IndyCar Returns To The Motor City With Detroit Grand Prix On Belle Isle

Written By Drew Ellis on May 31, 2022 - Last Updated on June 3, 2022
Detroit Grand Prix

One of the premiere sports events to be held in Detroit each year kicks off the summer this weekend.

The 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will wave its green flag on Sunday afternoon. The best the IndyCar Series has to offer will be on hand at Belle Isle.

Along with the IndyCar race, the Detroit Grand Prix offers up a feel weekend of racing for sports bettors, and entertainment for fans of all ages.

How to watch the 2022 Detroit Grand Prix

  • What: 2022 Detroit Grand Prix
  • When: Sunday, June 5
  • Where: The Raceway On Belle Isle
  • Track Type: Street
  • Race Distance: 200.5 miles (90 laps)
  • Start Time: 3 p.m.
  • TV Broadcast: USA Network
  • Radio Broadcast: SiriusXM, INDYCAR Radio
  • Online viewing: Peacock
  • Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High near 80, 10% chance of rain.

Detroit Grand Prix Schedule of Events

The Detroit Grand Prix weekend will bring a lot more than just a single IndyCar race on Sunday.

Located near Scott Fountain on Belle Isle, the Fountain Fan Area will be host to entertainment throughout the weekend. The track will be holding multiple races and qualifying trials as well.

Gates open on Friday starting at 7:30 a.m. and events will take place until Sunday’s post-race ceremonies.

Detroit Grand Prix’s website offer a complete rundown of all the events taking place, but here’s the notable things you may want to be part of.

Friday, June 3

  • 6 p.m.: Live performance from The Verve Pipe

Saturday, June 4

  • 9:30 a.m.: Indy Lights Drivers’ Autograph Session (at IndyCar Fan Village in the Meijer Fan Zone)
  • 10:25 a.m.: Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 1
  • 10:30 a.m.: IndyCar Series Drivers’ Autograph Session (Fan Zone)
  • 11:30 a.m.: Indy Lights – Race 1
  • Noon: IMSA SpotsCar Championship Drivers’ Autograph Session (Transporters in 5/3 Bank Paddock)
  • 3:10 p.m.: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Race
  • 5:30 p.m.: Live performance from JR JR

Sunday, June 5

  • 11 a.m.: Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 2
  • Noon: Live performance from The Insiders
  • 12:10 p.m.: Indy Lights – Race 2
  • 1:30 p.m.: Live performance from The Docksiders
  • 3:30 p.m.: Detroit Grand Prix

For ticket information, visit DetroitGP.com or call (866) 464-PRIX.

Detroit GP returning to downtown in 2023

The Detroit Grand Prix has been a two-race weekend since 2013, with one race typically held on Saturday and the other on Sunday.

This year marks the first time since then that IndyCar is returning to a one-race format for the Detroit GP.

Reasons behind the change are due to plans to return this event to the streets of Detroit starting in 2023.

Last November, the City Council of Detroit unanimously approved a plan by Penske Entertainment to return the Detroit GP back to downtown for a single-race weekend starting next year. It will be the return of auto racing to downtown Detroit since 1991.

Penske’s plan propose a less disruptive experience for city traffic in the weeks leading up to the race, while also allowing more access and visibility for spectators. The proposed track will have 10 corners and is 1.7 miles in length, compared to the 2.5-mile track on Belle Isle.

Streets included in the new track will be:

  • Jefferson Ave.
  • Bates St.
  • Atwater St.
  • St. Antoine St.
  • Franklin St.
  • Rivard St.

Ericsson looks to build on Indy 500 win

Oddsmakers see Alex Palou and Josef Newgarden as the favorites for this race.

Indy 500 OddsAlex PalouJosef NewgardenColton HertaPatricio O'WardWill Power
DraftKings+500+500+600+600+600
BetMGM+450+550+550+550+600
BetRivers+450+550+500+550+650

Marcus Ericsson is coming off a win in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 to vault himself into the point standings lead by 13 over Patricio O’Ward.

In 2021, Ericsson and O’Ward each took home a victory at Belle Isle. Ericsson won the opening race while O’Ward won Sunday’s finale.

IndyCar veteran Scott Dixon has earned three victories in his time at Belle Isle. He currently sits sixth in the season standings following a 21st-place finish in the Indy 500.

How to bet on the Detroit Grand Prix?

While organizations like NASCAR and Formula 1 are different than IndyCar, the betting options for all motorsports are pretty similar.

Here’s the type of wagers you can expect to find for the Detroit Grand Prix, or IndyCar racing in general.

  • Outrights: Bet on a driver to win the race. Book the bet at currently posted moneyline odds. IndyCar outrights always offer positive odds, because there are no odds-on favorites to win. The number indicates how much you stand to win for every $100 you bet.
  • Driver matchups/groups: Bet on one driver against another or a group. Book the bet at currently posted moneyline odds. No need to pick winners here, just who will finish ahead in a head-to-head scenario or out of a group of drivers.
  • Podium/top-five finish: If you’re not confident in a driver to win, you can often find odds to finish in the top 3 or top 5 at lesser odds.
  • Prop Odds: As the race approaches, more markets become available. You can often find over/under odds for finishing position, fastest lap odds or even live bets. There will also be prop odds regarding the actual race itself, including number of caution flags, brand of winning car and more.
Photo by Paul Sancya / Associated Press
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Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life, and has been writing professionally for the last 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

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