Repair work has begun on the road surface at Belle Isle Park in preparation for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will be held May 31-June 2, 2013.
After a successful return of IndyCar racing to the Motor City this summer—the first Grand Prix run on Belle Isle since 2008—there were issues with the track surface that arose in the second half of the IZOD IndyCar Series race.
The trouble spots were repaired quickly and the race was successfully completed, but event officials pledged that repairs would be made this fall.
After undergoing a process that included an engineering evaluation of the circuit, workers will be removing deteriorated concrete areas of the racing surface, evaluating and repairing storm drainage systems and installing reinforced concrete areas on the 14-turn, 2.1-mile track.
About 80,000 square feet of concrete and 3,000 square feet of asphalt will be installed.
Work will be done on Turns 5-12 and about 25 workers from two separate companies—including the Detroit-based Pollard Concrete Services—will coordinate and execute the repairs.