IRL: Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 2008 race dates

DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE LABOR DAY WEEKEND RACE DATES FOR 2008 DETROIT, MI (September 1, 2007) -- With the euphoria over the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City at an all-time high in the midst of a...

DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE LABOR DAY WEEKEND RACE DATES FOR 2008

DETROIT, MI (September 1, 2007) -- With the euphoria over the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City at an all-time high in the midst of a stellar race weekend, Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix officials turned their vision toward the future on Saturday, announcing a race date for next season.

Following a very successful first two days on track at the 2007 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix -- the first major auto race in the Motor City in over six years -- officials announced that the race will once again be featured on Labor Day weekend next year, with activities to run at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Friday through Sunday, August 29-31, 2008.

The IndyCar Series, which made its Detroit debut this weekend, will once again compete on the 2.1-mile Belle Isle street circuit next season. The IndyCar race will take place on Sunday, August 31.

For the second consecutive year, the sportscars of the American Le Mans Series will also race at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. On Saturday, August 30, the American Le Mans Series cars will roar to the green flag on the island located on the Detroit River.

"As we've seen this weekend, the fans have certainly embraced the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City," said Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Event Chairman Bud Denker. "We've made a long-term commitment to racing on Belle Isle and we're happy to announce that we'll be returning to compete next season with both the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series on Labor Day weekend. We want the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix to become a Detroit holiday weekend tradition and with the success of this year's event helping to build momentum, we're well on our way to accomplishing that goal."

About the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is being 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 the net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix to fund measures for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle. The 2007 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix features two of North America's top racing series -- the exotic sports cars of the American Le Mans Series and the high-powered open-wheel machines of the IndyCar Series.

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