Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix gears up for June 1-3 event

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Brazilian IndyCar star Tony Kanaan won the 2007 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race, which was one of the last to be run on the island until now.

“Detroit is the Motor City. To me it didn’t make sense not to have an IndyCar race here,” said Kanaan. “I think with the comeback of Chevrolet, with the involvement of Roger Penske in racing, it would be not fair not to have a race here. I’m extremely excited about it. I think the track looks fabulous and the last time we were here we had so many people watching us, so it means a lot.”

Bud Denker, the Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, has been working non-stop to make the Grand Prix weekend a thrilling memory for the fans in Michigan, Ontario and beyond.

“Someone coming to the race for the first time is going to hear, going to feel, going to sense everything going on,” said Denker. “Obviously, wonderful excitement. Four different races going on that weekend, from 8 o’clock til 7 o’clock, Friday through Sunday, something going on on the racetrack and also great entertainment.

“B-52’s in the concert. Ronnie Dunn from Brooks and Dunn in concert and also, of course, our own Mitch Ryder in concert on Friday night.

WXYZ is the official station of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Stay with us and bookmark the sports page at WXYZ.com for the latest racing headlines as the Indy Car Series returns to Michigan for the first time since 2008.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be run June 1-3.

There will be NO public parking available on Belle Isle for race attendees during the weekend, but Grand Prix goers can park in one of several convenient lots in downtown Detroit and ride the Cooper Standard shuttles to Belle Isle Park. The lots designated for Grand Prix parking throughout the weekend include the West Jefferson lots and the Cobo Hall Roof while both surface lots and parking decks east of the GM Renaissance Center as well as the Joe Louis Arena parking deck will be available all day on both Saturday and Sunday (see attached transportation information).

Each of the Grand Prix parking lots will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the parking lots to Belle Isle and back beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 9:30 p.m. each day. Beginning at 4 p.m. each afternoon, the Cooper Standard shuttles will begin picking up event attendees at the transportation loop located near the entrance to the race circuit and will stop at every identified parking location downtown starting with the ones closest to the island, along Atwater between Rivard and St. Antoine Streets. Guests will be able to board any shuttle to return to their downtown parking lot.

The cost for parking will be $5 in the West Jefferson lots while parking will be $10 per vehicle at all other locations. Adults can purchase round-trip shuttle wristbands for $10 per day while wristbands are priced at $5 for children 12 and under.

“It’s very important that all fans coming to Belle Isle race weekend understand that there is no public parking available on the island for race attendees,” said Bud Denker, Event Chairman for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “Thanks to the support of Cooper Standard and with the help of our transportation partners, we have a very safe and reliable plan in place and we will be ready to welcome an expected crowd of over 100,000 people to Belle Isle the first weekend in June.”

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The event will be held June 1-3, 2012 and will include the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Partners for the 2012 Grand Prix include Meijer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), MotorCity Casino Hotel, PNC Bank, Quicken Loans and shopautoweek.com. For more information, visit http://www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at http://www.facebook.com/detroitgp and http://www.twitter.com/detroitgp.

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