DETROIT -- A leader from one of downtown Detroit's most vibrant and growing businesses has been named Grand Marshal for all Saturday, June 1 activities at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Quicken Loans' President and Chief Marketing Officer Jay Farner will participate in several activities as Saturday's Grand Prix Grand Marshal.
Farner will give the famous command, "Drivers start your engines," prior to the first-ever IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader in Saturday's Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. He will also be featured in numerous pre-race ceremonies and activities during the Grand Prix's busiest on-track day.
There will be a total of three races run on the 2.36-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit on Saturday including the first of two races for the Pirelli World Challenge Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race and the first of the two IZOD IndyCar Series races in the first Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. In addition, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage at 6:00 p.m. to close out the full day of action.
Not only is Quicken Loans the presenting sponsor of the Dual in Detroit races, the company established itself as a leader of Detroit's renaissance since it moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in August of 2010. With more than 8,000 team members working in Detroit, including many young professionals who also live in the city, Quicken Loans is the nation's largest online home lender and the country's third largest retail home mortgage lender.
"The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is committed to Detroit and Michigan and we are honored to have Jay Farner represent our event as its Grand Marshal on Saturday," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "Quicken Loans and Jay Farner are helping to lead the revival of Detroit and we applaud their efforts. With all they have done and continue to do for the city, we know that Jay is a perfect person to serve as Grand Marshal and help us celebrate the opportunity to showcase Detroit on a truly global stage at the Grand Prix."
Farner joined Rock Financial in 1996 and he quickly established himself as a natural leader in the company. He was later promoted to Vice President of Web Mortgage Banking in May 1998 and helped to establish Quicken Loans as the largest online lender in the country.