DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will serve as the grand marshal of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

The announcement was made Friday.

The IndyCar Series will run at Belle Isle Park early next month, marking the first open-wheel championship race in the city since 2008.

Suh will give the famous racing command, “Drivers, start your engines,” before the green flag waves to start the June 3 race. He’ll also ride in an official Chevy Camaro SS convertible pace car.

In a statement, Suh says he “can’t wait” to take on his grand marshal duties.

“This is such a positive event for Detroit and I love racing so this is really going to be a special weekend. I can’t wait,” he said.

The action-packed weekend will feature four premiere racing series competing on the 2.1-mile road course at Belle Isle. The cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series will all race at the Grand Prix to wave the green flag on summertime in Detroit.

Tickets for the three-day event can be purchased by calling 1-866-464-7749, by visiting the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix office (located in suite 2311, above the Wintergarden in the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit) or online.

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