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Quicken Loans Grand Prix Festival Powered by Chevrolet to Start the Race Week Engines on May 29

  (May 17, 2013)
Quicken Loans Grand Prix Festival Powered by Chevrolet to Start the Race Week Engines on May 29

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

The beautiful Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square area in vibrant downtown Detroit will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Wednesday, May 29 to start the regions race week engines.

The "Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Fest powered by Chevrolet will build the excitement for race weekend as the unique festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, two days before on-track activity gets underway at Belle Isle.

The Street Fest will feature a sampling of the activities and excitement that will be present all weekend long at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June 2. Drivers and cars from all three racing series competing at the Grand Prix - the IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Pirelli World Challenge Series will be represented at the festival, located near the headquarters of Quicken Loans and many other downtown Detroit businesses. Pit stop demonstrations, autograph sessions and Q&A sessions with some of the sports best drivers will be featured along with food trucks, Grand Prix and race team merchandise, as well as interactive and special vehicle displays.

We want to bring the excitement of the Grand Prix to the lunchtime crowd at Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square as we build the buzz for race weekend, said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. With the cars, the racing stars, the food and the flair, the Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Fest powered by Chevrolet will be a great way to get everyones engine running for the race.

The green flag will wave on the Street Fest at 11 a.m. as the crowd begins to gather in Campus Martius Park, the popular lunchtime destination. A race team transporter parade featuring more than 30 of the high-tech trucks that carry the actual race cars from circuit to circuit, will travel down Woodward Avenue between 11:20 a.m. and noon as they make their way by the park, down Jefferson Avenue and onto Belle Isle.

The GRAND-AM Rolex Series 8 Star team will put a charge into the Street Fest crowd when they perform a pit stop demonstration on their Corvette Daytona Prototype car. Roger Penske of Penske Corporation, and representatives from Quicken Loans and Chevrolet will officially welcome the crowd at noon.

There will be two separate groups of drivers in attendance at the Street Fest and fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the worlds top racers. IZOD IndyCar Series stars from Team Penske Helio Castroneves, Will Power and AJ Allmendinger will be joined by GRAND-AM Rolex Series 8 Star driver Enzo Potolicchio, Pirelli World Challenge Series driver Andy Pilgrim of Cadillac Racing and local World Challenge driver Dane Moxlow of Grosse Ile, Mich., in the first group of drivers. The heroes of horsepower will take to the stage for a Q&A session at 12:30 p.m. before they sign autographs for fans.

Following another pit stop demo by the 8 Star team, the second group of drivers will arrive to get the crowd revved for the Grand Prix. IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal, Simona Di Silvestro and Tristan Vautier will address the crowd at 1:15 pm with GRAND-AM drivers Stéphane Sarrazin and brothers Brian and Burt Frisselle. After they answer questions from fans, the second group of racers will also sign autographs.

Admission to the Quicken Loans Grand Prix Street Fest powered by Chevrolet is free. To learn more visit

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Held May 31-June 2, 2013, the event will include the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. Partners for the 2013 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and follow our social media pages at and

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nations largest online home lender and the countrys third largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $70 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2012. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Quicken Loans also ranked among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE Magazines annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the last 10 consecutive years. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazines 100 Best Places to Work In Technology for the past eight years, ranking in the top-5 in 2012. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. Today, 8,000 of the companys 10,000 team members call Detroit home. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at

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