IndyCar returning to Detroit in 2012
After a four-year absence, the IZOD IndyCar Series is heading back to the 2.1-mile road circuit on Detroit's Belle Isle in 2012 courtesy of a new four-year deal that involves Chevy, the Penske Corporation and INDYCAR as principals. Officially dubbed the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, the first event will take place on June 1st through 3rd, and will see the new strain of fully-redesigned twin-turbo V6 IndyCars headline a weekend that will include three other racing series in a support capacity. That impressive undercard consists of the Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Challenge for Grand-Am Rolex Series cars, a Pirelli World Challenge Series round dubbed the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, and a Firestone Indy Light Series event that will showcase up-and-coming open-wheel drivers intent on making the move to the IndyCar ranks and beyond.
"Chevrolet has a long, storied history in Indy car racing," said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America, who was present at the announcement. "This year we celebrated the shared centennial of Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500. We're excited to see that history continue with the help of Penske Corporation and IndyCar bringing back open-wheel racing to Detroit in 2012. This city is a natural for racing -- it put the world on wheels and the roar of engines is something that simply belongs here."
"Chevrolet has been instrumental in bringing motorsports back to Detroit," said Penske Corporation Chairman Roger Penske. "The Grand Prix will draw international attention and visitors to Belle Isle -- which is one of the most-scenic race venues in the United States. We believe the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be one of the most-popular races in the IZOD IndyCar Series and will play a major role in continuing the renaissance of Detroit."