Drivers ready to race around Belle Isle -- Detroit Grand Prix 2021 kicks off race weekend

Race weekend is June 11-13 on Belle Isle

The first engines will fire up on Belle Isle Friday as Grand Prix weekend officially gets underway.
The first engines will fire up on Belle Isle Friday as Grand Prix weekend officially gets underway.

DETROIT – The first engines will fire up on Belle Isle Friday as Grand Prix weekend officially gets underway.

The Belle Isle Raceway is ready to go with the return of racing and fans back in the stands.

“They make a big difference to atmosphere,” said IndyCar driver Will Power. “They make a difference to all sports.”

The drivers said they’re thrilled to be back too, especially since the 2020 race was canceled due to COVID.

“Yes, it’s very nice to be back,” said Simon Pagenaud. “It’s a fantastic experience that I personally love. It’s the city of the automobile!”

The weekend kicked off Thursday with a luncheon that was a chance for drivers and officials to hype up the five races in two days.

“To showcase our city on NBC around the world, showcase our river front, Belle Isle is to me the home runs you can’t measure,” said Bud Denker, President of the Penske Corporation.

The Detroit Grand Prix is Saturday and Sunday (June 12-13) on Belle Isle.

Read: Detroit Grand Prix 2021: Everything you need to know

Grand Prixmiere kicks off race weekend
Grand Prixmiere kicks off race weekend

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