Detroit Grand Prix

Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Detroit Grand Prix is a car racing event held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. From 1982 to 1988 it was a part of the Formula One series. It has been a part of the IndyCar Series since 1988.

Flag of Detroit.svg Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit street circuit
Downtown Detroit Street Circuit.svg
Race information
Laps 63
Circuit length 4.023 km
Race length 253.449 km
Number of times held 7
First held 1982
Last held 1988 (Last F1 race)
Most wins (drivers) Brazil Ayrton Senna (3)
Most wins (constructors) Lotus (2)
McLaren (2)
Last race (1988):
Pole position Brazil Ayrton Senna
McLaren-Honda
1:40.606
Podium 1. Brazil Ayrton Senna
McLaren-Honda
1:55:41.842
2. France Alain Prost
McLaren-Honda
+38.713s
3. Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Benetton-Ford
+1 lap
Fastest lap France Alain Prost
McLaren-Honda
1:44.836

In 1982, the U.S. became the first country to host three World Championship Grands Prix in one season. As of 2010, it is the only one to do so. In addition to the US GP West and Caesars Palace GP races, the new event was held on another street course, in the Renaissance Center of Detroit.

The original circuit had seventeen corners in 2.493 miles, and included a tunnel and a railroad track crossing. For 1989, it was planned to move the Grand Prix to a new circuit at Belle Isle. However, an agreement could not be reached, and the Grand Prix moved to Phoenix in 1989. Upon the departure of F1, the Detroit race was replaced by an event sanctioned by CART, which was held on the same track except the 18th turn, a chicane, was removed. In 1992, the race was moved to Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River. Since then, the race has been held at Belle Isle. It was canceled after the 2001 race before being held in 2007 and 2008. The race returned for 2012 and has been on the IndyCar series schedule since.

Winners of the Detroit Grand PrixEdit

Repeat winners (drivers)Edit

Number of wins Driver Years
3   Ayrton Senna 1986, 1987, 1988

Repeat winners (constructors)Edit

Number of wins Driver Years
2   McLaren 1982, 1988
  Lotus 1982, 1988

Active constructors are in bold.

By yearEdit

Year Driver Constructor Location
2018   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Belle Isle
2018   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle
2017   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing Belle Isle
2017   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing Belle Isle
2016   Will Power Team Penske Belle Isle
2016   Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Belle Isle
2015   Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Belle Isle
2015   Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Belle Isle
2014   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
2014   Will Power Team Penske Belle Isle
2013   Simon Pagenaud Sam Schmitt Motorsports Belle Isle
2013   Mike Conway Dale Coyne Racing Belle Isle
2012   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle
2008   Justin Wilson Newman/Haas Racing Belle Isle
2007   Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport Belle Isle
2001   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
2000   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
1999   Dario Franchitti Team Green Belle Isle
1998   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle
1997   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Belle Isle
1996   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Belle Isle
1995   Robby Gordon Walker Racing Belle Isle
1994   Paul Tracy Team Penske Belle Isle
1993   Danny Sullivan Galles Racing Belle Isle
1992   Bobby Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing Belle Isle
1991   Emerson Fittapaldi Team Penske Detroit
1990   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Detroit
1989   Emerson Fittapaldi Team Penske Detroit
1988   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Detroit
1987   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda Detroit
1986   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Detroit
1985   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Detroit
1984   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Detroit
1983   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Detroit
1982   John Watson McLaren-Ford Detroit

BroadcastingEdit

United KingdomEdit

Year Network Lap-by-lap Colour commentator(s)
1988 BBC Two Murray Walker James Hunt
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982

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