The Detroit Grand Prix cleared its final hurdle to continue, and has been confirmed for 2019-2021 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Options for 2022 and 2023 were also included in the new contract.
With its confirmation, the only question mark on IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has been confirmed as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will return May 31-June 2, 2019, with the Verizon IndyCar Series as the featured participant.
As part of the agreement, the Detroit Grand Prix Association will further reduce the event’s impact on the island by trimming setup and teardown days. Hosting fees will more than double for the event as well, climbing from $200,000 to $450,000.
“We are excited that the Detroit Grand Prix will continue at Belle Isle for the next several years and we want to thank the State of Michigan for working with us on this new agreement, as well as our partners with City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix.
“This event means so much to Detroit, to Windsor and our entire community. We are proud to showcase the beauty of Belle Isle around the world every year and to make such a positive impact on the local economy with over $50 million in total spending generated annually as a result of the Grand Prix. Most importantly, we want to continue our goal of improving Belle Isle Park.
“The Grand Prix has made over $13.5 million in improvements on the island over the last decade and we know there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done. Our team looks forward to building on all of the positive momentum and being part of the remarkable renaissance going on at Belle Isle.”