Race car drivers at Auto Show to promote Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in June

Racing returns to Detroit in June

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Racing comes back to Belle Isle this summer and several of the racers are in Detroit today at the Auto Show.

"This one is a great race track," said race car driver Andy Pilgrim about the Belle Isle circuit.

Pilgrim and teammate Johnny O'Connell were among the several drivers at the Auto Show Friday. Pilgrim and O'Connell will be racing in the Pirelli World Challenge, one of four races heading to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Both men will be driving Cadillac CTS-V Coupes. Both have raced Detroit before.

"To be able to win races in the shadows of the RenCen is pretty cool," said O'Connell.

Unlike IndyCar or NASCAR, The Pirelli World Challenge GT Racing Series features production-based race cars.

The race car body for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is made in Lansing, the same plant where the production car is built. Both vehicles share 80 percent of their parts.

This year's races will take place June 1-3, and feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series.

Belle Isle last hosted races in 2008.

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