcoming Bridges release due out this summer. Songs from Watley’s current Paradise EP at will also be featured in the concert that will take place at 1 p.m. on June 4, prior to the final Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race with the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

All fans attending the Grand Prix on Sunday are welcome to attend the concert at no extra cost. The MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage will once again be located in the Meijer Fan Zone at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The concert announcement was made live this morning on 105.9 KISS-FM in Detroit, a Radio One station and Grand Prix media partner.

“We know that Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded will bring a fun, party vibe to the island on Sunday at the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “This concert will be a great way to celebrate the final day of the Grand Prix and get the crowd energized at the MotorCity Casino Hotel stage leading into the final race of an exciting weekend.”

First finding fame as an original member of Shalamar, Jody Watley’s solo career began in 1987 with her trendsetting debut album Jody Watley, which featured mega hits including the chart-topping single “Looking for a New Love.” In 1988 she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Throughout her career Watley and her work has been an important part of pop culture. “Looking for a New Love” helped launch the catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” the video for her song “Still a Thrill” represented the first time a major pop star included the freestyle dance style waacking and the groundbreaking single “Friends” was the basis of many R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions used in today’s music. Watley’s other popular solo hits include “Real Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Some Kind of Lover” and the Top 10 ballad “Everything.”

Grammy winner Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded will perform at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday, June 4, 2017. (photo courtesy of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear)

With popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry performing on Saturday, June 3 and Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded on the MotorCity Casino Hotel stage on Sunday, June 4, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will feature a unique blend of musical entertainment to go along with one of the best on-track lineups in racing.  For a complete listing of all of the entertainment at the Grand Prix and a complete weekend schedule, visit www.DetroitGP.com closer to race weekend.

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

Newgarden Participates in Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Night with the Detroit Pistons

 

TEAM PENSKE INDYCAR DRIVER JOSEF NEWGARDEN TO HELP CELEBRATE
CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR NIGHT WITH THE DETROIT PISTONS

DETROIT, Mich. (February 23, 2017) – A celebration of the continued partnership between the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear and the Detroit Pistons will feature one of the fastest rising stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series Thursday evening. Josef Newgarden, who is about to embark on his first season with Team Penske in 2017,  will be the guest of honor tonight for Grand Prix Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills when the Detroit Pistons host the Charlotte Hornets.

Before he begins the 2017 season behind the wheel of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Indy car on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 12, Newgarden will participate in the final Grand Prix Night at the Palace before the Pistons move to downtown Detroit next season at Little Caesars Arena.

The aggressive, hard-driving American racer is one of the most engaging personalities in motorsports and Detroit fans will get the opportunity to meet Newgarden and get excited for the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, June 2-4 on Belle Isle. After promoting Grand Prix Night during a local media tour Thursday morning, Newgarden will be featured in several activities during the special evening at the Palace.  The 26-year-old native of Nashville, Tenn., will take photos and sign autographs for fans at 7:15 pm in the Palace Power Hour located in the North Pavilion. Fans will also have the opportunity to see the Grand Prix Indy car that will be on display on the Palace concourse and get their picture taken behind the wheel of the new Grand Prix Indy car cutout, to represent what it’s like racing an Indy car on the streets of Belle Isle.

As part of the Grand Prix Night celebration, Newgarden will deliver the official game ball at half court prior to the opening tip-off and he’ll be introduced to the crowd with a special video presentation. The rising star driver will also be interviewed and profiled on the Palace 360 scoreboard during the first quarter and he’ll be invited out on the court for a chance to hit a half-court shot toward the end of the first half.

“It’s great to be a part of the Grand Prix Night at the Palace to help promote the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear,” said Newgarden.  “Even though I just moved to Charlotte I will be a Pistons fan tonight and can’t wait to meet some of the great fans in the Motor City. Hopefully we’ll see them back on Belle Isle June 2nd through the 4th at the Grand Prix.”

A three-time race winner beginning his sixth season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Newgarden produced his best career finish at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear last year when he finished fourth in the second Chevy Dual in Detroit race. The following week at Texas, Newgarden was involved in a big accident as he suffered a broken collarbone and a mild hand fracture after his car slammed into the wall following contact with another competitor. Newgarden did not miss a race due to the injury, however, and he was back behind the wheel two weeks later at Road America before he dominated the next race at Iowa in a dramatic and courageous victory.

For tickets and more information about Thursday’s night’s game, visit www.DetroitPistons.com. To purchase tickets to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, visit www.DetroitGP.com.

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.

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