Michigan International Speedway Track News Archive

  • Michigan adds more SAFER barrier: [Michigan International Speedway] added about 8,500 linear square feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier for this weekend's racing. With adding the g-force reducing barrier to the outside front stretch and back stretch walls, MIS now has SAFER Barriers around the entire exterior of the racetrack. MIS also added SAFER Barrier on the inside wall going into Turn 1, on the inside wall exiting Turn 4 and on the inside wall of the front stretch on the other side of pit road facing the grass. "That certainly was a priority," Curtis said. "It pushed down a few other of our capital investment projects, but that's OK. Anything to do with safety for fans or competitors is going to be our No. 1 priority."(MLive)(6-9-2016)

  • Michigan not interested in hosting night races: While NASCAR tracks like Bristol and Daytona run night races, Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis says the track's future is still days. With this weekend's FireKeepers Casino 400 Sprint Cup race kicking off MIS' summer NASCAR doubleheader (the second race is in August), Curtis has ruled out any change soon to the traditional daytime format. As well as the huge expense of installing floodlights around the giant Irish Hills oval, Curtis believes Michigan fans prefer their racing during the day. Night racing, Curtis said, would create its own outbound traffic concerns. "We are not even remotely talking lights," Curtis said [Tuesday]. "There are so many other things we continue to build on out here like garages, restrooms and the Wi-Fi service. For example, erecting lights for a night race would cost around $17 million for the track and tram routes. We'd have to light two lanes out. Going east on U.S.-12 is curvy between here and Clinton. I don't see MDOT and the police making it happen." Instead, Curtis is throwing his time and money behind improving the fan experience.(Detroit Free Press)(6-8-2016)

  • UFC Champion Miesha Tate to be grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400: UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate will serve as the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12 at Michigan International Speedway. Tate will give the command of "Start your engines!" when the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway. Tate is the Ultimate Fighting Championship Women's Bantamweight Champion. She claimed the title in stunning fashion on March 5, defeating then-champ Holly Holm with a rear naked choke in the fifth round of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tate, a fan favorite in the mixed martial arts world, will defend her title July 9 in Las Vegas against No. 4-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars into Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016, ticket info at mispeedway.com or call 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-1-2016)

  • Michigan launches Fan Appreciation program: Michigan International Speedway has launched this year's Fan Appreciation program. Through this summer's events at MIS, all guests have the opportunity to win prizes online at www.MISpeedway.com/goldenticket. All guests who purchase a ticket to the any of the track's June 10-12 and Aug. 27-28 events including the FireKeepers Casino 400 or the Pure Michigan 400 may enter online for a chance to win. Guests in their party, even if they're not account holders, can also try. In its ninth year, the Fan Appreciation Program continues to grow and reward fans with prizes and experiences. Prizes range from one fan being selected as the Ultimate Winner for June or August. Other prizes include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cold garage passes for the weekend, Busch Acceleration Club tickets, FanVision rentals, "Michigan Money" food vouchers, NASCAR XFINITY Series garage passes, access to the XFINITY Series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the XFINITY Series open garage session, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series cold garage passes, access to the truck series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the truck Series open garage session, Racing Electronics scanner rentals and more.(MIS)(4-30-2016)

  • Keloorah returns to Michigan Speedway: NASCAR race fans and music festival fans both will have reasons to celebrate this summer at Michigan International Speedway. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on Friday and Saturday of each NASCAR weekend at MIS this summer. Keloorah kicks off in June when GROUPLOVE, Third Eye Blind, Fitz and the Tantrums, Andy Grammer, The Neighbourhood, Elle King, as well as Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers take the stage. The action does not stop in August as country music is featured over two nights of fun at Keloorah. Fans can sing along with Chase Rice, Chase Bryant, Kip Moore, Drake White and The Big Fire and Tim Dugger. The track is offering a special presale for fans to get in on all of the celebration at Keloorah. Fans that have already purchased NASCAR Sprint Cup Series admissions can call 800.354.1010 beginning March 23 to get your two-day admission to Keloorah for just $20. All you need to do is ask for the Keloorah add-on admission. If haven't purchased NASCAR admissions yet, no problem. Ask the agent about the Keloorah packages. The presale is only available on the phone. The call center is open 9:00am-9:00pm Monday-Friday and 9:00am-7:00pm Saturday-Sunday. Special packages and VIP experiences are also available for fans looking to make it a weekend of partying.(MIS)(3-24-2016)

  • Menards sponsoring Michigan XFINITY race: Michigan International Speedway officials have partnered with Menards and Valvoline to bring fans the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11. While Valvoline has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Valvoline will help to market the Menards brand and its involvement as the official motor oil of the stores through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale.(MIS)(3-14-2016)

  • Michigan tickets and camping go on sale Monday: Monday is your chance to get in on all the action at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Tickets go on sale for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends on January 18. The speedway is making it easy for you to get the best tickets and camping. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to find the perfect ticket, package or campsite. The first of the track's two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12. The Sprint Cup Series will wind up its summertime stint at MIS on August 28 with the Pure Michigan 400. The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation is on August 27. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on the Friday and Saturday of the June FireKeepers Casino 400 and the August Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at MIS. The music festival will feature multiple bands each night. Keloorah is behind Turn 3, central to many of MIS' MISCamping.com campgrounds. In 2016, fans can see the two-day festival each weekend with a ticket to Keloorah in addition to a Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the FireKeepers Casino 400 or Pure Michigan 400.(MIS)(1-14-2016)

  • Teams testing 2016 rules package at Michigan UPDATE: NASCAR and Goodyear officials, along with three Sprint Cup Series teams, return to Michigan International Speedway Tuesday to test a low downforce aerodynamic package scheduled for use at most venues where the series will compete in 2016. Teams and drivers scheduled to participate are: #11-Denny Hamlin, #25-Chase Elliott, and Chris Buescher in the #17. "The real key at Michigan is to see ... what the top speeds are and understand that," Greg Stucker, Director of Race Tire Sales for Goodyear, said Saturday at Kansas Speedway. We (tested) low downforce at Michigan in 2014; had a test up there and had a number of different (aero) packages and low downforce was one of them. We were pretty conservative at that point. So we've got some data to go off of and we'll go back in the spring (of '16) to confirm." NASCAR officials announced last week that a low downforce package, similar to the one used at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway earlier this season, would be put into play for the bulk of the races in 2016. Decreasing the area of the leading edge of the spoiler and radiator pan will lessen the amount of downforce on the front of the cars while a shorter spoiler will similarly impact rear downforce. No major changes are expected for the sanctioning body's superspeedway rules package, which will be used at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Tuesday's test is expected to consist of individual 10- and 25-lap runs in morning and afternoon sessions. According to Michigan officials, the Turn 1 grandstand seats will be open for fans with no admission charge.(NASCAR.com)(10-20-2015)
    UPDATE: NASCAR tested its 2016 base package that will be used during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, enlisting the help of three future superstars. Drivers Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones tested the super-fast, two-mile racetrack, helping engineers look at max speeds and corner speeds to determine the best tire combination for when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the racetrack in June. Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package means more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.(MIS)(10-21-2015)

  • Firekeepers Casino to sponsor June Michigan race: Michigan International Speedway officials have partnered with FireKeepers Casino, another Michigan-based company, to bring fans the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12. FireKeepers Casino sponsored Pole Day for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at MIS in 2015. Company representatives saw first-hand how well their brand fit with NASCAR fans so it was only natural to increase its involvement in the series. FireKeepers Casino has found all its guests want an authentic experience and there's camaraderie among casino-goers. Last year they discovered NASCAR has that, too, as NASCAR fans share a very similar attribute - they all want to be a part of something big. Through state and local revenue sharing agreements, FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, has contributed more than $100 million to the state of Michigan and to a local Revenue Sharing Board since the casino opened in August of 2009. The partnership with Michigan International Speedway allows FireKeepers to continue its involvement in the community and racing, giving the opportunity to entertain its customers at NASCAR's fastest track. The partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, continues to strengthen the Michigan economy. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the June 12, 2016 Sprint Cup race. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a casino resort, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek. The property features an 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 242 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.(MIS)(10-20-2015)

  • NASCAR will conduct a 2016 rules test at Michigan: NASCAR is scheduled to conduct a test at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, October. 20 in preparation for the 2016 racing season. Denny Hamlin from Joe Gibbs Racing, Chase Elliott from Hendrick Motorsports and Chris Buescher from Roush Fenway Racing are expected to participate. The Turn 1 grandstand seats will be open for fans free of charge on Oct. 20.(MIS)(10-8-2015)

  • Kenseth wins at Michigan: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan and 34th career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 146 of the 200 laps and winning by 1.7 seconds.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #3-Dillon (his career best finish), #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #18-Busch finished 11th and moved up to 29th in the points standings. He is now 23 points ahead of 31st and remains Chase-eligible.
    #4-Harvick continues to be the points leader, now 48 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 16 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 143.455mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-16-2015)

  • Michigan Honorary Starter, Grand Marshal Raise Awareness for Autism, Veterans: Pure Michigan announced the results of the Pure Michigan 400 Honorary Starter Contest, naming Kyle Brow of Vassar, Mich. as the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Honorary Starter. Michael Harris, Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America Michigan Chapter, has been named 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal. Brow, a 20-year-old with autism, developed a passion for NASCAR and racing at a young age. Over the years, Brow's enthusiasm for the sport has only grown; he keeps meticulous records of each race and aspires to be a NASCAR announcer one day. His mother, Laura Oliver, nominated him to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience, saying "you cannot have a conversation with Kyle that does not turn into a conversation about NASCAR." In addition to waving the green flag at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Brow will attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers' meeting and driver introductions.
    Grand Marshal Michael Harris will join Brow at the drivers' meeting and introductions before he gives the signal to start the engines. Harris, of Westland, Mich., served in the United States Marine Corp from 1975 to 1979 and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. Shortly after his injury, Harris joined the local Paralyzed Veterans of America Michigan Chapter leading the Government Relations team until 2007 when he stepped into the Executive Director role to ensure Paralyzed Veterans of America members live full and rewarding lives with access to veterans services, quality healthcare and civil rights. The Paralyzed Veterans' Michigan Chapter serves more than 475 members, their families and caregivers throughout the state of Michigan.(Michigan Speedway)(8-12-2015)

  • Safety improvements made at Michigan: Following a pre-race review of the facility by International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR, additional safety measures will be implemented prior to the August 14-16 NASCAR weekend. Approximately 150 feet of temporary wall will be added to the existing pit road tri-oval wall, extending toward Turn 4. Attenuators will be placed at the end of the extension on the wall. Additionally, safety enhancements announced in April have been completed including the addition of 700 linear feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) to pit in and pit out walls, and the installation of tire pack barriers at the angled wall inside Turn 1. The infield at the exit of pit road was also paved to function as a skid pad and pace car vehicle entry and exit. Upon the conclusion of the August NASCAR weekend and installed in time for the 2016 racing season, Michigan International Speedway will again work with Cheaha Construction for the addition of 7,500 linear feet of SAFER to outside walls on the frontstretch and backstretch, as well as the pit tri-oval wall.(MIS)(8-10-2015)

  • One Lucky Fan to Serve as Pure Michigan 400 Honorary Starter: Excitement for this year's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway is revving up and with less than a month to go until race day, Pure Michigan announced today that one lucky fan will have the chance to serve as honorary starter. For the third year in a row, Pure Michigan is turning to fans to help decide who will wave the green flag on August 16. The Pure Michigan 400 Honorary Starter contest launches today and will run through midnight on Thursday, August 6. To enter, fans simply have to share, in 50 words or less, why they want to serve as honorary starter and signal the start of the race at MIS. Entries may be submitted directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook page via the contest tab. Fans will also have the chance to vote on which entry they think best embodies the honorary starter role. The winner will be chosen from the 10 submissions with the most fan votes based on which submission displays a passion for racing and all things Pure Michigan. In addition to serving as the honorary starter, the prize package includes four tickets to the Pure Michigan 400 and a number of VIP experiences on race day. All other expenses including travel to Michigan International Speedway will be at the winners own expense. Tickets for the races are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-29-2015)

  • Parmalee and Kongos headline Keloorah at Michigan: NASCAR race fans and music festival fans both will have reasons to celebrate in August at Michigan International Speedway. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on Friday and Saturday of the August Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at MIS. Seven music acts, spanning country and alternative rock, along with EDM deejays will perform at Keloorah. Keloorah kicks off on Aug. 14 with alternative rock. The sounds of the Kongos, Big Data and Saints of Valory will entertain the crowd into the night. Country music takes the stage on Aug. 15 with Parmalee, Logan Mize, Dylan Scott and Tim Dugger. But that's not all. Besides the live shows, deejays will headline the Budweiser Stage and will host foam and paint parties. Also, there are go-karts, video game arcade, an outdoor sports bar, tailgate games, - all within the NASCAR event weekend and on MIS property. Keloorah is behind Turn 3, central to many of MIS' MISCamping.com campgrounds. But shuttles will run from campgrounds to the party. A Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the Pure Michigan 400 will gain access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday.(Michigan Speedway)(7-22-2015)

