Let the Race Begin, the Chevy Detroit Grand Prix 2018 Takes Off

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix 2018 presented by LEAR was here yet again and this time ended a bit differently. The race was held on Belle Isle Park in Detroit Michigan June 1, through 3. 

Gates opened at 8 a.m. with the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit - Dual II, from 3:30-6 p.m. with seventy laps and was television broadcasted. There were free roundtrip shuttle services to Belle Isle from 2 downtown Detroit locations. Past the gates were a lot of tents, food, prizes that could be won and more. There were several different businesses as well, including  radio stations, Meijer fan zone, the Bud Light beer garden and food court.

The beginning race had a delayed start after General Motors (GM) Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, crashed the Corvette ZR1 pace car into the turn two wall causing major damage to the vehicle. Reuss was accompanied by IndyCar official, Mark Sandy. 

Neither rider suffered any major injuries. All cars who were traveling behind the pace car stopped and returned to the pits waiting for the debris to clear off the tracks. After it was cleared, the race began again.

For a good while driver Alexander Rossi, number twenty-seven, held first place position. Other drivers weren’t so lucky in the beginning, such as Spencer Pigot who had to take a few trips back to the pitstop. However, Ryan Hunter-Reay took the victory in the second half and then celebrated by jumping into the James Scott Memorial Fountain. It was believed teammate Alexander Rossi would take the win until he lost control on lap sixty-four, causing Reay to take the victory. The Indy 500 and Team Penske’s Will Power took second place trailing right behind Reay. Scott Dixon, winner of Saturday’s race, took fourth place on Sunday. 

All and all, the event was a blast, fans had a terrific time and was thoroughly entertaining. After Sunday's race finale, fans are already waiting for the event to take place again next year.


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