Windsor Partners With Detroit Grand Prix for a Tenth Year

The City of Windsor is partnering with the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle for another year.

This is the Tenth year the city has been a partner with the race which takes place June 1 and 2, 2019.

The $50,000 sponsorship gets the city access to the event, naming of the media centre, the Canadian grandstand and special ticket packages for Canadians.

Grand Prix President Michael Montri says the changes from Michigan's state government have tightened up their timelines.

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Detroit Grand Prix President Michael Montri, Riverfront Festival Plaza, April 18, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"This year it's going to be 60 days that includes the actual event so if you think about that we're building a temporary stadium and tearing it down in 60 days so it's quite an achievment"

Montri says there will be several changes to the event for race fans this year.

"We're going to habve a new grandstand on the outside of the track right next to the Canadian Grandstand, grandstand 2.  That will give unparallelled views to those folks that are of the cars coming down the stretch"

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says the sponsorship is good value for money.

"For the people of the City of Windsor to have access to those fan ticket packages and of course the advertisingalone wiht the City of Windsor Grandstand, supporting the media centre and many other benefits that we get from that sponsorship.  But it's the connections that you make"

Dilkens says projects like the Quicken Loans investment in Windsor are partly due to the exposure the city has generated over the years.

He adds the cost has remained at $50,000 Canadian as long as he can remember.

Packages are available in person at the downtown transit terminal or online at snapdwindsor.com and DetroitGP.com.