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Detroit street track returns to IndyCar schedule from 2012

IndyCar in Detroit in 2008The IndyCar Series will return to Detroit's Belle Isle street track in 2012 after a two-year absence.

Penske and its new engine supplier Chevrolet have collaborated to get the race back onto the schedule, and the 2.1-mile circuit has secured a place on the IndyCar calendar for 1-3 June next year.

"Chevrolet has been instrumental in bringing motorsports back to Detroit," said Penske boss Roger Penske.

"The [IndyCar] grand prix will draw international attention and visitors to Belle Isle - which is one of the most scenic race venues in the United States.

"We believe the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be one of the most popular races in the IZOD IndyCar Series and will play a major role in continuing the renaissance of Detroit."

The Belle Isle track hosted the CART Indycar/Champ Car series from 1992 to 2001, before being revived for IndyCar and the American Le Mans Series in 2007-08. Justin Wilson took victory for Newman/Haas in the last IndyCar event held there, after Penske's Helio Castroneves was penalised for blocking.

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