There’s been a tsunami of breaking news today. With General Motors revealing a face lifted Chevy Spark, showing off the new Cadillac Cue infotainment system, and announcing a new family of Ecotec engines, it’s been a busy one. But the day’s not over, and neither is our regurgitation of official announcements. With that in mind, we’re happy to report that General Motors through Chevrolet has partnered up on a multi-year deal with the Penske Corporation and IndyCar to bring professional racing back to Detroit for the first time in four years by reviving the Belle Isle Grand Prix starting 2012.
Mark your calendars for June 1-3 of next year, and get ready for three days of racing action, featuring four different racing events around Belle Isle’s beautiful 2.1 mile road course. The most notable of which will be The Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix, which will feature cars powered by The Bowtie brand’s all-new V6 racing engine. The second will be the The Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Challenge, which will be the first-ever Grand-Am sanctioned event held in the Motor City. Third is the The Cadillac V-Series Challenge, which will feature the Cadillac SCCA racing team. Finally, there will be The Firestone Indy Light Series race, which will pit up and coming open-wheeled racers against each other.
Hopefully an American Le Mans Series race will eventually be inked in the years to come. But before all of that happens, race organizers will spend an estimated $6 million in sprucing up the Isle, which has seen its fair share of neglect since the last racing event happened back in 2008.