Quicken Loans Grand Prix Festival to start May 29

Free admission, much excitement


DETROIT – The "Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Fest powered by Chevrolet" will begin building the excitement for the race weekend on Wednesday, May 29, at Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square, two days before the on-track activity begins at Belle Isle.

The Street Fest will have activities all week and weekend long, including pit stop demonstrations, autograph sessions and question and answer sessions with some of the sport's best drivers.

There will also be Grand Prix and race team merchandise as well as special vehicle displays.

Drivers and racers from the IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Pirelli World Challenge Series will all be competing at the Grand Prix.

"We want to bring the excitement of the Grand Prix to the lunchtime crowd at Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square as we build the buzz for race weekend," said Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Bud Denker. "With the cars, the racing stars, the food and the flair, the Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Fest powered by Chevrolet will be a great way to get everyone's engine running for the race."

The green flag will wave at 11 a.m. on May 29, as Campus Martius Park begins to fill up with it's lunch crowd. At 11:20 a.m. a race team transporter parade, featuring more than 30 of the high-tech trucks that carry the actual race cars from circuit to circuit, will travel down Woodward Avenue as they make their way by the park, down Jefferson Avenue and onto Belle Isle.

At noon, Roger Penske of Penske Corporation, and representatives from Quicken Loans and Chevrolet will officially welcome the crowd.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet, receive autographs and interact with some of the world's top racers.

The first group of drivers available for the question and answer session, then autograph signings at 12:30 p.m., will be IZOD IndyCar Series stars from Team Penske Helio Castroneves, Will Power and AJ Allmendinger, joined by GRAND-AM Rolex Series 8 Star driver Enzo Potolicchio, Pirelli World Challenge Series driver Andy Pilgrim of Cadillac Racing and local World Challenge driver Dane Moxlow of Grosse Ile, Mich.

The second group will begin their question and answer session and autographs signing at 1:15 p.m.. This group will include IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal, Simona Di Silvestro and Tristan Vautier, GRAND-AM drivers Stéphane Sarrazin, and brothers Brian and Burt Frisselle.

Admission to the Quicken Loans Grand Prix Fest powered by Chevrolet is free.

To learn more visit DetroitGP.com.