Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit
World-class racing hits the 2.1-mile Belle Isle raceway June 1-3, 2012 for the first time in four years, ready to thrill southeast Michigan families
Hey, kids – get revved up! The Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to Detroit June 1-3, 2012 and features cars from the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series.
With four high-throttle races to check out – including tons of practice and qualifying rounds – you could easily stick to the grandstands all weekend. But why not break it up with some interactive treats? Belle Isle also will be sporting a midway and Meijer Family Fun Zone, running 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and packed with games, activities, movies, samples of Meijer-brand food and tunes by Radio Disney AM 910. Watch for two special autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday, too.
While the weekend is car culture in hyper drive, you'll have to leave your own auto elsewhere, as attendee parking isn't available on Belle Isle. There's a convenient round-tip shuttle service, though, that runs continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (go online to find parking and shuttle service locations). Rather take the scenic route? Try a 20-minute river ride on a new ferry service (that'll run 7 a.m.-9 p.m. all three days).
Belle Isle is a 982-acre island in the Detroit River that's home to the Detroit Boat Club, a municipal golf course, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, an aquarium and a swimming beach – the only one in the city. Belle Isle Park has seen over $6 million in improvements since the Grand Prix made its first return to Detroit in 2007. The '07 and '08 events lured over 100,000 folks and generated some $52 million in economic payoff for metro Detroit.
Want to go? A 3-Day Super Ticket is $155 for adults and $110 for children; a 2-Day Reserved Grandstand (Saturday and Sunday) is $110 for adults and $75 for kids; upper row tickets for Saturday or Sunday range $60-$65 for adults and $40-$55 for youth; and lower-row tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $40-$45 for adults and $20-$35 for children. You can buy tickets online, by calling the ticket hotline or at the Grand Prix office in the GM Renaissance Center.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit.