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DETROIT’S OWN THE ROMANTICS TO PLAY SATURDAY, JUNE 4 AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (January 8, 2016) – One of the Motor City’s most popular homegrown national bands will return to their roots as The Romantics will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage on Saturday, June 4 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Hailing from from Detroit’s east side, The Romantics will be featured in a special concert as the Grand Prix hosts the first of two Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Verizon IndyCar Series races on Saturday afternoon. All Saturday ticket holders will be welcome to attend the concert at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage, located in the Meijer Fan Zone. The concert announcement was made live this morning on Detroit’s classic rock station, 94.7 FM, WCSX radio – one of the Grand Prix’s key media partners.

The Romantics rose to national prominence in the 80s with popular and iconic hit songs including “What I Like About You,” “Talking in Your Sleep” and “One in a Million.” The party band was first formed in 1977, mixing blue collar Detroit rock with the British punk invasion. The Romantics will bring their unique sound to the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage to celebrate the fastest weekend of the summer at the Grand Prix with their hometown fans.

“The Romantics are a great Detroit band and we’re excited to welcome them back to the Motor City at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “The Grand Prix is so much more than just a racing event, with some great national music acts performing for our fans every year and we are proud to continue this tradition in 2016. We will have a full day of world-class racing on track on June 4, and a terrific show by The Romantics to help celebrate the Grand Prix.”

The Romantics concert will help showcase a busy Saturday at the Grand Prix. Three races from three different series – the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas featuring high-flying trucks and the first INDYCAR race of the weekend in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – will thrill fans of all ages. Additional Grand Prix concert announcements will be made in the coming days.

Tickets for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visitwww.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/detroitgp, www.twitter.com/detroitgp andwww.instagram.com/detroitgp.

 

MICHAEL MONTRI NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

Montri Named General Manager of Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Montri Named General Manager of Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 

DETROIT, Mich. (December 1, 2015) – It was announced today that Michael Montri has been named the new General Manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be held June 3-5, 2016.

Building on his motorsports and automotive experience of nearly 20 years with the Penske companies, Montri (pronounced MAHN-try) will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in his new role.

A University of Michigan graduate, Montri first joined the Penske organization as a marketing and public relations intern when the company owned and operated Michigan International Speedway. He worked in motorsports for several years and served as Director of Corporate Sales for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC for two years. Since 2002, Montri has worked with Penske Automotive Group (PAG), serving most recently as Vice President of Fleet Operations for Penske Car Rental and as Vice President of Procurement for PAG. For the last several years, Montri has also worked with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix team, providing support leading up to and during race weekend.

“We are excited to welcome Michael Montri as the General Manager for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix. “Michael has a strong background in motorsports and he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership from his time in Detroit with the Penske Corporation companies. He has also worked closely with our Grand Prix staff over the last few events so he is a great fit to lead the team into 2016 and beyond.”

Montri begins his new role this week working at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office located in the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is such a positive and important event for our region and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of leading our Grand Prix team,” said Montri. “I’ve always had a passion for motorsports so this new challenge really represents a return to my roots. Most importantly, the Grand Prix is about giving back to Detroit and, specifically, to Belle Isle. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved with the Grand Prix and continuing its mission of revitalizing the jewel within our city – Belle Isle Park.”

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Fans can start their engines for the fastest weekend of the summer in the Motor City, June 3-5, 2016, by visiting www.DetroitGP.com or by calling 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 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/detroitgp, www.twitter.com/detroitgp and www.instagram.com/detroitgp.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE 2016 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

Ticket Buyers Also Will Have the Chance to Win a “Breakfast with Champions”

DETROIT, Mich. (November 9, 2015) – Tickets for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix go on sale TODAY at 9 am ET and fans can start their engines for the fastest weekend of the summer in the Motor City, June 3-5, 2016, by visiting www.DetroitGP.com or by calling 866-464-PRIX (7749).

Great Grand Prix ticket packages are available for the fun-filled weekend on Belle Isle that will once again feature the only doubleheader weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. Continuing to make it easy and simple to enjoy the weekend at Belle Isle Park, the Grand Prix will once again provide free round-trip bus service to and from Belle Isle Park with every event ticket.

