Preview: Buckle Up! It’s Time for the 2024 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

2024 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix officials and race car drivers at the media luncheon. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Detroit — The 34th Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is here from May 31 to June 2.  The main IndyCar Series race on Sunday, June 2 is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.  

A media luncheon was held on Thursday at the GM Renaissance Center headquarters with many drivers of the Grand Prix in attendance.  The Motor City Street Party video was first to start off the luncheon.

Kevin Lee from NBC Sports announced the race will be televised on the USA Channel and Peacock TV, or you can watch online at or listen on SiriusXM IndyCar Nation and IndyCar Radio.  There will also be large video boards in Cadillac Square.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is event number 6 as we are one third way of the season.  Thanks to Deloitte for sponsoring this luncheon,” added Lee.

Josef Newgarden, the Indy 500 winner, was in attendance at the luncheon.  He remarked how he didn’t know who was gonna win the Indy 500 at the end.  “I definitely had a reaction at the end of the race and said so on the radio but not on TV.  It was tough.”  Regarding to Sunday’s race:  “There are nine turns in downtown Detroit and I look forward to race but I’m tired.  I’m happy to be here but I’m worn out.”  I love coming to downtown Detroit and see all our partners,” says Newgarden.

Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner, added “It’s great to be here with the shadows of the Renaissance Center is exciting.”

Bud Decker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, said that we are proud to have racing back on the streets downtown with GTP cars.  “One hundred and fifty thousand people attend with half of the racetrack open for free. Name me another location in any motorsports, football, baseball, basketball and hockey that let’s the crowd come in for free.  And we do that here in Detroit,” says Decker.

“What are we gonna see different from last year?  We are gonna see a different turn 9 all concrete base; new paving on turn 3, a hairpin turn for better breathing and opportunities for taking that turn;  a green race track.  We power washed this track.  No rubber on this track right now.  The track is really green and we’re not going to power wash it again.”

“I’m proud to announce that this time, we are sold out for Sunday.  This announcement was met with applause.  Tickets are remaining in our parking decks.  You remember last year, those parking decks around pit lane–there were lines of people.  This year they are not free.  So for tailgating parties on top of each deck; if you bought one parking deck pass you can go around the other parking decks and see at different angles the racetracks.  There are lots of new ideas from our team of 18 people.  Jim Campbell has been my partner since day one.  Another change is that Victory Lane will be over the top of Pit Lane on the bridge.  So they will open the champagne and spray it over the fans down below.  Pretty darn cool,” says Decker.

Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports at General Motors, talked about the Cadillac V-Series and Corvette race to be held on Saturday.

Jody Stidham, Deloitte, says Lear is making an impact that matters with the community.  When we work together, it all comes together.  What is real important to Deloitte is sustainability,” says Stidham.

Jun Ham, Vice President of GM Sales, Lear says it’s all about the relationship and partnership with GM.  There will also be plenty of entertainment in Cadillac Square,” Ham added.

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