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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.

MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME TO PERFORM ON MOTORCITY CASINO HOTEL ENTERTAINMENT STAGE AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

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DETROIT, Mich. (February 18, 2016) – Bringing their unique and popular mix of  R&B, funk and pop to the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage, Morris Day and the Time will perform on Sunday, June 5 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Adding a definite fun party vibe to the final day of Grand Prix activities, Morris Day and the Time will host a Sunday afternoon concert before the final race of an action-packed weekend.

With popular songs such as “Jungle Love,” “The Bird” and “Jerk Out,” Morris Day and the Time will give a special matinee performance prior to the final Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans race, featuring 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 Belle Isle Park. The concert announcement was made live this morning on 105.9 KISS-FM, a new Grand Prix media partner.

Morris Day will be grooving on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix on Sunday (photo courtesy of Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix)

Morris Day will be grooving on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix on Sunday (photo courtesy of Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix)

“We know our fans will love Morris Day and the Time as they will liven up the party on Sunday afternoon at the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “The MotorCity Casino Hotel stage will be the place to be and experience some great music before the final race of a terrific weekend in the Motor City.”

With Detroit’s own The Romantics performing on Saturday, June 4, and Morris Day and the Time on Sunday, June 5, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature a unique musical blend to match the diverse on-track action throughout the weekend. For a complete listing of all the entertainment at the Grand Prix, visit www.DetroitGP.com closer to race weekend.

Formed in 1981, Morris Day and the Time rose to superstardom in the mid 1980s and early 90s when Day played alongside Prince in the films Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. After early success with such hits as “Cool,” “Walk” and “777-9311,” the Time began to gain popularity with Day’s charisma and swagger leading the way. In 1984 the group released the album Ice Cream Castle featuring some of its most successful singles as “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” became hits on both urban and pop radio.  In 1990, after a brief break up, The Time reunited and produced their first No. 1 R&B hit “Jerk Out” from their fourth album, Pandemonium. Always a popular draw whenever they play in the Motor City, Morris Day and the Time will return the first weekend in June to help Detroit start its summer right at the Grand Prix.

Tickets for the 2016 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-PRIX (7749).

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“FREE PRIX DAY PRESENTED BY COMERICA BANK” RETURNS TO THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX IN 2016

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“FREE PRIX DAY PRESENTED BY COMERICA BANK” RETURNS TO THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX IN 2016

DETROIT, Mich. (January 22, 2016) – Comerica Bank is helping the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix build on an established tradition that began in 1982 with the very first Grand Prix in Detroit. It was announced today that Comerica Bank will return as the sponsor of “Free Prix Day” and help Detroit start its summer right on Friday, June 3.

All fans are welcome to attend the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix free of charge and have courtesy access to the Paddock area, known as “the locker room of motorsports,” on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day. This marks the fourth year that Comerica Bank will provide fans the opportunity to come and experience the sights and sounds of the first day of the Grand Prix with free access to Belle Isle Park.

Free Prix Day presented by Comerica Bank will feature on-track action from the three series participating in the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The Verizon IndyCar Series will have practice and qualifying on-track for the first Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will also have both practice and qualifying for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, while the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas trucks will compete in the first race of the weekend.

Free Prix Day presented by Comerica Bank visitors will be able to see all of this action for free, along with the off-track entertainment including the Meijer Fan Zone featuring interactive displays and extreme sports demonstrations, and live entertainment on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage.

“Free Prix Day is something special in Detroit and it allows everyone to come down to Belle Isle and get a chance to experience all the fun and excitement of the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “We want to thank our great partners at Comerica Bank for continuing to support this important day for our community and helping the tradition to live on as fans will enjoy all the Grand Prix has to offer both on and off the track.”

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a great week to kick off the summer season on one of Detroit’s jewels – Belle Isle,” said Mike Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank-Michigan. “We look forward to seeing race fans on Belle Isle on Friday, June 3, and are pleased to be able to provide them with a chance to enjoy the excitement of racing that day at no cost.”

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 and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas. 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 COMERICA BANK

Comerica Bank, with 214 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Founded in Detroit in 1849, Comerica continues to invest in Michigan. The bank’s community support in Michigan, which includes contributions and volunteer labor hours, totaled more than $4 million last year. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Drivers to Visit NAIAS on Friday

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES, IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS TO APPEAR FRIDAY AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
DETROIT, Mich. (January 21, 2016) – Some of the top champion race car drivers in the world will visit the Motor City on Friday to celebrate Family Day at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and help promote the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, to be run June 3-5.

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Chevrolet driver Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who won the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, will be in attendance on Friday, Jan. 22 along with defending race winner Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing who won the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans in his Chevy-powered car last summer. Action Express Racing teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, the defending Prototype champions of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will be in Detroit as well to attend NAIAS.

Starting the morning early with a local media tour to promote the Grand Prix and their appearance at the show, the drivers will then attend a special “Breakfast with Champions” event with select Grand Prix ticket holders that won a contest online to dine with the heroes of horsepower.  After breakfast, the drivers will tour the North American International Auto Show floor before meeting with the media at 11 am at the Hitachi and Grand Prix display located on the Cobo Center concourse.

Dixon, Bourdais, Fittipaldi and Barbosa will then take the stage in the Cobo Center Atrium for a Grand Prix discussion moderated by WXYZ-TV sports anchor Brad Galli at 12 p.m. Joining the drivers on stage will be Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix; Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company (INDYCAR); Scott Atherton, President of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing; and Linda Forte, Chief Diversity Officer for Comerica Bank. After the on-stage Grand Prix discussion the drivers will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans near the Atrium stage from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Fans will able to see the drivers on stage and get autographs afterward free of charge as the Atrium is located outside of the show floor.  For tickets and more information about the North American International Auto Show visit www.naias.com/.  Tickets to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are now on sale, for more information visit www.DetroitGP.com or call 866-464-PRIX (7749).

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 and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas. 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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