Detroit 1942 v2

Detroit

The growth of Formula 1 in the United States resulted in a third American Grand Prix for the 1982 season.

The growth of Formula 1 in the United States resulted in a third American Grand Prix for the 1982 season. But the temporary circuit around Detroit’s Renaissance Center was an unloved and bumpy succession of 90-degree corners. Ayrton Senna was the acknowledged master of the F1 event, winning the final three GPs before spiralling costs forced the organisers to switch to Champ Cars in 1989. The race switched to a new circuit on Belle Isle three years later, with the IndyCar series the highlight from 2001. Now promoted by the Penske Corporation, the event returned to its downtown setting in 2023 on a narrow new layout featuring some sections from the original circuit and a split pitlane.

Circuit

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

1.645 (Miles)

Change

New downtown layout

Fastest Race Lap

Kyle Kirkwood (Dallara DW12-Honda), 1m01.9410, 95.607 mph, Indycars, 2023

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Kyle Kirkwood (Dallara DW12-Honda), 1m01.5305, 96.245 mph, Indycars, 2023

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.5 (Miles)

Change

Final chicane byopassed, lap distance officially unchanged

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Michael Andretti (Lola T91/00-Chevrolet), 1m41.442, 88.721 mph, Champcars, 1991

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.5 (Miles)

Change

Original Turns 5 and 6 bypassed

Fastest Race Lap

Ayrton Senna (Lotus 99T-Honda), 1m40.464, 89.584 mph, F1, 1987

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Ayrton Senna (Lotus 98T-Renault), 1m38.301, 91.556 mph, F1, 1986

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

2.493 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Alain Prost (Renault RE30B), 1m50.438, 81.266 mph, F1, 1982

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Alain Prost (Renault RE30B), 1m48.537, 82.689 mph, F1, 1982

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