(DETROIT, MI) – The Verizon IndyCar Series unveiled its 2016 schedule today and the Raceway at Belle Isle Park will host the only doubleheader race weekend on the series schedule for the second consecutive year.
The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will highlight the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3 through 5, 2016. Both Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast live nationally on the ABC television network from 3:30 to 6:00 pm ET on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.
WXYZ-TV will once again carry both races locally and will continue to provide in-depth coverage of the Grand Prix in 2016.
The Dual in Detroit will feature two full-points races on the challenging 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit. With the races contested just one week after the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend, it will be part of arguably to the most important stretch of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“We are excited that for the second consecutive year the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will be the only doubleheader race weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “With great racing and so much at stake during one weekend, the Dual in Detroit really adds a lot of excitement and value to our fans, our partners, and the competitors. We’re also thrilled that Belle Isle and the Detroit and Windsor waterfronts will shine brightly once again on a national stage on back-to-back days, live on ABC. With over five hours of national television coverage, it’s great exposure and a tremendous opportunity for our entire region. We want to thank Chevrolet, Quicken Loans and our many partners, along with our fans, for making this great event possible.”
The 2016 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will mark the fourth consecutive year that Belle Isle welcomes two INDYCAR races in one action-packed weekend. It will also be the 27th Grand Prix hosted in the city of Detroit with the first race on the downtown streets in 1982 and the event moving to Belle Isle Park in 1992.
Despite challenging weather with rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix still saw over 60,000 fans visit Belle Isle Park. Colombian driver Carlos Munoz won his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race in the first Chevrolet Dual in Detroit before former INDYCAR champion Sebastien Bourdais drove his Chevrolet to Victory Circle in the second Dual race.
The 2016 Grand Prix will feature another strong racing line-up. In addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series, the exotic machines of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also return to Belle Isle along with the popular high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas.
A pre-sale opportunity for 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix tickets is underway this week for fans that purchased tickets to previous Grand Prix events. Tickets for the 2016 Grand Prix will go on sale to the public on Monday, November 9 and can be purchased online.