Fans that purchase tickets by December 18, 2015 will also be eligible win a unique opportunity to have breakfast with some of the top drivers expected to compete at the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. A total of 10 lucky ticket buyers and a guest will be selected at random to dine with the drivers on Friday morning, January 22, in downtown Detroit as part of the “Breakfast with Champions” promotion. To learn more visit www.DetroitGP.com/BreakfastwithChampions.

A Grand Prix tradition in Detroit continues with Comerica Bank Free Prix Day returning to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park as all fans will be able to enter the venue and explore the paddock area for free on Friday, June 3.  For the remainder of race weekend, single-day tickets can be purchased for as low as $40 for general admission and two-day general admission tickets are available for just $75. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free to the general admission seating areas with a ticket-bearing adult.

Single-day reserved grandstand ticket prices for the 2016 Grand Prix start at $65 for adults and two-day tickets start at just $150 with premium seating options available as well. Fans can also purchase the 3-day Super Ticket which includes a reserved seat and access to the Fifth Third Bank paddock area for all three days of the Grand Prix for $175. Hospitality ticket packages that allow fans to see all the on-track action just a few feet from the race track are available as well. Tickets for the Autotrader Turn 8 Club include catered food and beverages, paddock access and more. Passes to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock – the “locker room” of motorsports – are also on sale so fans can get up-close access to the cars, drivers and teams competing at the Grand Prix.

For the only public parking available on Belle Isle during the Grand Prix, fans can purchase tickets to the Continental Tire Car Corral as packages include a grandstand ticket, Fifth Third Bank paddock pass and premium on-island parking. Visit www.DetroitGP.com/Tickets to see all of the great ticketing options for the 2016 Grand Prix.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will not only include two full-points races from the cars and stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series in the Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, but also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas.  Off the track, fans can access the Meijer Fan Zone featuring displays from the Detroit area sports teams, interactive experiences within the IndyCar Fan Village, the IMSA Fan Zone and the TRAXXAS display area and extreme BMX demonstrations, along with other family-friendly activities.  Local and national acts will also perform on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage, with the full entertainment lineup to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Fans can purchase tickets to the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix online at www.DetroitGP.com, 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.

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Returns as Lone INDYCAR Doubleheader in 2016

CHEVROLET DUAL IN DETROIT PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS RETURNS JUNE 3-5
TO HIGHLIGHT THE 2016 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX 

 

DETROIT, Mich. (October 27, 2015) – The Verizon IndyCar Series unveiled its 2016 schedule today and the Raceway at Belle Isle Park will host the only doubleheader race weekend on the series schedule for the second consecutive year.

The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will highlight the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3-5, 2016. Both Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast live nationally on the ABC television network from 3:30-6:00 pm ET on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. WXYZ-TV will once again carry both races locally and will continue to provide in-depth coverage of the Grand Prix in 2016. The Dual in Detroit will feature two full-points races on the challenging 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit. With the races contested just one week after the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend, it will be part of arguably to the most important stretch of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“We are excited that for the second consecutive year the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will be the only doubleheader race weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “With great racing and so much at stake during one weekend, the Dual in Detroit really adds a lot of excitement and value to our fans, our partners and the competitors. We’re also thrilled that Belle Isle and the Detroit and Windsor waterfronts will shine brightly once again on a national stage on back-to-back days, live on ABC. With over five hours of national television coverage, it’s great exposure and a tremendous opportunity for our entire region. We want to thank Chevrolet, Quicken Loans and our many partners, along with our fans, for making this great event possible.”

The 2016 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will mark the fourth consecutive year that Belle Isle welcomes two INDYCAR races in one action-packed weekend. It will also be the 27th Grand Prix hosted in the city of Detroit with the first race on the downtown streets in 1982 and the event moving to Belle Isle Park in 1992.

Despite challenging weather with rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix still saw over 60,000 fans visit Belle Isle Park. Colombian driver Carlos Munoz won his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race in the first Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans before former INDYCAR champion Sebastien Bourdais drove his Chevrolet to Victory Circle in the second Dual race.

The 2016 Grand Prix will feature another strong racing lineup. In addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series, the exotic machines of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also return to Belle Isle along with the popular high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas.

A pre-sale opportunity for 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix tickets is underway this week for fans that purchased tickets to previous Grand Prix events. Tickets for the 2016 Grand Prix will go on sale to the public on Monday, November 9 and can be purchased online at www.DetroitGP.com.

