Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, the Trans-Am Series will return to Detroit for the first time in 15 years as it last raced on Belle Isle in 2001. The Trans-Am cars will host two invitational races on June and June 5 at the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit.
The Trans-Am Series has an 18-year history of racing at the Detroit Grand Prix, beginning on the downtown streets in 1984 and moving to Belle Isle to compete from 1994-2001. Some of the best road racers in history won at Detroit over the years including Wally Dallenbach Jr., Scott Pruett, Dorsey Schroeder, Scott Sharp, Ron Fellows and Tommy Kendall.
“We’re excited to bring back some history, some heritage and even more on-track excitement with the return of the Trans-Am Series to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Bud Denker, chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “Our racing fans will be thrilled to see the competition between Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Aston Martin and more in the Trans-Am field all weekend long and we’re honored to bring back the tradition of the Trans-Am Motor City 100."
The Trans-Am Series joins a multitude of other racing series that will compete during the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, including the Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks
“Everyone in the Trans-Am Series is ecstatic to return to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said John Clagett, president of the Trans-Am Series. “We’re excited to reintroduce the modern Trans-Am Series to fans in the Motor City 100 and continue the legacy of great Trans-Am races in Detroit."