A new era of the Detroit Grand Prix will begin in 2023 when the event returns to its original home on the streets of Downtown Detroit. On June 2-4, 2023, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will bring a dynamic street-festival atmosphere to the Motor City. The new Grand Prix will feature three full days of activities and celebration on some of Detroit’s most popular and active Downtown areas, including racing on a new 1.7-mile, nine-turn street circuit along Jefferson Avenue, Bates Street, Atwater Street, St. Antoine, Franklin Street and Rivard.
The Grand Prix will provide unprecedented access with more than half of the event’s footprint along Jefferson Avenue and the beautiful Detroit Riverfront open to the public, free of charge. Grand Prix visitors will be able to enjoy complimentary access to the main fan activation areas at the event, including Spirit Plaza, Hart Plaza as well as the Riverwalk. Fans will be welcomed in these key areas that will feature live music, food, games and displays all weekend long, without the purchase of a Grand Prix ticket.
The return of the Grand Prix to Downtown Detroit represents a homecoming and a connection to the event’s heritage. The Detroit Grand Prix began as a Formula One race on the streets of the Motor City in 1982. Formula One raced annually in Detroit from 1982-1988. In 1989, the Detroit Grand Prix welcomed Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) as its primary series and the first INDYCAR races were hosted on the Detroit street circuit from 1989-1991. In 1992, the Grand Prix transitioned to Belle Isle Park with INDYCAR races on the island annually through 2001. After a six-year hiatus, the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle thanks to the vision of Roger Penske and under the direction of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Following successful events in 2007 and 2008, the Grand Prix paused for a few years due to the national recession and returned in 2012 with support from General Motors and Chevrolet serving as the event’s title sponsor. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear has been hosted each summer on Belle Isle since 2012, before the global pandemic forced the cancellation of the event in 2020. After returning in 2021, the Grand Prix celebrated its final event on Belle Isle in 2022 before returning home to Downtown Detroit in 2023 and beyond.
The 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will feature four racing series on the new Downtown Detroit street circuit, giving fans one of the most diverse lineups in racing. Highlighted by the open-wheel stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, recognizable sports cars from world-wide manufacturers in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the up-and-coming open wheel racers of Indy Lights and the return of the Pony Wars with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. With four series competing over one weekend, along with live music, food and beverage, interactive displays and more, the Grand Prix will bring a festival atmosphere in its return to Downtown Detroit – June 2-4, 2023.
A different angle of the construction on the new pit lane/paddock area with the GM Renaissance Center in the background
Progress on Turn 1 at Franklin and Rivard Street
Birds eye view of the work done on Turn 1 at Franklin and Rivard Street
Closer look at Turn 1 at Franklin and Rivard Street of the new Downtown Detroit circuit
Progress on Turn 1 at Franklin and Rivard Street
Work continues between Turns 8 and 9 by the Beaubien Garage
Construction on Franklin Street that will be Turn 1 of the new Downtown Detroit street circuit
Birds eye view of the new pit lane/paddock area being constructed
Another angle of the work being done on Atwater Street and Beaubien
A new section of road being built in Turn 8 on Atwater and St. Antoine
Work being done between Turns 5 and 6 on Atwater Street in front of the Port Authority
Work being done in Turn 6 as drivers head up Atwater Street to the back straightaway
Overhead view of the work being done on Beaubien and Atwater Street near the GM Renaissance Center
Pit lane area coming together before the final cement pour
Cement and asphalt together as the new pit lane comes together
New surface down on the back straightaway at Atwater Street in front of the GM Renaissance Center
Josef Newgarden on the New Hairpin Turn at #DetroitGP
Josef Newgarden on Fan Access at the 2023 #DetroitGP
Scott McLaughlin on the New Downtown #Detroit Track
Will Power on the New Downtown Detroit Circuit
Back to the Streets in 2023
For inquiries related specifically to the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear,
please contact the following members of the Grand Prix Team.
Ticketing Information - contact Cory Davala at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer opportunities - contact Volunteer Services Manager at VolManager@DetroitGP.com
Sponsorship and Hospitality - contact Courtney Gibbs at email@example.com
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Displays & Team Hospitality/Motor Coaches - contact Jamie Cool at email@example.com
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