Impressive Returns for Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Despite Weather Challenges

CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX PRODUCES SOME IMPRESSIVE 2015 RETURNS, DESPITE WEATHER CHALLENGES

DETROIT, Mich. (June 3, 2015) – With the final results in, the numbers reveal that the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weathered the storm last weekend – literally.

Amid one of the worst weather weekends in recent memory in Detroit, the Grand Prix still produced solid returns both in television ratings and viewership, through social media and even in the grandstands, though attendance numbers were certainly down from previous years due to the challenging conditions.

On television, fans were certainly excited to see how the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series would handle the fast and physical 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit in wet conditions over the Saturday and Sunday races in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

The national overnight numbers from both races were very strong with each race drawing a rating that was higher than any INDYCAR event this season other than the Indianapolis 500. Saturday’s Dual in Detroit race on ABC-TV drew a .7 rating, which was down slightly from the Saturday race broadcast in 2014, due mainly to the fact that the on-track action was delayed and ultimately ended early due to heavy rain and lightning at Belle Isle. Sunday’s Chevy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans ABC-TV race broadcast posted 1.0 overnight rating – the highest-rated for any Detroit Verizon IndyCar Series race broadcast since the Grand Prix returned in 2007.It marked the highest national rating for a series broadcast outside of the Indy 500 since the Pocono race last season and represented a 52% increase over last year’s Sunday race rating.

Locally, the Grand Prix also established new television rating records. With a 2.8 rating on WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Saturday’s race represented a 33% increase from 2014 while Sunday’s Dual in Detroit race posted a remarkable 4.2 household rating, a boost of over 60% from last year’s Sunday race numbers on WXYZ.

On social media, the Grand Prix continued to raise the bar even higher. After establishing impressive growth on its social channels over the past three years, the Grand Prix reached new heights in 2015. The total reach for the Grand Prix on its social channels of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube was measured at 12.4 million people, which represented an increase of 86% from 2014. The Grand Prix recorded 139.5 million total social media impressions in 2015, an increase of 34% from last year’s final numbers.

Corporate partnership also reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 70 sponsors supporting the Grand Prix, compared to 56 partner companies in 2014.

“We want to thank all of our partners and fans for their support and dedication to the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “We saw some tremendous growth and engagement both in television viewership and on social media and we even had what I would consider really strong at-track attendance considering the challenges we had with the weather over the weekend. All 33 of our corporate chalets were packed on both Saturday and Sunday and we saw a lot of fans brave the elements to experience all this great event has to offer.”

With rain all three days dampening the track but not the spirits of the fans or competitors at the Grand Prix, attendance numbers were down as event organizers estimated the total attendance at approximately 65,000. A strong crowd in excess of 20,000 attended on Friday, May 29 for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day while approximately 30,000 visited Belle Isle on Saturday, May 30. With rain throughout the day and unseasonably cold temperatures in the low 50s with a strong wind on Sunday, May 31, an estimated crowd of a little over 15,000 witnessed the final day of the Grand Prix.

It was a memorable weekend of competition on the track with Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz earning his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory in Saturday’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. Former series champion Sebastien Bourdais produced for Chevrolet as he won for KVSH Racing in Sunday’s second Dual in Detroit race. In the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers on Saturday, Dane Cameron and Eric Curran drove the Whelan Engineering Chevrolet Corvette DP to victory for Action Express Racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race. In the GTD class, Mario Farnbacher and Ian James won for Alex Job Racing while Mirco Schultis and Renger van der Zande won the PC Class for Starworks Motorsport. In the first scheduled Pirelli World Challenge race of the weekend – the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers – Kevin Estre captured the GT Class victory on Saturday while Henrique Cisneros won in the GTA Class. Rain forced the cancellation of the second series race on Sunday. In the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by TRAXXAS truck series races, Robby Gordon won on Friday, E.J. Viso took the victory on Saturday and Burt Jenner claimed the win on Sunday.

For more information on the Grand Prix throughout the year, visit www.detroitgp.com.

2015 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX FAST FACTS

 

WHAT:
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City May 29-31, 2015. The event will feature the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and it will feature the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans IndyCar doubleheader.

