Diversity and Speed: The 2023 Grand Prix in Detroit Embraces New Location

Prepare for the exhilarating return of the 2023 Detroit Grand Prix, as the streets become the new stage, setting the scene for revving engines and an atmosphere brimming with electric anticipation. The Detroit City Council granted approval last year for the relocation of the Detroit Grand Prix from Belle Isle back to the streets of Downtown Detroit, offering a fresh and unique experience for racing enthusiasts. This will be the first time the Detroit Grand Prix has been downtown since 1991. 

As the anticipation builds for the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix, preparations are underway to transform downtown Detroit into a racing extravaganza. The construction is in full swing as the city gears up. The heart of downtown Detroit is buzzing with activity, creating a dynamic atmosphere that will set the stage for an unforgettable race weekend. 

One of the standout features is the double pit lane, a first-of-its-kind innovation in motorsports history. Cars will line up on both sides of the pit lane, creating a thrilling spectacle as they compete for the coveted spot. This unique setup adds an extra layer of excitement to the race, showcasing the Grand Prix’s commitment to pushing boundaries. 

Weaving through the heart of the city, the racetrack will span from Jefferson Avenue to Atwater Street. By incorporating the beautiful riverfront as its backdrop, the track will offer a mesmerizing view for spectators and viewers worldwide. As high-speed cars navigate the circuit, the fusion of exhilarating racing and the city’s iconic landmarks will create an indelible impression on both local fans and international audiences. 

Temporary suites are being constructed for the event, and it makes for an interesting backstory. These suites were originally used at the Waste Management open in Phoenix, known for its lively atmosphere on the 16th hole. Now, they will provide a premium experience for Grand Prix attendees, adding a touch of luxury to the event. 

For many drivers, including Austin Greene, this will be a series of firsts. It will be their first time racing in Detroit and their first experience of a street race. With speeds reaching upwards of 190 miles per hour along Jefferson Avenue, the race will be a breathtaking display of skill and speed. The challenging nature of the street circuit is expected to lead to tight and aggressive racing, ensuring a thrilling show for the fans. 

Along with the heart-pounding racing action, the event promises an unforgettable entertainment experience with an exciting lineup of performers. Fans attending the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will have the opportunity to enjoy live music and free concerts throughout the weekend. The entertainment lineup will feature some of the hottest names in hip-hop and electronic music, with performances at Hart Plaza and inside the Meijer Fan Zone at the Grand Prix. Organizers have emphasized that the event will be much more than just a race, offering a diverse and electrifying entertainment-filled weekend. 

The festivities kick off on Friday evening, June 2, with two performances on the entertainment stage. Renowned DJ and producer A-Trak will take the stage followed by Grammy Award-winning rapper Big Boi of the legendary Atlanta duo OutKast. On Saturday, the legendary turntablist and producer Z-Trip will take the stage. Later in the evening, global electronic music superstar Steve Aoki will deliver an electrifying performance captivating the crowd with his high-energy beats and visually stunning stage production. 

Adding to the sense of community, the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear has unveiled the lineup of 29 companies that will form the inaugural Small Business Straightaway. Located in Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit during the race weekend, this exciting addition aims to boost the local economy by providing opportunities for Detroit-based entrepreneurs, shop owners and neighborhood businesses to thrive during the bustling weekend of commerce in the Motor City. 

Michael Montri, President of the Detroit Grand Prix, expressed the importance of supporting small, locally-owned businesses throughout the city. “With the Grand Prix returning to its original home on the streets of Detroit this summer, one of our biggest priorities was to create more opportunities for small, locally-owned businesses across the city,” said Montri. 

“Thanks to the support of our community partners, the Small Business Straightaway will give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to benefit from a big event weekend in Detroit and make even more of an impact across our business community. We believe that promoting small businesses will help support working families while reinvesting in our communities and neighborhoods across the city of Detroit.” 

Parking for the Detroit Grand Prix is available at the Franklin Garage, a public parking structure within the venue. The cost is $75 per day, and you can purchase parking passes through the provided link, https://detroitgp.com/tickets/. 

To accommodate parking demands, there are also several surface lots and alternate parking structures in the downtown area for general public event parking. 

Please note that the following parking structures within the event space will not be dedicated to public parking: Beaubien Garage, Center Garage, Millender Garage, Port Atwater Garage and River East Garage. 

The event will be broadcast internationally, showcasing Detroit’s beauty and inspiring people from around the world to visit and experience the city firsthand. Chevrolet INDYCAR Grand Prix coverage to broadcast on WDIV Local 4 starting at 3 p.m. EST. 

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