Thursday, March 12, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015


Sherri Breaton

The 57th
running of the “Great American Race”, the Daytona 500 took place
Sunday February 21st, 2015 and we watched as NASCAR began to say
goodbye to a retiring king while ushering in a new prince. That
“king” being none other than four time Series Cup champion and
three time Daytona 500 winner, Jeff Gordon. The “prince” being 24
year-old Joey Logano, who became the second youngest driver in
history behind only Trevor Bayne to win the coveted title. Bayne was
only 20 when he pulled off one of the biggest upsets in 2011.

By all
appearances Gordon, the driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, is not
planning on riding off into the sunset quietly. Gordon was the first
pole winner to eclipse 200 mph since 1987. His pole-winning speed was
201.293, but this was only achieved because he was being pushed by
teammate Jimmie Johnson rather than running a lap around the
speedway alone during qualifying. 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015


As fans gear up for the final race of an action-packed weekend at the 2015
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, one of the top party bands in recent
memory will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage. Smash Mouth
will perform at the Grand Prix in a unique Sunday afternoon matinee on May

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Detroit Grand Prix Drivers at NAIAS on Friday

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will host some of the top drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series Friday at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Grand Prix/Hitachi display.

The display is located on the Cobo Center main concourse and the drivers, along with key executives, will be available to the media for one-on-one interviews beginning at 11 a.m., before they participate in a Grand Prix panel discussion on stage in the Cobo Center Atrium at 12 p.m.

Juan Pablo Montoya – Team Penske Chevrolet driver, finished 4th in the Verizon IndyCar Series last season and was voted series most popular driver, 1999 CART Series champion, 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner, Formula One and NASCAR winning driver

Josef Newgarden – CFH Racing IndyCar Series Chevrolet driver, rising young American star, winner of the 2011 IndyLights Championship who will begin his fourth season in the IndyCar Series in 2015

Aaron Bambach –SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas truck series driver from Rochester Hills, raced in last year’s truck races on Belle Isle and will race there this summer as well

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Free T-Shirt with first 250 Orders; Fans To Experience Grand Prix-View at GM Renaissance Center

DETROIT, Mich. (November 19, 2013) – Tickets for the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix go on sale Wednesday and the event is offering two great opportunities for fans to get ready to start their summer a little bit early. 

Beginning Wednesday morning, fans can purchase their tickets for the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be held May 30-June 1, by visiting or by calling the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749). The first 250 ticket orders will receive a free Grand Prix t-shirt produced by Made In Detroit.

Fans are also invited to come and meet Grand Prix drivers Helio Castroneves and Ed Carpenter of the IndyCar Series as well as Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim of the Pirelli World Challenge Series at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday at the GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden as they will sign autographs and sell tickets at the Chevrolet/Cadillac Grand Prix-View. The public is welcome to attend and free Coney Dogs and soft drinks will be provided courtesy of the Grand Prix and Chevrolet.

Great ticket packages are available for a fun-filled weekend on Belle Isle next summer highlighted by the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader IndyCar Series races and some new and exciting off-track entertainment options.

New for 2014, all tickets will include free round-trip shuttle transportation to and from Belle Isle from two downtown Detroit locations.

Race officials are proud to announce that Free Prix Day, a Grand Prix tradition in Detroit, will return in 2014 as everyone will be admitted to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park venue free of charge on Friday, May 30. Premium single-day and multi-day ticket plans are available for all of the Saturday and Sunday Grand Prix activities. Single-day tickets can be purchased for as little as $35 for a general admission seat and two-day general admission tickets are available for just $65. Children 12 and under are admitted free to GA seating with a ticket-holding adult.

Two-day reserved grandstand ticket pricing starts at just $110 and premium seating options are also available. Fans can buy the Three-day Super Ticket plan which includes premiere seating and paddock passes for all three days of the Grand Prix for $175. Passes for the unique Trackside Club – located just a few feet away from the race cars competing on track – are also available, which includes paddock passes, access to the exclusive Club that features food and beverages all weekend long, souvenirs and much more. Passes to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock, the “locker room” of motorsports that includes up-close access to the teams, drivers and race cars, are now also available for purchase.

Tickets to the event not only include a chance to witness world-class racing featuring the IndyCar Series, the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, they also provide access to all the activities in the Meijer Fan Zone. With extreme sports demonstrations, Monster Truck rides, displays from Detroit’s sports teams family-friendly activities, the Meijer Fan Zone will be the place to be at the Grand Prix. Fans can also watch national and local acts perform throughout the weekend on the MotorCity Casino Hotel entertainment stage (entertainment to be announced soon).

Tickets are available for the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix online at through the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749) or fans can purchase in person at the Grand Prix box office located in the GM Renaissance Center, 300 Renaissance Center Drive in downtown Detroit.  

Monday, November 18, 2013


DETROIT, Mich. (November 18, 2013) – The 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix generated $46.3 million in total spending for the Metropolitan Detroit region, according to information released today.

The total represents an increase of $1 million in spending from the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, according to a report conducted by sports consulting firm Sportsimpacts, which also provided an analysis report of the 2012 Grand Prix.

Of the 2013 total spending number affecting Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, $17 million represents new spending to the region as a result of non-local sources that will be retained long term as new income for Detroit-area households, businesses and government. This represents a total economic impact increase of $1.3 million over the 2012 Grand Prix according to Sportsimpacts, which has conducted over 75 studies since 2000, including numerous sporting events in Metro Detroit such as Super Bowl XL, the Ryder Cup and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix continues to be a very positive force for Detroit and Southeast Michigan,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “We know that the event shines the light on Detroit and Belle Isle on an international level with race broadcasts seen around the world and it’s also great to see how much of an impact the Grand Prix has on the local economy. We’re very excited to report economic growth from the 2012 event and to generate $46.3 million in spending for the region this year.”

The direct spending impact, which refers to all spending by local and non-local spectators, participants, and other expenditures towards event operations and infrastructure for the Grand Prix in 2013 was estimated at $28.8 million. Accounting for regional spending multipliers produced, Sportsimpacts projected the total spending impact of this year’s Grand Prix to be $17 million.