2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Fast Facts
WHAT: 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 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.
WHEN: Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
WHERE: The Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit
LENGTH: 2.3 miles
HISTORY: 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
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Two former 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 IndyCar Series championship. In Sunday's Dual II, 2012 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 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. INDYCAR
BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change): Saturday, June 1, 2019 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual #1 (IndyCar Series) Live national television coverage: NBC (3:30 pm ET) Live Local television coverage: WDIV Live Local radio coverage: 910 AM Superstation
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual #2 (IndyCar Series)
Live national television coverage: NBC (3:30 pm ET)
Live local television coverage: WDIV
Live Local radio coverage: 910 AM Superstation
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) TRANS AM
SERIES PRESENTED BY PIRELLI (Subject to change): Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, Muscle Car Challenge (Trans Am Series presented by
Broadcast Info: TBA
ACTIVITIES: The Grand Prix features a number of exciting engagement activities
in the Meijer Fan Zone. Live music, autograph sessions from all racing series and interactive games and displays will be featured throughout the weekend.
TICKETS: Fans can visit DetroitGP.com/Tickets or
call 866-464-7749 (PRIX) to purchase tickets. Tickets start as low as $45.
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 and more access than ever before. Learn more about all the changes planned for 2019 here.
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 • Rennovating 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
IMPACT: 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.
PARTNERS: The Grand Prix featured support from 75 local and national partners in 2018.
The total included 11 new partners and 26 sponsors that have been
part of the race since the event returned in 2012.