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2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Fast Facts
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear returns to the Motor City, May 31-June 2, 2019. The event will feature the cars of the NTT IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear and it will feature the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit IndyCar doubleheader.
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit
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. The 2019 event marks the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history.
Two former NTT IndyCar Series champions and Indy 500 winners captured victories in the 2018 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit IndyCar races on Belle Isle. Scott Dixon of Ganassi Racing won Saturday's Dual I to secure his 42nd career victory and his second trip to the top step of the podium on Belle Isle, to go along with his 2012 Detroit triumph. The win helped spur Dixon to his fifth career NTT IndyCar Series championship. In Sunday's Dual II, 2012 NTT IndyCar Series champ Ryan Hunter-Reay outdueled his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi for his first career win on Belle Isle. Fulfilling a promise he made the day before after finishing second in Dual I, Hunter-Reay jumped in the chilly waters of Scott Fountain to celebrate his first series win since 2015.
In Saturday's 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic race, General Motors extended its Belle Isle win streak to seven consecutive races as Cadillac claimed the top spot with a Prototype class victory. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R co-driven by Brazilian Felipe Nasr and American Eric Curran scored the win for the Action Express Racing team as GM once again celebrated in the shadows of its world headquarters in downtown Detroit. In the GTD class, Katherine Legge earned her second consecutive Detroit win as she and Mario Farnbacher drove their Acura NSX to Victory Lane for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian.
INDYCAR BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual #1 (NTT IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: NBC (3:30 pm ET)
Live Local television coverage: WDIV Local 4
Live Local radio coverage: 910 AM Superstation
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual #2 (NTT IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: NBC (3:30 pm ET)
Live local television coverage: WDIV Local 4
Live Local radio coverage: 910 AM Superstation
IMSA BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)
Live National television coverage: NBC Sports (12:30 pm ET)
The Grand Prix features a number of exciting engagement activities in the Meijer Fan Zone. Live music will be featured on the Entertainment Stage all weekend long with national and local acts. Autograph sessions from all racing series, appearances by legends from Detroit’s professional sports teams and interactive games and displays will also be included in the Fan Zone, along with a wide variety of food and beverages with a Detroit flavor.
30TH GRAND PRIX CELEBRATION:
In honor of the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit, this year’s event will feature a Heritage Exhibit located in the Meijer Fan Zone that will celebrate the history of the race in the Motor City, as well as the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the sanctioning body that oversees the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The exhibit will host a number of cars that raced and won over the years at the Detroit Grand Prix, along with artifacts and memorabilia from the race. The Heritage Exhibit will host several Fan Forums over the course of the weekend, featuring some of the legendary drivers who have competed and won both on the Streets of Detroit and at the Raceway on Belle Isle Park.
On Saturday, June 1, Detroit Pistons star center Andre Drummond will be the Grand Marshal at the Grand Prix. Drummond will participate in pre- and post-race activities, including giving the command of “Drivers, Start Your Engines” prior to the start of the first Chevy Dual in Detroit NTT IndyCar Series race and riding in a pace car in front of the IndyCar field before the cars take the green flag.
A total of 12 bands will perform over the course of race weekend at the Grand Prix on the Entertainment Stage located in the Meijer Fan Zone. Highlighted by Michigan-born country music superstar Frankie Ballard performing on Saturday night and legendary rock band Stone Temple Pilots hosting a special matinee concert on Sunday, the Grand Prix will rock all weekend on Belle Isle. The event will also feature a talented lineup of National Anthem singers in 2019. Beth Griffith-Manley – a native of Detroit who stood out last season while competing on the popular NBC music reality series “The Voice” – will sing the anthem on Saturday just before to the NTT IndyCar Series Dual in Detroit Dual I. Jeff Gutt, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots who hails from Marine City, Mich., will sing the anthem on Sunday prior to the final NTT IndyCar Series Dual in Detroit race.
Fans can visit DetroitGP.com/Tickets or call 866-464-7749 (PRIX) to purchase tickets. Tickets start as low as $45.
There is no public parking available on Belle Isle for Grand Prix attendees, but event guests are all welcomed and encouraged to utilize the convenient and efficient park and ride system. Guests can park in any of the lots downtown and use one of two shuttle pick-up locations – the GM Renaissance Center below the People Mover stop and at Cobo Center – to arrive at the front gates on Belle Isle. Shuttles run every 25 minutes and provide a fast and safe method of transportation to the Grand Prix. Guests are able to walk or bike over the MacArthur Bridge on Belle Isle, with bicycle parking available at the Detroit Boat House. Fans can also take advantage of the Grand Prix ride share program by taking Lyft or Uber to a designated drop off point at the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Helen St. before catching the shuttle to Belle Isle.
2019 EVENT ENHANCEMENTS:
The 2019 Grand Prix will feature several new enhancements for fans to enjoy, including admission to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock for ALL ticketholders, new seating options throughout the venue and more access than ever before.
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. The improvements include:
• Repairing damaged lighting and drainage systems
• Renovating the Scott Fountain, the Belle Isle Casino and the Belle Isle Boat House
• Repaving, repairing and maintaining island roadways
• Installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes
• Working with Platinum Equity to install new LED lights on the MacArthur Bridge and around the Scott Fountain
• Enhancing paved areas for park visitors to enjoy more parking, community events and activities year-round
• Creating pedestrian walkways and new bicycle lanes on Belle Isle
The Grand Prix has annually generated over $45 million in total spending annually for the Metro Detroit region. An independent study concluded the Grand Prix created an estimated $58 million in total spending for the Metro Detroit region in 2017. Over 95,000 people attended the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear events in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
New in 2019 on Belle Isle, NTT IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at INDYCAR events around the country. Fans interested in donating in the blood drive will have an opportunity to receive a free voucher (while supplies last) to attend the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Belle Isle, with the option to attend either Saturday, June 1 or Sunday, June 2. Those participating in the blood drive must use the Grand Prix park and ride shuttle system to get to Belle Isle, as there is no public parking within the race venue on the island during Grand Prix weekend.
The Grand Prix welcomes support from 75 local and national partners in 2019. The total included 15 new partners and 26 sponsors that have been part of the race since the event returned in 2012.
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Tom has been a contributor to RIS since 1992, and has covered IndyCar, Formula 1, NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to his RIS work, Tom has been a contributor for General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and the ACO.