By Kate Guerra | IndyCar.com
The stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series await fans at the North American International Auto Show when it opens to the public Jan. 16 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Both the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the Verizon IndyCar Series have a strong presence at the show, the largest of its kind in North America.
Beginning Jan. 16, fans can visit the Verizon IndyCar Series display located in Hall D for a photo with Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2015 Indianapolis 500-winning car and receive more information on the upcoming season, which includes the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, from the INDY girls. Helio Castroneves’ No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet will be located in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix booth in Hall B for photos.
On Jan. 22, the stars of INDYCAR arrive. Four-time Indy car champions Scott Dixon (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004-2007) will be on hand for Family Day at NAIAS. They’ll begin with a private breakfast with winners of the grand prix’s Breakfast of Champions contest, then tour the auto show floor with stops at the Verizon IndyCar Series and Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix displays.
At noon ET, Dixon and Bourdais will be at the Cobo Center Atrium for a question-and-answer session with WXYZ ABC 7, joined by Hulman and Co. CEO Mark Miles and drivers from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Following the stage activities, fans can get up close with the drivers during a 30-minute autograph session beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader takes place June 3-5 at Belle Isle Park in the “Motor City,” the seventh and eighth races on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar. Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix officials announced that part of the weekend entertainment at the track will include a performance by legendary rock band The Romantics on June 4 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage.
Hailing from Detroit’s east side, The Romantics rose to national prominence in the 1980s with hit songs including “What I Like about You,” “Talking in Your Sleep” and “One in a Million.” The party band was formed in 1977, mixing blue-collar Detroit rock with the British punk invasion.
Admission to the concert is included with a ticket to the track grounds on June 4. More information, including ticket sales, can be found at detroitgp.com.