  • Superspeedway qualifying format to be uses at Indy, Michigan: NASCAR officials told NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday that it plans to use the superspeedway qualifying format at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and Michigan International Speedway next month. Beginning in May at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two rounds of qualifying with drivers turning one timed lap. The top 12 advanced to the final round. Each driver took a warm-up lap, the timed lap and a cool-down lap before returning to pit road. Last weekend, the format was scheduled to be run by the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, but rain forced the field to be set per the rule book by practice speeds.
    Based on slowest to fastest speed at Indianapolis & Michigan, vehicles will line up on pit road for the first round -- rather than nose in or nose out in a pit stall -- and NASCAR will release drivers at a predetermined interval. The sanctioning body reserves the right to have more than one vehicle on track at a time. It's likely that two vehicles will be on track at the same time, but the second vehicle won't impede or help the one it follows on track. Following each lap, NASCAR will impound vehicles, and there will be a 10-minute break between rounds. Only during that break may teams make adjustments, and they will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit at that time. The final round qualifying order will be set from slowest to fastest speeds in the first round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in that second session.(NASCAR.com)(7-15-2015)

  • New rule changes announced for several tracks: A low downforce rules package similar to that scheduled for use by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams this weekend at Kentucky Speedway will be run in September at Darlington Raceway, according to Steve O'Donnell, Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for the sanctioning body. In addition, teams will compete with a higher drag rules package at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month as well as Michigan International Speedway in August and Richmond International Raceway. This weekend's Kentucky aero package features a shorter spoiler (reduced from 6 inches to 3-1/2 inches) and a splitter extension panel (radiator pan) reduction from 38 inches to 25 inches. The splitter will have 1-3/4 inches less overhang that what has previously been used this season. Combined, the aero changes are expected to lessen the amount of downforce on the cars by approximately 1,000 pounds.
    While the Darlington setup will be similar to that slated for this weekend's Quaker State 400, there are differences. The spoiler will be 3-1/2 (instead of 3 inches) inches and the splitter will feature a 1/4-inch leading edge. There is no change in the size of the splitter extension panel (25 inches).
    Although the tires used this weekend at Kentucky were not tested at the 1.5-mile track with the lower downforce platform during an April tire test, Goodyear officials were able to determine a tire for the Darlington package during a one-day test last week with drivers #14-Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing), #20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) and #2-Brad Keselowski (Team Penske).
    For Indy and Michigan, the aero package will feature a 9-inch spoiler and 1-inch wicker bill; a rear fascia extension panel similar to that currently used for superspeedway events; a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter; and a 43-inch splitter extension panel.
    Richmond will use a new tire. There are no scheduled aero changes for the upcoming race at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the start of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, however Goodyear will not return with a multi-zone tread compound tire that had been used there recently. The changes are not currently scheduled for use at any tracks hosting Chase races.(NASCAR.com)(7-7-2013)

  • Quicken Loans title sponsorship at Michigan unknown: Bill Emerson, the CEO of Quicken Loans, said Sunday that he was unaware of the length of the contract his company had to hold the naming rights for the June Sprint Cup race at MIS. "I don't know what the length of the term is, and we won't talk about [financial numbers]. But it's been a fantastic partnership," Emerson said. "As far as I know, we're continuing into the future with this relationship." Quicken Loans originally entered a one-year deal in the spring of 2012 to hold the naming rights of the June race at MIS, with an option to extend the agreement. Quicken Loans is also the title sponsor for the second-to-last Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. MIS and Michigan state tourism and government officials announced in October of 2014 that the August Sprint Cup race at MIS will continue to be named the Pure Michigan 400.(Toledo Blade)(6-16-2015)

  • Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race at Michigan: #41-Kurt Busch won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan and 27th career win. The race was called after 138 laps because of rain.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr finished 2nd, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #6-Bayne, and #15-Bowyer.
    Rain plagued the race all day. There were 3 red flags that lasted more than 2 hours before the race got to halfway. Another band of heavy rain hit on lap 137 and after another red flag, NASCAR called the race. The race is the first to be shortened because of rain since Daytona in July 2014.
    Pole sitter #5-Kahne finished 15th. #18-Kyle Buch hit the wall on lap 54 and finished 43rd. Harvick had a tire go down late and finished 29th, only second finish outside the top 10 this season.
    Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 576, 15 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
    There were 17 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 116.688mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-14-2015)

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  • Mark Dantonio named grand marshal of Quicken Loans 400: Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio will serve as grand marshal of the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14 at Michigan International Speedway. Dantonio will give the command of "Start your engines!" live on Fox Sports 1 when the Quicken Loans 400 gets underway. Dantonio will enter his ninth season at Michigan State this year as one of the most accomplished head coaches in the school's history, leading a program that has transformed itself into one of the nation's perennial powers. Under Dantonio's direction, the Spartans have posted four 11-win seasons in the past five years, a feat accomplished by just two other coaches in Big Ten history (Fielding Yost, Michigan; Jim Tressel, Ohio State). The Spartans also took home a Rose Bowl win in 2014 and a Cotton Bowl win in 2015.(Michigan Speedway)(6-4-2015)

  • U.S. Army Chorus Quartet to sing national anthem at Michigan: The United States Army Chorus Quartet will sing the national anthem prior to the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet has performed across the country and at some of the most prestigious locations. The rendition is sure to be an unforgettable performance. The U.S. Army Chorus was established in 1956 and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature. Currently, the U.S. Army Chorus is one of the only professional male choruses. Beyond the traditional military music and patriotic standards, the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet covers a broad spectrum which includes pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music. The Army Chorus performs frequently at the White House, the Vice President's Residence, the U.S. Capitol and the State Department. Most of the members of the Army Chorus, hold advanced degrees in music, are selected from among the nation's finest musicians. In 2016, the group will celebrate its 60th Anniversary to be marked with concerts to include a reunion of past members, many of whom have had successful careers in music education and as soloists on Broadway and opera stages around the world.
    By The Way will perform the national anthem prior to the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway. The four teens of Detroit-based By the Way are a classically trained opera singer, a pageant titleholder, a musical theater performer and a singer-songwriter. The diverse styles of Ursula Fuller, Darbi Dombrowski, Marisa Nahas and Frankie Bellisario together create vocal harmonies blending into one beautiful, distinctive sound.(Michigan Speedway)(6-4-2015)

  • 'Race. Camp. Party.' at MIS this summer: It's sparks flying on the track and off. It's warm bodies and cold drinks. It's camping under the moon and seeing how wild things get. It just might be the best days of summer you'll ever have. Michigan International Speedway has a whole new experience for fans in 2015. In a package catered to those who want to party late into the night, MIS has the perfect package just for you. "Race. Camp. Party." It is an experience unlike any other and will be sure to keep the good times rolling all day and late into the night. This $450 package is for four people and includes a campsite in the MISCamping.com M-50 Campground, access to "Night Cap", organized, Spring Break style parties that last until 3:00am, four wristbands for The Deck all weekend, access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday and a four-pack of Red Bull Energy Drink delivered to the campsite. The new Race. Camp. Party. deal at Michigan International Speedway is the ultimate camp and party package. (Michigan Speedway)(6-1-2015)

  • Great Clips sponsoring Michigan XFINITY race: Michigan International Speedway announced a partnership with Great Clips and Paralyzed Veterans of America to sponsor the June 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track, the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. This innovative partnership continues beyond race weekend. From July 1 through August 8, Great Clips patrons throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana will receive a $2 coupon toward a haircut with every $4 donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Patrons receive $1 voucher for a haircut with every $2 donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America. While Great Clips has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Great Clips will market its brand through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale, all while benefiting paralyzed veterans. Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed veterans of America has ensured veterans receive the benefits earned through their service to our nation, monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.(Michigan Speedway)(5-29-2015)

  • Keloorah features 12 concert acts over two NASCAR weekends at Michigan: NASCAR race fans and music festival fans both will have reasons to celebrate this summer at Michigan International Speedway. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on Friday and Saturday of each NASCAR weekend at MIS this summer. Twelve acts, spanning country and alternative rock, along with several EDM Djs will perform at Keloorah. Keloorah kicks off on Friday, June 12, when country music takes center stage with Montgomery Gentry, Drake White and The Big Fire as well as Tim Dugger. Alternative rock rounds out the June weekend on Saturday, June 13, with American Authors, Bear Hands and IAMDYNAMITE. Then, on Friday, Aug. 14, alternative rock kicks off the festival with Kongos, Big Data and Saints of Valory, followed by country music on Sunday, Aug. 15, with Logan Mize, Dylan Scott, Tim Dugger and a special, headlining act to be announced later. Besides the live shows, there will be deejays, a go-kart experience, a video game arcade, an outdoor sports bar, tailgate games, foam parties and paint parties - all within the NASCAR event weekends and on MIS property. Keloorah is behind Turn 3, central to many of MIS' MISCamping.com campgrounds. A Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the Sunday Quicken Loans 400 and/or Pure Michigan 400 will gain access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday of those event weekends.(MIS)(4-21-2015)

  • Tours of Michigan International Speedway available: Take a behind the scenes tour of the fastest track in NASCAR - Michigan International Speedway. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how a track prepares for a race and operates all year long. MIS is offering tours to all guests to get a behind the scenes view of the racing facility on four select Thursdays throughout the year. The tours are scheduled for April 23, May 21, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 beginning at 1:30pm. The tour ($10 per person) will last approximately an hour and a half and will be guided by a knowledgeable MIS staff member. The day is limited to 50 people and you can reserve your spot now by calling (800) 354-1010. Your ticket will be mailed to you. All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS' official charitable fund. Now is your chance to experience the slope of the 18 degrees of banking in the corners. The tour will take fans on one trip around the oval before moving onto the road course depending on track activity. Guests will be taken to the interior of the track through the infield tunnel entrance before stopping off at the media center. While in the infield you will see the Pit Road Suites and then go to the roof to get a view of the entire track. The tour will stop at the Tower behind the grandstands as the guests ride the elevator to a spot high above the track. You will visit the Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union where you not only see the entire racing surface, but the expanse of the facility.(MIS)(4-15-2015)

  • Driver Introduction passes available at Michigan: Michigan International Speedway continues to bring fans closer to the action and provide unique experiences for the guests. In 2015, fans attending the Quicken Loans 400 in June and the Pure Michigan 400 in August will have the opportunity to purchase a Driver Introduction Pass. Now is your chance to stand on the frontrstretch during the driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Race days have always been a memorable experience full of nonstop activities. Now is your turn to add to the excitement with a Driver Introduction Pass. You will be so close to the drivers as they are introduced to the crowd you might be able to get a handshake. Fans can add a Driver Introduction pass to their Pit and Paddock Pass and daily admission order by calling 800-354-1010. Or you can purchase the Driver Intro and Pit and Paddock Pass package at www.mispeedway.com. You can experience pit road up close, sign the start/finish line, take your photo with the trophy on race morning and view the cars and race teams during pre-race preparations. A Pit and Paddock Pass is your best opportunity to try and get your favorite driver's autograph. The paddock is in the infield area, just behind the garages and pit roads. It's where kids can go and get pretty close to pit road and their favorite drivers.(MIS)(4-11-2015)

  • More SAFER to be added at Michigan: Statement from Michigan International Speedway (MIS) President Roger Curtis on Safety Initiatives: Following a significant review of the facility by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and NASCAR, additional safety measures will be implemented prior to the June NASCAR weekend. Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) will be added to pit in and pit out walls and tire pack barriers will be installed at the angled wall inside Turn 1. Additionally, the infield at the exit of pit road will be paved to function as a skid pad and pace car vehicle entry and exit. Upon the conclusion of the August NASCAR weekend and installed in time for the 2016 racing season, Michigan International Speedway will add SAFER to outside walls on the frontstretch and backstretch as well as the pit tri-oval wall. "The safety of our guests, competitors and staff is our number one priority," said Roger Curtis, MIS president. "We will continue to review our facility and provide updates as circumstances warrant."(MIS)(4-2-2015)

  • Keloorah - a place to celebrate race weekend at MIS: Michigan International Speedway is taking the post-race concert experience to a whole new level with "Keloorah." Keloorah is two days of post-race live music and activities on Fridays and Saturdays during the June and August NASCAR weekends at MIS. It's a music, party and entertainment festival inside the bigger NASCAR weekend festival at MIS. Keloorah will have live concerts, deejays, a go-kart experience a mobile video game arcade, an outdoor sports bar, tailgate games, foam parties and paint parties - all within the NASCAR event weekends and on MIS property. A Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the Sunday Quicken Loans 400 and/or Pure Michigan 400 will gain access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday of those event weekends. But what is "Keloorah"? MIS staff made it up. "Keloorah" is the phonetic pronunciation of Ceiliúradh, the Celtic word for "celebration." MIS is in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan, and the team wanted something that would tie back to the speedway's brand - all while being something new and different. Keloorah is open with activities from 4-11pm Friday and 4-11pm Saturday, June 12-13; and 4-11pm Friday and 4-11pm Saturday, August 14-15. The concert lineup and available activities and vendors will be announced soon.(MIS)(3-19-2015)

  • Eric Stonestreet to drive pace car in California: Auto Club Speedway announced that two-time Emmy Award winner Eric Stonestreet will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry Pace Car as he leads the field of 43 stock cars before the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. As an Honorary Race Official, Stonestreet will be involved with pre-race ceremony activities including driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. He will be joined by Miss Sprint Cup, Latin Grammy nominated musical artist, El Dasa, and other dignitaries. Stonestreet is no stranger in playing a lead role, and as the official pace car driver he will lead the top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to the green flag to kick off the Auto Club 400. Stonestreet currently stars as Cameron Tucker on ABC's comedy series, "Modern Family," a role in which he earned two Emmy Awards in the "Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" category. Most recently, Stonestreet starred in the thriller "The Loft" which was released by Open Road on January 30, 2015. Upcoming, Stonestreet will voice the character of 'Duke' in Illumination Entertainments' "The Secret Lift of Pets" which is set to release in 2016.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-18-2015)

