(WXYZ) - The race cars have arrived in Detroit for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
Down Woodward through Campus Martius was a parade of more than 30 high-tech race car transporters towing the cars from each of the three series involved in this coming weekend’s races.
In a few days, the whole world will be watching Detroit.
“We have five races that will be broadcast… two of them will be live on ABC,” said event chairman Bud Denker. “A worldwide audience, two IndyCar races. Never happened before that we had two IndyCar races the same weekend. We got it here in Detroit.”
“I raced here last year. It was a dream come true,” said driver Dane Moxlow.
Moxlow, a Grosse Ille native, gets to live that dream all over again in the World Challenge Series this coming weekend.
He is excited to get a feel of the new improved track on Belle Isle.
“They extended the track, re-paved a lot of it so… the improvements are very, very vast,” said Moxlow. “It’s going to be a lot faster; the break zones are deeper, hard. they’re going to make for some interesting racing.”
Helio Castroneves and other drivers signed autographs for fans Wednesday. He told 7 Action News it has been a busy month after just finishing the Indy 500.
“Finished in the top six so we would like to go for the win,” said Castroneves. “Now we have a good opportunity to not finish in the top six… hopefully in the top two and get a lot of points in this championship.”
A win for Detroit is guaranteed. Organizers are expecting a big boost to the economy here.
“This race will bring $50,000,000 of benefit to our region,” said Denker. “You know revenue… fill up our hotels, fill up our bars, casinos.”
Organizers are hoping for no rain during the event.
They are expecting 125,000 people to attend over the course of the three day event.
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