The Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to downtown starting in 2023. The request has been approved by the city council.
The race will no longer take place in Belle Isle, but in downtown Detroit, once the economic lung of the major American automakers.
Gone Belle Isle, headed downtown for the Detroit Grand Prix
The community’s positive reaction and enthusiasm for the Grand Prix’s return to the city center reinforces the organizers’ belief that this relocation will bring significant benefit to the city, its residents and local partners.
« The board approved the contract with little discussion at Wednesday’s meeting, » according to the Detroit Free Press. « The only comment came from Irvin Corley, a tax analyst with the council’s Legislative Policy Division, who noted that a recent University of Michigan study estimated moving downtown would bring in $10 million. additional spending to Detroit businesses. »
Slight revisions to the new 10-turn, 1.7-mile layout were also presented to City Council, which received approval. Event organizers expect more than 50% of the circuit, which circles around General Motors’ world headquarters and runs along the Detroit River, to be accessible for free. The benefit of moving the event downtown was also highlighted in a statement released by the event.
« Over the past 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. about bringing racing back to its roots on the streets of Detroit. »