You know the Motor City’s always good for speed, high performance engines, and a fierce love of putting the pedal to the metal on everything we’ve got going on in The D. But did you know we’re kicking it into racing overdrive with the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix? Since Quicken Loans is a proud sponsor of the best full-throttle event you’ll find in Detroit this summer, a few of my fellow team members and I got a chance to kick off the Grand Prix festivities in style.

The on-track excitement is a just a short a week a way, but that didn’t stop the sponsors and friends of the Grand Prix from making sure it’ll be an event to remember – and much more than just an ordinary race weekend! It all got started Wednesday night at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino, where other sponsors like Chevrolet, Compuware, and Firestone were all on hand to mingle, nosh, and have a good time. And to get everyone really revved up about the upcoming rubber-burning weekend, we heard from Roger Penske and Bud Denker, Chairman and Senior Vice President of the Penske Corporation, respectively.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will certainly have plenty of heart-pounding action for race fans to take in, but there’s a lot of great stuff going on behind the scenes too. It’s not a rocking Detroit shindig without a good cause behind it, right? Since they love staying involved throughout the community, kids from the Detroit Public Schools had the chance to spend time beautifying our city’s gem, Belle Isle, and prep it for thousands of spectators to enjoy on race weekend. They’ll even get a shot at applying their top-notch science skills on June 1 when PNC Bank hosts Free Prix Day at the Grand Prix. How awesome is that?

Need more information on the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix? You’ll find all you need – from tickets to entertainment lineups – here.

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