  • Tickets on sale Monday for Michigan races: Tickets, campsites and travel packages for all Michigan International Speedway events, including both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson and Faster Horses Festival, are on sale Monday [Feb 2nd]. "The 2015 season at MIS is lining up to be action packed and offer something for everyone from the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest, two NASCAR racing weekends and the Faster Horses Festival," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "From May to August, we are going to have a huge party each month here in the beautiful Irish Hills. The 2014 season featured some fantastic racing, awesome music, plenty of Michigan wines and beers and a lifetime of memories. We cannot wait for the season to start and welcome fans back to MIS to one or all of our great events this summer."
    The speedway has a fun and diverse lineup for race fans and festival goers alike, starting with the Michigan Wine and Beer Festival presented by Experience Jackson on Saturday, May 9. Tickets are $30 and include $10 in tasting tokens. The track then hosts the first of two NASCAR weekends June 12-14 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on Friday, June 12, NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, June 13 and the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, June 14. Then, Faster Horses Festival will return for the third year July 17-19. This year's three-day lineup of headliners includes Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. For tickets and campsites and a listing of all acts over the three day festival, visit www.fasterhorsesfestival.com.
    The Sprint Cup Series will wind up its summertime stint at MIS on Sunday, August 16 with the Pure Michigan 400. The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation is on Saturday, August 15. The track will continue to keep ticket prices low for 2015. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $37, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. Guests can camp all week long for one price, starting at $145. The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats. Visit www.MISpeedway.com for a complete listing of events and to buy tickets and camping today.
    And if you want a turn-key option to help you make arrangements, PrimeSport is offering official Quicken Loans 400 travel packages and Pure Michigan 400 travel packages that include: two or three-night hotel accommodations, round-trip transfers to the race and airport, official welcome gifts, PrimeSport credential holder and lanyard, breakfast at the hotel and premium race tickets (with upgrades available). Each package is customizable and can be fit to a fan's specific needs. For more information on the Official Travel Packages for races at Michigan International Speedway, visit PrimeSport.com. Lastly, visit www.MIScamping.com for a one-stop camping option for all events. This year, Faster Horses guests can also get camping help.(MIS)(2-1-2015)

  • Michigan Heritage trophy presented to Chevy Racing: The Michigan Heritage trophy is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and manufacturers competing in NASCAR. The trophy is presented to the winning manufacturer in each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. MIS President Roger Curtis officially presented the Michigan Heritage to Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, for its two wins at NASCAR's fastest track in 2014. The handover took place Tuesday at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights with several Chevrolet drivers looking on, including Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. As part of the Michigan Heritage presentation, each contending manufacturer as well as MIS, committed $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan. Chevy, who won both NASCAR Sprint Cup events at MIS this summer, chose the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) as this year's recipient. Chevy Racing will keep the trophy until the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series return to the Irish Hills for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14, 2015.(MIS)(12-18-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • Michigan seeks Youth Fan Advisory Board members: Michigan International Speedway strives to provide a memorable experience for fans of all ages. After a successful first-time effort in 2014, MIS is again seeking knowledgeable and passionate youth to share their insight and ideas to improve NASCAR's fastest racetrack as part of a Youth Fan Advisory Board. The Youth FAB provides a unique opportunity for young NASCAR fans to communicate directly with the MIS staff through email and conference calls about the guest experience, as well as assist in the future planning of the track. All youth ages 14-20 who attend races at MIS are encouraged to apply to be a Youth FAB member. Youth can download the application and bylaws at the MIS website. The application must be returned to MIS by Jan. 23, 2015. The Youth Fan Advisory Board is modeled after the successful Fan Advisory Board instituted by the track in 2008. The discussions with the FAB have provided many ideas and initiatives to improve the facility for all guests. We look forward to the same success with the youth FAB to welcome fans of all ages to NASCAR's fastest track. The Youth FAB is associated with many functions at MIS and members will have an opportunity to improve all facets of the track. The track believes all ideas are important and appreciates all feedback.(MIS)(11-25-2014)

  • Michigan recognizes for leading green power use: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the racetrack is using green power as part of a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumers Energy. The track uses nearly five million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's electricity use. MIS is the first facility in all of motorsports and one of the first sporting venues in the country to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership and offset its energy use from green power. Michigan International Speedway participates in Consumers Energy's Green Generation Program. This demonstrates a proactive choice to support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. MIS and Consumers Energy are working together to improve the environment through the track and its campground. The two organizations will work together to develop wind, solar and renewable energy at the track as well as identify ways to cut energy usage for the speedway. In addition, MIS and Consumers will plant more than 3,000 trees in Michigan for the two race weekends.(MIS)(10-22-2014)

  • Michigan International Speedway, MEDC Pure Michigan 400 partnership extended: Two of Michigan's best-known brands - Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan - are extending their partnership to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Since 2011, the Pure Michigan 400 has proved to be an effective way to bring the Pure Michigan message to 75 million NASCAR fans nationwide. Further brand exposure has resulted from working with nationally recognized grand marshals, including Desmond Howard, Kid Rock, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart and Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Additionally, MEDC has been able to use the event to host business leaders and national site selectors to showcase the quality of life Michigan has to offer. Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan, making MIS the largest welcome center in the state. The partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, continues what is believed to be the first time a state's branding agency has sponsored NASCAR's premier stock car series. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the August 16, 2015 Sprint Cup race with the option to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods.(Michigan International Speedway)(10-21-2014)

  • Behind the scenes tour available at Michigan: Take a behind the scenes tour of the fastest track in NASCAR - Michigan International Speedway. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how a track prepares for a race and operates all year long. MIS is offering tours to all guests to get a behind the scenes view of the racing facility. Fans still have two more chances to take advantage of this special opportunity. The tours are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 16 beginning at 1:30pm. The tour ($5 per person) will last approximately an hour and a half and will be guided by a knowledgeable MIS staff member. The day is limited to 50 people and you can reserve your spot now by calling (800) 354-1010. Your ticket will be mailed to you. All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS' official charity. Now is your chance to experience the slope of the 18 degrees of banking in the corners. The tour will take fans on one trip around the oval before moving onto the road course depending on track activity. You will have the opportunity to experience what the banking feels like heading into Turn 1 and imagining what the drivers see at over 200 MPH. Guests will be taken to the interior of the track through the infield tunnel entrance before stopping off at the media center. Take a seat in the deadline pressroom and imagine yourself asking a driver a question for a story. While in the infield you will see the Pit Road Suites and then go to the roof to get a view of the entire track. The tour will stop at the Tower behind the grandstands as the guests ride the elevator to a spot high above the track. You will see the remolded Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union. Guests will also see the Skylounge Suites where you not only see the entire racing surface, but the expanse of the facility. In addition, the fans will see the campgrounds, including the MIScamping.com APEX RV Park overlooking Turn 3 and 4. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available, but the tour is limited to 50 people so get your ticket early.(MIS)(9-11-2014)

  • Michigan International Speedway continues on track to a greener Michigan: Michigan International Speedway is waving the green flag, making a commitment with the help of Consumers Energy to match 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy. Officials from the racetrack and from Consumers Energy on Sunday announced plans to improve Michigan's environment through actions at its largest racetrack -- and largest campground. Those include support for renewable energy, a new initiative to plant trees and a commitment by MIS to reduce energy usage. Michigan International Speedway now becomes the largest customer to enroll 100 percent in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program. Close to 20,000 homes and businesses in Michigan participate in Green Generation, contributing each month to purchase power from renewable sources, all made in Michigan.(MIS)(8-18-2014)

  • Speeds up at Michigan: The sheer numbers were staggering, watching speeds reach the stratosphere in Friday afternoon's Coors Light Pole qualifying at Michigan. The track record at the 2-mile oval fell four times during time trials, climbing from 204, 205 mph and more until #24-Jeff Gordon finally carried the mantle at a blistering 206.558 mph. After clocking the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, Gordon knew he had a solid lap but didn't know just how solid until he checked the scoreboard. Of the 43 cars entered in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, 32 of them qualified at better than 200 mph, one of racing's magic numbers that has long made crew members check the calibration of their stopwatches. The laps are the fastest turned in NASCAR's premier series since the pre-restrictor plate era in the mid-1980s at ultra-fast Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. The blazing speeds simmered somewhat Saturday in the Irish Hills as teams changed from qualifying trim to race setups, but 26 of 43 still topped the 200 mph mark in the brisk early morning session.(NASCAR.com)(8-17-2014)

  • Gordon wins at Michigan: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway from the pole for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan, and 91st career win.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #15-Boywer, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #48-Jonhson, and #16-Biffle.
    #14-Jeff Burton, filling in for Tony Stewart, suffered electrical issues and finished 37th.
    #24-Gordon (3 wins) takes the points lead back, now 3 over #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #24-Gordon also again leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and now 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr. with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
    There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 141.788mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Michigan Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Michigan Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-17-2014)

  • Michigan names honorary starter: Pure Michigan announced the results of the Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter contest, naming Lowell Broesamle of Munith, Michigan as the 2014 Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter. Broesamle will wave the green flag at Michigan International Speedway on August 17. Broesamle was nominated by his daughter-in-law Jennifer Broesamle of Gregory, Mich. A long-time NASCAR fan, he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jennifer Broesamle noted in her entry that people would never know about the diagnosis by his positive outlook. In addition to racing, the Broesamle family enjoys state park camping trips, hunting in the beautiful landscape and fishing in the blue waters of Michigan. As honorary starter, Broesamle will receive a ride in the official pace car for the Pure Michigan 400. He will also attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers' meeting. The Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter contest asked fans to submit entries of 50 words or less explaining why they should be selected as honorary starter. Fans of Pure Michigan voted on their top entries. Broesamle's entry received 1,061 votes and was chosen by Pure Michigan from the 10 entries with the most fan votes.(MIS)(8-9-2014)

  • Olympic Gold Medalists to serve as grand marshals at Michigan: The United States ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as the grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17 at Michigan International Speedway. White and Davis, the 2014 Olympic Champion ice dancing team, will give the command of "start your engines" at the Pure Michigan 400. With their win at the 2014 U.S. Championships, Davis and White secured their second Olympic Team berth and set their sights on gold at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The team again made history, with their short dance and "Scheherazade"-themed free dance garnering a record score of 195.52 points, becoming the first-ever American ice dancing team to win Olympic gold. After the games Davis and White both competed on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy took home the Mirror Ball Trophy as the champions.Both were born and raised in Michigan (White-Royal Oak and Davis-West Bloomfield) and were recently named the grand marshals for the 88th America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.(MIS)(7-31-2014)

  • Chevy wins challenge trophy: #48-Jimmie Johnson's victory also ended a three-race streak of Ford-powered cars in victory lane here, the Sprint Cup's closest stop to the headquarters of General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. Alba Colon, Chevrolet's program manager for NASCAR series, was happy to claim the challenge trophy that goes to the manufacturer who wins at Michigan International Speedway. "It's great to have a friendly competition and bring this trophy home to our office," she said. The last Chevy win at Michigan was Earnhardt's victory in June 2012.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-17-2014)

  • Consumers Energy Working with MIS and Race Fans to Reduce Energy Usage : Consumers Energy is sponsoring Michigan International Speedway, helping race fans - and Michigan's premier racetrack - to save energy. That begins with this weekend's Quicken Loans 400. "We're thrilled to be part of this race weekend and to provide useful information about energy efficiency to tens of thousands of people at MIS," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation. "We've helped Michigan residents and businesses save $575 million through our energy efficiency efforts since 2009, and know they can do much more long after the checkered flag is waved on Sunday." Consumers Energy is working to help Michigan International Speedway reduce its energy usage to save money and to build on the racetrack's commitment to sustainability. Consumers Energy will be sponsoring the racetrack this weekend and through the Pure Michigan 400 in August, and expects to provide updates on Michigan International Speedway's energy-saving accomplishments before the August race. "We are committed to providing a world-class race experience, to fueling Michigan's economy and to doing all we can for the good of the environment," said Roger Curtis, Michigan International Speedway president. "We want our fans to come away thrilled with the race experience and the energy savings that they can experience in their home or business."
    Consumers Energy is reaching out to race fans all weekend, providing energy-saving tips, including a direct outreach to the thousands who are camping around the racetrack. Fans can order tickets for the races at MIS online at mispeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(6-16-2014)

  • Ebron named grand marshal and Emerson named honorary starter for Quicken Loans 400: The Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick Eric Ebron is the grand marshal and Quicken Loans chief executive officer Bill Emerson will serve as the honorary starter for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The rookie tight end will give the command of "Start your engines!" when the race gets under way. "I am excited," Ebron said. "I've never been to a race before, and being new to the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan, it's an honor. I know NASCAR has a lot of ties to North Carolina, so I'm proud to represent my hometown of Greensboro, my university and the Detroit Lions." Ebron was the first-round draft pick (10th overall) of the Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft. The North Carolina product caught 112 career passes for 1,805 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tar Heels. The Lions project the athletic tight end to step right in as a starter and serve as another valuable addition to its offensive unit this upcoming season.
    As chief executive officer, Emerson is responsible for the leadership and growth of Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender and largest VA mortgage provider. Dedicated to his community, Emerson has been the recipient of the ALS Association's Iron Horse Award and the Salvation Army's prestigious William Booth Award, the non-profit's highest honor. He also supports the Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter. Fans can order tickets online at mispeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-14-2014)

