Detroit Grand Prix officials hope to bring the event back to downtown by 2023
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Detroit Grand Prix officials want to bring the race back to its original home.
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The event, which began with Formula 1 racing in 1982, was originally held on the streets of downtown Detroit, but moved to Belle Isle in 1992.
Officials have now presented Detroit City Council with plans to bring the event back downtown.
“An annual summer racing festival in the streets of Detroit would represent a link to the rich heritage of the Grand Prix, the opportunity to engage with a large audience and to give the local economy an even greater boost.” while adding to the energy and momentum that is building downtown along our beautiful waterfront, ”a Detroit Grand Prix official said in a statement.
At first Formula 1 drivers complained about the bumpy roads and 17 corners that slowed down the race downtown and eventually Formula 1 left after the 1988 race. Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) replaced the Formula 1 in 1989 and after more complaints from drivers the race was moved to Belle Isle in 1992.
In 2007, the event switched to IndyCar racing and after a three-year absence from 2007 to 2009, the races became an annual event with the exception of the 2020 cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities are now hoping the relocation plan will advance through 2023.
“The Detroit Grand Prix has built a great tradition in the Motor City and we are excited to add to the legacy of the event next year and beyond. The Grand Prix will return to Belle Isle from June 3 to 5, 2022, ”the press release said.
“While we have the option of extending the current agreement with the State of Michigan to host the Grand Prix at Belle Isle until 2024, we are exploring the possibility of bringing the event back to a downtown street circuit at from 2023. “
The new course plans will see the track unfold in a more rectangular layout around the Renaissance Center, along Jefferson Avenue, Bates Street, Atwater Street, and then Rivard Street.
Detroit City County will review the proposal and is expected to hold public meetings to assess the proposal.
“As the plans continue to develop, we look forward to providing an update on the exciting future of the Detroit Grand Prix,” the statement said.