Chevrolet has joined forces with IndyCar and Penske Corporation to mark the return of grand prix racing to Detroit’s Belle Isle. Next summer, Chevy will host four races from June 1 to 3 at the Belle Isle Park road course.
“Chevrolet has been instrumental in bringing motorsports back to Detroit,” said Penske Corp. Chairman Roger Penske. “The Grand Prix will draw international attention and visitors to Belle Isle…and will play a major role in continuing the renaissance of Detroit.”
IndyCar has not raced in Detroit since 2007 and 2008, and attracted over 200,000 people to the Detroit metro area. The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series drew viewers from over 200 countries, with 17 different events all over the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Brazil. The Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix – part of the 2012 IZOD Series – will be just one of the four races held during the Chevrolet Belle Island Grand Prix next year. Chevy will field an all-new open-wheel racer powered by its new twin-turbocharged V-6 race engine.
The bow-tie brand will also field Daytona Prototypes and Camaros to compete in the first Grand-Am Rolex Series races on Belle Isle, the Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Challenge. Cadillac will take part in the race weekend as well, with CTS-Vs competing in the Pirelli World Challenge series race. To show off new talent in open-wheel racing, the weekend will also include the Firestone Indy Light Series race.
Source: General Motors