2023 DETROIT GRAND PRIX TO FEATURE IMSA MICHELIN PILOT CHALLENGE AND TRANS AM SERIES
In its return to Racing on the Streets of Detroit, next year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will welcome two new additions to its on-track lineup.
Both the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will join the on-track competition at the newly-designed 10-turn, 1.7-mile street circuit in Downtown Detroit. Both series will practice and qualify on Friday, June 2 of the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear race weekend and both will race the following day to create a unique “Sports Car Saturday” at the Grand Prix on June 3. Both support series will join their open-wheel racing counterparts – the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indy Lights series – on track for the return of the Grand Prix to the streets of the Motor City. With four unique racing series, the on-track lineup on the new downtown circuit will be one of the most diverse lineups in motorsports.
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class will compete for the first time in Detroit. This season, the Pilot Challenge GS class features eight manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Ford, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Toyota. The GS class features SRO GT4 cars with engines producing up to 450 horsepower. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will not compete at Detroit in 2023 as the majority of the series prototype teams will be traveling that weekend to race at the historic 100th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance event in France just a few days later.
The return of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelii represents a homecoming to the city of Detroit street circuit. The Trans Am Series was a staple of the Detroit Grand Prix the last time the event competed on the Downtown streets. Trans Am Series cars raced in Downtown Detroit from 1984-1991 and then continued to compete with the Grand Prix when the event transitioned to the Belle Isle street circuit, racing on the island from 1992-2001. The Trans Am Series also competed on Belle Isle from 2016-2019. In total, the Trans Am Series has raced in the Motor City for 22 years collectively and next year’s return will be a welcome addition to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
“The addition of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the return of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli represents a unique blend to create a special ‘Sports Car Saturday’ showcase for our fans on the new Downtown street circuit,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “The Pilot Challenge GS cars provide some new competition with established brands that will put on a great show while the Trans Am Series has heritage and incredible history of racing in the Motor City. By adding these two series to our lineup that includes the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights, we know there’s going to be some great racing and plenty of exciting action on track.”