The legendary Trans Am Series will return to the Motor City this summer, as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Grand Prix on June 4-6.
Featuring Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge entries among a long list of auto manufacturers, Trans Am cars will be involved in two invitational races – on Sunday, June 5, and Monday, June 6 – at the 2.3-mile (3.68-kilometer) Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit.
Over the course of its 18-year history racing at the Detroit Grand Prix, beginning on the downtown streets in 1984 and moving to Belle Isle in 1994-2001, the iconic Trans Am Series and its Motor City 100 provided some of the most compelling competition of any support race to the GP.
From actor/racer Paul Newman competing in the 1980s to past Detroit winners such as Wally Dallenbach Jr., Scott Pruett, Dorsey Schroeder, Scott Sharp, Ron Fellows and Tommy Kendall, some of the finest road racers ever have climbed into the cockpit of a Trans Am car.
Created in 1966 by the Sports Car Club of America, Trans Am Series racing featured the “pony car wars” between the Big Three manufacturers, as drivers such as Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Dan Gurney, Swede Savage, Peter Revson, Jerry Titus and Sam Posey went door-to-door in their Ford Mustangs, Chevy Camaros, Plymouth Barracudas, AMC Javelins, Pontiac Firebirds and Dodge Challengers.
June’s Belle Isle weekend also features the Verizon Indycar Series “Duel in Detroit,” the International Motor Sports Association WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks.
“We are excited to bring back some history, some heritage an even more on-track excitement with the return of the Trans Am Series to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” Bud Denker, chairman of the GP, said in a statement. “Our racing fans will be thrilled to see the competition between Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Aston Martin and more, in the tradition of the Trans Am Motor City 100.”