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Detroit Grand Prix planning back-to-back weekends of racing on Belle Isle in 2021

After having this year’s event cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials with the Detroit Grand Prix will try to double the fun on Belle Isle Park in 2021.

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Event organizers announced on Thursday plans for a pair of races on the course. The first will be the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship on June 4 and 5. That race will be followed by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader the weekend of June 12 and 13 with both of those racing dates televised live on NBC.

“It was unfortunate that we were not able to host the Detroit Grand Prix in 2020 due to COVID-19, but we are so excited to welcome fans back to Belle Isle in 2021 with not one, but two great weekends of racing and family entertainment,” Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker said in a release.

The announcement comes a day after NASCAR released its schedule with Michigan International Speedway, which normally stages two events, being reduced to one. There will be no June event at MIS with the lone Cup Series race set for Aug. 22.

“The first weekend in June will be a sports car celebration with the exotic cars of IMSA,” Denker said. “We will continue the tradition of the Dual in Detroit INDYCAR doubleheader the following weekend as we showcase Belle Isle, along with Detroit and Windsor, to a national audience through back-to-back days of network television coverage.

“While the schedule will expand for next year’s Grand Prix, it’s important to note that residents who visit Belle Isle Park frequently will have the same access as they have in the past and the event preparation time spent on Belle Isle will remain the same.”

The open schedule provides the flexibility to relocate fan engagement areas like car corrals and interactive displays in order to minimize the impact on grassy areas of the island. Organizers believe area businesses will benefit from the additional weekend of racing with the region enjoying the enhanced worldwide television and media coverage generated by the revised 2021 Grand Prix format. Event organizers will maintain the same amount of reduced time on Belle Isle from previous years with less than 60 days from set up to take down of the premier race venue.

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Tickets for the two-weekend festival are expected to go on sale in early 2021. Fans will have a variety of viewing options under the new format, including single-day or multi-day tickets for either or both race weekends.

Ticket packages and pricing will be announced before the end of the year. Fans that chose to defer their 2020 Grand Prix tickets to 2021 after this year’s event was postponed will be able to select their viewing options for next summer’s races during a priority seat selection period before tickets go on sale. Fans can register for an early pre-sale opportunity for 2021 Grand Prix tickets now by signing up at

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