Corvettes to be Showcased During Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
America’s truly iconic sportscar deeply involved in return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City
DETROIT – Corvette owners can not only see, but be seen August 31-September 2, 2007 at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is offering all Corvette owners the opportunity to showcase their shimmering piece of Detroit engineering over Labor Day weekend in the Corvette Car Corral on Belle Isle. This special opportunity includes a parking spot in the Corvette Car Corral, a reserved grandstand ticket, paddock pass and $20 worth of Grand Prix dollars that are redeemable at concession stands.
The Car Corral will offer the only on-island public parking for ticket holders, located just steps from the midway area and ticket gates, and feature a number of Corvette-specific activities. In addition to the right to park on the island, each day 100 Corvettes from the corral will get the opportunity to drive on the actual 2.1-mile race circuit at Belle Isle.
The Corvette will play a prominent role in other race weekend activities as the Official Vehicle of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The 2007 Corvette Z06 will pace Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race – the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch – and lead parade laps to start Sunday’s Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone, featuring the cars of the IndyCar Series.
“We are proud that the Corvette – America’s truly iconic sports car – will have such a strong presence as the Official Vehicle of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Corvette Marketing Manager Gary Claudio. “It is only fitting that one of Detroit’s most recognizable symbols is deeply involved in the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City – the home of both Corvette and General Motors.”
The Corvette Car Corral has a limited number of spaces and spots are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The special schedule of events includes celebrity car shows, Q&As with GM engineers, technical inspections and others.
Spots in the corral can be purchased for $75 for a single-day pass, $150 for a two-day package or $200 for a three-day pass. This price includes the parking spot, ticket, paddock pass and $20 in Grand Prix bucks per day. Orders can be made by calling the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at (313) 262-1802 or by downloading the Corvette Car Corral Order Form at www.detroitgp.com and returning it to the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Attention: Laura Fisher, via fax (313-262-1799) or through the mail to the following address: Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, 300 Renaissance Center, Suite 2311, Detroit, MI 48243.
About the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is being organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, whose chairman is Roger Penske. A not-for-profit coporation has been established that enables the net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix to fund measures for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle. The 2007 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix features two of North America’s top racing series – the exotic sports cars of the American Le Mans Series and the high-powered open-wheel machines of the IndyCar Series. The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch American Le Mans Series race takes place on Saturday, September 1, while the IndyCars compete in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix on Sunday, September 2.
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a signature event in what’s expected to be one of the most exciting weekends in Detroit history. “3 Days in the D” will take place on Labor Day weekend and will consist of the Grand Prix, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Oakland County’s Arts, Beats & Eats celebration. For more information, please log on to www.visitdetroit.com. To learn more about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and to see all of the ticket options and pricing available for the event, please visit www.detroitgp.com.
Release Date: Aug. 17, 2007