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Future of Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix uncertain after contract expires

Jul 11, 2018

The future of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle in the Detroit River is uncertain after its contract expired this year.

Belle Isle has hosted the Grand Prix periodically since 1992 and annually since 2012.

This week, race officials will make their pitch to the Belle Isle Advisory Committee to continue the race.

The Grand Prix pays $200,000 each year and race officials say they've improved the island by building two bridges and fixing the roads.

But some local activists have criticized the large crowds and say they don't want private, commercial events held in the public park.