  • Ollie's Bargain Outlet sponsoring Michigan Nationwide race: Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest discount retailers, is expanding its relationship with NASCAR and starting a new partnership with Michigan International Speedway as the title sponsor of the Nationwide Series race on June 14: the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250. As title sponsor and supporter of NASCAR, Ollie's Bargain Outlet is bringing its motto of "Good Stuff Cheap" to NASCAR's fastest track. Ollie's is offering fans a $20 Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 ticket - a 50% savings - for the race on Saturday, June 14. But fans need to act fast as this offer is only available Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8 on the Ollie's Bargain Outlet website: www.ollies.us. Ollie's Bargain Outlet entered the Michigan market in 2012 and currently operates nine stores in the state with a 10th location opening later this month. Companywide, Ollie's operates 163 stores in 16 states in the eastern third of the United States. The discount retailer has been and continues to experience rapid store growth. As title sponsor, Ollie's will market its brand through television, radio, digital and print mediums on a state and nationwide basis. Ollie's Bargain Outlet has supported the sport of racing for over a decade through various driver and track sponsorships. The retailer has ongoing relationships with drivers Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and others. (Michigan Speedway)(6-5-2014)

  • Friday named Bandit Chippers Pole Day at MIS: Michigan International Speedway announced a partnership with Bandit Industries-another Michigan-based company-to bring fans the Bandit Chippers Pole Day on Friday, June 13 and Friday, Aug. 15. NASCAR's new qualifying format in 2014 has added excitement to the weekend as drivers and teams compete against each other and the clock to post the fastest time. The new format is concise, competitive and compelling as drivers battle to advance to the next round. Fans at MIS will experience three rounds of qualifying on Friday as part of the Bandit Chippers Pole Day. Bandit is a proud, Michigan-based manufacturer of wood processing equipment that has nearly doubled its workforce and sales volume over the past few years using Michigan talent. Bandit equipment serves numerous industries, including tree care, logging/forestry, biomass, land clearing and wood waste recycling. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(5-25-2014)

  • Michigan truck race dubbed Careers for Veterans 200: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway will be named the Careers for Veterans 200. The race, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 will be presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation. MIS, The Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation are joining forces to showcase the importance of hiring military veterans, who have sacrificed for our country and need assistance entering the civilian workforce. In addition, The Cooper Standard Foundation will support non-profit organizations that provide vocational education and transition job training for veterans to help ensure success in the workforce. Cooper Standard has been a proud partner with Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2011. Cooper Standard's relationship with Keselowski was originally based on his Michigan roots and the shared interests in assisting military veterans. Keselowski's race career has flourished, and the Michigan native continues to support this important cause. As the title sponsor, the race at Michigan International Speedway allows Cooper Standard the opportunity to promote its Careers for Veterans Program through television, radio and print mediums on a state and nationwide basis. It also gives the organization access to a tremendous social media network already built by MIS and NASCAR.(Michigan International Speedway)(5-22-2014)

  • Michigan has special offers for military members and college students: Michigan International Speedway continues to enhance its fan experience and looks to make memories for everybody. Now, NASCAR's fastest track has a special ticket offer just for military service members and college students who want to spend the summer at the speedway. As a thank you to service members and their families for their service to our country, Michigan International Speedway is offering special pricing. An active or retired service member can purchase a ticket to the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday, June 15 or the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August, 17 for just $20, a savings of $27. And college students can spend summer break at the biggest party in Michigan by taking advantage of special discounted camping and NASCAR ticket prices. And the process is easy. All eligible race fans in the military or in college have to do is visit www.mispeedway.com/military or www.mispeedway.com/college to purchase tickets.(Michigan Speedway)(4-28-2014)

  • MIS uses jets dryers to melt snow in preparation for the 2014 season: More than 80 inches of snow has fallen at Michigan International Speedway this year. And with just a week to go before NASCAR's fastest track opens its gates for a Goodyear Tire Test, it was time to call in the big guns to melt ice and snow from the track. Michigan International Speedway maintenance crews used old-fashioned know-how Monday, enlisting the help of jet dryers to melt snow drifts and sheets of ice on some areas of the racing surface. The ice was several feet thick in some places, especially in shaded areas of the track. And while temperatures are expected to be warmer this week and next, it was important to get a jump on melting the ice before cars test. The jet dryer was first used in the early-70s to melt snow at Michigan International Speedway. It evolved to eventually be the primary means NASCAR used to dry racetracks after rain-delays. Today, jet dryers have been replaced by NASCAR's innovative Air Titan technology. MIS President Roger Curtis expects all the snow and ice will be gone by next week.(MIS)(4-5-2014)

  • MIS Adds More Technology for NASCAR Fans in 2014: As a test for all International Speedway Corporation tracks, Michigan International Speedway was the first NASCAR race track to offer Wi-Fi for its fans in 2013 and now, in 2014, is increasing the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots to further enhance the fan experience at the track. After a successful test of six areas in 2013, there will now be 11 different hot spots throughout the facility designated for fans to connect to a free Wi-Fi.
    MIS, will continue to offer free Wi-Fi in the following areas:
    · MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat
    · MISCamping.com APEX Camping
    · Budweiser Party Porch
    · Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union
    · Skylounge Suites
    · Pit Patio
    New in 2014, there will be free Wi-Fi hotspots in the following areas:
    · New Holland Fan Plaza at the speedway's "Welcome Center"
    · Four hotspots in the MISCamping.com Infield.
    ISC announced in the fall they would begin introducing fully integrated multi-media race day experiences at all their tracks, including MIS, by 2015. These fan enhancements include Wi-Fi hotspots, 4G connectivity, unique, at-track content and large digital high-definition video screens. Free Wi-Fi will be available to all cell phone carriers, though Sprint is always the preferred cell service at MIS. Fans can now stay up to date on the latest happenings in NASCAR and set their fantasy line up right from the track. They can use the Discover MIS app, download interactive maps, and even buy tickets - all using the free Wi-Fi. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(4-4-2014)

  • Tickets on sale for 2014 races at Michigan: Tickets are on sale now for all events at Michigan International Speedway including the Quicken Loans 400, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson, Faster Horses Festival, all the support races and new qualifying.
    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make a pair of stops at MIS in 2014. The opening race will once again be on Father's Day weekend for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 15. The Pure Michigan 400 will take place on Aug. 17 and annually serves as an important race prior to The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    The MIS Family Four Pack returns in 2014 at the great low price of $99. This package features four Sunday tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Colas. The MIS Experience MIS Package gets you a Center Grandstand ticket, a pre-race pit pass and a FanVision rental.
    Back by popular demand is the Jimmie Johnson Ticket package. With this $48 package you get one adult ticket and one kids 12 and under ticket for Sunday, access to Johnson's Q&A and a one-day scanner rental.
    New in 2014 is Danica Patrick's Father's Day Getaway. This $100 family ticket includes two adult tickets, two kids 12 and under tickets for Sunday, June 15, access to a special Q&A and a $20 voucher to buy souvenirs. This offer is only available for the Quicken Loans 400.(More info and to order tickets go to mispeedway.com(2-5-2014)

  • The Michigan Heritage presented to Ford Racing: A new tradition was started Michigan International Speedway after the Pure Michigan 400 in August. Ford Racing won the inaugural Michigan Heritage trophy, a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. #22-Joey Logano won the Pure Michigan 400 after starting on the pole with a track qualifying mark of 203.949 miles per hour. The victory by Logano gave Ford Racing the Michigan Heritage. MIS presented The Michigan Heritage to Ford Racing on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). The manufacturer will retain the trophy until the Quicken Loans 400 on June 15, 2014. As part of the inaugural Michigan Heritage presentation, each contending manufacturer as well as MIS, committed $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan. Ford Racing elected the Michigan Science Center as the recipient. The science center received the $40,000 check to assist in its educational programs on Wednesday. The original bronze artwork sits atop a wooden base similar to the architecture of Detroit landmarks such as the Fisher Building and Guardian Building.(MIS)(11-24-2013)

  • ISC to install video screens, improve wireless at tracks: International Speedway Corporation unveiled its plan to provide race fans with the sport's first fully-integrated multi-media race-day experience across all its motorsports facilities over the next few years. In addition to the thrilling live on-track racing action, fans will be able to enjoy rich multi-media content directly on their Sprint smartphones and other handheld devices, and on new high-definition video screens located throughout the racetrack. They will also enjoy enhanced connectivity to instantly share their raceday experience with friends inside and outside the track via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. These enhancements, which began in 2013 and will continue in 2014 and 2015, focus on several key areas:
    -- Digital High-Definition Video Screens: Beginning with Talladega Superspeedway in 2014, new large high-definition video boards will be installed across all ISC tracks. These video boards will be located throughout each facility to ensure all fans in attendance have a clear view of the screens to enjoy all the great content that it will deliver. -- Unique At-Track Content: ISC has deployed a fully-integrated multi-media content strategy to deliver up-to-the-second live in-race and in-car cameras views, instant race data and other interactive race-day content to enhance the live on-track action and provide fans with a raceday experience unlike any other in the industry.
    -- Enhanced Connectivity: Wi-Fi service will be provided in premium camping and fan areas, as well as in high-traffic areas. These services were already installed at Michigan International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in 2013, and will be rolled out to other venues in the ISC family in 2014 and 2015. In addition, ISC is working with American Tower Corporation to provide improved cellular coverage to include 4G connectivity for fans during race weekends.(ISC)(10-30-2013)

  • MIS removing turn 3 grandstands, seating capacity to shrink: The grandstands located at turn 3 at Michigan International Speedway are coming down. The decision to remove the section of bleachers stems from speedway administrators wanting to tighten up the seating area to keep fans closer to primary sightlines. "The stands at turn 3 are kind of out there by themselves," said Brad Kuhbander, MIS Manager of Media Relations. "This will help keep fans closer to the action and fan plaza and a better view of pit row. We're always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and this is just another step in that process." Removing the section of grandstands, which sit at the northeast corner of the track, will reduce seating capacity at MIS from 87,000 to 72,000. It is just the latest project that has dropped seating capacity at the speedway over the past decade. As recently as 2006, MIS could seat about 137,000 fans. Capacity shrunk to about 108,000 by 2011 and then to about 87,000 in 2012. The speedway does not release ticket sales or attendance totals for races. While the number of seats available will be fewer, ticket prices will remain the same, Kuhbander said. "We're not pricing anyone out, we're just moving them," Kuhbander said. Kuhbander said the speedway will keep all the materials from the grandstand for possible future use. Dates have already been determined for NASCAR's two Sprint Cup Series races at MIS in 2014. The Quicken Loans 400 will be Sunday, June 15, and the Pure Michigan 400 is set for Sunday, Aug. 17. Visit mispeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 for ticket information.(Michigan Live)(10-8-2013)

  • Michigan's Roger Curtis elected chair of Travel Commission: Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis has been elected as chairman of the Michigan Travel Commission in recognition for his dedication to growing the tourism industry in the state. His peers on the commission selected Curtis for this top leadership position. Curtis was originally appointed to the Michigan Travel Commission in 2007 and was reappointed for a second term on the commission by Governor Rick Snyder in 2011. He will serve through 2015. As one of only 13 individuals selected by the commission, Curtis and his team are tasked with helping to expand tourism business in the state.(MIS)(9-20-2013)

  • Purple Heart Recipient Named Honorary Starter of Pure Michigan 400: U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient David Balestrino Jr. has been named honorary starter for the Pure Michigan 400 being held this Sunday, August 18, at Michigan International Speedway. Balestrino was the winner of a fan contest on the Pure Michigan Facebook page, receiving the highest number of votes for his entry on why he wanted to wave the green flag on race day. Balestrino, of Youngstown, Ohio, served as a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army from 2003-2009 and received a Purple Heart during his service in Iraq. In his entry, Balestrino said he would like to drop the green flag in honor of his six year old son. "While serving in Iraq I missed the entire first year of Brady's life," Balestrino said. "That was the most difficult thing I ever had to go through. I still can't believe that I was picked for this awesome honor and I hope that I can make everyone who has served or is still serving proud." As honorary starter, Balestrino will also have the opportunity to receive a pace car ride from NASCAR's official pace car driver and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers' meeting. "We received many great entries from fans excited about race day at the Pure Michigan 400, but David's submission really brought together a passion for racing and a terrific story that speaks to the spirit of Pure Michigan," said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise, representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state's marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan's economy.(MIS)(8-15-2013)

  • MIS Manufacturer's Trophy to make its debut: The 2013 Pure Michigan 400 will be the inaugural race of the MIS Manufacturer's Trophy. The award, inspired by the Stanley Cup, will recognize the winning manufacturer - Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet - after each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS. Each manufacturer and MIS will donate $10,000 that will be given to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan. The trophy, featuring a sculpture similar to the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, and an architectural ode to the Detroit skyline, is expected to renew a fun "rivalry" between the automakers.(MIS)(8-14-2013)

