Motor City's streets will once again be filled ith the sights and sounds of an IndyCar Grand Prix.
Detroit may be home to lumbering giants like the Ford F-150 and Dodge Durango, but its automotive heritage runs a lot deeper than the trucks and SUVs that end up in showrooms around the country. A few days ago, we reported on the news that IndyCar racing could return to downtown Detroit for the first time since 1991. Following the approval from Detroit's City Council this past Wednesday, the exciting news is official. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will relocate to downtown Detroit starting in 2023. The event forms part of the NTT IndyCar Series' annual calendar.
In that 1991 race on Detroit's streets, Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi emerged as the winner. The following year, the event relocated to Belle Isle Park. Since then, the 14-turn, 2.35-mile course has played host to another 28 races.
"Today, the Detroit City Council granted its approval for the relocation of the Detroit Grand Prix from Belle Isle back to the streets of Downtown Detroit, beginning in 2023," said the Grand Prix in a statement shared by NTT IndyCar Series. "The positive reaction and the excitement that we have seen from the community about the Grand Prix coming back Downtown reinforced our belief that this relocation will provide a significant benefit to the city, its residents, and our local businesses for the future."
Before the big 2023 comeback in downtown Detroit, the NTT IndyCar Series returns to Belle Isle Park in 2022, with this event being held from June 3-5. It will air live on the USA Network.
The move back to downtown Detroit is a return to the race's roots. The Detroit Grand Prix first took place nearly 40 years ago. As per the Detroit Free Press, changes have been made to the new route compared to the 1991 version to reduce disruptions to traffic and businesses. Described as a particularly fast track, it measures 1.7 miles and features 10 turns.
The streets of Motor City will once again be filled with screaming race car engines, folks, and we can't wait.