Detroit Grand Prix Adds IMSA Pilot Challenge, Trans Am Series to 2023 Downtown Lineup

When the Detroit Grand Prix returns to the streets of downtown Detroit in 2023, the IndyCar and Indy Lights series will be joined by the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
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A rendering of the newly designed downtown Detroit Grand Prix circuit. // Courtesy Detroit Grand Prix
A rendering of the newly designed downtown Detroit Grand Prix circuit. // Courtesy Detroit Grand Prix

When the Detroit Grand Prix returns to the streets of downtown Detroit in 2023, the IndyCar and Indy Lights series will be joined by the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.

Both series will practice and qualify on Friday, June 2 on the newly designed 10-turn, 1.7-mile downtown Detroit street circuit and race the following day to create Sports Car Saturday at the Grand Prix on June 3.

“The addition of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the return of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli represents a unique blend to create a special Sports Car Saturday showcase for our fans on the new downtown street circuit,” says Michael Montri, president of the Detroit Grand Prix.

“The Pilot Challenge GS cars provide some new competition with established brands that will put on a great show while the Trans Am Series has heritage and incredible history of racing in the Motor City. By adding these two series to our lineup that includes the NTT IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, we know there’s going to be some great racing and plenty of exciting action on track.”

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class will compete for the first time in Detroit. This season, the Pilot Challenge GS class features eight manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Ford, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, and Toyota. The GS class features SRO GT4 cars with engines producing up to 450 horsepower.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will not compete at Detroit in 2023 as the majority of the series prototype teams will be traveling that weekend to race at the 100th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance event in France just a few days later.

The return of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelii represents a homecoming to the city of Detroit street circuit. The Trans Am Series was a staple of the Detroit Grand Prix the last time the event competed on the downtown streets. The series raced in downtown Detroit from 1984-1991 and then continued to compete with the Grand Prix when the event transitioned to the Belle Isle street circuit, racing on the island from 1992-2001. Trans Am cars also competed on Belle Isle from 2016-2019.

Tickets for the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear are expected to go on sale in the fall. Approximately half of the total footprint of the Downtown race circuit will be accessible for free, including Hart Plaza, Riverfront Plaza, and the GM Renaissance Center. Tickets to access the grandstand seating areas around the circuit will be able to be purchased online at www.DetroitGP.com.

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