Race fans had an exciting weekend and beautiful weather for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the festivities leading up to the Dual in Detroit, presented by Quicken Loans. On May 28, fans gathered in Campus Martius in downtown Detroit for the free Quicken Loans Street Fest. Fans enjoyed live music, food trucks, car displays, racing demonstrations and most importantly, a chance to meet some of their favorite INDYCAR drivers.
On hand to answer questions and sign autographs:
Verizon IndyCar drivers: Helio Castroneves; Will Power; Juan Pablo Montoya; Simon Pagenaud
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers: Christian Fittipaldi; João Barbosa
Pirelli World Challege Series drivers: Johnny O’Connell; Andy Pilgrim
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series driver: Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
Friday was Free Prix Day and fans of all ages could watch practice sessions, truck racing and some qualifying races.
Saturday kicked off more excitement with the Cadillac V-Series Challenge, the Chevrolet Sports Classic, and some entertainment from the popular band, Lifehouse. The star of the day however, was Will Power, who won the first of the two Chevrolet Indy Dual races.
Sunday featured the Cadillac V-Series Challenge, the second race of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series and entertainment by Shaggy and Rayvon. Sunday’s star was Helio Castroneves, who captured the win after 70 laps in the second of the Chevrolet Indy Dual races.
It was a strong week for Roger Penske’s team and for the countless companies, organizations and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure this was a successful, family-fun event. The beauty of Belle Isle showed the world that Detroiters know how to party and welcomed race fans from across the country and abroad.
If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to Belle Isle this year, we’re sharing some highlights via the photo gallery below. If you did join us, what was your favorite part of the 2014 Detroit Grand Prix? Let us know!