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Here’s what you need to know if you’re coming to the Detroit Grand Prix

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If you’re heading to Belle Isle this weekend for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix take a minute, look around and compare what’s there today with how the island looked just a few short years ago.

untitledSince the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers have made more than $7 million in lasting improvements to the island. These improvements include:

  • Installing more than 230,000 square feet of new concrete for road improvements and other modifications for more exciting competition
  • Repairing damaged lighting and drainage systems
  • Renovation of Scott Fountain, the Belle Isle Casino and the Belle Isle Boat Club
  • Installing more than 460,000 square feet of concrete for paddock area and fan interaction to provide a cleaner and more comfortable race experience
  • Installing new pedestrian bridges and playscapes
  • New concrete areas for use by park visitors for parking and community events/activities year round

Not only did bringing the Grand Prix back to Detroit help renovate Belle Isle, it also brings millions of dollars into the Detroit community and thousands of visitors to the city. Last year it generated more than $46 million in total spending for the Metro Detroit region. More than 95,000 people attended the race and its events in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. This year more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the race on the 2.3 mile track.

If you are attending the race, just want to watch or want to attend some of the off-track entertainment it here are some fast facts you need to know.

BROADCAST COVERAGE (Subject to change):

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #1 (Verizon IndyCar Series)

  • Live national television coverage: ABC (Time – 3:30 pm ET)
  • Live local television coverage: WXYZ, Channel 7
  • Live local radio coverage: WDFN (1130 AM)
  • Live national radio coverage: IMS Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio 213/XM Satellite Radio Channel 209

Sunday, June 1, 2014 – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual #2 (Verizon IndyCar Series)

  • Live national television coverage: ABC (Time – 3:30 pm)
  • Live local television coverage: WXYZ, Channel 7
  • Live local radio coverage: WDFN (1130 AM)
  • Live national radio coverage: IMS Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio 213/XM Satellite Radio Channel 209

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship)

  • Same-day, tape-delayed national television coverage: FOX Sports 1 (Time – 1:30 pm ET)
  • Live local radio coverage: WDFN (1130 AM)
  • Live national radio coverage: MRN Radio Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 90

Sunday, June 15, 2014 – Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers (Pirelli World Challenge Series)

  • Taped-delayed national television coverage: NBC Sports Network (Time – 2:30 pm ET)
  • Re-air: Saturday, June 21, NBC Sports Network (Time – 12:00 am ET)

Sunday, June 21, 2014 – SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series Taped-delayed national television coverage: NBC Sports Network (Time – 12:30 am ET)

logo-detroitgpEVENT SCHEDULE:

Here is detailed weekend schedule (subject to change):

Friday, May 30, 2014 (Gates open 7:30 a.m.)

It’s Comerica Bank FREE Prix Day. Access to the venue and the Fifth Third Bank Paddock is free of charge.

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series Practice/Qualifying – Race 1
  • 8:50 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Practice (GT/GT-A/GTS)
  • 9:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Practice 1 (Prototype/GT Daytona)
  • 11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
  • 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge Practice 2 (GT/GT-A/GTS)
  • 1:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Practice 2 (Prototype/GT Daytona)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge Driver Autograph Session -Meijer Fan Zone
  • 3:20 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2
  • 4:35 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series – Race 1
  • 5:05 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series post-race ceremonies
  • 5:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Qualifying (GT Daytona)
  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Qualifying (Prototype)

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (Gates open 7:15 a.m.)

  • 7:10 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying – Race I (GT/GT-A/GTS
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Warm-Up (Prototype/GT Daytona)
  • 8:35 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying – Dual
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Drivers Autograph Session – Meijer Fan Zone
  • 10:05 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac

Dealers – Race 1

  • 11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Post-race ceremonies
  • 12:00 noon – 12:10 p.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Formation Laps/IMSA Hot Lap Experience
  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy

Dealers

  • 1:55 p.m. -2:15 p.m. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Post-Race Ceremonie
  • 2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series Moto
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race
  • 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – Dual I (70 laps)
  • 5:45 p.m. (estimated) Verizon IndyCar Series post-race ceremonies
  • 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Concert: Lifehouse on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage

Sunday, June 1, 2014 (Gates open 7:30 a.m.)