  • Carter Oosterhouse named grand marshal for Pure Michigan 400: TV star Carter Oosterhouse has been named grand marshal for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 18. And a lucky fan will have the chance to be the honorary starter and wave the green flag. Oosterhouse, from Traverse City, Mich., is an easily recognizable television personality who got his start as a carpenter during the fourth season of TLC's "Trading Spaces." In 2007, he joined HGTV, hosting his own show called "Carter Can," which offered homeowners easy-to-follow insider tips. Carter's second show, "Red Hot & Green" hit television sets, providing viewers with great tips on Earth-friendly ideas. Carter's current hit, "Million Dollar Rooms," gives viewers a glimpse into the rooms of some of the richest people on Earth. The 36-year-old is also a model, having appeared in numerous photo shoots and publications. He was named by "People" magazine as one of the sexiest men on television in its "Sexiest Man Alive" edition. The Michigan native has also modeled for Hewlett Packard, Miller Lite and Gillette.
    Fans of Pure Michigan also have the chance to join the action alongside Oosterhouse as the honorary starter at the race. As a part of a contest hosted on Pure Michigan's Facebook page, fans are invited to share why they want to wave the green flag at the Pure Michigan 400 for a chance to serve as the honorary starter on race day. The contest ran July 25 through August 8.(MIS)(8-14-2013)

  • Michigan offering free WiFi hotspots: Michigan International Speedway provided free WiFi hotspots for its fans during the Quicken Loans 400 weekend. The fans overwhelmingly approved the enhancement to NASCAR's fastest track. The free WiFi hotspots are returning for the Pure Michigan 400 weekend. These hotspots were the first of its kind on the NASCAR circuit. They are located at the Budweiser Party Porch at turn four, Champion's Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, Pit Patio, MISCamping.com APEX and MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat. Additional WiFi hotspots will be explored and created in the coming years. Track President Roger Curtis added it would be difficult to launch hotspots across the entire 1,400-acre MIS in one swoop. So he's starting in popular areas where fans gather and working his way out.(MIS)(8-7-2013)

  • Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick visiting Michigan Acceleration Club: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick are scheduled to be in the Acceleration Club before the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 18. The Acceleration Club is an all-inclusive fan hospitality club located in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Designed to get a race fan's engine running, the club is perfect for fans who want to upgrade their race weekend, but it's also great for companies looking to entertain clients, prospects or employees. Other special guests will be on hand during the weekend. Acceleration will remain open during the race and will stay open until one hour after the checkered flag on Sunday. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Fans can purchase hospitality packages either individually or for groups. Guests can enjoy the experience on Saturday or Sunday or can double the fun and attend both days. Admission is $79 for adults and $59 for kids for Saturday. On Sunday, tickets are $99 for adults and $79 for kids.(MIS)(8-3-2013)

  • Lakeshore Band to play the national anthem for the Pure Michigan 400: The Lakeshore High School band will perform the national anthem before the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 18. The marching band will represent the state of Michigan at the 70th anniversary celebration of D-Day in Normandy, France in 2014. "We are proud to have the Lakeshore Band perform our national anthem," track president Roger Curtis said. "The band has proven to be one of the top bands in the state of Michigan. It will be a truly unique opportunity for our fans to hear the national anthem played." The Lakeshore High School band, which has won three Michigan Competing Band Association Flight III State Championships, will play a special tribute to the 419 soldiers of Michigan resting at the Normandy American Cemetery in Normandy, France. The Stevensville, Mich. based band will collect sand from around the state and place the grains on the graves of the Michigan soldiers as a symbol of remembrance for their sacrifice. The sand will be collected from high schools in Michigan as an educational program and in return, sand from Omaha Beach will be carried back and presented to each school. Marching students will also wear a ribbon in honor of the last living WWII veterans in the Wolverine State. After the ceremonies, each ribbon will be mailed to a veteran as a symbol of gratitude for service and sacrifice. "We want to thank MIS for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to share our pride of representing Michigan at the 70th anniversary of D-Day next year," band director Lori Von Koenig said. "We are grateful for their support as we prepare for D-Day 2014." MIS and Pure Michigan are proud to welcome the Lakeshore Band to the Pure Michigan 400. As a group that is working hard to honor Michigan veterans during the historic 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Lakeshore Band is the perfect choice to perform the national anthem at MIS. For more information about Lakeshore Band, their historical mission and how you can help, visit www.ddaymichigan.com.(MIS)(8-14-2013)

  • Golf with Hamlin at Michigan: The time is now to let your talent drive you to victory. And you just might win a chance to play golf with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. On Thursday, July 25 Hamlin will be at Thousand Oaks Golf Course in Grand Rapids, Mich. as part of the NASCAR Victory Tour to celebrate racing at Michigan International Speedway. Whether you are a golfer or a fan of NASCAR, the day will be filled with activities for anybody. WBBL will broadcast live at the driving range for two hours, inviting listeners to the course for an opportunity to be Hamlin's caddy for the day. A specially designed Hamlin banner will be hoisted and fans can take their shots to hit the banner with a golf ball. Contestants who hit the banner will have their name put into a drawing for the chance to caddy for Hamlin. The activities do not stop there. Michigan International Speedway will hold three golf-themed contests - long-ball drive, closest to the pin and a putting challenge - beginning at 12:30pm. The winner of each contest will earn a right to play a hole of golf with Hamlin. You don't want to miss your chance to golf with Hamlin.(MIS)(7-20-2013)

  • MIS honored as NASCAR Foundation's Track of the Year: For the second year in a row, the NASCAR Foundation has recognized Michigan International Speedway's charitable and community efforts, naming the racetrack its "Track of the Year." Of note, the NASCAR Foundation lauded the speedway's "Track and Explore" program, a partnership with Adrian College that teaches area youth about nature and conservancy with a series of field trips to MIS. The speedway was also cited for awarding $75,000 in 2012 to local charities through MIS Cares, the speedway's official platform. Through annual programs such as Fish Your Bass Off, NASCAR Unites, Extreme Bus Make Over, the track's annual Charity Drive and Racing to Read and its Spirit of America blood drive, Michigan International Speedway has fostered a community-minded effort, as well as raised funds for charities, big and small, and charitable work. Michigan International Speedway annually hosts the Spirit of America, the nation's largest 9-11 blood drive. But that's not all. Besides its annual fund-raisers and community involvement efforts, MIS Cares also partnered with the Ryan Newman Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation to help those NASCAR drivers with their efforts. Fish Your Bass Off is an annual fishing tournament held at Jerry's Pub during the track's August NASCAR weekend. Working with NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, his wife Krissie, ESPN's Mark Zona and fishing legend Kevin VanDam, the track raised funds and hosted guests looking for a great time fishing on scenic Wamplers Lake. MIS also worked with Michigan native Brad Keselowski and his Checkered Flag Foundation in June to host injured soldiers and veterans for a day at the races with the driver's Race to Recovery program.(MIS)(6-18-2013)

  • Manufacturer's Trophy will recognize winning automobile maker at MIS: Michigan International Speedway, the hometrack of auto manufacturers since 1968, announced today the creation of a Manufacturer's Trophy, an ode to the spirit of the automobile and its importance to the racetrack. Inspired by the Stanley Cup, the award will recognize the winning manufacturer - Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet - after each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at MIS. "MIS is important. It's important to all (the manufacturers)," track president Roger Curtis said. "Whether you're headquartered here or not, Toyota has a huge presence in this state with the Tech Center and employs a lot of people there. I thought it was very important that we do something to formally recognize almost in a rivalry standpoint the significance of MIS on the schedule for these guys." Each manufacturer and MIS also will donate $10,000 that will be given to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan. The trophy was designed by Fortress Studios artists Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane, both graduates of Detroit's College for Creative Studies. The trophy will be more than three feet tall, weigh about 50 pounds and feature sculpture similar to Greek goddess of victory Nike, also inspiration for classic cars hood ornaments from Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Packard. The original bronze artwork will sit atop a base similar to architecture of Detroit landmarks such as the Fisher Building and Guardian Building. Curtis compared the trophy with the tradition-steeped Big Ten football rivalries that have produced such iconic prizes as the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana vs. Purdue) and the Paul Bunyan Trophy (Michigan vs. Michigan State). The track annually recognizes NASCAR's manufacturers, asking fans in the grandstands to cheer on their favorite during a fun poll conducted over the PA during pre-race ceremonies. The Manufacturer's Trophy will be presented after every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan in June and August, starting with the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 18. The trophy is expected to renew a fun "rivalry" between the automakers. The trophy is unnamed. And Curtis has asked media to Tweet him name ideas at @MISRoger. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-15-2013)

  • MIS Budweiser Party Porch features live entertainment all weekend: The day does not end when the on-track activity concludes at Michigan International Speedway in June. Instead, the action moves to the Budweiser Party Porch in Turn Four where live music continues late into the night. The Budweiser Party Porch at Michigan International Speedway is a respite area and hang-out at the track, all overlooking Turn Four. It is open all day and practically all night. Guests to the Budweiser Party Porch on Saturday will be entertained by country music artist Dani Jamerson. The Sherwood, Mich. native will play from 7 - 11 p.m. You will hear country, rock, pop, and blues music projected from Jamerson's one-of-a-kind unique blend of both silky smooth and coarse, gritty vocals when the Dani Jamerson Band is on stage. Patrons will also have the opportunity to ride an 80-foot tall Ferris Wheel overlooking the fastest track in NASCAR. More details and info at mispeedway.com.(6-14-2013)

  • Tickets still available for Michigan races: Join us for the Patriot Pumps 200 on Friday, the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on Saturday and the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday! Don't forget to upgrade your race weekend experience with pit access, food & drink, merchandise, driver appearances and much more with our Budweiser Acceleration Club and Champions Club! Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-14-2013)

  • NASCAR Bring "Troops to the Track" Program at MIS: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Sunday, June 16th, by bringing service members from the Michigan Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion to the Quicken Loans 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Their mission is the responsibility of maintaining the personnel end strength goals for Michigan by recruiting qualified applicants and retaining quality soldiers to ensure units stand ready to defend the local community, state and nation. Troops to the Track will be expanded to include service member's families during NASCAR: An American Salute, which begins at the Coca-Cola 600 and runs through the Coke Zero 400 on July 4th weekend. NASCAR: An American Salute is a six-week industry-wide effort to honor and celebrate the service of current Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families.(AFF)(6-14-2013)

  • Michigan International Speedway Storylines:
    ... Michigan International Speedway has added WiFi hot spots at select locations around the facility. These locations include the Budweiser Party Porch at Turn 4, Champion's Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, Pit Patio, MISCamping.com APEX and MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat.
    ... MIS has added two new items to the food menu in 2013. The first new delicacy will be the Pieorgi burger, a traditional hamburger featuring a Polish dumpling on top. The other new item will be gravy cakes, potato pancakes topped with a chipped beef gravy, sour cream and green scallions.
    ... MIS has made it easier for fans visiting the 2013 Quicken Loans 400 with updated tram services. Tram hubs will be located at Turns Two and Four to take fans to their respective parking lots. These tram routes will be much more efficient for fans going to and from the lots.
    ... Michigan International Speedway has upgraded numerous bathrooms and restrooms around the facility. Campers in the infield and fans in the grandstands will be treated to refurbished restrooms and some completely rebuilt restroom facilities.
    ...The new Budweiser Party Porch at Michigan International Speedway is a respite area and hang-out at the track, all overlooking Turn four. The patio includes concession and merchandise stands, as well as a full bar. Plus, there will be umbrella-covered picnic tables for fans to sit and relax during the day. On Friday, DJ Services will be spinning the tunes from 12- 5 p.m. and again from 7-11 p.m. Country music artist Dani Jamerson will play Saturday night from 7 - 11 p.m.
    ... Finger Eleven will headline the annual McDonald's Rock and Race Saturday concert on Saturday, June 15. The band, best known for their hits "One Thing" and "Paralyzer" will take the stage after Tony Lucca. Lucca is a former finalist from NBC's "The Voice". The concert will begin after the checkered flag for the Alliance Truck Parts 250. The Finger Eleven and Tony Lucca concert will be held in Lot 10 and is free to anyone with an Alliance Truck Parts 250 race ticket.
    ... Stop by the "MIS Welcome Center" for all information MIS and NASCAR. Throughout the race weekend, fans can stop by to find out what's going on around the facility or find out more about NASCAR. The speedway's Fan Advisory Board (FAB) will be there to offer some motorsports insider tips and will answer questions about the speedway and the sport of NASCAR. The welcome center will also feature the Pit Stop Challenge, where fans can attempt their own pit stop, complete with tire changes. There will also be a mock pit where fans can see everything that goes into a NASCAR pit stop. It's your one-stop for everything MIS and NASCAR. For info on tickets call 1-800-354-1010 or go to MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(6-11-2013)

  • Kronwall serves as grand marshal, Clary waves green flag for Quicken Loans 400: Detroit Red Wings alternate captain Niklas Kronwall will be the grand marshal and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary will serve as honorary starter for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 16 at Michigan International Speedway. Kronwall will give the command of "start your engines" while Clary will wave the green flag to start the Quicken Loans 400. "We are thrilled to welcome Niklas Kronwall and Tyler Clary to the MIS festivities," track president Roger Curtis said. "Niklas is an integral member of the Red Wings and the Detroit community who represents the state with pride. As a member of the US Olympic team, Tyler represented our country with pride and we are pleased he will be here with us to wave the green flag." Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-9-2013)

  • Reality TV start to drive pace car at Michigan: Seth Gold will drive the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi pace car at the 2013 Quicken Loans 400 on June 16. Gold will lead the field to the green flag for the Quicken Loans 400, which begins at 1:00pm/et. "Being born and raised in Michigan, I'm absolutely thrilled to be driving this Ford at the Quicken Loans 400. Roger and his staff have been great and I cannot wait to see be a part of the great NASCAR tradition at Michigan International Speedway, it's going be an awesome event!" Gold, his father Les Gold and sister Ashley Broad are the stars of 'Hardcore Pawn', a show about the family-owned pawn business located on Detroit's Eight Mile Road. The show gives an inside look at the operations of American Jewelry and Loan, a pawn shop that first opened in 1978.(MIS)(5-29-2013)

  • New menu items to be featured at Michigan International Speedway: The Quicken Loans 400 will soon be speeding toward the green flag, so fans will want to make a pit stop and check out all of the new food choices at Michigan International Speedway. MIS and its catering partner Americrown have developed new food items for the fans this year - and these items are truly unique to Michigan. The "Pierogi Burger" is a juicy new hamburger. But instead of a plain, cheese with grilled onions burger, a cheese pierogi has been added. A pierogi is a Polish dumpling, a delicacy with many of the local Polish residents of Southeastern Michigan. Americrown has added also gravy cakes to the menu. These potato pancakes are topped with a chipped beef gravy, sour cream and green scallions, sure to satisfy a race fan. Coney Dogs have become synonymous with Michigan. What a better way to watch a race at NASCAR's fastest track than with a coney dog with real sauce, mustard and diced onions? The all new tailgate package includes a beef tri-tip roast, baby back ribs, port butts, chicken wings, chicken thighs and jumbo hot dogs. The best part is everything is fully cooked. All you have to do is season it to your liking and heat the items up. The 10-person package is $250 while the 20-person package is $400. You can feed 40 people for only $550. Invite your neighbors over and have a cookout. All you have to do is simply call Brandy Escamilla at 909-429-5380 and your package will be delivered to your campground on June 14. Michigan International Speedway has more than 8,000 campsites and smells like one large kitchen as people cookout. Now Americrown makes it easy for all the campers with a special tailgate package that feeds 10, 20 or 40 people. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(5-28-2013)

  • Michigan National Guard on board for race sponsorship in August: The Michigan National Guard is partnering with Michigan International Speedway and sponsoring the Camping World Truck Series race in August. The Michigan National Guard 200 race on Aug. 17 will be the first time that the organization has sponsored a race. The partnership will allow the Michigan National Guard to connect with residents and potential recruits through NASCAR. The Michigan National Guard will also continue to partner with Michigan International Speedway for race activities at all of the events held at the track this year. (Michigan Live)(5-14-2013)

  • Finger Eleven headlining concert at Michigan:Burlington, Ontario, Canada's own Finger Eleven will headline the free and always popular post-race concert in Lot 10 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 15. The show will begin shortly after the Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race. The concert is free to anyone with an Alliance Truck Parts 250 race ticket, an infield wristband or an APEX wristband. Tony Lucca from the popular television show "The Voice" will open the concert and hand it off to Finger Eleven. Rock music's Finger Eleven earned their confidence album by album, tour by tour and song by song. The band has worked the road non-stop since 1998 and has released successful albums such as their debut Tip and follow-up, The Greyest of Blue Skies. By the time the band released its third album, self-titled album, Finger Eleven had built a successful career. The band has produced such songs as "Them vs. You vs. Me," "Paralyzer" and "One Thing."(MIS)(5-11-2013)

  • New website to assist Michigan Speedway guests: Whether you are a first-time visitor to Michigan International Speedway or a long-time guest, NASCAR's fastest track has a new website to help educate guests about MIS and NASCAR. The track has launched www.myMISpeedway.com to aid guests before they attend NASCAR events at the track. With a growing number of fans at MIS being first-timers or guests who are returning after an absence, one of our track's missions has become to educate fans to help them make the most of their experience while at the track. myMISpeedway.com features videos that describe everything at MIS from how to use the trams to how to use FanVision. What is the Rookie Pit Stop at MIS? How does a guest navigate the New Holland Fan Plaza? Watch a series of short videos as Curtis and other speedway employees walk guests through everything needed to know to being a NASCAR fan. Like anything, the website will evolve as content and competition change. The speedway's staff will always be on the lookout for new content and fun ways to make the website helpful, educational and worthwhile.(MIS)(4-15-2013)

  • MIS part of the ServiceMaster Clean crew at the Daytona 500: The focus of NASCAR is on Daytona International Speedway for the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. And Michigan International Speedway's maintenance team will take on a significant role as part of the spectacle as proud members of the ServiceMaster Clean crew. The ServiceMaster Clean crew works with NASCAR and helps ensure the track stays clean, dry and ready for racing, driving and maintaining trucks and other track cleaning equipment. Four MIS team members and three of its ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers are at the Great American Race to assist. MIS Senior Director of Facilities Craig Hatch is getting first-hand experience at operating the new Air Titan track drying system NASCAR developed this year. While he hopes to not see action on Sunday, Hatch will be ready if necessary. Hatch will focus his efforts on operating the system to dry the track on the backstretch. In the group of three Air Titans on the backstretch, Hatch will be in the middle truck using a high-pressure air system to dry the track. He will be traveling 3-5 mph while watching the equipment behind him on a video monitor inside his vehicle. He will have three different angles to monitor the progress of the drying and to adjust to the circumstances. The three Air Titans operated by Hatch will be attached to three Ring Power CAT generators by a hose blowing compressed to air to the equipment. He will work in conjunction with a driver in semi hauling the generators to get the racing surface prepared. Specially built trucks will circle the bottom of the track and sweep up the excess water that is blown off by the Air Titan. ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers will continue to follow the entire system to complete the drying process. The entire system is to aid in preparing the track and returning to racing quicker. Hatch will not be the only member of the MIS Maintenance staff working on the ServiceMaster Clean crew. Tim Lamb, Ryan Clark and Gary Cox will each be operating ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers to aid in the clean-up process. Being a part of the ServiceMaster Clean crew is an important and historical significance for MIS. The jet dryer was invented at MIS, initially used as a mechanism to melt snow off the racetrack in wintertime in the 70s. Over time, MIS track officials began using the jet dryer to dry the track after rain delays during racing events. The new Air Titan track drying system debuted during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. This innovative technology, steeped in science and created by the NASCAR Research & Development Center, will reduce track drying time, improve the racing product and enhance the fan experience. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(2-24-2013)

  • Michigan to offer WiFi hotspots: Michigan International Speedway is known for being at the forefront of enhancing the fan experience. In 2013, MIS will become the first track in NASCAR to offer free WiFi hotspots to fans. The speedway will launch even more initiatives in 2013 aimed at making the experience at MIS enjoyable and memorable. Free WiFi hotspots will be available throughout the property this year. Available WiFi locations include the Budweiser Party Porch in turn four, Champion's Club presented by CP Federal, Pit Patio, MISCamping.com APEX and MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat. Additional WiFi hotspots will be explored and created in the coming years. Track president Roger Curtis added it would be difficult to launch hotspots across the entire 1,400-acre MIS in one swoop. So he's starting in popular areas where fans gather and working his way out. Also new in 2013, MIS will have in-seat service to allow guests to purchase favorite snacks or beverages right from their seat. Auto racing isn't baseball. There's no logical halftime break in the action, and it's not exactly quiet to take and relay orders or change. So to make the process easier, the vendors will have the items printed on their shirts with prices. Guests can simply point to what they want - beer, water, soda, Gatorade and peanuts. The service will start two hours prior to the race and will end with about 25 laps remaining. All sales are cash only.(MIS)(2-8-2013)

  • Tickets on sale at Michigan: Now is your chance to get in on the exciting action at Michigan International Speedway in 2013, the fastest track in NASCAR. And the prices will never be lower. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make a pair of stops at MIS in 2013. The opening race will once again be on Father's Day weekend for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 16. The Pure Michigan 400 will take place on Aug. 18 and annually serves as an important race prior to The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. And don't forget: NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying returns to Fridays in 2013 at MIS. The track continues to keep ticket prices low for 2013. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $25, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. You can camp all week long for just $130. The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats. In addition, MIS offers a variety of ticket packages for all types of races fans.(MIS)(2-2-2013)

  • Quicken Loans renews sponsorship of Michigan Cup race: Quicken Loans Inc, the nation's third largest mortgage lender, announced it has again partnered with Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, to sponsor the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 16. Detroit-based Quicken Loans was a sponsor of the same race in 2012, which saw driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. break his 143-race winless streak. Along with its renewed sponsorship of the Quicken Loans 400, Quicken Loans is the primary sponsor of Stewart-Haas Racing's #39 team and driver Ryan Newman for 18 Sprint Cup races, and an associate sponsor for the remainder of the season. The company also serves as an associate sponsor of three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Sprint Cup rookie-of-the-year candidate Danica Patrick, both of whom are teammates with Newman at Stewart-Haas Racing.(TrueSpeed Communications)(1-31-2013)

  • ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)

  • Michigan Speedway honored by Jackson Citizen Patriot and its MLive.com: Michigan International Speedway garners a pair of honors from the Jackson Citizen Patriot and its MLive.com media group in a vote of its readers. The media outlet has named MIS its Corporate Citizen of the Year and track President Roger Curtis one of 13 Michiganders to watch in 2013. The MIS mission is to be a part of the community and serve as a showcase for the Irish Hills, while creating business and tourism opportunities. The track annually welcomes visitors from all 50 states and 13 countries during its annual NASCAR, wine festival and other events. But that's not all: the facility is also a fund-raising tool for local groups and serves as a venue for new business opportunities, In addition, MIS and its charity foundation, MIS Cares, hosts numerous events throughout the year to raise funds to donate money back to the community. Curtis has been at the forefront of these initiatives. In a vote of readers of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Curtis was named one of 13 Michiganders to watch in 2013.(MIS)(1-5-2013)

  • Michigan International Speedway to host Tough Mudder: NASCAR drivers have always found a way to challenge NASCAR's Fastest Racetrack. But now, a new kind of athlete will find out just how tough MIS can be. Michigan International Speedway has been chosen as the state's only host venue for Tough Mudder, a hardcore, 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. The Tough Mudder event will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, at Michigan International Speedway. With innovative and fun obstacle courses, half a million inspiring participants and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. In 2012 alone, there were 35 Tough Mudder events with over 460,000 participants across the country. Tough Mudder is expending in 2013 with over 50 events, including more than 35 in the United States.(MIS)(12-22-2012)

  • Adrian College & MIS expand partnership: Following the success of an ongoing partnership to positively impact the environment while benefitting science, technology and math education, Michigan International Speedway and Adrian College have developed plans for a first-of-its kind science center and science-related field trips at NASCAR's fastest racetrack. This unique partnership in sports will see hundreds of school children and college students from the region benefitting from learning about the ecosystem of the Irish Hills area, but also experiencing nature and conservancy that could contribute to their future work as scientists. The partnership called TRACK AND EXPLORE has provided Adrian College biology students with opportunities to research and study animal and plant life on 900 acres of the 1,400-acre, environmentally rich Michigan International Speedway. Adrian College students have already found and photographed biological samples and developed displays for the MIS offices, enlisting Adrian College art majors for illustrations. Now, in preparation for the next phase of the project, Adrian College students have developed a field guide and self-guided tour book for visitors. More info at MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(11-7-2012)

  • 2013 schedule set at MIS: The high-paced action at Michigan International Speedway, the fastest racetrack in NASCAR, will continue in 2013 with two weekends of racing, June 14-16 and Aug. 16-18. MIS will be just one of 23 racetracks across the United State to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013, with dates set for June 16 and August 18. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will appear with NASCAR's top series on June 15 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on August 17. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will also make its 32nd appearance at MIS when the Temperance, Mich.-based group races on June 14. All four racing series at MIS established new track qualifying records in 2013 as Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the June Sprint Cup race with a top speed of 203.241 mph, the 11th fastest pole speed in NASCAR history. The track's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in 2013 will be on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. Nationwide Series racing will be at MIS on Saturday, June 15. The ARCA Racing Series will race on Friday, June 14. Sprint Cup will wind up its summertime stint only eight weeks later at MIS on Sunday, August 18, with the Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, August 17. The track will continue keeping ticket prices low for 2013. Race fans who renew will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $25, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families have a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 16 and under are half price in reserve seats. Renewals for current ticket customers begins today at www.MISpeedway.com/renewals.(MIS)(9-20-2012)

  • AMS Reinforces pit road after incident at MIS: After #55-Mark Martin's scary crash into an opening on pit road two weeks ago at Michigan, Atlanta Motor Speedway has beefed up its safety barriers in similar pit road openings for this weekend's races. AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark said the track had added concrete barriers and barrels filled with river sand in X pit-road openings. "It's simple, but it will do the job," Clark said. "I don't know if that's the long-term solution, but it will work for this weekend." The barriers not only need to protect the driver in the event of another unlikely hit, but also keep the pit crews and officials behind the wall safe, and at the same time allow enough room for wreckers to pull in and out.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)
    AND: Beginning this weekend, NASCAR is restricting the area around pit road openings to provide more of a buffer between pit road and where media members and track safety and security stand while the race is ongoing. "Evaluating safety issues on pit road has been on ongoing process," said NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King. King said the areas affected would differ from track to track since each track has a unique pit road layout.(Charlotte Observer)(9-2-2012)

