DETROIT — The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has announced that Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, will serve as presenting sponsor of both IZOD IndyCar Series races next summer on Belle Isle.
The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will feature two 70-lap championship IndyCar Series races as part of next year’s Grand Prix. The first Dual race will take place on the afternoon of June 1, and the second Dual will be contested on the following afternoon. The doubleheader represents the first time that two IndyCar races will be hosted on the same weekend in the history of the Detroit Grand Prix. It will also mark the first of three IndyCar doubleheader race weekends as the new format makes its long-awaited debut in Detroit in 2013. Both races will be televised live from coast to coast on ABC.
“We are very excited to sponsor the Dual in Detroit and the efforts to continue the Grand Prix in Detroit – the home of the automobile,” said Jay Farner, president and chief marketing officer of Quicken Loans. “There is a tremendous transformation taking place in the city, and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is an amazing opportunity to showcase our city to the world. We look forward to a weekend full of exciting racing.”
The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will take place on the newly-repaved and recently reconfigured 13-turn, 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit. Series officials announced in October that not only has more than 80,000 square feet of the track surface been repaved this fall, but a half-mile straightaway has also been added between Turns 2 and 3 to create more passing opportunities and exciting racing action.
“Combined with the changes we’ve made to the track on Belle Isle, the Dual in Detroit IndyCar races will bring a whole new level of excitement to the 2013 Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, event chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “We’re very excited to welcome Quicken Loans as presenting sponsor of the Dual in Detroit. As a Detroit-based business that supports great events in our community, we know Quicken Loans will be a terrific partner as we continue to grow the Grand Prix.”
Tickets for the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix went on sale today and fans can purchase theirs online at www.DetroitGP.com or call the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).