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DETROIT, Mich. (December 1, 2015) – It was announced today that Michael Montri has been named the new General Manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be held June 3-5, 2016.

Building on his motorsports and automotive experience of nearly 20 years with the Penske companies, Montri (pronounced MAHN-try) will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in his new role. 

A University of Michigan graduate, Montri first joined the Penske organization as a marketing and public relations intern when the company owned and operated Michigan International Speedway. He worked in motorsports for several years and served as Director of Corporate Sales for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC for two years. Since 2002, Montri has worked with Penske Automotive Group (PAG), serving most recently as Vice President of Fleet Operations for Penske Car Rental and as Vice President of Procurement for PAG. For the last several years, Montri has also worked with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix team, providing support leading up to and during race weekend.

“We are excited to welcome Michael Montri as the General Manager for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix. “Michael has a strong background in motorsports and he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership from his time in Detroit with the Penske Corporation companies. He has also worked closely with our Grand Prix staff over the last few events so he is a great fit to lead the team into 2016 and beyond.”

Montri begins his new role this week working at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office located in the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is such a positive and important event for our region and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of leading our Grand Prix team,” said Montri. “I’ve always had a passion for motorsports so this new challenge really represents a return to my roots. Most importantly, the Grand Prix is about giving back to Detroit and, specifically, to Belle Isle. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved with the Grand Prix and continuing its mission of revitalizing the jewel within our city – Belle Isle Park.” 

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Fans can start their engines for the fastest weekend of the summer in the Motor City, June 3-5, 2016, by visiting or by calling 866-464-PRIX (7749). 

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, the event will include the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas. Partners for the 2016 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit and follow our social media pages at, and


Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC and Detroit Public Schools Grow Up Great/ Fifth Gear Panel Discussion & Pre-Race Fair

WHAT: The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will host a special panel discussion during the Pre-Race Fair featuring Grand Prix driver Eric Curran and former NBA player Earl Cureton, on the impact of the PNC Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear programs and opportunities for students and minorities in racing.

This event will also include a demonstration of the activities DPS students will participate in at the Grand Prix on Thursday, May 28.

WHO: Speakers for the panel discussion include: · Eric Curran, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Driver who will race in the Grand Prix, May 29-31 · Bud Denker, Chairman, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix · Ric Devore, Regional President, PNC Bank · Jessica Gamarra, Marketing Director, Ilmor Engineering · Earl “The Twirl” Cureton, Former NBA Player and Detroit Pistons Legend DPS elementary school students will also be in attendance. The Grand Prix IndyCar will also be on display for photo opportunities.

WHEN: Thursday, May 14 – Activities with DPS students: 11:30 am (ET); Panel Discussion: 12:00 pm (ET)

WHERE: Fleming Early Learning Neighborhood Center 18501 Waltham Detroit Michigan 48205

Media will be directed to park in front of the school on Waltham St.

Media Contact: Merrill Cain, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (704) 677-9200,


AG Promotions Presents Professional Boxing Masonic Temple, Friday, April 10th, 7:30 pm

NFL Super Star, and Detroit Native, Antonio Gates is back with another great card scheduled for the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit Michigan.

The quest of AG Promotions is to provide a stage for some of the best fighters in the country some of which reside right here in Detroit. Headlining the card once again, touted as the next Floyd Mayweather with his speed and slickness is Ronnie Austin. Teflon Ron signed with AG and now sports a record of 8-0 with 6 KOs and, at only 21, will be the main event once again.

A stacked undercard will showcase other local talent that have been on the big stage and who continue to excite crowds at every show. Lanardo “Pain-Server” Tyner 30-10, has been in the ring with Canello Alvarez, Jesse Vargas and defeated Vivian Harris for the USBO title. Because of his relentlessness, he is highly sought after by promoters to make an exciting card and by World Champions for a top notch training camp. These fighters include Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia, and Cornelius Bundrage. Vernon “Iceman” Paris, 28-2, who’s only losses have come from Former World Champion Zab Judah and undefeated Frankie Gomez also returns to the Masonic Temple. Paris’ lightening fast hands and killer instinct will make him one of the most exciting fighters of the night. Amateur Champion Rico O’Quin will make his pro debut. He was the 2014 USA Boxing National Champion, 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion, and 2011 JR Olympic National Champion. His brother Rob O’Quin, a two time Amateur National Champion, will also be on the card; both have signed with AG Promotions. Finally, returning to make another grand entrance, Ed “Thoroughbred” Williams and his brotherhood of Omega Psy Phi will dance and stomp their way down the corridor looking for another “W” to add to his undefeated 8-0-1 record.

 More fights to come and all subject to change. Tickets available at The Masonic Temple Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations

Tables-$1500 (seats 10), GA-$40, Ringside-$60-$120, Stage VIP-$150 (includes food and drinks)

 Contact info-Carlos Llinas, Matchmaker,, 718-612-5207

Kara Ro, PR, Media Credentials,, 519-551-5743

Media contact:

 Detroit River Regatta Association Bill Rands – 313-404 -0017


 DRRA ANNOUNCES ITS CLOSURE Detroit, Michigan (February 13, 2015) --

The Detroit River Regatta Association, which has produced the annual Detroit Gold Cup boat races for the past 13 years, will cease operations effective February 28, 2015.  Despite a loyal core fan base, the DRRA has found it increasingly difficult to generate the necessary support to stage the event.

 “Hydroplane racing has been a great Detroit tradition, and we are not pleased to see our role end this way,” said Bill Rands, Chairman of the DRRA Board of Directors. “But after running at a deficit for the past several years, it has become undeniably apparent that we cannot continue.”

In November, the DRRA announced a new summer event, which they planned to produce in place of the Gold Cup races. Due to today’s news, The Festival of Speed will no longer be taking place.
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