IRL: Detroit Belle Isle GP medical partner announced

DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER BRINGS EXPERIENCE AS OFFICIAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX DETROIT, MI (July 24, 2007) -- All 20 previous Grand Prix auto racing events held in Detroit trusted their healthcare needs on ...

DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER BRINGS EXPERIENCE AS OFFICIAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, MI (July 24, 2007) -- All 20 previous Grand Prix auto racing events held in Detroit trusted their healthcare needs on race weekend to the professionals at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

Now that world-class auto racing has returned to the Motor City with the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, August 31-September 2, 2007, the event is relying on an experienced partner to help provide a safe and healthy Labor Day race weekend. The DMC and its nine area hospitals and health care institutes will serve as the Official Healthcare Provider of the 2007 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, renewing a relationship that began with the first Grand Prix in Detroit in 1982.

Through its partnership with the Grand Prix, the DMC will provide all of the ambulances along with medical personnel on-site during the action-packed race weekend at the 2.1-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course. In addition to helping with the care of all the drivers competing at the Grand Prix and other race participants, spectators can count on the services of DMC personnel staffing all first-aid stations throughout the race site. A Health Care display in the popular midway area at Belle Isle will also be hosted by the DMC.

"The DMC has never been just a four-walled healthcare institution. We believe that our commitment to a healthy community goes beyond that. The partnership that the DMC has with the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is just one of the many ways that we work with the community in supporting fun and safe summertime activity," comments Brooks Bock, MD, FACEP, president of DMC Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital. "We are excited that the Grand Prix has come back to Detroit and are honored that they have once again entrusted us to meet the healthcare needs of this great, long-standing Detroit event."

"We're very happy to partner with the Detroit Medical Center for the return of world-class auto racing to Detroit," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "The DMC consistently provides excellent health care to the people of metropolitan Detroit and it's a great feeling to know that everyone at the Grand Prix can rely on their expertise and knowledge on race weekend."

About the Detroit Medical Center

The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutes, including Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Sinai-Grace Hospital. Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.

The Detroit Medical Center is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Shock and Detroit Grand Prix.

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 not-for-profit coporation 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. The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch American Le Mans Series race takes place on Saturday, September 1, while the IndyCars compete in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix on Sunday, September 2. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a signature event in what's expected to be one of the most exciting weekends in Detroit history. "3 Days in the D" will take place on Labor Day weekend and will consist of the Grand Prix, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Oakland County's Arts, Beats & Eats celebration. For more information, please log on to www.visitdetroit.com. To learn more about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and to see all of the ticket options and pricing available for the event, please visit www.detroitgp.com.

-credit: Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

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