For anyone who cares, I have a new job working for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (CDBIGP) in the Public Relations department. And it is awesome. Even as someone who isn’t the biggest race fan in the world (check our history, not many if any racing stories) this process has started to change my mentality already. But more on that in later posts.
This year IndyCar is changing up the format of some of their races, including the CDBIGP. For the first time the CDBIGP will be a double-header race, named the Dual In Detroit.
On June 1-2 IndyCar will have two 70 lap races instead of the scheduled 90 lap race like last year. What the design change will bring is the ability to bring in more fringe fans and keep them interested in two shorter races as opposed to one longer race.
If IndyCar’s aren’t what you are looking for the event also has the GRAND-AM Rolex series race on Saturday and the Pirelli World Challenge Series races on both Saturday and Sunday. Not into auto racing at all? The CDBIGP still has something for you with the Meijer Family Fun Zone, MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage and if nothing else a beautiful view of Belle Isle and Detroit from an angle that most people don’t take the time to appreciate.
Anyone skeptical of having to pay to watch racing, the Grand Prix offers on Friday the ‘Free Prix Day.’ Fans are admitted to the island free of charge to watch practice and qualifying for all three racing series throughout the day. Friday also allows fans to enter the race paddock, also known as the locker room of motor sports.
As for the musical entertainment, the schedule has not yet been released but last year featured a Detroit band on Friday and two nationally known acts on Saturday and Sunday in the B-52’s and Ronnie Dunn.
If anyone is interested in the event check out the CDBIGP website and then there is the 2013 CDBIGP Excitement Video. This is something that I’ve seen numerous times already and just gets me more and more excited about the event, so enjoy: