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Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

For the Formula One event, see Detroit Grand Prix.
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

The Raceway on Belle Isle
Detroit, USA
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Corporate sponsor Quicken Loans
First race 1982
First race 2007
Distance 164.22 miles (264.286 km)
Laps 70
Previous names Detroit Grand Prix (1982-87)
EniChem Detroit Grand Prix (1988)
Valvoline Detroit Grand Prix (1989-1991)
ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix (1992-1998)
Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (1999-2001)
Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone (2007-2008)
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Presented by (2012)
Chevrolet Indy Dual In Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans (2013)
Most wins (driver) 3 drivers tied (2)
Most wins (team) Penske Racing (6)
Most wins (manufacturer) Reynard (6)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt/Concrete
Length Script error: No such module "convert".
Turns 14
Lap record 1:10.3162 (Scott Dixon, Dallara DW12-Honda, 2012, IndyCar)

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans is a weekend of professional auto racing held at the Renaissance Center and later Belle Isle in Detroit, United States. It has been held from 1989–2001 and from 2007–08, restarting in 2012. It has headlined the CART open-wheel series in the first era and the IndyCar Series in the latter, supported by feeders such as the Indy Lights and Formula Atlantic and top-level sports car series such as the Trans-Am Series and the ALMS. It has been held in June, after the Milwakuee and before the Portland.

Open wheel racing in Detroit dates back to the 1920s–1950s, when AAA held the Detroit 100 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway. AAA also held one five-mile (8 km), non-championship race at Grosse Pointe in 1905.

Formula One

Main article: Detroit Grand Prix

The current race has its origins dating back to 1982 when it was a Formula One World Championship event held on the Detroit street circuit encompassing the Renaissance Center. The original circuit was Script error: No such module "convert". with seventeen corners, and proved to be even slower than Monaco. The rough, demanding, course even included a railroad track crossing and mimicked Monaco, with a tunnel on the main straight. While officially the Detroit Grand Prix, it also has been referred to as the United States Grand Prix East, because there were multiple Grands Prix in the U.S. at the time. By the time of the 1988 race, FISA, the governing body of Formula One, had declared the street circuit's temporary pits were not up to the required standard and for 1989 the race was planned to be moved to Belle Isle,[1] a city park in the Detroit River, but an agreement could not be established. Instead, in 1989 Formula One left Detroit permanently, and the U.S. Grand Prix moved to Phoenix.

The Detroit Street Circuit does however hold a special place in Formula One history. In 1983, Italian driver Michele Alboreto drove his Tyrrell 011 to victory in the US Grand Prix East in what would prove to be the 155th and last ever F1 win by the legendary Cosworth DFV V8 engine.


For 1989, the race in Detroit was replaced by a CART event. Instead of moving the race, CART utilized a slightly modified version of the street circuit, eliminating the chicane on the main straight (something the F1 drivers had been calling for since the first race in 1982). The race was held on this Script error: No such module "convert". layout for three years. Beginning in 1992, the race was moved to the previously planned temporary course on Belle Isle. The first layout measured Script error: No such module "convert".. After a subtle reconfiguration, and due to CART remeasuring all circuits in 1997, the track then measured Script error: No such module "convert"..

The event, along with the Michigan 500, provided two CART races in southern Michigan annually.

The 2000 event saw young Brazilian Hélio Castroneves score his first Champ Car victory for Marlboro Team Penske. After his victory lap, he stopped on the frontstretch and climbed the catch fencing in an apparent effort to share his joy with the spectators. Helio became known as "Spider-Man" because of this celebration, which has been repeated in his later victories.

From 1984–2001, the SCCA Trans-Am Series held a race in support of the Detroit Grand Prix. The Motor City 100 was often regarded[who?] as the most important event of the Trans Am schedule.


Even though the track was a temporary street course, it is known as The Raceway on Belle Isle. It was widely criticized for its narrowness, poor access, and its overall uncompetitive nature. Participants also disliked the facility because of its lack of paved areas for support activities. Paddock areas were often muddy and unable to accommodate the teams.

After 2001, CART chose to drop the race from the schedule.

IndyCar revival

In 2006, Roger Penske spearheaded talks to revive the race for 2007 as part of the ALMS and IndyCar Series schedules. Penske had recently experienced tremendous success as head of the Super Bowl XL Detroit Metro Host Committee. On September 29, 2006, it was announced that the Detroit Indy Grand Prix would return as the tenth race of the ALMS's 12-race season and penultimate race of the IndyCar Series' seventeen-race schedule.

To improve access to the track, a park-and-ride system, similar to what was used at Super Bowl XL, was implemented. Further paddock and track work was completed before the race. The 2007 event attracted a strong crowd, and was considered a success. It was held again in 2008.

On December 18, 2008, the scheduled race for 2009 was canceled. The ongoing automotive economic crisis, and its impact on the Detroit-area was the primary reason. Roger Penske did not rule out a return in the future.[2][3]

On September 20, 2011, race organizers gained approval from Detroit City Council to use the updated track and support area on Belle Isle.[4] On October 11, 2011, it was announced that the race would return starting in 2012.[5] The event returned to its 1998-2001 layout starting with the 2013 race.[6]

Past winners

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
Grosse Pointe dirt oval
1905 August 8 23x15px Webb Jay White White steam engine
AAA Championship Car history (Michigan State Fairgrounds dirt oval)
1928 June 10 23x15px Ray Keech Miller Miller
1929 June 9 23x15px Cliff Woodbury Miller Miller
1930 June 9 23x15px Wilbur Shaw Smith Miller
1931 June 14 23x15px Louis Meyer Stevens Miller
1932 June 9 23x15px Bob Carey Stevens Miller
1932 September 10 23x15px Mauri Rose Stevens Miller
1932 June 11 23x15px Bill Cummings Miller Miller
1933–1948: Not held
1949 September 11 23x15px Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser
1950 September 10 23x15px Henry Banks Moore Offenhauser
1951 September 9 23x15px Paul Russo Russo/Nichels Offenhauser
1952 August 30 23x15px Bill Vukovich Kuzma Offenhauser
1953 July 4 23x15px Rodger Ward Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser
USAC Championship Car history (Michigan State Fairgrounds dirt oval)
1957 June 23 23x15px Jimmy Bryan Kuzma Offenhauser 100 100 (160.934) 1:14:47 80.232
CART Champ Car history (Renaissance Center)
1989 June 18 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Penske Ilmor-Chevrolet 62 155 (249.448) 2:02:11 76.112 Report
1990 June 17 23x15px Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ilmor-Chevrolet 62 155 (249.448) 1:49:32 84.902 Report
1991 June 16 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Ilmor-Chevrolet 62 156.24 (251.443) 1:57:19 79.455 Report
CART Champ Car history (Belle Isle)
1992 June 7 23x15px Bobby Rahal Rahal/Hogan Racing Lola Ilmor-Chevrolet 77 161.7 (260.23) 1:58:20 81.989 Report
1993 June 13 23x15px Danny Sullivan Galles Racing Lola Ilmor-Chevrolet 77 161.7 (260.23) 1:56:43 83.116 Report
1994 June 12 23x15px Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Ilmor 77 161.7 (260.23) 1:52:29 86.245 Report
1995 June 11 23x15px Robby Gordon Walker Racing Reynard Ford 77 161.7 (260.23) 1:56:11 83.499 Report
1996 June 9 23x15px Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 72* 151.2 (243.332) 2:00:44 75.136 Report
1997 June 8 23x15px Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard Mercedes 77 161.7 (260.23) 1:52:45 86.047 Report
1998 June 7 23x15px Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 72 168.912 (271.837) 1:41:17 100.052 Report
1999 August 8 23x15px Dario Franchitti Team Green Reynard Honda 71 166.566 (268.061) 2:02:24 81.643 Report
2000 June 18 23x15px Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 84 197.064 (317.143) 2:01:23 97.401 Report
2001 June 7 23x15px Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 72 168.912 (271.837) 1:53:51 89.008 Report
IndyCar Series history (Belle Isle)
2007 September 2 23x15px Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 89* 186.544 (300.213) 2:11:51 83.841 Report
2008 August 31 23x15px Justin Wilson Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Dallara Honda 87* 182.352 (293.467) 2:00:11 89.911 Report
2009–2011: Not held
2012 June 3 23x15px Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 60* 124.2 (199.88) 1:27:40 85.012 Report
2013 June 1 23x15px Mike Conway Dale Coyne Racing Dallara Honda 70 164.22 (264.286) 1:48:45 90.753 Report
June 2 23x15px Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara Honda 70 164.22 (264.286) 1:56:15 84.906
2014 May 31 23x15px Will Power Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 70 164.22 (264.286) 1:49:30 90.138 Report
June 1 23x15px Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 70 164.22 (264.286) 1:45:53 93.211
2015 May 30 23x15px Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 47* 110.45 (177.752) 1:27:46 75.51 Report
May 31 23x15px Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Dallara Chevrolet 68* 159.8 (257.173) 2:00:38 79.476
  • 1996, 2007, & 2008: Race shortened due to time limit.
  • 2012: Race shortened due to 2 hour delay for track repair with darkness approaching and concerns over whether the patched track would survive the remaining distance.
  • 2015: First race shortened due to rain. Second race shortened due to time limit.

