Roger Penske, former auto racer turned entrepreneur turned yellow truck, is looking at drawing an auto racing event (preferrably a bit of IRL action) to downtown Detroit's water wonderland, Belle Isle. The motor city, as the name implies, has a pretty impressive racing heritage — Detroit's Grand Prix started in 1982, on a 2.5-mile circuit in the downtown streets around the Renaissance Center. Formula One cars raced downtown from 1982 to 1988. Then Championship Auto Racing Teams ran the race from 1989 to 1991. The track was moved to Belle Isle 1992, where CART raced until 2001. And then, like white people, Detroit saw its racing move out to the suburbs...the way far west suburbs...like three counties away suburbs, to the land of farm fields, a.k.a. Michigan International Speedway. We don't know if Roger'll be successful...
...but he did do a pretty good job running that whole Super Bowl thing in Detroit this year. Let's see how well he can do bringing some cash n' cars downtown.
Penske explores luring Indy race to Belle Isle (sub. req.) [Crain's Detroit Business]
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