Detroit Grand Prix weekend is underway and it's not just for race fans

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DETROIT, MI (WILX) - This Sunday will be the eighth time the Detroit Grad Prix will be run on Belle Isle.

Simon Pagenaud, of France, rounds the seventh turn during practice for the first race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Detroit. (Source: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The race moved there in 2012.

Last year the state's Department of Natural Resources and race organizers agreed to new terms which could keep the race at its current location until 2023, if an option in the agreement is used.

This year's race is the thirtieth race hosted in the City of Detroit.

In that time, it has become more than just a race it has become a celebration of the Motor City.

The race weekend, which began on Friday and runs through Sunday, will include the Meijer Fan Zone.

The Fan Zone is a collection of historic vehicles and artifacts that commemorate the history of the event in Detroit.

The exhibit will also host fan forums and autograph sessions with previous Detroit race winners and personalities throughout the course of the weekend.

The vehicles on display reflect the 50 years of IMSA sports car racing, that is also being celebrated in 2019.

In addition to the on-island celebration, the Detroit Historical Museum, located off of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit’s cultural center, will feature an extensive Detroit Grand Prix exhibit.

It debuted early this month and will run through July.

The exhibit will illustrate the story of the Grand Prix’s impact in Detroit and will include unique artifacts, memorabilia, and historical photography from the event, provided by the publication, Autoweek.

There are even non-vehicle attractions this weekend on Belle Island for those just tagging along.

Concerts are scheduled from Detroit-based country singer Frankie Ballard (6 p.m. Sat.) as well as the Stone Temple Pilots (1 p.m. Sun.).

Gates open at 9 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Some events are even free.

Entrance to Belle Isle is at Jefferson at E. Grand Boulevard.

Coming into this weekend of racing (races are run both Saturday and Sunday), Simon Pagenaud, the winner of last Sunday's Indianapolis 500, is the driver with momentum.

But don't count out Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the 2018 edition of Dual II on Belle Isle, that's what the Sunday race is called.

If you don't want to travel to Detroit, but still want to enjoy a portion of Detroit Grand Prix weekend, simply sit back and relax while watching WILX on Sunday.

Our coverage begins Sunday at 3 p.m. with pre-race coverage from NBC.

The Grand Prix's Race 2 starts at 3:30 p.m. that day.

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