2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Showcasing The Best In Racing

 

 

 

 

 

” Two years ago, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix made what was supposed to be its triumphant return after a three-year hiatus.

  Public and private officials in Detroit touted the event’s return as another significant step in turning around the city. But in reality, Belle Isle itself wasn’t ready for the severe beating three days of racing can do to a course and nearly 100,000 people.

  The 2012 nationally televised event was delayed for hours due to patches of the track becoming unearthed. Race fans, media and drivers all looked on in bewilderment.

” It was like playing Russian roulette, and I just pulled a bullet,” said James Hinchcliffe, who crashed his car into a safety barrier after hitting a piece of the unearthed track in 2012.

  However, those days have now long passed, according to this attendees this weekend at the 2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 

” It’s much better laid out,” said Molly Bogardus during Friday’s practice and qualifying rounds. The 46-year-old Eaton Rapids, Mich., resident has attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Jeff Bogardus, every year since its return three years ago.”

 

 

Race Weekend Photos(85): Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The two links here and here have many fine pictures from race day