Debate Rages As The Future Of The Belle Isle Grand Prix Is Up In The Air

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The Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear could be in doubt beyond its current deal which expires next season.

A public consultation took place on Wednesday to make a decision about the fate of the race. The meeting was attended by roughly 100 residents with one resident telling the meeting:

Belle Isle is a totally inappropriate place to hold a race of that magnitude. “holds the island hostage” for 11 weeks or more during prime months of the year.

“Imaging planning a family reunion, wedding or graduation during that time period. Imagine having heavy trucks and equipment … blocking some of the best features of the island. What do the races do to the wildlife and infrastructure of the island?

The Belle Isle takes place the week following the Indianapolis 500 and is one of the most popular events on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

The local residents would prefer to have the race moved away from Belle Isle and have it staged somewhere else within Detroit. The 2018 schedule has yet to be announced however the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place on Sunday May 27 2018 which would see Detroit take place from June 1-3.

Officials at the circuit confirmed that this years three day event accounted for $45-$50 million in revenue to the Detroit economy.

Email considerations are being accepted until Friday September 21 for those wishing to share their thoughts and who missed the meeting by emailing – pratts@michigan.gov

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