Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix — Everything you need to know
Here's everything you need to know.
CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX 2012 FAST FACTS
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City for the first time in four years June 1-3, 2012. The event will feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Friday-Sunday – June 1-3, 2012
The Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit
2.1 miles/14 turns
Sunday, June 3, 2012 – Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by shopautoweek.com (IZOD IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: ABC (Time – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Live national radio coverage: IMS Radio Network and Sirius satellite XM Radio Channel 94
Saturday, June 2, 2012 – Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (GRAND-AM Rolex Series)
Live national television coverage: SPEED (Time – 5:00 p.m. ET)
Live national radio coverage: MRN Radio Network and Sirius satellite XM Radio Channel 90
Saturday, June 2 and Sunday June 3, 2012 – Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers (Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series)
Tape-delayed television broadcast: NBC Sports Network, July 7 from 5-7 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 2, 2012 – Firestone Indy Lights Series race
Tape-delayed television broadcast: NBC Sports Network, June 7 at 5 p.m. ET
Below is the basic schedule of events for the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. A more detailed schedule is posted at www.DetroitGP.com.
Friday, June 1
IZOD IndyCar Series practice, GRAND-AM Rolex Series practice and qualifying, Pirelli World Challenge Series practice, Firestone Indy Lights Series practice
Saturday, June 2
IZOD IndyCar Series practice and qualifying, GRAND-AM Rolex Series practice and race, Pirelli World Challenge Series qualifying and race #1, Firestone Indy Lights Series qualifying and race. IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Series and Pirelli World Challenge Series driver autograph sessions
Sunday, June 3
IZOD IndyCar Series driver autograph session, IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up and race, Pirelli World Challenge Series race #2.
Great tickets are still available for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. To view information on ticket plans and to purchase tickets, go to 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.
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix attendees are required to use the round-trip Cooper Standard Shuttle Service that runs continuously from convenient locations in Downtown Detroit. Grand Prix parking is NOT available on Belle Isle. There is also ADA and Windsor Shuttle bus service provided. New this year, a Ferry service is also available to Belle Isle from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. For complete transportation information and pricing, visit www.DetroitGP.com.
BELLE ISLE IMPROVEMENTS:
Since the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers have made over $6 million in lasting improvements to Belle Isle:
— Installing over 150,000 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 and the Belle Isle Casino
— Installing over 460,000 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
— Removing old pilings and docks from the Detroit Boat Club
— New concrete areas also used by park visitors for parking and community events and activities year round
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has received tremendous support from both the local and national corporate community. Over 45 companies have committed to support the Grand Prix as it returns to Detroit for the first time in four years and 40 premiere hospitality chalets have been sold out for the event
Both the 2007 and 2008 Grand Prix events generated over $52 million in estimated economic impact for the Metro Detroit region Over 100,000 people attended the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix events in both 2007 and 2008
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