IN THE D: 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | May 19, 2015
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Race fans; mark your calendars from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 as the 2015 edition of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City. Cars from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, as well as trucks from SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road, are all set to compete.

The event takes place at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, which is a 2.3-mile road course.  Several options are available for single day tickets, which range in price from $25 to $80 for adults and $15 to $65 for children. There are also multi-day ticket packages available, with a free roundtrip shuttle service provided to Belle Isle from Downtown Detroit. These packages include the 3-Day Super Ticket ($175 for adults, $130 for children), the 2-Day Grandstand Ticket ($130 for adults, $95 for children) and more.

Your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers are excited to sponsor the Sports Car Classic, which is one of many events unfolding during the weekend of the Grand Prix. The full schedule details each event of the three-day extravaganza, but here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss.

Friday, May 29

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  • Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
  • Practice sessions and pre-race festivities for Pirelli World Challenge, TUDOR Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series and more from 8 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.
  • SPEED Energy Formula OFF-Road Race No. 1 from 3 p.m. until 3:20 p.m., followed by post-race ceremonies
  • Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying (Dual I) from 3:40 p.m. until 4:55 p.m.
  • Three TUDOR Championship Qualifying races (GT Daytona: 5:10 p.m. to 5:25 p.m, Prototype Challenge: 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Prototype: 5:55 p.m. until 6:10 p.m.)

Saturday, May 30

  • Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
  • Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying Race No. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • TUDOR Championship Drivers’ Autograph Session from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Cadillac V-Series Challenge Race No. 1 9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
  • Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers from 12:05 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • SPEED Energy Formula OFF-Road Race No. 2 from 2:25 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Dual I: 70 laps) from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 3 Doors Down Concert starting at 6 p.m. (on MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage)
  • Corvette Corral Track Laps from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

  • Gates open at 8 a.m.
  • Cadillac V-Series Challenge Race No. 2 from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
  • Smashmouth Concert from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (on MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage)
  • SPEED Energy Formula OFF-Road Race No. 3 from 2:15 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
  • Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Dual II: 70 laps) from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Verizon IndyCar post-race ceremonies starting at 5:45 p.m. (estimated)

It is evident there are events going on every hour, and if watching races is not your forte, there is also live entertainment, autograph sessions, auctions, food vendors and more. This is an event the whole family can enjoy. You can also volunteer to work the event, if you are interested.

Public parking for the Grand Prix is not available on Belle Isle, but as mentioned earlier, there is a shuttle service and a list of suggested parking locations. Shuttle passengers will be picked up and dropped off at the Cooper Standard Transportation Center on Belle Isle. The Shuttle runs from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or until all guests are accommodated.

That should just about cover the basics. Bring your friends and family and enjoy hearing the rev of the engines, feeling the wind hit your face and seeing some of the best drivers in the world. This event only comes around once a year, so don’t be the one to miss out!