It was announced today that Michael Montri has been named the new General Manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be held June 3-5, 2016.
Building on his motorsports and automotive experience of nearly 20 years with the Penske companies, Montri (pronounced MAHN-try) will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in his new role.
A University of Michigan graduate, Montri first joined the Penske organization as a marketing and public relations intern when the company owned and operated Michigan International Speedway. He worked in motorsports for several years and served as Director of Corporate Sales for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC for two years.
Since 2002, Montri has worked with Penske Automotive Group (PAG), serving most recently as Vice President of Fleet Operations for Penske Car Rental and as Vice President of Procurement for PAG. For the last several years, Montri has also worked with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix team, providing support leading up to and during race weekend.
“We are excited to welcome Michael Montri as the General Manager for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix.
“Michael has a strong background in motorsports and he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership from his time in Detroit with the Penske Corporation companies. He has also worked closely with our Grand Prix staff over the last few events so he is a great fit to lead the team into 2016 and beyond."
Montri begins his new role this week working at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office located in the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
"The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is such a positive and important event for our region and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of leading our Grand Prix team," said Montri. “I’ve always had a passion for motorsports so this new challenge really represents a return to my roots. Most importantly, the Grand Prix is about giving back to Detroit and, specifically, to Belle Isle. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved with the Grand Prix and continuing its mission of revitalizing the jewel within our city – Belle Isle Park."
Tickets are currently on sale for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Fans can start their engines for the fastest weekend of the summer in the Motor City, June 3-5, 2016, by visiting www.DetroitGP.com or by calling 866-464-PRIX (7749).