  • NASCAR still reviewing pit designs after Martin crash: No changes are planned for the first race on a high-speed oval since Mark Martin's violent collision with a pit wall at Michigan International Speedway, but NASCAR is reviewing tracks' pit designs. Martin was uninjured after his No. 55 Toyota skidded off Turn 4, down the pit road and into a wall opening at a sharp angle just behind the driver's-side door. The odds are slimmer that a car could squeeze through an opening in the same way during Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Michigan had an incredibly large (pit) opening compared to some racetracks, probably twice the opening that the Atlanta openings are," vice president of competition Robin Pemberton told USA TODAY Sports. "Each (track) is unique, and sometimes it'll take a unique change to prevent something. We are in the process of looking at everything as we go forward."(more at USA Today)(8-31-2012)

  • Michigan will talk to NASCAR about Martin's pit road wreck: UPDATE: #55-Mark Martin walked away from his crash at Michigan International Speedway, but the side of his car was essentially impaled by the end of the wall, raising questions about whether that spot - a gap in the barrier on pit road that leaves the edge of the wall exposed - creates a safety risk. MIS later released a statement. "The safety of the drivers is paramount," a spokeswoman said. "So we will seek NASCAR's opinion and work with them on any recommendations they may have on how we can improve any part of the competition area - that includes pit road, pit wall, the track, anything competition-related."(Associated Press)(8-20-2012)
    UPDATE: NASCAR is ready to take a look at Mark Martin's scary crash from over the weekend. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, says Martin's team will be consulted, and aerial photos will be studied. Pemberton says Sunday's incident is a reminder that the work on safety doesn't stop.(Associated Press/ESPN)(8-21-2012)

  • Kids seating available in turn one at Michigan: Due to the overwhelming response to the family grandstand in turn three, Michigan International Speedway has extended its free seating for kids 12 and under to the turn one grandstand. Kids 12 and under can now sit for free in sections 59-111 in the turn one grandstands. All rows, 1-40 will be available for this special opportunity. A free kids ticket is required for this area. From this vantage point, fans will be treated to a great view as the cars fan out to two and three wide at 200 mph as they approach at nearly top speed. MIS has offered several ticket packages in addition to its kids 12 and under free seating program. These have been instrumental in the increase of children coming with their families to the racetrack. MIS has prided itself in making the race a family affair and the New Holland Fan Plaza allows children of all ages to learn about the sport of NASCAR as well as enjoy activities in the Kids Zone.(MIS)(8-18-2012)

  • Michigan offering local cuisine for race fans: Race fans from all over the United State are heading to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's Pure Michigan 400, and local and healthy food options await them. Americrown, the company that provides catering, food and beverage concessions at MIS, has partnered with several local companies to support the economy and provide concessions that can only be found at NASCAR's fastest racetrack. The special sauce that goes on all Coney dogs comes from Jackson, Mich.,-based Todoroff Foods, the company that brought Coney dogs to the state. Have you ever wondered where you can get that special bun that surrounds the juicy eight-ounce angus burger? The fresh brioche roll comes from Stone Hearth Breads and Bakery, just three miles from MIS in Brooklyn. That's 2,000 rolls - all locally baked. Backwoods BBQ concession stand in section 15 has added a new item to its expansive menu and it is sure to be a hit among race fans. The cornmeal dusted PO' Boy sandwich with a spicy remoulade sauce is unique to the Irish Hills. In addition, MIS has many healthy food items throughout its many concession stands on race weekends.(MIS)(8-16-2012)

  • Radio Host Paul W. Smith to Serve as Honorary Starter at MIS: One of Michigan's most recognizable voices, radio host Paul W. Smith, will take on the role of honorary starter for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Smith is the morning drive-time host on News/Talk 760 WJR in Detroit. Smith will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR's official pace car driver and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers' meeting.(MIS)(8-14-2012)

  • VFW to Salute America's Military Heroes at MIS: As America's oldest and largest major combat veterans' organization, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is proud to announce their line-up of military support programs and activities for the VFW 200 NASCAR race weekend at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), August 16-19. This year marks the fourth year of the MIS-VFW partnership, including three years as the title sponsor of the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The sponsorship at MIS allows the VFW a national platform to recognize and salute veterans as well as raise awareness about the urgent needs of U.S. military personnel and their families. In addition to the VFW 200 race, the VFW and the VFW Foundation have several programs and activities planned at MIS to raise awareness and funds to meet the needs of America's active and retired military, their families and communities:
    Salute to Military Families: The VFW, along with supporting sponsor NSK Corporation, will honor over 400 local military guests at the Salute to Military Families hospitality event on Sunday, August 19, for the Pure Michigan 400. Guests will enjoy complimentary pre-race hospitality, goody bags, event t-shirts, pit tours, celebrity appearances, special access to pre-race ceremonies compliments of MIS and grandstand tickets for the Pure Michigan 400. Today's military salaries often don't afford U.S. service members the luxury of attending sporting events or entertainment activities. The Salute to Military Families program was designed to provide unique, VIP experiences at these venues to recognize veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Since 2009, the VFW and the VFW Foundation has hosted over 1300 local military guests to this special race event at MIS.
    Hometown Hero: Specialist John Rendak, U.S. Army National Guard, and his wife Gina of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will attend the race weekend as special guests of the VFW. As the Hometown Hero, Specialist Rendak and his wife will receive exclusive VIP access, including weekend RV accommodations at MIS; admissions to the VFW pit road suite and Salute to Military Families. In addition they will receive garage passes; pace car rides; introductions at the VFW 200 drivers' meeting and pre-race ceremonies passes. After the race they will have access to the VFW 200 victory lane celebration, including a photograph with the race winner. Specialist Rendak served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant from 1981 to 1987 with service in Germany and Honduras. Since 2009, Specialist Rendak has served the U.S. Army National Guard and has served tours in Iraq and Kuwait.
    Military Ticket Discount presented by VFW: Active or retired U.S. Military personnel and/or VFW members receive great ticket discounts to all MIS races in August. Sunday tickets start at just $17.50, and discounts are available for Friday and Saturday events. Tickets can be purchased at www.mispeedway.com/military. Offer expires August 13, 2012.
    50/50 Charity Raffle benefitting the VFW Foundation: The VFW Foundation will benefit from an exciting new program at MIS, giving fans the chance to win a daily cash prize with proceeds split between the winning ticketholder and the VFW Foundation. Raffle tickets will be sold Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the New Holland Fan Plaza and inside the ticket gates. Winning ticket numbers will be announced at MIS each day and will be posted online following the event.
    Funds raised will support the military assistance programs of the VFW, including:
    Unmet Needs, which has provided more than $4.3 million in direct financial assistance to over 3,100 military families for rent, mortgage, utilities, vehicle repair, medical expenses and basic food expenses;
    Operation Uplink, which has provided over 6.6 million free connections home for deployed troops and hospitalized veterans since 2006; and
    Military Assistance Program, which provides troops and their families critical support before, during and after deployment and has hosted nearly 2 million military families at events worldwide since 2007.
    Race Program Fundraiser: Michigan International Speedway and Americrown have partnered to donate a dollar from every program sold to the VFW. Americrown sells the official race weekend program at 33 different locations at MIS.
    Honoring Our History Travelling Gallery: The VFW has partnered with Waddell & Reed to bring the Honoring Our History Tour to the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, August 17-19. The custom 18-wheel "big rig" truck has been transformed into a travelling World War I gallery. The unique exhibit offers a free, interactive and educational experience designed by the National World War I Museum - the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the artifacts, history and personal experiences of World War I. The travelling gallery features 66 World War I artifacts, such as weapons, uniforms, posters and flags and was developed by Waddell & Reed to celebrate the company's 75th anniversary. The company's founders, Chauncy Waddell and Cameron Reed, were both veterans of World War I. The exhibit includes Waddell's flight gear, his flight suit and log book.
    The exhibit's mission is to raise awareness and funding for museums and cultural institutions across the country. By travelling to 75 cities in nearly every state, Waddell & Reed hopes to raise $500,000 in total donations over the course of the year. Funds raised at MIS will be split between the National World War I Museum and the VFW Foundation. For more information, please visit www.honoringourhistory.com.
    National Anthem Performance by VFW National Home for Children Chorus: Members of the VFW National Home for Children Chorus will perform the National Anthem during pre-race ceremony for the VFW 200 Camping World Truck Series race. They will also receive complimentary tickets to enjoy the VFW 200 race at MIS.
    The VFW National Home for Children, located in Eaton Rapids, Mich., serves as a living memorial to America's veterans by helping our nation's veterans and military families. For more information, visit www.vfwnationalhome.org.
    Goodyear Gives Back Care Package Event: The VFW and Goodyear have teamed up to host a care package event at MIS on Thursday, August 16. Care packages will be assembled by local volunteers, including VFW members, at MIS and shipped to troops stationed overseas with a special focus on Michigan-based units. The event is part of the annual Goodyear Gives Back program benefitting deployed U.S. Armed Forces and their families directly and through programs operated by Support Our Troops. Consumers and race fans can learn more by visiting www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack.(MIS)(8-14-2012)

  • Two bands headline Budweiser Acceleration Concert at MIS: A huge lineup of talent headlined by The Romantics and Fuel is planned for the Budweiser Acceleration Concert at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 18. Detroit's own The Romantics will headline the always popular and free post-race concert in Lot 10. The concert will begin shortly after the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The concert is free for anyone with a VFW 200 race ticket. Joining The Romantics will be Fuel, The Last Nova and Ghosts of August. The Romantics cut their teeth on the Detroit streets with sound characterized by the MC5, the Stooges, Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Rationals, SRC and the Underdogs. The band infused it with sincerity, irony, spontaneity and, of course, volume. They favored short hair, short songs and popularized red leather suits. The band has produced such songs as "Hey!...uh-huh!," "Talking in Your Sleep," "What I Like About You," "Little White Lies" and "I Can't Tell You Anything." Fuel will also take the stage for the Budweiser Acceleration Concert on Saturday evening. The band has sold more than 3.5 million albums in the United States and has scored a trio of top five singles, including "Shimmer," "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)." Fuel has sold out tours all over the world, headlining venues and opening for Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Creed and 3 Doors Down. Fuel is primed to continue its momentum with its latest release, "Angels and Devils." The VFW 200 is at 12:30 pm. The concert will begin shortly after the checkered flag that afternoon. Ticket are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(8-8-2012)

  • Kid Rock to serve as Michigan Grand Marshal: Rock and Roll is coming to Michigan International Speedway, the fastest track in NASCAR. Recording artist, and Michigan resident, Kid Rock has been named this year's Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal. Known for his award-winning music and philanthropic efforts, Kid Rock will say the most famous words in racing, "Gentlemen, start your engines," in his role as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on August 19. Known around the world for his musical prowess, Kid Rock has sold more than 25 million records since his debut more than a decade ago.(Michigan Speedway)(8-3-2012)

  • Goodyear confirms new tire combination for Michigan: A tire test at Michigan International Speedway saw fast speeds and happy drivers. The daylong tire test allowed teams and Goodyear to check out the new tires the teams will race when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series return in a few weeks. Goodyear has selected a new combination for the two-mile racetrack - a combination of the original tires from the April test and a slightly softer version of the harder tire used during the June race. Though top speeds were not official, some drivers went about 210 mph on Monday, but only averaged about 195 mph, a little slower than during the previous test in April and the June NASCAR event at the track. The last time drivers were at MIS, the tires were very hard, a last-minute change when some drivers experienced blistering on their tires during practice sessions. To avoid bringing back the same tires, Goodyear developed a new combination. "Back in June was our first race on this new pavement. We digested everything we saw over the weekend, in practice as well as what we had in the race," Greg Stucker, director of Racing Tire Sales for Goodyear, said. "We digested that and looked at all the data, poured over all the comments we got from the teams and drivers, made our recommendation for our package coming up in August. That is why we were here today for, just confirming that." Twenty-eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams participated in a daylong tire confirmation at Michigan International Speedway on Monday. Michigan International Speedway became NASCAR's fastest racetrack in June. Marcos Ambrose's speed of 203.241 mph for the Quicken Loans 400 was the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history and the first time the pole winning speed was faster than 200 mph at a track other than Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. All race tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-31-2012)

  • Trams at MIS are an Olympic legacy: Thousands of race fans at Michigan International Speedway are annually touched by the Olympic Games - and they probably don't even know it. With Opening Ceremonies held Friday, officially kicked off the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, speedway Guest Services Director Tim Booth proudly reflects on the legacy the Games have had on Michigan International Speedway. Much of the speedway's tram fleet was used during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Shortly after those Olympic Games, MIS officials purchased the trams to transport race guests around the 1,400-acre facility. The speedway's full fleet of double-trailer trams, "nomads" and golf cars moves about 70,000 race fans and employees throughout a NASCAR event weekend. It's a big task, considering recent surveys suggest more and more fans are hitching a tram ride. Booth is always examining the wait time at tram stops, comfort of trams, safety of trams and enjoyment of the ride. As a result, the speedway has invested in building two giant tram plazas in Turn 1 and Turn 4 to efficiently queue guests waiting for a tram, developed an electronic system to track tram stop wait times and installed PAs on the trams. Soon, guests on the north side of the property will notice a significantly less wait time in line and on the tram with a new route that has been created through a stretch inside the MISCamping.com Tree Farm Campground. Other guests will notice a shaded Tram Plaza. All race tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-30-2012)

  • Jimmie Johnson ticket package returns at Michigan: Due to the overwhelming success of a similar ticket package in June, Michigan International Speedway and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will again offer a special ticket offer for children. The track has teamed with Johnson for a specially priced $48 ticket offer which includes one adult ticket, one ticket for any child 12 years or younger, a Q&A session with Johnson and a Sunday scanner rental for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 19. Every child will receive a Lowe's Build and Grow kit, a wooden replica of Johnson's No. 48 Madagascar 3 race car. This package sold out for June due to its popularity, so fans should not wait to purchase.(MIS)(7-23-2012)

