Detroit Grand Prix Granted Approval to Run Through City Streets Starting in 2023

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DETROIT, November 4, 2021 ~ Wednesday, the Detroit City Council granted approval to relocate the Detroit Grand Prix from Belle Isle to the streets of Detroit, beginning in 2023.

The most recently-presented course layout includes 10 turns, with one truly long straightaway along Jefferson Avenue.

Over the last five weeks, Grand Prix representatives have participated in numerous listening sessions and information sharing meetings with Detroit residents, business leaders, community groups, and individual district representatives on the idea of returning the race to its roots on the streets of Detroit,” said an official Grand Prix press release. “The positive reaction and the excitement that we have seen from the community about the Grand Prix coming back downtown reinforces our belief that this relocation will provide a significant benefit to the city, its residents, and our local businesses for the future.”

The move is also expected to allow more space for free on-track spectators beyond the “Free Prix” day to expand access and further create race fans in Detroit.

Detroit hosted Formula 1 from 1982 to 1988, with the race flying through city streets for seven years before IndyCar’s arrival.

From 1989 to 1991 Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) ran the IndyCar grand prix, then shifting to Belle Isle from 1992 to 2001. CART folded in 2003, and the race returned with Indy Racing League — now named IndyCar — for 2007 and  2008.

IndyCar has been running consecutively since 2012, only cancelling the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will be held on Belle Isle from June 3-5, 2022.