Detroit GP weighing move from Belle Isle to downtown
The next Detroit Grand Prix could be the last to be held in Belle Isle’s island park.
RACER has learned that the Detroit GP, founded in 1982 as a Formula 1 event that ran around Cobo Hall, General Motors’ Renaissance Center, and other downtown landmarks, is likely to return to its roots as a road race in 2023.
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DGP Chairman and President of Penske Corporation, Bud Denker, gave a presentation to Detroit City Council Monday evening that, if approved, would restore auto racing to some of the familiar street names that were in F1 decades ago and, for a short time, the CART IndyCar Series known to have driven in the heart of Motor City.
The proposed layout would be shorter than the last iteration in 1991 and would be 2.7 miles in length. In a further twist, the revised layout would make around 50 percent of the route visible to the public free of charge. The inspiration for the desired relocation of Belle Isle to a real urban setting should be the great response to the new Nashville Grand Prix in August, which supplied a city already known for its celebrations with energy.
When asked to comment, a DGP representative made the following statement: “We are examining the possibility of reducing the event to a street circuit in the city center from 2023 onwards. And the annual summer racing festival on the streets of Detroit would connect to the rich legacy of the Grand Prix, an opportunity to connect with a broader audience and boost the local economy even further while adding to the energy and dynamism that the downtown and along our beautiful promenade. “