DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES 2009 LABOR DAY RACE DATES DETROIT, Mich. (July 30, 2008) -- Preparations are in full swing for the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with just over a month remaining until the return of world-class...
DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES 2009 LABOR DAY RACE DATES
DETROIT, Mich. (July 30, 2008) -- Preparations are in full swing for the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with just over a month remaining until the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City (August 29-31), but event officials are already looking toward the future.
On Wednesday, the IndyCar Series announced its 2009 season schedule. The 17-race lineup includes a challenging blend of oval tracks and road and street circuits for the unified open-wheel racing series. For the third consecutive year, Detroit will host an IndyCar Series race with the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix contested on Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2009. The IndyCar Series race will take place on Sunday, September 6 at the 2.1-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit.
The exotic sportscars of the American Le Mans Series will also race at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in 2009, for the third straight year. On Saturday, September 5, 2009, the American Le Mans Series cars will roar to the green flag on the island located on the Detroit River.
"We're fully focused on welcoming back both the IndyCar Series, as well as the American Le Mans Series, to Belle Isle in just a few weeks," said Bud Denker, Event Chairman of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "We're proud of the great lineup of racing we offer to fans and we're excited to continue our partnership with the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series. We're preparing for a tremendous event on Belle Isle at the end of August and it's great for our fans to know that we'll be returning with the same terrific series on Labor Day weekend 2009, creating a holiday tradition in the Motor City."
In 2007, Belle Isle hosted the first Grand Prix auto racing event in Detroit in more than six years. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix brought a positive re-birth of racing to the Motor City as over 100,000 fans flocked to Belle Isle to enjoy a three-day festival of speed and family entertainment that generated nearly $53 million in economic impact for the region. Over $5.5 million in infrastructure improvements were made on Belle Isle in 2007 as a result of the race's regeneration. Organizers are expecting even larger crowds and more action on and off the track on the final weekend of August as the event makes it triumphant return to Belle Isle.
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.