  • 7:35 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series Qualifying – Race 2
  • 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Warm-Up – Race 2 (GT/GT-A/GTS)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying – Dual II
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by Metro Detroit Cadillac

mapDealers – Race 2

  • 12:00 noon – 12:20 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge post-race ceremonies
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers Autograph Session (Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Concert: Shaggy (with Rayvon) on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage
  • 1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series – Race 2
  • 2:25 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series post-race ceremonies
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Pre-race
  • 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – Dual II (70 laps)
  • 5:45 p.m. (estimated) Verizon IndyCar Series post-race ceremonies

OFF TRACK ENTERTAINMENT:

Off-track activities include music, entertainment, games and interactive displays all weekend long in the Meijer Fan Zone.  Check out the free Monster Truck rides, BMX demonstrations, the Leinenkugel Food Court and Biergarten and the Detroit Sports District, which features displays from all Detroit pro sports teams and appearances from Detroit sports stars.

Musical entertainment will be featured all weekend long on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage. Acts include Lifehouse on Saturday at 6:15 pm, and Shaggy on Sunday at 12:30 pm. Local bands take the stage throughout the weekend including 2XL and Rock & Roll Prep School on Friday, Orbis on Saturday and L’USA and Anna de Ferran on Sunday.

TRANSPORTATION:

There is no public parking for Grand Prix attendees on Belle Isle. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix offers round-trip shuttle service that runs continuously from two locations in downtown Detroit as well as Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This year the shuttles are free to anyone attending the Grand Prix.

Suggested Parking Locations Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Cobo Hall Roof (between Atwater & Larned St, just east of M-10, John C Lodge Expressway) – Cost: $10 per vehicle per day
  • Surface lots and street parking located throughout downtown Detroit
  • Saturday & Sunday Only (Cost: $10 per vehicle per day)
  • GM Renaissance Center surface lots (B, C, G and M – east of the Ren Cen between Atwater & Franklin St, starting at St Antoine and continuing east to Rivard)
  • Beaubien Parking Deck (corner of Beaubien & Atwater St)
  • Port Atwater Parking Deck (on Beaubien, between Atwater St & E Jefferson Ave)
  • Franklin St Parking Deck (between St Antoine & Schweizer Place) Downtown Detroit Shuttle Service Locations Inbound to Belle Isle
  •  Cobo Center (along Washington Blvd, near street level entrance)
  • GM Renaissance Center (along Jefferson Ave, near the front of the building and immediately below the Detroit People Mover stop)

Return from Belle Isle

  • Atwater St at Schweizer Place (serving both VIP and Public Parking Lots east of the GM Renaissance Center)
  • Cobo Center (along Washington Blvd, near street level entrance)
  • Jefferson Ave in front of the GM Renaissance Center (easy access to People Mover stop and parking lots north and west of the GM Renaissance Center)

Both of the downtown Detroit Shuttle locations are easily accessible from any downtown parking lot by using the Detroit People Mover ($1.50 round-trip)

Downtown Detroit Shuttle Operating Times

Shuttle passengers will be dropped off and picked up at a staging area on Belle Isle known as the Cooper Standard Transportation Center. Shuttle buses run continuously during hours listed below. Friday   7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. or until all guests are accommodated Transit Windsor Shuttle (Windsor International Transit Terminal) • Proper documentation is required to cross the international border Friday Use Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Bus (runs continuously) and connect with Renaissance Center shuttles to Belle Isle. Saturday & Sunday Operating Hours to Belle Isle: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Operating Hours from Belle Isle: Continuously until 30 minutes following Saturday night concert and last race on Sunday or until all guests are accommodated.

Downtown Windsor passengers must board the Windsor Shuttle only

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Visit the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detroitgp Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/detroitgp Follow the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/detroitgp

TICKETS:

Tickets are on sale for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. To view information on ticket plans and to purchase tickets, please visit www.DetroitGP.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 866-464-PRIX (7749) or visit the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office in the GM Renaissance Center, 300 Renaissance Center Drive, Suite 2311, Detroit, Mich.

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