Remember how the track came up during this year’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the IZOD IndyCar race was held up for hours? Track workers, including Event Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Bud Denker, repaired the trouble spots and the race was successfully completed.
Event officials pledged repairs would be made this fall.
That work has begun so the road surface at Belle Isle Park is ready for next year’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be hosted May 31-June 2, 2013. It’ll also be ready for Detroiters and visitors to better enjoy a tour around the island.
After undergoing a process that included an engineering evaluation of the track, workers will be busy at Belle Isle over the next several weeks preparing the track for future races on the island. They’ll remove old, deteriorated concrete areas of the racing surface, evaluate and repair storm drainage systems and install new reinforced concrete areas on the 14-turn, 2.1-mile track. In all, approximately 80,000 square feet of concrete and 3,000 square feet of asphalt will be installed on the track surface to ensure that the Raceway at Belle Isle will continue to be a first-class racing facility for years to come.
“As we said on race weekend when we experienced the issues with the track, we are completely dedicated to the future of this event and we would make the necessary repairs to the surface,” said Denker. “Today begins the process of track repair that we expect to take eight to ten weeks to complete. We will be using private funds for these repairs and ultimately this will result in better roads for not only the teams and drivers during race weekend but also for all of the visitors to Belle Isle during the rest of the year.”
Work will be done on Turns 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the track. About 25 workers from two separate companies – including the Detroit-based Pollard Concrete Services – will coordinate and execute the repairs.
It’ll be great to see … and drive on … the new roadway.