Detroit Grand Prix news 2008-08-26

WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP TO SHARE SPOTLIGHT WITH WORLD-CLASS RACING AT DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX DETROIT, Mich. (August 26, 2008) -- Auto racing will be just one of the many forms of entertainment on full display this Labor Day...

WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP TO SHARE SPOTLIGHT WITH WORLD-CLASS RACING AT DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (August 26, 2008) -- Auto racing will be just one of the many forms of entertainment on full display this Labor Day weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

While the high-speed activity will be furious on The Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit, the action off the track will be just as compelling with entertainment for all ages in the Meijer Family Fun Zone, August 29-31.

Games, interactive displays, food, music, dancing and more will all be featured in the Meijer Family Fun Zone. The Radio Disney D-Tour Stage Show, the Brighton Jumpin' All-Stars Double Dutch Demonstration Team and the D-Tour Stage Show will add to the family fun along with the Nintendo Wii gaming area and the Xbox 360 kiosks where fans on site and around the world will get a chance to play against IndyCar Series drivers each day of the Grand Prix. A new food court with plenty of food and beverage options has also been added to the Fun Zone this year and all three series competing at the Grand Prix -- the American Le Mans Series, the IndyCar Series and the SPEED World Challenge GT Championship -- will host all-driver autograph sessions in the Fun Zone on Saturday, August 30.

The musical lineup alone at the Grand Prix is worth the price of admission, and then some. National acts Sugar Ray and Everclear headline the performers on the XM Stage with Sugar Ray seeing the spotlight at 6 p.m. Saturday evening and Everclear taking the stage at 1:35 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Other great bands will also create some good vibrations on the island throughout the weekend.

FiftyAmpFuse is from the Detroit area but it's not an average local band. Loyal legions of fans have watched the band blossom into a national act, playing recently at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The band will stir the crowd with a musical romp through the greatest musical eras of all time complete with a performance featuring an amazing light and video show. FiftyAmpFuse will bring the weekend festivities to a close at the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix when the band performs Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on the XM Stage.

The Polish Muslims were formed in the late 1980's and have consistently played in front of sold out audiences with their popular songs and parodies. The single "That's Why God Invented the Polka," turned the Polish Muslims into local cult icons. The band will perform Friday on the XM Stage at 12:20, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m.

Three members of the Polish Muslims also help make up the Earworms, who made their debut at the 2003 Hamtramck Music Festival. The band's critically acclaimed singles include "She Hates Me Now," and "Bored to Tears." The Earworms bring their Beatles-type flare to the XM Stage Friday at 11:15 a.m.

Race fans may have seen Natalie Kathleen Myziuk perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at area sporting events but few have seen her perform like this. Myziuk's self-written song, "Send Down a Miracle," was selected as the winner of the Nor'easter Future Voices of America contest. She'll display her full repertoire of musical talent when she performs on the XM Stage Saturday at 12:00 noon.

Gospel music fans are in for a treat when Claret Jai Group takes to the stage. Creating a unique blend of rock music with gospel, Jai's considerable vocal skills are undeniable. She possesses the ability to captivate a traditional gospel crowd along with those of the MTV generation. Her latest project includes the rousing crowd favorite "Fly Away." Claret Jai Group will perform Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. on the XM Stage.

Detroiters are very familiar with the soulful gospel choir of the Second Ebenezer Baptist Church. This dynamic choir will begin the final day of the Grand Prix in style, performing on the XM Stage at 9:00 am Sunday.

XM Radio will also host live broadcasts complete with interviews with racing stars on the XM Stage throughout the weekend.

General Motors will have its popular motorsports display in the Meijer Family Fun Zone, featuring the GM Stage. The Jolie Holliday Band, which has played at several NASCAR events, will perform each day on the GM Stage at the Grand Prix.

With all of the entertainment options and the intense racing action, fans will have plenty to cheer about at the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

About the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, whose chairman is Roger Penske. A special charitable organization has been established that enables all net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix to fund measures for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle. Once again featuring the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series -- along with the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship, new for 2008 -- the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be held Labor Day weekend, August 29-31, 2008. To learn more about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, please visit www.detroitgp.com.

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