Officials say Grand Prix track is ready as tickets are almost sold out
5:31 PM, May 7, 2013
2:27 PM, May 21, 2013
BELLE ISLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - We are 24 days from the start of the Detroit Grand prix, and track officials say the interest in tickets are at an all-time high.
But will the track be ready in time for the race?
I talked with race chairman Bud Denker today.
Last year's Grand prix had problems when a stretch of black top popped, drivers crashed and the event was delayed
But this year Detroit's premier race event brought in last year's Indy 500 winner, Dario Franchitti to review the track. He drove Belle Isle Tuesday morning.
In a 7 Action News exclusive, Bud Denker talked about the improved track.
"I committed to two things: A. we're going to fix the race track. We've done that with a lot of new paving and the second thing we're going to do is make a new straight away," Denker says.
Denker says that straightaway will be along added grandstand number 4 - a prime spot to see the action.
The new track has sparked increased ticket sales.
"Our ticket sales are way up over last year because of the two Indy car races that weekend because this is the first time ever Indy racers have raced two races in one weekend, this is a first," Denker says.
Only about 4,000 tickets remain for Saturday and Sunday, but Denker thinks they won't last. He says they'll be sold out for sure.