WHEN:
Friday-SundayMay 29-31, 2015


WHERE:

The Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course


TRACK LENGTH:

2.3 miles


RACE BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES BROADCAT COVERAGE
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #1 (Verizon IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: ABC (Time – 3:30 pm ET)
Live Local television coverage: WXYZ

Sunday, May 31, 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #2 (Verizon IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: ABC (Time – 3:30 pm ET)
Live local television coverage: WXYZ

IMSA BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship)
National television coverage: FOX Sports 2 (Time – 12 noon – 2:00 pm ET LIVE)
National television coverage: FOX Sports 1 (Time – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET SAME DAY DELAY)
PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Sunday, May 31, 2015 Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers (Pirelli World Challenge Series)
National television coverage: CBS Sports (Time – 12 pm ET)

SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF-ROAD PRESENTED BY TRAXXAS BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 13, 2015 SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by TRAXXAS (SST Truck Series)
National television coverage: NBC Sports Netword (Time – 11 am ET)

EVENT SCHEDULE:
Below is the basic schedule of events for the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The full detailed weekend schedule is posted here and all events are subject to change.

Friday, May 29 (Comerica Bank Free Prix Day)
Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice and qualifying, Pirelli World Challenge Series practice, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Race #1.

Saturday, May 30
Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up and the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #1, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship warm-up and Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, Pirelli World Challenge Series qualifying and Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers Race #1, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Race #2, Verizon IndyCar Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship autograph sessions.

Sunday, May 31
Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up and the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #2, Pirelli World Challenge Series Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers Race #2, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS practice, qualifying and Race #3.

 

FAN ACTIVITIES:
The 2015 Grand Prix features a number of fan engagement activities including displays in the midway and live music, driver autograph sessions, extreme sports demonstrations, free Monster Truck rides, appearnace by Detroit Sports stars and more in the Meijer Fan Zone.

 

TICKETS:
Tickets are still on sale for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. To view information on ticket plans and to purchase tickets, please click here.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling 866-464-PRIX (7749) or visit the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office in the GM Renaissance Center, 300 Renaissance Center Drive, Suite 2311, Detroit, Mich.

 

TRANSPORTATION:
There is no public parking available on Belle Isle for the Grand Prix. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix offers round-trip shuttle service that runs continuously from two downtown Detroit locations as well as Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Shuttle service from downtown Detroit is provided without additional fee. A round-trip ferry service to the island from the Detroit Port Authority is also available for a nominal cost.  Visit the Transportation page at DetroitGP.com for complete parking and shuttle details.

 

PARTNERSHIP:
In 2015, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has enjoyed an unprecedented level of corporate partnership with over 70 sponsors lending their support to the event. For a full list, visit our Partnership page at DetroitGP.com.

 

VOLUNTEER: The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is supported by one of the leading and longest-running volunteer organizations in motorsports – the Detroit Grand Prix Association (DGPA). Over 1,000 DGPA volunteers will dedicate their time and efforts to the event in 2015. To learn more about being a DGPA member please visit our Volunteer page at DetroitGP.com.

 

BELLE ISLE IMPROVEMENTS:
Since the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers have made over $13 million in lasting improvements to Belle Isle:

Installing over 475,000 square feet of new concrete for road improvements and other modifications for more exciting competition

Repairing damaged lighting and drainage systems

Renovation of Scott Fountain, the Belle Isle Casino and the Belle Isle Boat Club

Installing over 400,000 square feet of concrete for paddock area and fan interaction to provide a cleaner and more comfortable race experience

Installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes

New concrete areas also be used by park visitors for parking and community events and activities year round

 

COMMUNITY IMPACT:
The Grand Prix generated over $47 million in total spending for the Metro Detroit region in 2014.  Over 95,000 people attended the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix events in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
The official event hashtag for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is #DetroitGP
Visit the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Facebook
Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Twitter

 

CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TICKET PACKAGE AND RENEWED PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF WINDSOR

DETROIT, Mich. (April 23, 2015) – Building on a strong bond with its neighbors across the Detroit River, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix today announced a renewed partnership with the City of Windsor, Ontario in Canada. The 2015 partnership marks the sixth year that the Grand Prix will work with the City of Windsor and it will once again provide an effective way for Canadian fans to easily and safely cross over into Detroit and experience all the excitement of this world-class racing event. Fans will witness thrilling action on and off the track at the Grand Prix, May 29-31 at Belle Isle Park, and get a chance to sit together in a special Canadian section at the race.

Through the exclusive partnership, fans from Canada will have the opportunity to purchase transportation with their Grand Prix tickets through the City of Windsor.

