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Beginning in 2023 and running until 2025, the Grand Prix, a post-Memorial Day tradition in Metro Detroit, will once again hit the downtown streets after racing on Belle Isle for the past decade. A new contract was approved on Wednesday by the Detroit City Council to allow the race to move back to downtown Detroit. Bud Denker, chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix believes, “We’re going to have the biggest event we’ve had since Super Bowl 2006.” Denker also said, “It’s a very, very fast track, we have one straightaway that’s seven-tenths of a mile down Jefferson Avenue, down through the heart of downtown,” which will be exciting for Detroiters because anyone near Hart Plaza will possibly be able see and hear the cars without even having to purchase a ticket. According to The Detroit news, the course for downtown will run from Rivard down to Hart Plaza, back toward Bates and then taking Atwater back past the Renaissance Center and finally back to Rivard.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix - Day 3

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Detroit Grand Prix first started in 1982. CART replaced Formula One on the calendar in 1989 and the race remained downtown until 1992. It was moved to Belle Isle in 2001, until Roger Penske helped revitalize the race in 2007, untill it was shut down again due to the Recession. The race returned to Belle Isle in 2012, but began to cause a ton of issues since it’s returned. Mostly do to people not being able to have access to the park for the time that the race is there. For next years race, it has been shrunken down from a weekend event to a single day race . This will be the races’ last year on Belle Isle and will began the first weekend of June.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix - Day 3

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Ron Brundidge, director of the Detroit Department of Public Works, said, “One of the great things about having a race that goes through city streets…any improvement that we make to the road is going to become a benefit to all our residents and visitors for the other 363 days of the year. We felt it was appropriate as a partner with Grand Prix for the city to take on this responsibility.” Detroit, get your engines ready for  Grand Prix 2023.