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I was a member of the DGPA in previous years, how do I register?
Do you have Internet access?
If so, please log onto our website, www.detroitgp.com and follow the link to "Volunteer." This will take you to our registration page where you will be able to register online with a credit card or download a paper application and pay the membership fee with a check or money order. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may register in person at our offices in the Renaissance Center or call our office and we will mail you an application.
I am a new volunteer this year, how do I register?
The registration procedure is the same for new members as it is for returning members. Registration for new members will open in January, 2023. Please click on the volunteer tab and follow the link.
I sent my application in online (or in the mail) and would like to confirm that it was received and processed.
All requests like this need to be directed to Volunteer Services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Volunteer Services at (313) 748-1801.
The DGPA charges a membership fee, why do I have to pay to volunteer?
Since its inception in 1983, it has been the DGPA's policy to charge a nominal membership fee. The reason for this fee is that it helps to ensure that people take their commitment to working on the race seriously and it cuts down on the number of "no-shows". One hundred percent of the money collected is returned to the members in the form of member benefits. In fact, the membership fee represents a small fraction of the volunteer budget of the DGPA, as the race promoter subsidizes all the operational and most of the member benefits costs of the organization.
Members are required to pay an annual membership fee which helps fund some of the below-mentioned benefits. The membership fee (U.S. funds) is $20.
What kind of benefits will I receive as a member?
DGPA members receive many benefits, including:
- Race weekend uniform - DGPA uniform t-shirt and a hat (one uniform t-shirt for each volunteer day of race weekend).
- Race credentials for the full three days of race weekend.
- Morning snacks and lunch served for each active volunteer day.
- Secured parking is provided to all members.
- Invitation to the "Kick-Off" and "Post-Race Appreciation" volunteer parties along with volunteer social events troughout the year.
- Special DGPA ticket discount for member's friends and families.
- Discounts on official Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear race merchandise.
- DGPA patch, lapel pin and certificate of appreciation upon completion of volunteer commitment.
I don't feel comfortable entering my credit card information online. Can I still join the DGPA?
Yes! You may mail your completed application (downloadable from our website - www.detroitgp.com) along with a check or money order to the following address:
Attn: Volunteer Services
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear
300 Renaissance Center, Suite 2311
Detroit, MI 48243
Please make check or money order for $20 (U.S. funds only) out to: DETROIT GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION *Please be advised: applications will not be processed until payment has been received.
Is there any training required so I will know how to perform my job assignment?
Yes. All DGPA members are required to attend one manadatory orientation session to volunteer on race weekend. We offer two orientation sessions, one Saturday and one Wednesday in May. Our sessions provide basic information on volunteer logistics, training and information specific to your assignment area, parking information and a review of the DGPA Code of Conduct.
I noticed that there is a minimum time commitment of 25 hours for the race weekend. How does that work?
Each assignment area has its own timeline requirements but on average, volunteers are scheduled in eight-hour shifts per day. The timing of specific shifts by area is noted on the volunteer application. You are asked to register for the same shift time each day. If you are not able to volunteer on Friday, there is the possibility of working a double shift on one of the weekend days although that opportunity is not available in all areas.
I was a DGPA member last year. Do I still have to attend the orientation?
Yes. The orientation is MANDATORY for all DGPA members, returning and new who wish to volunteer for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. You will not be issued a credential or volunteer uniform if you do not attend one of the Mandatory Orientation sessions.
May is pretty far away, what if I can't make the orientation date I choose?
If at any time in the coming months you need to change your orientation date, please call Volunteer Services at (313) 748-1800 and the change can be made. Please remember that orientation is MANDATORY, you will only be issued a credential upon completing orientation.
I registered online and chose my top three job preferences, when will I be informed which volunteer area I have been assigned to?
As soon as your application is processed by Volunteer Services, you will receive a confirmation letter noting that it has been received. Confirmation of your actual volunteer assignment will be sent about a month before race weekend.
I'm interested in more than just one volunteer area - can I work in multiple areas on race weekend?
Because of the orientation and training required to perform the duties of a volunteer, we ask that all volunteers register for only ONE area. If you are interested in working additional areas, you can sign up as a Volunteer Resource Pool volunteer. If you are interested in getting further involved in the DGPA prior to race weekend you may consider joining one of our volunteer committees.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Any volunteer 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult and cannot volunteer for Circuit Marshalls or On Track Services due to liability concerns. Any volunteer 18 years or older, may volunteer for any area.