By: The Detroit Grand Prix
Get ready to wave the green flag on summer in the Motor City with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, June 1-3, featuring seven races over three days on beautiful Belle Isle.
Highlighted by the only doubleheader weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit – featuring two full championship-points paying races on Saturday and Sunday. The exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will also race on Saturday afternoon in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli brings the return of the Pony Wars to Belle Isle with races on Saturday and Sunday while the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks race a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday as well.
The Grand Prix has added several enhancements for fans in 2018 including an increase in viewing areas throughout the Raceway at Belle Isle Park venue. The backstretch grandstand that was added in 2017 has now doubled in size based on the positive fan reaction to being able to see one of the fastest parts of the race track. Grandstand 3 at Turn 3 has been relocated from the right side of the track to the left, which will provide a better view for fans to see the cars coming down the fast straightaway, before breaking hard at Turn 3 and then speeding towards Turn 4 in sight of the beautiful Belle Isle Conservatory. Viewing platforms have been added along the venue, including at the former location of Grandstand 3. All of the new viewing locations are General Admission (GA) and all GA ticket prices remain the same in 2018.
Games and Entertainment
Even with one of the most diverse lineups in motorsports, the Grand Prix is so much more than just racing. The three-day motorsports festival features interactive displays for fans of all ages, the Detroit Sports District with the Detroit professional sports team displays, food and drink in the Bud Light Beer Garden and Food Court plus tailgating games like cornhole, fowling, giant jenga and more in the Party Pit. The Grand Prix will also feature live music all weekend long on the 96.3 WDVD/93.1 NASH FM Entertainment Stage, with pop duo A Great Big World headlining on Saturday night and country music star David Nail on Sunday afternoon.
The Grand Prix remains a very positive force for the city of Detroit, generating an estimated $58 million in total spending within the Greater Detroit region of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties – an increase of $11 million over the last economic study that was completed in 2014.
The Grand Prix encourages fans to come down and experience the beauty of Belle Isle on Friday, June 1 through a tradition that began at Detroit’s first Grand Prix in 1982. Comerica Bank Free Prix Day returns in 2018 allowing all fans access to the venue for free this Friday. No ticket is required to experience all the activities at the Grand Prix on June 1. Fans can also get up close to the cars and teams preparing to hit the track in the Paddock area – known as the “locker room” of motorsports – on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day.
A reminder that there is no public parking available on Belle Isle for the Grand Prix so fans are encouraged to use the popular and easy park and ride system complete with luxury bus service to the island. Ample parking is available at the two shuttle stop locations in downtown Detroit at Cobo Center and the GMRENCEN.
Tickets for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear start at just $40, and can be purchased at DetroitGP.com/tickets or by calling 866-464-PRIX.