CHEVROLET HELPS BRING BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX BACK TO DETROIT
After a four-year break, the Detroit Grand Prix comes roaring back to Belle Isle this year with backing from Chevrolet as the title sponsor of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, a three-day event that will run from June 1 to June 3. Chevrolet’s history with the Grand Prix has been a long one, with Chevy-powered cars taking the victory from 1989 through 1993.
Chevrolet will be active in every part of the weekend with many displays and activities for the fans. A major attraction will be the Chevrolet Performance area, showcasing Chevrolet’s advanced technology and features a drivers’ stage where Chevy racers will appear throughout the event. About 20 Chevrolet vehicles, ranging from the new 2014 Impala to the Camaro ZL1, will also be on display. There will also be a Chevrolet Camaro/Corvette Corral, where about 150 owners can reserve a special parking spot on Belle Isle and enjoy the world class racing alongside fellow enthusiasts. Even the pace car is a Chevrolet – the Corvette 427 convertible.
Multiple racing series will compete at the Chevrolet Grand Prix, headlined by the IZOD IndyCar series, and the GRAND-AM Rolex series. Chevrolet returned to the IndyCar series for 2012, taking the win in the first four races of the season leading up to the Indianapolis 500. The Detroit race will be the first for the IndyCars after the Indy 500, and there will be plenty of interest to see how the drivers adapt to Detroit’s tight street course after Indy’s massive oval track.
In the Chevrolet Grand-Am 200, sponsored by Metro Detroit Chevy dealers, there are two classes in the series – the sleek, purpose-built Daytona Prototypes, and the Grand Touring class, with cars that resemble their street-going counterparts. Chevrolet has dominated the DP class with its new Corvette for 2012, taking three of the first four races of the year, and leading Ford and BMW in the engine manufacturer points. In GT, Chevrolet Camaro teams have finished on the podium twice, against tough competition from manufacturers like Ferrari and Porsche.