(DETROIT, MI) – One of the most popular and talented athletes in Detroit has been named Grand Marshal of the June 1-3 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will serve as the event’s Grand Marshall throughout race weekend. As part of his official duties, Suh will give the famous racing command, "Drivers, start your engines" before the green flag waves to start the IZOD IndyCar Series race – the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by shopautoweek.com – on Sunday, June 3. Suh, a devoted race fan, will also get the opportunity to ride in an official Chevrolet pace car – a Camaro SS convertible.
"It’s an honour to be named Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Suh. "This is such a positive event for Detroit and I love racing so this is really going to be a special weekend. I can’t wait."
At 6’4" and 307 pounds, Suh is one of the most dominant players on the football field. The Detroit Lions selected Suh in the first round of the 2010 National Football League (NFL) Draft and he emerged as a standout in his first season as he won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Since the beginning of 2010, Suh has recorded 13 sacks, the second-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL.
Suh has also made a positive impact in the community, mainly through his charity, the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation. Suh was named the most charitable athlete by The Giving Back Fund in 2011, for his $2.6 million donation to the Nebraska University athletic and engineering departments. Giving back to the Detroit community as well, Suh’s foundation has donated toys to the Detroit Medical Centre, hosted local football camps and offered scholarships and spent time mentoring high school students.
"In addition to being one of the most popular athletes in Detroit, Ndamukong Suh has established himself as a community leader," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "He will be a great representative for our event and we are proud to have him as the Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix."
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The event will be held June 1-3, 2012 and will include the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by shopautoweek.com featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Partners for the 2012 Grand Prix include Meijer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Motor City Casino Hotel, PNC Bank, Quicken Loans and shopautoweek.com. For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at www.facebook.com/detroitgp and www.twitter.com/detroitgp.