My name is Nick and I’m absurd. Nice to meet you! Earlier this year when the opportunity was presented to design a banner that would welcome 2,000 more Quicken Loans team members to Detroit, I jumped at the chance. I had a lot of thoughts, but they were just random ideas that were either funny or looked cool, but they had no deeper meaning or substance.
Who out there is ready for the weekend? While golfing and cooking out are usually staples for me during warm weather weekends, this one is going to be a little different. Instead of hitting the links for 18 holes followed with burgers and steaks, I’ll be at Belle Isle for the weekend, and I suggest you come out, too.
If you find yourself asking what’s going on at Belle Isle, let me explain. The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans is this weekend! That’s right. If you want to catch some world-class racing action, come out to Belle Isle Saturday and Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET). If the chance of running into me doesn’t do it for you, how does watching Quicken Loans-sponsored drivers Helio Castroneves, Will Power and A.J. Allmendinger speed around the track in excess of 200 mph sound?
Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk more about the anticipation surrounding this weekend’s events. For starters, the excitement really started brewing in downtown Detroit Wednesday during the Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Festival Powered by Chevrolet in Campus Martius and Cadillac Square. As part of the festivities, people got to take a ride in an IndyCar around the city. Castroneves and Power took part in a Q&A session in Campus Martius. There was even a pit stop demonstration that allowed fans to get an up-close look at a pit crew changing the tires in race speed.
It’s safe to say the event got people ready for the real action that’s going on at Belle Isle this weekend. While pre-race festivities are always fun for fans, the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans includes more than just pre-race fun and a single race. As a dual event, there will be two championship points races this weekend instead of the typical one. The dual event is not only the first of three such events scheduled to take place during the 2013 season, it’s also the first in IndyCar history! As you can see, this isn’t an ordinary race weekend.
If you’ve never experienced Belle Isle, this weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to visit. To give you a little background, Belle Isle is spread out over 982 acres. The Detroit Grand Prix called the 2.3-mile course home from 1992-2001 and again in 2007 and 2008. After a four year hiatus, IndyCar returned to the D last year. While last year’s event was marred with track problems, the track is ready for some high speed action this time around. Roger Penske and his team put up $2 million toward track improvements, with construction taking place during the fall.
Last year, more than 95,000 people attended the event and it’s again expected to bring in millions of dollars for the Metro Detroit region. Don’t miss out on the action. Get your tickets here! We hope to see you all at Belle Isle for a fun weekend. If you can’t make it, be sure to tune into ABC for live coverage.
In last year’s event, Scott Dixon took home the checkered flag. Who do you think will win it this year? Let us know in the comments below!