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Flag of the United States.svg Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit street circuit
Downtown Detroit Street Circuit.svg
Race information
Laps 63
Circuit length 4.023 km
Race length 253.449 km
Number of times held 7
First held 1982
Last held 1988 (Last F1 race)
Most wins (drivers) Brazil Ayrton Senna (3)
Most wins (constructors) Lotus (2)
McLaren (2)
Last race (1988):
Pole position Brazil Ayrton Senna
Podium 1. Brazil Ayrton Senna
2. France Alain Prost
3. Belgium Thierry Boutsen
+1 lap
Fastest lap France Alain Prost

The Detroit Grand Prix is a car racing event held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. From 1982 to 1988 it was a part of the Formula One series. It has been a part of the IndyCar Series since 1988.

In 1982, the U.S. became the first country to host three World Championship Grands Prix in one season. As of 2010, it is the only one to do so. In addition to the US GP West and Caesars Palace GP races, the new event was held on another street course, in the Renaissance Center of Detroit.

The original circuit had seventeen corners in 2.493 miles, and included a tunnel and a railroad track crossing. For 1989, it was planned to move the Grand Prix to a new circuit at Belle Isle. However, an agreement could not be reached, and the Grand Prix moved to Phoenix in 1989. Upon the departure of F1, the Detroit race was replaced by an event sanctioned by CART, which was held on the same track except the 18th turn, a chicane, was removed. In 1992, the race was moved to Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River. Since then, the race has been held at Belle Isle. It was canceled after the 2001 race before being held in 2007 and 2008. The race returned for 2012 and has been on the IndyCar series schedule since.

Winners of the Detroit Grand Prix

Repeat winners (drivers)

Number of wins Driver Years
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1986, 1987, 1988

Repeat winners (constructors)

Number of wins Driver Years
2 United Kingdom McLaren 1982, 1988
United Kingdom Lotus 1982, 1988

Active constructors are in bold.

By year

Year Driver Constructor Location
2015 France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Belle Isle
2015 Colombia Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Belle Isle
2014 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
2014 Australia Will Power Team Penske Belle Isle
2013 France Simon Pagenaud Sam Schmitt Motorsports Belle Isle
2013 United Kingdom Mike Conway Dale Coyne Racing Belle Isle
2012 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle
2008 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Newman/Haas Racing Belle Isle
2007 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport Belle Isle
2001 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
2000 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Belle Isle
1999 Scotland Dario Franchitti Team Green Belle Isle
1998 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle
1997 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Belle Isle
1996 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Belle Isle
1995 United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing Belle Isle
1994 Canada Paul Tracy Team Penske Belle Isle
1993 United States Danny Sullivan Galles Racing Belle Isle
1992 United States Bobby Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing Belle Isle
1991 Brazil Emerson Fittapaldi Team Penske Detroit
1990 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Detroit
1989 Brazil Emerson Fittapaldi Team Penske Detroit
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Detroit
1987 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda Detroit
1986 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Detroit
1985 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Detroit
1984 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Detroit
1983 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Detroit
1982 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Detroit

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