DETROIT (WWJ) – After a four-year hiatus, one of the most popular events in Detroit is back and looking for Motor City ambassadors to strengthen its volunteer corps.
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will take place June 1-3 at the 2.1-mile Belle Isle Park road circuit. The return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City will feature four premiere series battling on Belle Isle – the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
As it prepares for the fastest weekend of the summer, the Grand Prix is reactivating its official volunteer organization and it is looking for new volunteers to ensure the event continues to set the highest standard in customer service and operations.
The Detroit Grand Prix Association (DGPA) has been a leading volunteer organization since 1982. Over the past 22 previous Grand Prix events hosted in Detroit, the DGPA has annually attracted over 1,200 volunteers providing more than 35,000 hours of service each race year.
Interested volunteers can log on to www.detroitgp.com and sign up to be a team member. Volunteers will have to pay a $15 DGPA annual registration fee, which includes race credentials for all three days of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, an official DGPA volunteer uniform, a DGPA membership patch, a lapel pin, access to several organization parties over the course of the year, off-island parking and meals provided for all three days of the Grand Prix.
Each Grand Prix volunteer must satisfy a 30-hour minimum work requirement over the course of the year, split into various time segments depending on volunteer assignment.
The DGPA is looking for approximately 450 more members to meet its goal of 1,000 volunteers for the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Being a Grand Prix volunteer has its perks. DGPA members enjoy the Grand Prix from an up close and personal point of view while helping in various areas of race operations.
Volunteer areas include; circuit marshals, credentials, customer relations, food services, golf cart shuttle services, hospitality services, information booths, media relations, shuttle guides, track services, ticket takers, transportation/delivery services and ushers.
Previous volunteer experience is not required to join the DGPA but a willingness to work hard, have fun and serve as an ambassador for Detroit is certainly recommended.