Grand-Am officials were delighted to unveil an addition to their 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series schedule on Wednesday, announcing that they will partner with Penske Motorsports and the IZOD IndyCar Series in the June 1-3 weekend on the 14-turn, 2.1-mile circuit located on Belle Isle, a city park on an island in the Detroit River adjacent to downtown. The Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Challenge featuring the Rolex Series will be held on Saturday, June 2.
"This is another memorable day for Grand-Am," said Tom Bledsoe, president of the sanctioning body. "We have already announced that we'll be racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012, and this is another great addition to our schedule."
The previous incarnation of the Belle Isle weekend featured the American Le Mans Series partnering with IndyCar. ALMS said a scheduling conflict prevented it from taking part in next year's race, although it hopes to return to Belle Isle in 2013. Event title sponsor Chevrolet has involvement in both series, as its engines power Daytona Prototype cars while GM Racing also fields a works Corvette team in ALMS GT.