Detroit Belle Isle GP drivers at NAIAS

DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX STAR DRIVERS JOIN LINEUP FOR 2008 RACING DAY AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW DETROIT, MI (January 22, 2008) -- Several of the brightest stars competing at this summer's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix...

DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX STAR DRIVERS JOIN LINEUP FOR 2008 RACING DAY AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

DETROIT, MI (January 22, 2008) -- Several of the brightest stars competing at this summer's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be in the Motor City this week to participate in Racing Day 2008 Presented by Sprint at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

On Friday, January 25, IndyCar Series racers Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti will be joined by American Le Mans Series standout Bryan Herta as all three drivers will be part of the annual NAIAS Racing Day activities at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Racing Day features driver appearances as well as special interactive exhibits and displays celebrating motorsports at the nation's premiere automotive showcase, the NAIAS.

Kanaan, Andretti and Herta -- all members of Andretti Green Racing -- experienced the return of world-class racing to Motown in 2007 at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and all three will be in action when the Grand Prix comes back to the Belle Isle street circuit, August 29-31, 2008.

The drivers will tour the exhibits Friday at the NAIAS, including the display areas for both the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the American Le Mans Series on the main concourse at Cobo Center and the IndyCar Series display in the Michigan Hall. Kanaan, Andretti and Herta will participate in a question and answer session with fans at the show from 2:30-3 p.m. in the Michigan Hall. The Q&A session will be hosted by Larry Henry of Detroit's WWJ Newsradio 950. All three drivers will then sign autographs for fans from 3-4 p.m. in the Michigan Hall.

Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, won in Detroit on Labor Day weekend 2007 capturing the checkered flag in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone. The personable Brazilian will return to defend his crown later this year.

"I am very excited to go back to Detroit this week for the first time since I won at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Kanaan. "I am definitely looking forward to promoting the 2008 Grand Prix and also to attending the Auto Show. People know I have a passion for cars and I can't wait to see what's new. This is a perfect combination for me -- I get to talk about what I love in an environment where I get to look at the most innovative designs in cars."

Marco Andretti, the son of former Detroit Grand Prix winner Michael Andretti and the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, won 2006 IndyCar Series Rookie-of-the-Year honors. The 20-year-old native of Nazareth, Penn., made his first start on Belle Isle last summer and after an early exit he'll be back with a vengeance in 2008.

Herta, who was born in Warren, Mich., is one of the few drivers that has raced both an Indy car and a sports car on the Belle Isle circuit. He competed in Detroit with the CART Series in an open-wheel car and came back with the American Le Mans Series last season, racing an Acura ARX for the AGR team in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch.

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, 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.

For more information on the North American International Auto Show, log on to www.naias.com.

-credit: dbigp

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Series Automotive
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Mario Andretti , Marco Andretti