The Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear will remain on the Verizon IndyCar Series for at least the next three years after an agreement was reached between the Penske Corporation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The race had been under threat due to objections from the local community who were unhappy with the event being held on Belle Isle.
On Friday however, the track tweeted:
The #DetroitGP is returning to Belle Isle! @MichiganDNR & the Grand Prix have reached an agreement to keep the event on Belle Isle for 3 more years starting in 2019! We can’t wait to see everyone on Belle Isle at @DetroitGP, May 31-June 2, 2019!
Chairman of the Detroit Grand Prix, Bud Denker said:
We are excited that the Detroit Grand Prix will continue at Belle Isle for the next several years and we want to thank the State of Michigan for working with us on this new agreement, as well as our partners with City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy. “This event means so much to Detroit, to Windsor and our entire community. We are proud to showcase the beauty of Belle Isle around the world every year and to make such a positive impact on the local economy with over $50 million in total spending generated annually as a result of the Grand Prix. Most importantly, we want to continue our goal of improving Belle Isle Park. The Grand Prix has made over $13.5 million in improvements on the island over the last decade and we know there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done. Our team looks forward to building on all of the positive momentum and being part of the remarkable renaissance going on at Belle Isle.”
President of the Grand Prix Michael Montri commented by saying:
We listened to all of the feedback and we appreciate everyone’s perspective and support of the Grand Prix. “This was an important process for all of us and we’ve made some significant changes to the event over the years as a result of the input we received from the public, as well as our partners. We’re now focused on celebrating the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history in 2019 and we’re excited to be back on Belle Isle.”