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No More Motown

Detroit’s Belle Isle nixed on this season’s American Le Mans schedule.

For bad news folks. According to Autoweek, the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle has been canceled. Roger Penkse, the man behind the American Le Mans event had this to say about the cancellation:
"Obviously, it's something we're disappointed in, but as good businessmen we've got to make a call," he said. "We have the assets to continue on, but there's no reason at this point to have an event that wouldn't be first-class.This is a real economic time of distress for everyone and we couldn't sit here and count on a lot of things happening that we know weren't going to happen, especially knowing we live in such a distressed area with unemployment and all the other things going on."
For your own reference here's the official description of Detroit's ALMS race:
Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch Detroit, MI, US The pairing of the American Le Mans Series and the Motor City is a natural one, the two will combine again for the third straight year to bring world-class sports car racing to Detroit and Belle Isle. The event, founded by Roger Penske, is one of the most important stops on the schedule considering the number of manufacturers present in the American Le Mans Series.
(Source: Autoweek; Picture: Belle Island finish line pre-refurbish)

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