IndyCar: Detroit GP becomes first motorsport event to achieve gold Responsible Sport certification

Event implemented robust waste diversion and recycling programme, while offsetting 100% of fan travel emissions.

IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix has become the first motorsport event in the world to achieve gold-level event certification through the Council for Responsible Sport.


  • Priority Waste implemented robust waste diversion and recycling programme for Detroit GP
  • With support from Penske Truck Rental, the IndyCar race was the first-ever motorsport event to offset 100 per cent of fan travel carbon emissions
  • Small Business Straightaway hosted in Cadillac Square during the Grand Prix gave a platform to nearly 30 locally owned and operated black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) businesses 


Earlier this year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) became the first sports facility in the world to achieve organisational certification through the Council for Responsible Sport, although this was only silver-level certification.


Michael Montri, president of the Detroit Grand Prix, said: “Reaching gold-level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport is a tremendous honor for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear and a true testament to our event’s commitment to being a positive force in Detroit and across Southeast Michigan.

“With the help of our event partners, we are proud of how the grand prix has emerged as a leader in effecting environmental and social change in our community, now and into the future.”

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IndyCar returns to action this weekend at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois, the final oval circuit of the season.

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