Detroit Sports Car Classic

American Le Mans Series
Year LMP1 Winning Team LMP2 Winning Team GT1 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team Results
LMP1 Winning Drivers LMP2 Winning Drivers GT1 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers
2007 23x15px #2 Audi Sport North America 23x15px #7 Penske Racing 23x15px #3 Corvette Racing 23x15px #62 Risi Competizione Results
23x15px Emanuele Pirro
23x15px Marco Werner
23x15px Timo Bernhard
23x15px Romain Dumas
23x15px Johnny O'Connell
23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Mika Salo
23x15px Jaime Melo
2008 23x15px #37 Intersport Racing 23x15px #26 Andretti Green Racing 23x15px #4 Corvette Racing 23x15px #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Results
23x15px John Field
23x15px Clint Field
23x15px Richard Berry
23x15px Franck Montagny
23x15px James Rossiter
23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px Oliver Gavin
23x15px Jörg Bergmeister
23x15px Wolf Henzler
Rolex Sports Car Series
Year DP Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
DP Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
2012 23x15px #9 Action Express Racing 23x15px #88 Autohaus Motorsports Results
23x15px João Barbosa
23x15px J. C. France
23x15px Darren Law
23x15px Paul Edwards
23x15px Jordan Taylor
Year DP Winning Team GT Winning Team GX Winning Team Results
DP Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers GX Winning Drivers
2013 23x15px #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 23x15px #57 Stevenson Motorsports 23x15px #00 Speedsource Results
23x15px Max Angelelli
23x15px Jordan Taylor
23x15px John Edwards
23x15px Robin Liddell
23x15px Joel Miller
23x15px Tristan Nunez
United SportsCar Championship
Year Prototype Winning Team GT Daytona Winning Team Results
Prototype Winning Drivers GT Daytona Winning Drivers
2014 23x15px #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 23x15px #63 Scuderia Corsa Results
23x15px Jordan Taylor
23x15px Ricky Taylor
23x15px Alessandro Balzan
23x15px Jeff Westphal

Atlantics/Lights winners

Atlantic Championship
Season Date Winning Driver
1983 June 5 23x15px Josele Garza
Indy Lights
1989 June 18 23x15px Ted Prappas
1990 June 17
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1991 June 16 23x15px Eric Bachelart
1992 June 7 23x15px Adrián Fernández
1993 June 13 23x15px Steve Robertson
1994 June 12 23x15px Steve Robertson
1995 June 11 23x15px Robbie Buhl
1996 June 9 23x15px Tony Kanaan
1997 June 8 23x15px Tony Kanaan
1998 June 7 23x15px Airton Daré
1999 August 8
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2000 June 18 23x15px Jonny Kane
2001–2011: Not held
2012 June 2 23x15px Gustavo Yacamán

Trans-Am Motor City 100 winners

Year Driver Car
1984 Tom Gloy Mercury Capri
1985 Elliott Forbes-RobinsonA Buick Regal
1986 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro
1987 Scott Pruett Merkur XR4Ti
1988 Hurley Haywood Audi Quattro
1989 Greg Pickett Chevrolet Camaro
1990 Scott Sharp
1992 Tommy Archer Dodge Daytona
1993 Dorsey Schroeder Ford Mustang
1994 Bill Saunders
1995 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Camaro
1996 Dorsey Schroeder Ford Mustang
1997 Tommy Kendall
1998 Paul Gentilozzi Chevrolet Camaro
1999 Brian Simo Ford Mustang
2000 Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR

^A Winner Wally Dallenbach, Jr. was disqualified due to car being underweight.

Circuit maps


  1. ^ Ayrton Senna: Racing in My Blood, Official Video Biography (Kultur Video, 1991)
  2. ^ "Detroit IndyCar race no-go for 2009". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ "INDYCAR: Detroit Cancelled for 2009, Vision Racing Trims Staff". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  4. ^ "City Council OKs Detroit Grand Prix request". 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  5. ^ Belle Isle will host 2012 Detroit Grand Prix
  6. ^ Cavin, Curt (2012-06-04). "IndyCar Series | Indianapolis Star". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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