The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix


Raw00340, photo by ktpupp.

Sometimes I make a note to post about something at a later date, lose the note and then when the later date rolls around, realize that I’ve become a party to one of my pet peeves: telling folks about something when it’s too late to make any plans for it. That’s what happened with my plan to post something about the 2007 Detroit Grand Prix. Ah well, such is life…

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix official site says that the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns after a 6 year absence and features the cars of the American Le Mans Series (Detroit Sports Car Challenge on Saturday at 3:15) and the IndyCar Series (Detroit Indy Grand Prix on Sunday at 3:30 on ABC). Net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix will fund measures to preserve and improve Belle Isle, and the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has earmarked $100,000 in cash for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle (Belle Isle park page).

Here’s a map of the course, which is also available in the Detroit News interactive tour of the course. Over at Jalopnik they’ll be covering the race all weekend (check the Detroit Grand Prix tag) and they have a video of the pace car navigating the course (there’s also some historical footage from past Detroit Grand Prix in the menu at the end of the video).

Wikipedia’s Detroit Indy Grand Prix entry has a bit about the history of the race and there’s some more in the US Grand Prix history pages.

The photo above is part of Kate’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 2007 set (slideshow). She has a photo from the qualifying of pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe of hometown Penske Motorsports.

There’s some more pics available from yesterday including this massive set of
Detroit Grand Prix 2007 photos
and I’m guessing that the detroitgrandprix tag might be the best place to find pics as the event unfolds.

There’s also this cool set of Formula One pics that includes a lot from the old Detroit Grand Prix.