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Race watching as we head to the Detroit Grand Prix

by Chidinma Ogbuaku, Grand Prix team

We’re less than two months away from Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix!  Though I’m sure watching a race on TV is much different than seeing one live, it’s my main point of reference until our event, June 1-3.  It’s a good learning tool, too, for me as I work hard in our communications department at the Grand Prix.

This past weekend in racing was another good one for Team Penske in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Will Power won the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, with teammate Helio Castroneves  finishing third. Castroneves won the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg one week before.

Paws, the mascot at U of D Jesuit High School with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix show car

Their teammate, Ryan Briscoe, is a weekly special guest author in the Detroit Free Press, writing about the IndyCar Series season as it goes on. His blog can be found at I think it’s pretty cool to read Ryan’s thoughts each week as he goes through the season, especially when he comes here to Detroit to race on Belle Isle.

The GRAND-AM Series also raced at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. It’s really different to see this series in action, mainly because they race different types of cars and different classes, unlike IndyCar, which features the same type of car from team to team. Still it’s easy to feel the excitement of seeing cars fly down a track at speeds faster than most of us could ever imagine.

Alex Gurney, a GRAND-AM driver for the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team will be in town next week in advance of the Grand Prix.  He’ll attend the Detroit Tigers game on April 11, meet with a number of media around town to promote the race and get a chance to tour the race circuit at Belle Isle.

Leading up to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, we’re taking our Detroit Grand Prix show car on the road to events all over Metro Detroit, like the one pictured below at U-D Jesuit. If you’d like to schedule a show car appearance at an event, call us at (313) 748-1800. Also call that number for your tickets to the fastest weekend of the summer or go to

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