Event Information

2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Fast Facts

WHAT: 

WHAT:
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City June 3-5, 2016. The event will feature the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Traxxas and return of the Trans Am Series. 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-Sunday - June 3-5, 2016

WHERE: 
The Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course

TRACK LENGTH: 
2.3 miles

RACE HISTORY:

The first Detroit Grand Prix was in 1982 and it started as a Formula One race through the streets of downtown Detroit before becoming a CART-sanctioned race in 1989. The race moved to Belle Isle in 1992 continuing under the CART/Champ Car banner until 2001. After the success of the Super Bowl in Detroit in 2006, Roger Penske and the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) teamed up to bring an annual national sporting event to the city of Detroit and spearheaded the return of the Grand Prix in 2007 on Belle Isle.  After challenging economic times delayed the event after the 2008 season, the Grand Prix returned in 2012 with the current promotional group as a subsidiary of the DDP.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS:

Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport (Dual I) and Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing (Dual II) return to Detroit as the defending champions of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Verizon IndyCar Series races. Teammates Eric Curran and Dane Cameron return in the Action Express Racing Whelen Chevrolet Corvette DP as the defending champions of the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

INDYCAR BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 4, 2016 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, June 5, 2016 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, June 4, 2016 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)
National television coverage: FS1 (Time - 12:30 pm ET)  

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS (Subject to change):
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Taped delayed national coverage: CBS Sports Network (Time - 3:00 pm ET)

TRANS AM SERIES (Subject to change):
Saturday, July 2, 2016 (Motor City 100)
Taped delayed national coverage: CBS Sports Network (Time - 12:00 pm ET)

EVENT SCHEDULE: 
Below is the basic schedule of events for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and all events are subject to change.

Friday, June 3 (Comerica Bank Free Prix Day) 
Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice and qualifying, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS Race #1 and Trans Am Series practice and qualifying.

Saturday, June 4
Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up and the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #1, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship warm-up and Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS Race #2, Trans Am Series 3-Dimensional Services Motor City 100 Race #1, Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship autograph sessions.

Sunday, June 5
Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up, qualifying and the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #2, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS practice, qualifying and Race #3 and Trans Am Series 3-Dimensional Services Motor City 100 Race #2.

GRAND MARSHAL:

Detroit Red Wings star, and Waterford native, Dylan Larkin will be the Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Saturday, June 4.  Larkin will participate in activities all day during the Grand Prix, including giving the famous command, “Drivers, Start Your Engines.”  For Sunday, the Grand Marshall will be General Motors CEO Mary Barra. 

FAN ACTIVITIES: 
The 2016 Grand Prix features a number of exciting engagement activities in the Meijer Fan Zone.  The MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage will feature live music all weekend, headlined by Detroit’s own The Romantics on Saturday evening and Morris Day and the Time on Sunday afternoon.  Fans can get a bite to eat or something to drink in the Coors Light Beer Garden and Food Court, featuring the Taste of Detroit with local vendor trucks and more. The popular Detroit Sports District returns featuring interactive displays from Detroit professional sports teams.  Fans can get autographs from legendary Detroit sports personalities and test their skills on the Meijer Speed Pitch, Quarterback Challenge and Football Obstacle Course as well as the Basketball Shoot Out. 

The new Coors Light Lounge will allow fans the chance to drink refreshments while not missing a minute of the racing on track with big-screen TV’s showing all of the action.  Next to the Lounge is the new Coors Light Party Pit featuring tailgating games like cornhole, giant Jenga, knockerball and fowling.  Also new in 2016 is the Trendy Crafts Craft Show featuring up to 30 Michigan artists creating metal art, jewelry, blown glass work, hard carved wooden pieces and more throughout race weekend. Free Artic Cat ATV rides are also new to the Grand Prix in 2016.

TICKETS: 
Tickets are still on sale for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, starting at just $40. To view information on ticket plans and to purchase tickets, please visit www.DetroitGP.com
.  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.

BELLE ISLE IMPROVEMENTS:
Since the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers and contributing partners have made over $13.5 million in lasting improvements to Belle Isle:

Repairing damaed lighting and drainage systems
Renovation of Scott Fountain, the Belle Isle Casino and the Belle Isle Boat Club
Installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes
Working with Platinum Equity to install new LED lights on MacArthur Bridge and around the Scott Fountain
New areas also to be used by park visitors for parking and community events and activities year round
Creating pedestrian walkways and new bicycle paths on Belle Isle

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:
Visit the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DetroitGP
Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Twitter at
www.Twitter.com/DetroitGP

APP:
The new Grand Prix app is available for download.  Buy tickets, get the up to date schedule, maps, series info and more at your fingertips by searching “2016 DetroitGP” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.