Raceway at Belle Isle Park

Track Information

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
300 Renaissance Center, Suite 2311
Detroit, MI 48243
United States
Track Length: 
2.35 miles
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About Belle Isle

A 982-acre island in the Detroit River, Belle Isle is owned by the City of Detroit and in 2014 was leased by the State of Michigan and is now managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

It was home to the Detroit Grand Prix from 1992-2001, utilizing a temporary street circuit that was constructed specifically for the Championship Auto Racing Teams' (CART) races. In 2007 and 2008, it once again hosted world-class racing with both the open-wheel cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the sports cars of the American Le Mans Series competing at the event. After a four-year absence, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear returned to the island in 2012 with the Verizon IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The same racing series competed at the event in 2013 on the newly-reconfigured 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit while featuring the first doubleheader race weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In 2014, the Grand Prix hosted a picture-perfect weekend on the Detroit River featuring another Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader race weekend - the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. The new unified sports car series also competed at Belle Isle with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series also returned to the island. For the first time, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road raced at the Grand Prix to the delight of the over 110,000 fans in attendance on race weekend.  The same lineup returned in 2015 and brought 65,000 people down to Belle Isle during a rainy Grand Prix weekend.

In 2016, a crowd of 95,000 witnessed another action-packed weekend of racing featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series racing in the Chevy Dual in Detroit with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the return of the Trans Am Series and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks.

In 2017, the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle with a similar lineup on June 2-4. 100,000 guests came down to Belle Isle to take part in the three-day racing festival featuring the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader. Fans also saw the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new Prototype class, featuring the new Cadillac DPi, two championship-points paying races from the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and two races from the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks.

In 2018 the Grand Prix will return to Belle Isle with essentially the same series competing, June 1-3, on the island street circuit.

Connected to Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge, various entities call Belle Isle home, including the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Detroit Boat Club Crew, the Detroit Yacht Club, a municipal golf course, an aquarium and a Coast Guard post.

The island also includes a half-mile swimming beach, the only one in the city, and a nature center. The aquarium opened in 1904, making it the oldest public aquarium in the United States.

Landscaped in the 1880s by Frederick L. Olmsted, the highlights of Belle Isle are the aquarium, Scott Fountain and the botanical garden in the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. The conservatory and the 1908 Belle Isle Casino were constructed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn, well-known for developing open-floor plan concrete factories. The casino building is not a gambling facility, but it is used for public events. Belle Isle also was home to a large herd of European fallow deer for more than 50 years. A few remain as exhibits at the nature center, but the last of the 300 animals was captured in 2004 and relocated.

Let’s Go to the Meijer Fan Zone

The Meijer Fan Zone offers entertainment for fans of all ages. Interactive displays, live music, extreme sports demos, tailgating games, food and beverages with a Detroit flair and more await fans looking for fun away from the track!

Let’s Go to the Continental Tire Car Corral

Arrive on Belle Isle and park in style with other car enthusiasts in the Continental Tire Car Corral! Check out all of the current and vintage muscle cars on display, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the only public parking available on race weekend, talk to other car owners and more!

Let’s Go to the IMSA Fan Walk

Get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams that will be racing in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday during the pre-race Fan Grid Walk. Teams will be getting the cars ready to race on pit lane and many of the drivers will be around their cars as they rev up for battle on Belle Isle. You can't get any closer to the action than this!

Let’s Go to the IMSA Autograph Session

Meet all of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers competing in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.  Your favorite drivers will be found signing autographs on Saturday morning under Picnic Shelter 3.

Let’s Go to the WeatherTech Championship Paddock

You can feel the energy and excitement in the IMSA in the paddock and you can see all the elements that will rev your engines – cars, fans, teams, and drivers! Transporters transform into garages as crews prepare their cars for Saturday’s race.  The paddock is the locker room of motorsport and it provides your access to the thrilling, fast-paced world of the WeatherTech Championship.  You never know who you might see!

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