cross work out an agreement with MOTTEP and a family that was hosting a wedding on Belle Isle to accommodate their needs, Olson said. Both events were scheduled prior to Global Rallycross seeking an event permit, he said.
“The requirement was to make it right with those folks, so they weren’t harmed by the disruption of this (Global Rallycross) event,” Olson said.
Remonia Chapman, program director for MOTTEP, said her organization came to a mutual agreement with Red Bull Global Rallycross on all the provisions. The 5K/10K was moved from the Belle Isle Casino to a pavilion and went on without issues, Chapman said.
The average daily turn out for Global Rallycross races is between 7,000-10,000, Dyne said.
Dyne claims he held up his end of the deal, but the state failed to close the park during his races as promised, allowing some 3,000 people to attend each day without paying the $50
“My ticket sales were dismal,” Dyne said. “This is not how people do business. You (Michigan) do not deserve the balance of your money.”
According to its permit for state land use, Global Rallycross was not permitted “exclusive use of any department lands or facilities.”
“There shall be no interference with, nor any attempt made, to discourage or forbid the full and free use of the permitted lands and facilities by other people,” the permit read.
Scott Pratt, chief of southern field operations for the DNR, said Red Bull Global Rallycross once gave the impression it was planning to pay the outstanding fee.
Pratt said the organization agreed to multiple payment deadlines but failed to meet them.
Eventually, all communication from the organization stopped without explanation, Pratt said.
Pratt said Belle Isle user fees are routinely collected up front, but there were other events going on around the same time as the rallycross series and payment “kind of slipped by us.”
“This one kind of caught us off-guard,” Pratt said.
The 2015 event marked the first time the Global Rallycross race visited Detroit. The event’s website called Detroit a “crucial stop on the tour” because the city is home to several automobile manufacturers and automotive press outlets.
Red Bull is the for the series.
Initial plans for the event were met with opposition from some Detroit residents who complained Belle Isle was becoming more racetrack than park. The state worked out an agreement with Red Bull Global Rallycross where the race would operate on a shortened timeline of two days: July 25 and July 26, 2015.
Detroit isn’t the only city that’s had a hard time getting Red Bull Global Rallycross to pay fees. The organization reportedly took seven months to pay a $20,000 fee for a Global Rallycross event held in Ottawa, Canada, last year.