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Grand Prix Organizers: 2018 Race Attendance Tops Previous Year

Even with some rain - race fans came out!

June 07, 2018 - 3:36 pm

DETROIT - It was a good weekend for car racing in Detroit. 

Grand Prix organizers estimate that the event attracted approximately 105,000 people to Belle Isle Park over the course of its three days last weekend – an increase from an estimated 100,000 attendees in 2017.

That final tally includes over 27,000 fans on Friday's Free Prix Day. For the second consecutive year, the Grand Prix established a new record estimated attendance total on Saturday of race weekend with approximately 48,000 fans visiting Belle Isle on Saturday, June 2. 

Both the Friday and Saturday totals represent a slight increase from the 2017 Grand Prix. With overcast skies and rain in the forecast for the early part of Sunday, June 3, approximately 30,000 fans attended the Grand Prix, which was consistent with the same number of visitors for Sunday activities last year at the event.

Organizers say the combined viewership for the two Chevy Dual in Detroit races televised live nationally represented a total of 1.68 million viewers.

“Most importantly, it was fun and safe weekend for everyone on Belle Isle and the island looked absolutely beautiful for those who were in attendance and for the millions of fans that watched the race broadcasts on TV around the world," said Bud Denker, chairman of the Grand Prix.

And the winners are ...

Two former Verizon IndyCar Series champions and Indy 500 winners won the Chevy Dual in Detroit races with Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing taking the checkered flag on Saturday and Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrating in the Scott Fountain at the Autotrader.com Winner’s Circle on Sunday. 

Cadillac won in its home race as the Action Express Racing tandem of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr drove the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi to Victory Lane while the GTD class was won by Mario Farnbacher and Katherine Legge in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3. 

In the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, Tony Buffomante won Saturday’s race in his No. 34 Mustang while TA2 leader Rafa Matos took home the victory in Sunday’s second race driving the No. 88 Chevy Camaro. In the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, Gavin Harlien captured the first race of the weekend on Saturday before Arie Luyendyk Jr. picked up his first Detroit win driving the Lear Corporation truck on Sunday.