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.

Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit street circuit
Race information
Number of times held7
First held1982
Last held1988
Most wins (drivers)Brazil Ayrton Senna (3)
Most wins (constructors)United Kingdom Lotus (2)
United Kingdom McLaren (2)
Circuit length4.023 km (2.50 mi)
Race length253.449 km (157.5 mi)
Last race (1988)
Pole position
Fastest lap

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 change

Repeat winners (drivers) change

Wins Driver Years won
3   Ayrton Senna 1986, 1987, 1988

Repeat winners (constructors) change

Wins Constructor Years won
2   Lotus 1986, 1987
  McLaren 1982, 1988

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers) change

Wins Manufacturer Years won
3   Honda 1985, 1987, 1988
2   Ford * 1982, 1983

* Built by Cosworth

By year change

Year Driver Constructor Report
1982   John Watson McLaren-Ford Report
1983   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Report
1984   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Report
1985   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Report
1986   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Report
1987   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda Report
1988   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report

Broadcasting change

United Kingdom change

Year Network Lap-by-lap Colour commentator(s)
1988 BBC Two Murray Walker James Hunt

Related pages change