Detroit Grand Prix returns to Belle Isle in June

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 5, 2016. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

One of the area’s traditional starts to summer will roar back in June.

Organizers of the Detroit Grand Prix announced Thursday afternoon that the series of auto races will return to Belle Isle on June 11 to 13. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to bring the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear back to Belle Isle in 2021 and return to a traditional one-weekend format, featuring five great races with three incredible racing series,” said race president Michael Montri. “With the established stars of IndyCar and the rising stars of Indy Lights both racing on Saturday and Sunday and Corvette Racing joining the intense IMSA sportscar action on both Friday and Saturday, it’s going to be an incredible weekend in the Motor City.”

The racing weekend will feature the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, along with the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Friday, which had been the traditional free-admission day in the past, will feature IMSA and IndyLights practice and qualifying.

On Saturday, the first IndyLights race in Detroit since 2012 will take place, followed by the first race of the Dual in Detroit, then the IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. Sunday’s lineup consists of the second IndyLights race and the second Dual in Detroit.

American Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon of New Zealand were the Dual winners in 2019.

Ticket information for the Grand Prix, which has had the city of Windsor as a sponsor for years, will be available in the weeks ahead. 

Complete information about the 2021 event is available on its official website.