Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Tuesday, 28 May, marks the beginning of Grand Prix week in Detroit. Jammed packed with a number of events leading up to race weekend, this week will be a smorgasbord of meetings, logistical moves, media events, and not one but five separate qualifying races. After a three year hiatus from Detroit, race enthusiasts are in for a real show.

And possibly the biggest show of all has been happening behind the scenes for the last number of years.

Belle Isle plays host to the Grand Prix events and it has never looked better. Since the Grand Prix returned to Belle Isle in 2007, event organizers have spent over $6 million in infrastructure improvements that will be a lasting legacy for the City of Detroit. In addition to the millions of dollars generated by the Grand Prix just through tourism during race week (estimated to be $52 million each year), construction projects on the island have included installing over 150,000 square feet of new concrete for road improvements, repairing damaged lighting and drainage systems, renovation of the Scott Fountain and the Belle Isle Casino (built in 1908), installing new pedestrian bridges and play-scapes for children, and new areas to be used by park visitors for parking and community events and activities year round.

The effects of Grand Prix race week last longer than just seven days.

As the sounds of revving engines wafts across the Detroit River, rest assured that the Windsor Square will be bringing you live coverage of all the races and the stories from the Belle Isle road circuit.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata