The Detroit Grand Prix, hosted on Belle Isle, first began in 1982 and would serve as a challenging track for Formula One race cars. However, in 1989, Formula One broke its affiliation with the race and left Detroit. This hurt the courses image and its market for a potential audience. In recent years, though, attention has returned to the course and it has received major sponsorship from Chevrolet. Robert Penske, an important figure of the racing industry, pushed for indy cars to be able to race on the track and for its renovation. Investments have helped to repair the track, which can be read about here, and aid to return prosperity to the city. Check out the photos below, and notice the course map’s title “Return to Belle Isle,” opposing the white flight that was witnessed in Detroit’s earlier history:
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