Belle Isle 85

Belle Isle

Set in parkland in the middle of the Detroit River, Belle Isle hosted the city’s Grand Prix since it moved from the downtown street circuit in 1992.

Set in parkland in the middle of the Detroit River, Belle Isle hosted the city’s Grand Prix since it moved from the downtown street circuit in 1992. The original layout was a 14-turn temporary road course that featured a bumpy combination of tarmac and concrete surfaces. An extension opened in 1998 was intended to improve overtaking opportunities although passing remained difficult before the event was abandoned after 2001. Now promoted by Roger Penke, it was restored to the IndyCar calendar in 2007, using the the original layout at first before switching to the extended version in 2013. The race will move to a new downtown location in 2023.

Circuit

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.07 (Miles)

Change

Race revived on 1992-97 layout, circuit re-measured

Fastest Race Lap

Justin Wilson (Dallara DW12-Honda), 1m12.0651, 103.407 mph, Indycars, 2012

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Scott Dixon (Dallara DW12-Honda), 1m10.3162, 105.979 mph, Indycars, 2012

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.346 (Miles)

Change

Track extended to Turns 3 and 4 before re-joining original layout at new Turn 5, also used from 2013

Fastest Race Lap

Josef Newgarden (Dallara DW12-Chevrolet), 1m14.2062, 113.813 mph, Indycars, 2017

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Juan Pablo Montoya (Lola B2/00-Toyota), 1m13.056, 115.605 mph, Champ Cars, 2000

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.1 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Dario Franchitti (Reynard 97I-Mercedes-Benz), 1m11.461, 105.792 mph, Champ Cars, 1997

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Gil de Ferran (Reynard 97I-Honda), 1m09.052, 109.483 mph, Champ Cars, 1997

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