• Dec 18, 2008

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We've thoroughly enjoyed covering the Detroit Grand Prix in the last two years (2008 coverage), but it looks like this will be our last year at the event -- at least for a while. Roger Penske, who played a key role in returning racing to the Belle Isle Park circuit, announced that the race would not return in 2009, mainly due to the economic challenges plaguing Detroit. "There's no reason at this point to have an event that wouldn't be first-class," Penske told AutoWeek. This comes after a tough few weeks for the ALMS in which both Audi and Porsche announced they would be pulling their racing programs from the series. The ALMS schedule has now been reduced to ten races, with the IRL moving to seventeen.



[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad I made the trip this year, figured tough times ahead could cancel this great event.
        • 6 Years Ago
        great event, penske did a fantastic job. Hope to see it brought back. Not much else going for detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SPEED's Robin Miller will not lose any sleep over this news... not his favorite track
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya, that'll help put Detroit back on it's feet! Think about the money being lost by the city when those teams and visitors go spend all that cash somewhere else!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      sadness
      • 6 Years Ago
      That sucks, I was planning on going next year, guess not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just hope I won't be queueing for bread and soup next year...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hear there is a great track available in Montreal sometime around the beginning of June.