Reserved in the Canadian section of Grandstand 1, the special ticket package for Canadian fans will deliver a view of the front stretch and the start/finish line on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course, while overlooking all of the action on pit lane. A round-trip ticket to and from Belle Isle via a Transit Windsor bus is also included, as fans will have access to the numerous activities including the Meijer Fan Zone and the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage where national and local music acts will perform throughout the weekend. Single-day tickets will start at $60 CAD per person (HST included) for the lower rows of the grandstands and $80 CAD per person (HST included) for the upper rows.

“We are proud to continue this long-term partnership with the City of Windsor and provide a great way for Canadian fans to enjoy the Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “We truly have an international event here on Belle Isle, perfectly positioned on two beautiful waterfronts in Detroit and Windsor and we are excited to celebrate the start of summer at the Grand Prix again this year with our Canadian fans.”

Fans can visit www.citywindsor.ca for more information on the Grand Prix tickets and travel packages. To order tickets, fans in Windsor can call 3-1-1 and provide credit card information by phone or submit a request online at www.311online.ca. Fans can also visit the Windsor International Transit Terminal and five select Customer Care Centres throughout Windsor to purchase the Canadian Grandstand ticket packages. Cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard are all accepted to purchase the Canadian Grandstand package. Canadian fans who have already bought tickets to the Grand Prix can also purchase the roundtrip transportation package separately at 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 calling 3-1-1 Canadian race fans are able purchase tickets at a significant savings, and then thanks to our friends at Transit Windsor, enjoy reliable transportation to world-class auto racing this May 30th and 31st.”

The City of Windsor will also return as the sponsor for the official event media center on Belle Isle Park. Over 700 media members from across the world were credentialed for the Grand Prix last year and that number is expected to grow in 2015. The historic Belle Isle Casino will provide a working home for many members of the press covering the event at the City of Windsor International Media Center. The working journalists at the media center will have access to facilities and services that will be jointly staffed by members from Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as those from Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, showcasing the unique “two-nation destination” of the Detroit/Windsor area.

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COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES STUDENT SELECTED TO CREATE OFFICIAL 2015 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX COMMEMORATIVE POSTER

DETROIT, Mich. (April 17, 2015) – For the third consecutive year, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix teamed up with one of Detroit’s most innovative institutions to create the event’s official commemorative poster.

Located in Midtown Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) partnered once again with the Grand Prix this year to host a competition among its design students to produce winning poster design.

Future leaders in the design and illustration industry are educated at CCS and the Grand Prix has enjoyed working with the Detroit-based college since 2013 to give its students the opportunity to create the signature piece of art associated with the annual racing event on Belle Isle.

On Thursday, April 16, the top five design entries, chosen by the CCS faculty, went through the final judging process and a winner and second- and third-place finishers were selected. Mary McLain, a 22-year-old design student from Livonia, Mich., was chosen as the winner of the poster competition with a memorable creation that incorporates the elements of nature at Belle Isle Park, blended with the Detroit city skyline and a father and son watching race cars zoom around the iconic Scott Fountain on the island.

Belle Isle 2015

“It was a really tough decision for the judges this year as all the designs were unique and strong in their own way,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, who has served on the judging panel in each of the last three years of the competition. “The level of talent and design skill is remarkable at CCS and all the students should be proud of the work they produced. At the finish line, Mary’s design just seemed to tell a perfect story of the experience at the Grand Prix and it was a unanimous choice as the winning entry.”

The winning design will help Detroit “Start the Summer” at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 29-31, as the official event poster will be produced, showcased and sold throughout the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. The poster will be highlighted on race weekend and through the rest of the summer and the design may also be included on merchandise items moving forward.

“It’s really an honor to win this competition,” said McLain. “There were a lot of great entries and now I’m really excited to attend the Grand Prix and enjoy the experience on race weekend.”

The five-person panel that judged the top poster entries on Thursday included Denker, Chevrolet performance design styling director Todd Parker, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 sports anchor and reporter Brad Galli, Autoweek magazine creative director Ken Ross, and Ryan Ansel, a CCS instructor who leads the digital advertising curriculum at the school.

Finishing a close second in the competition was Esther Licata while third place went to Rachel Wujek. CCS students Laurel Tinklenberg and Kellye Perdue also produced strong top-five designs. The competing students were all part of the design class under instructor Francis Vallejo.

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, visitwww.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at www.facebook.com/detroitgp, www.twitter.com/detroitgp andwww.instagram.com/detroitgp.

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