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Detroit GP Date Confirmed; One Week Before IndyCar

Headline IMSA event to be held one week prior to IndyCar doubleheader…

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Officials from IMSA and the Detroit Grand Prix today confirmed that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to the Motor City on June 4-5, 2021.

After traditionally sharing the weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series, the WeatherTech Championship event on the 2.3-mile Belle Isle circuit will be held one weekend earlier than the IndyCar event, which is scheduled for June 12-13.

It will mark the first time in the history of the Detroit Grand Prix that the event will be hosted over the course of two weekends.

This is due to the 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place on the June 12-13 weekend.

“The first weekend in June will be a sports car celebration with the exotic cars of IMSA,” said said Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker.

“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.

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

As announced in last month’s State of the Sport presentation, the event will include the DPi and LMP2 classes competing for season-long WeatherTech Championship points, along with the GT Daytona class competing for WeatherTech Sprint Cup points only.

“As the ‘Automotive Capital of the World,’ Detroit is an extremely important market to all of our automotive partners, so we are naturally thrilled to return in 2021,” said IMSA President John Doonan.

“The WeatherTech Championship drivers, teams, manufacturers and partners will have the opportunity to stand in the spotlight as the headline event of the weekend and we know they will deliver an outstanding performance.”

Tickets for the unique two-weekend festival – the 31st Grand Prix event hosted in Detroit – are expected to go on sale in early 2021.

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