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Lear Announced as Presenting Sponsor of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix officially announced that Lear Corporation will be its presenting sponsor for the event which will be held from June 2nd—4th and the official name for the event will be the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear. With television coverage of the main races by ABC, the event in total features seven races from four series whose major attraction is the only doubleheader race weekend named the "Chevy Dual in Detroit". In addition to the main feature of the IndyCar doubleheader, the weekend also will showcase the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with exotic sports cars, trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks and the Trans Am Series in the Motor City 100.
The official press release cited Lear as "a positive force in the Motor City as the company is active with many initiatives that are key to Detroit's continued revitalization". Bud Denker (Chairman) added, "The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is so proud to welcome Lear Corporation as our presenting sponsor in 2017. Lear and Matt Simoncini are great supporters of Detroit and our community. We could not ask for a better partner to team with Chevrolet and help us host world-class racing and a weekend full of fun and excitement in the Motor City."
The new event logo highlights Lear as a presenting sponsor and also reflects the iconic Scott Fountain located at the Grand Prix's Detroit home at Belle Isle Park and the world headquarters of General Motors. In further strengthening of the relationship that began in 2015, Lear will also become the official sponsor of the Grand Prix volunteers.
President & CEO Matt Simoncini said, "Lear is proud to partner with Chevrolet to bring the Grand Prix to the Motor City. Belle Isle Park is a perfect setting for an event like the Grand Prix. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of race fans to Detroit and showcasing our city to a national television audience of millions. Detroit is America's comeback city and a great place to live, work and innovate."
With help from the Lear-sponsored volunteers, attendees will also enjoy on-site activities ranging from national and local bands to extreme sports demonstrations, interactive displays and games, Motor City-themed refreshments, and autographs and interviews with the Grand Prix racing stars and more.
First held in 1982, the Detroit Grand Prix started as a Formula One race through the streets of downtown Detroit and then moved to Belle Isle in 1992 continuing under the CART/Champ Car banner until 2001. The Grand Prix returned in 2007 and after experiencing economic challenges the race began its new era in 2012. Defending champions from the 2016 Dual I race are Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power who won the Dual II.
Posted on 2/21/2017
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