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Grand Prix Makes World Series Wager with Sonoma


DETROIT, Mich. (October 25, 2012) - With the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers battling for the Major League Baseball championship in the World Series, Steve Page and Bud Denker have decided that they want more than civic pride and bragging rights should their respective team win the Fall Classic.

Page, the president of the raceway in Sonoma, and Denker, Event Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, have upped the ante with a wager of goods from their respective regions over the outcome of the World Series. Both facilities host an annual IZOD IndyCar® Series event, with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix hosted May 31-June 2, 2013 and the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma to be contested August 23-25, 2013.

If the Tigers win the World Series, Page has promised a generous assortment of world famous Ghirardelli chocolate, as well as 12 turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Both will be delivered to Gleaners Community Food Bank, which fights hunger in southeast Michigan by providing millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need.

If the Giants capture the title, Denker has vowed to ship a variety of pizzas from Detroit-based Little Caesars® - a Motor City tradition, as well as 12 turkeys, to the raceway in Sonoma. Page will deliver the turkeys to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco just in time for use at the church's Thanksgiving Day celebration. Glide Memorial Church will serve 5,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to those in need. It is the largest Thanksgiving Day celebration for those less fortunate in San Francisco.

The 12 turkeys are symbolic of this being the 2012 World Series.

"As much as we'd love the folks in Detroit to enjoy some of our fine Ghirardelli chocolate, we know that Marco Scutaro, Barry Zito and the rest of the Giants will bring the World Series back home to Northern California," Page said. "So I'll thank Bud in advance for his generosity and we'll look forward to making the delivery of turkeys to Glide's wonderful Thanksgiving celebration."

As part of the wager, the staff from the losing race event will also wear the baseball cap of the winning World Series team during the Friday on-track activities during race weekend of their event.

"We believe in our Tigers and we know that they will continue to do the city of Detroit proud as they try to win the team's first World Series since 1984," said Denker. "Despite Wednesday night's result, we're looking forward to a good series and we know that everyone at the Gleaners Community Food Bank will enjoy the turkeys for Thanksgiving and the Ghirardelli chocolate, courtesy of the raceway in Sonoma."

The Giants captured Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco on Wednesday night with Game 2 scheduled to begin shortly after 8 p.m. ET this evening. The series then shifts to Detroit for three games this weekend, beginning with Game 3 on Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Held May 31-June 2, 2013, the event will include the "Dual in Detroit" Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix doubleheader featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. Partners for the 2013 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit and follow our social media pages at and