Detroit Grand Prix

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Flag of Detroit.svg Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit Street Circuit
Circuit Detroit F1 1983-1988.png
Track information
Laps 63
Circuit length 4.023 km
Race length 253.449 km
Lap record (qualifying) 1:38.301 (1986)
Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Lotus-Renault
Lap record (race) 1:40.464 (1987)
Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Lotus-Honda


The Detroit Grand Prix is a car racing event held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. From 1982 to 1988 it was a part of the Formula One series.

In 1982, the U.S. became the first country to host three World Championship Grands Prix in one season. In addition to the US GP West and Caesars Palace GP races, the new event was held on another street course, in the Renaissance Center of Detroit.

The original circuit had seventeen corners in 2.493 miles, and included a tunnel and a railroad track crossing. For 1989, it was planned to move the Grand Prix to a new circuit at Belle Isle. However, an agreement could not be reached, and the Grand Prix moved to Phoenix in 1989. Upon the departure of F1, the Detroit race was replaced by an event sanctioned by CART, which was held on the same track except the 18th turn, a chicane, was removed. In 1992, the race was moved to Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River. Since then, the race has been held at Belle Isle. It was canceled after the 2001 race before being held in 2007 and 2008. The race returned for 2012 and has been on the IndyCar series schedule since.

Winners[change | change source]

Multiple winners (drivers)[change | change source]

Wins Driver Years won
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1986, 1987, 1988

Multiple winners (constructors)[change | change source]

Wins Constructor Years won
2 United Kingdom McLaren 1982, 1988
United Kingdom Lotus 1986, 1987

By year[change | change source]

Year Race title Driver Constructor Track
1982 Detroit Grand Prix United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Detroit Street Circuit
1983 Detroit Grand Prix Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Detroit Street Circuit
1984 Detroit Grand Prix Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW Detroit Street Circuit
1985 Detroit Grand Prix Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda Detroit Street Circuit
1986 Detroit Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault Detroit Street Circuit
1987 Detroit Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda Detroit Street Circuit
1988 Enichem Detroit Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Detroit Street Circuit