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Flag of the United States.svg Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit street circuit
Downtown Detroit Street Circuit.svg
Race information
Number of times held 7
First held 1982
Last held 1988
Most wins (drivers) Brazil Ayrton Senna (3)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom Lotus (2)
United Kingdom McLaren (2)
Circuit length 4.023 km (2.50 mi)
Race length 253.449 km (157.5 mi)
Laps 63
Last race (1988)
Pole position
Fastest lap

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.


Repeat winners (drivers)

Wins Driver Years won
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1986, 1987, 1988

Repeat winners (constructors)

Wins Constructor Years won
2 United Kingdom Lotus 1986, 1987
United Kingdom McLaren 1982, 1988

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers)

Wins Manufacturer Years won
3 Japan Honda 1985, 1987, 1988
2 United States Ford |1982, 1983

* Built by Cosworth

By year

Year Driver Constructor Report
1982 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Report
1983 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Report
1984 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Report
1985 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Report
1986 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Report
1987 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report


United Kingdom

Year Network Lap-by-lap Colour commentator(s)
1988 BBC Two Murray Walker James Hunt

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