Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear
Belle Isle Park Detroit, MI
June 13, 2019
Senior Photographer: Kamilah McLeod
Great News Racing Fans! 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix represented the 30th Grand Prix event hosted in the city of Detroit. The history of this special event was celebrated during the May 31-June 2 race weekend. The Detroit Grand Prix Heritage Exhibit featured in the Meijer Fan Zone throughout the Grand Prix race weekend and it included historic vehicles and artifacts that commemorated the history of the event in Detroit. Reinforcing the partnership that highlights a unique "two-nation destination," the City of Windsor and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear announced a renewed partnership for the event. Celebrating a 10-year partnership, the Grand Prix and the City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada once again teamed up to showcase the unique beauty of the shared Detroit and Windsor waterfronts during the three-day festival on Belle Isle that included world-class auto racing, live music and fun for all ages.
Detroit made history again by having all three racing series in action as the NTT Indy Car Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Trans Am Series. "The Grand Prix weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year in the Motor City so it's fitting that one of biggest athletes in town added to the excitement on Belle Isle." Detroit Pistons star player Andre Drummond served as the Grand Marshal on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix saying "Drivers, Start Your Engines" command prior to the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Dual I NTT Indy Car Series race. "Detroit is my adopted hometown and I love cars and I love the Motor City," said Drummond. "The Grand Prix is such an important and historic event in Detroit and being Grand Marshal is a special honor. I'm excited to spend the day on Belle Isle and get a chance to meet some of the teams and drivers and ride in the pace car to start the Indy Car race."
For the first time in Detroit Grand Prix history, fans will be able to see their favorite teams and drivers up close in the garage area AND have access to the historic Scott Fountain to experience all the excitement at the Auto trader Winner’s Circle throughout the weekend.
There was a new location for Grandstand 1 which provided enhanced viewing options of the cars coming down the fast front stretch, all the action in the pits and into Turn 1! The racing on Belle Isle will once again feature the cars of the Indy Car Series competing in the Chevy Dual in Detroit – the only doubleheader weekend on the series schedule. The exotic machines of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also return for Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will be back in the Motor City with races on both Saturday and Sunday.
Scott Dixon wrote another chapter in his royal Indy car history. Dixon recovered from a crash and last-place finish on Saturday to win the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader on Sunday. The victory was the 45th of the five-time NTT Indy Car Series champion's career and moved Dixon within seven wins of tying Mario Andretti for second on the all-time Indy car list.
Josef Newgarden continued his assault on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on Sunday morning, capturing the NTT P1 Award pole position for the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear a day after winning the first race. Driving the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden put in a lap of 1 minute, 14.8607 seconds (113.010 mph) on the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course to earn the seventh pole position of his NTT IndyCar Series career and first this season.
Saturday's Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Muscle Car Challenge was all about survival. On Sunday, Celebrating his 100th career Trans Am start, Tony Ave (No. 25 BC Race Cars) took the lead in the final laps to claim his 19th win and his first-ever win on the streets of Belle Isle. "I've been trying to win this race since 1994!" said Ave. "I've led it a bunch of times but haven't been able to hit that top spot. We didn't have quite enough speed early so I just stayed close. My car got good toward the end and I was able to run them down but passing was going to be an entirely different issue. Then what usually happens at these places started to happen, with everyone going sideways, grabbing gears and spinning tires. I thought ‘this is living!' We were just scrambling, but we came out with the lead and I couldn't be happier."
IndyCar: Josef Newgarden
IndyCar: Scott Dixon
IMSA: Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron (P), Jack Hawksworth/Richard Heistand (GTD)
Trans Am: Misha Goikhberg (TA)
Trans Am: Tony Ave (TA2)