  • Michigan Cup qualifying moves to Friday: Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway has been moved to Friday, August 17. Gatorade Pole Day is set for Aug. 17, a switch from previously published Saturday, Aug. 18. In addition to NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at 4:10 p.m., the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series will practice that day. Tickets for Gatorade Pole Day on Friday, August 17 are $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Gatorade Pole Day tickets and tickets for the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-7-2012)

  • Gordon, Harvick visiting fan hospitality at Michigan: Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick headline the group of NASCAR drivers making an appearance in the Budweiser Acceleration Club during the August NASCAR weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Budweiser Acceleration is one of the fan hospitality areas at MIS, and always a good time. Hospitality package can be purchased individually or for groups. Guests can take part in Acceleration on Saturday or Sunday or double the excitement by attending both days of the event. Admission is $69 for adults and $29 for kids 12 and under, plus a grandstand admission ticket for Saturday. On Sunday it is $179 for adults and $79 for kids for kids 12 and under, plus a grandstand admission ticket. Special guest appearances will be added throughout the weekend. They will be announced as they are confirmed.(MIS)(7-5-2012)

  • Roush to drive pace car in Michigan NNS race: What's next for Jack Roush, NASCAR team owner, successful Northville businessman, passionate pilot and two-time plane-crash survivor? What about pace-car driver? "Well, they're going to let me drive the Ford Mustang pace car for today's Nationwide Series race," Roush said Friday. "At 8:30 (in the morning), I'm going to get my instructions. I don't know if they'll let me drive afterwards. My guess is I'll just be in the pace car for one of the preliminary laps and won't be there when it's time to turn them loose for the green flag." Roush, 70, is a very competent driver -- he raced dragsters as a youngster and plenty of muscle cars over the years. Today, Roush will be at the wheel of one of his Roush-built Stage 3 Mustangs to pace the race. The vehicle was donated by Roush for auction with a portion of the proceeds going to the SAE International Foundation for science and math education.(Detroit Free Press)(6-16-2012)

  • Couple getting married at MIS Victory Lane: Roger Curtis seemingly will do anything to improve the fan experience at Michigan International Speedway, including marrying a couple today at victory lane. Curtis, the speedway's president since 2006, offered up the track's prime real estate when Kim Kent and Brice Swanson of Greenville inquired last year about getting married at the track. Curtis also volunteered to become an ordained minister and will perform the ceremony following the NASCAR Nationwide Alliance Truck Parts 250.(Detroit Free Press)(6-16-2012)

  • Goodyear to change left-side recommendation at Michigan: Based on the higher than expected speeds NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams ran in pre-race practice on the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has decided to change its left-side tire recommendation for Sunday's race. In the final Sprint Cup practice on Friday afternoon, #16-Greg Biffle ran an average speed in excess of 204 mph for his fastest lap. For comparison's sake, when Goodyear tested at Michigan in preparation for this race on April 3-4, the fastest average lap speed topped out in the 198-mph range. The higher speeds caused significantly higher left-side tire temperatures, which caused Goodyear to take this step.
    The tire code that teams will now run (D-4020) features a tougher tread compound, a different construction and different mold shape than the tire teams ran in practice. The replacement tire was run at Charlotte Motor Speedway after that track was repaved at the end of the 2005 season. This code was run at both races at Charlotte in both 2006 and 2007. When Goodyear decided to bring a new tire to Charlotte for the 2008 season, a quantity of this code was built as part of the back-up plan that Goodyear has in place for every race track on the circuit. Since this tire proved durable and provided an ample amount of grip for the repaved Charlotte surface, it made it a logical choice to be put in place for just this type of situation for the fresh asphalt at Michigan.
    Goodyear will ship in enough tires for teams to have 10 sets of tires for the race, which is the original NASCAR set limit for this event. Teams will run their original allotment of right-side tires (D-4528) in Sunday's race. Teams will have additional tires available for a NASCAR-scheduled practice following the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
    "We decided this move was best to provide quality racing here on Sunday," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's Director of Race Tires. "In collecting data and speaking with drivers and crew chiefs throughout the practice days, we had two choices to make. Our first option was to make the team's race sets available to them before practice on Friday and allow them the chance to 'scuff' them, in order to run them through a heat cycle to increase heat resistance. We did that, but after all the practice sessions ended on Friday, we concluded the safer option was to go to our contingency plan and bring in the 4020s.
    "This code has been run before under similar track conditions and we have full confidence that it will give drivers and teams the enough grip to run a great race on Sunday, while doing so in the safest possible manner. Safety is always our No. 1 concern, and by bringing this tire here this weekend, we will accomplish that goal."(Goodyear PR)(6-15-2012)

  • Sprint Cup Series practice added after Saturday's Nationwide race: Goodyear will make a tire change for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The decision was made Friday evening after teams had tires that were blistering following Friday's practice sessions at the newly-repaved 2.0-mile track. Goodyear will bring a tougher left side tire from Charlotte that the teams will use in Sunday's event. The teams will qualify Saturday as scheduled at 1:10 pm/et with the tires previously allotted by Goodyear. Following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the teams will be given a 75-minute practice session with the new left side tires that will start at approximately 6:00pm/et. "With the new repave here at Michigan, coupled with the high temperatures we're seeing this weekend, we feel this change will help us put on the best race possible on Sunday," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition.(NASCAR)
    TV: SPEED will air the practice live at 6:00pm/et.(6-15-2012)

  • Track records shattered in NASCAR practice at MIS UPDATES: The Sprint Cup Series qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway has been broken unofficially by several cars already this morning, at a special NASCAR test to acclimatize drivers to the newly repaved oval. Toyota driver #56-Martin Truex Jr. became the first NASCAR driver in MIS history to turn a 200-mph lap when he hit 200.261 this morning. Chevy's #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was right behind him, at 200.206. Chevy drivers #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (199.440 mph) and #29-Kevin Harvick (199.236 mph) also flirted with the 200-mph threshold. #18-Kyle Busch went 194.789 in his Toyota and #24-Jeff Gordon 194.610 in another Chevrolet. The old track record was 194.232, set by Ryan Newman in a Dodge in 2005.(Detroit Free Press)
    UPDATES as I see or hear them on the speeds: #55-Martin fastest at Michigan with lap of 201.089 mph in testing. Then Harvick (200.999), Truex (200.306) & Dale Jr. (200.206).(Dustin Long Twitter)
    Practice can be followed live on NASCAR.com's Leaderboard
    The top five as of 11:00am/et after 3 hours of testing:
    #55-Martin 201.089
    #29-Harvick 200.999
    #56-Truex Jr. 200.306
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 200.206
    #14-Stewart 199.856
    41 cars have run laps so far with 39 over the old track record.
    The best 10 lap average was run by #18-Kyle Busch at 197.065mph.
    4 cars didn't test: #19-Bliss, #10-Raines, #32-Schrader & #49-Yeley.
    See the speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Test Session 1 Speeds page (pdf)
    Test Session 2 - afternoon: top five speeds at end of the session:
    #14-Stewart 201.896
    #16-Biffle 201.556
    #51-Busch 201.174
    #29-Harvick 200.697
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 200.658
    7 cars were over 200mph, 43 cars have made runs with ALL being faster then the track record speed.
    2 cars didn't test: #10-Raines and #32-Schrader.
    See the speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Test Session 2 Speeds page (pdf)
    No restrictor plates planned at MIS: NASCAR officials said they have no plan to add restrictor plates used at Daytona and Talladega to reduce speeds. Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton expected speeds to slow on their own as the track rubbers in and the temperature rises. Series director John Darby said NASCAR has a speed at which liftoff is a concern as is the case at Daytona and Talladega, and "we're not there yet."(ESPN)(6-14-2012)

  • With Michigan Repave, Newman's Record Will Likely Fall: One repave down, two to go. Pocono Raceway's facelift produced one of the year's most intriguing races. Kansas Speedway's new surface won't be tested in competition until October. This Sunday, Michigan International Speedway takes center stage with its new coat of asphalt. Earlier Goodyear Tire tests produced lap speeds that were fast - over 200 mph - and if duplicated, would make the Detroit-area track the fastest among current lap records. "It's a very fast track but a very comfortable-feeling pace," said two-time Michigan winner Jeff Gordon, who participated in the April test. "The track drives so similar to the way it did before and I believe it's going to have multiple grooves." Ryan Newman set the current MIS record of 194.232 mph on June 18, 2005. The driver of Stewart-Haas Racing's #39 U.S. Army Chevy has been stuck on 49 career poles since last September, when he was the fast qualifier for the second time in 2011 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway [and won the race]. Only eight NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have recorded 50 or more career poles.(NASCAR)(6-14-2012)

  • New 2013 F-150 FX4 to Serve as Pace Truck: Ford Motor Company will introduce the latest version of the F-150, part of America's best-selling truck lineup, on Sunday when Ford's President of The Americas Mark Fields leads the field to green for Michigan International Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup series race in the new 2013 F-150. "Like our hardworking customers, Ford is committed to continuous improvement and getting the job done right with our industry-leading trucks," Fields said. "So many of our truck customers are race fans that it makes perfect sense to show our new 2013 F-150 FX4 model for the first time at the track." Fields will serve as pace car driver for the second straight June race at MIS, after leading the field to the green flag in a 2012 Focus last year.(MIS), see an image of the truck on my 2012 Sprint Cup Series Race Pace Cars page.(6-13-2012)

  • McDonald's Rock and Race Concert at MIS: Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin will take the stage at Michigan International Speedway during the June race weekend for the McDonald's Rock and Race Concert. The multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated duo will headline the always popular and free post-race concert in Lot 10 on June 16. The concert will begin shortly after the Alliance Truck Parts 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The concert is free for anyone with an Alliance Truck Parts 250 race ticket. The Alliance Truck Parts 250 is at 3:45 p.m. The concert will begin shortly after the checkered flag that evening. Ticket are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-13-2012)

  • Testing set at Michigan for Thursday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series one-day test session at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th [Flag Day], this test provides the first opportunity for all teams to run on Michigan's new racing surface in preparation for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. The teams / drivers are scheduled to be on track from 8-11 am/et and again from 1-4 pm/et. Speeds / Lap Times will be posted if provided.
    The Turn 3 grandstand will be open free of charge that day for guests to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup and ARCA Racing Series drivers practice on the newly paved, ultra-fast racetrack. Gate 33 will be open for guests from 1 to 5 p.m., perfect for campers on site that weekend. This will push the infield load-in back a little. We'll start load-in shortly after testing concludes. Parking for guests not already at the track will be in Lot 14 at MIS Camping.com Graves Family Campground, across US 12. A courtesy tram will bring fans to and from the Turn 3 stand.(MIS)(6-12-2012)

  • Michigan to host "Rookie Pit Stop" for guests: A NASCAR race is more than a sporting event. It's a vacation, an experience, a way of life. Some fans, especially first-timers, may need a little help to make the most of the thrill and understand the sport. So for fans visiting Michigan International Speedway for the first time during the June 15-17 Quicken Loans 400 weekend, having a fellow race fan give friendly advice when you arrive could be extremely beneficial. That's exactly what the track's new "MIS Rookie Pit Stop" program is designed to do. Throughout the race weekend, first-time race fans are asked to stop by the MIS Rookie Pit Stop and ask a member of the speedway's Fan Advisory Board (FAB) and some motorsports insiders for tips and advice on how to understand the speedway and the sport of NASCAR. The Rookie Pit Stop is located near the main Gate 24 ticket office in the New Holland Fan Plaza.(MIS)(6-12-2012)

  • Michigan names race officials: Two of [Michigan's] biggest sports superstars will be grand marshal and honorary starter for the Father's Day Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Starting goaltender for the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard will remove his mask and serve as grand marshal for the Quicken Loans 400, giving the command to start engines. Dominic Raiola, the center and team captain for the NFL's Detroit Lions, will be honorary starter, waving the green flag. When it comes to his play between the pipes, Howard is regarded as one of the best goalies in the NHL. He has played in 192 regular season games for the Red Wings with 188 starts, posting a 110-54-19 record. He played in his first NHL All-Star Game earlier this year. Raiola has played in 172 career, regular season NFL games with 156 starts during his NFL career. A model of consistency, he has missed just four games since entering into the starting lineup in 2002. The seven-year captain is considered the leader of the lockerroom and held in high regard by his peers and the media. (MIS)(6-9-2012)

  • Budweiser Party Porch comes to Turn Four at Michigan: Michigan International Speedway has brought all the amenities of a tailgate to Turn Four. Now, fans can party before, during and after the race, all while overlooking the high-speed action of NASCAR's soon-to-be fastest racetrack. The new Budweiser Party Porch at Michigan International Speedway is a respite area and hang-out at the track, all overlooking Turn Four. The new patio includes concession and merchandise stands, as well as a full bar. Plus, there will be umbrella-covered picnic tables for fans to sit and relax during the day. The Budweiser Party Porch is open all day and practically all night. The Turn Four Patio is for guests of all ages before and during the race. Guests may bring coolers the meet speedway requirements in to enjoy the area. After the race, the Budweiser Party Porch is a cool hang-out for the speedway's camping guests 21 and older. The age restrictions will be enforced about one hour after the race. Coolers are not permitted in the area during this time. Live music is scheduled from 8-11 p.m. every night, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Budweiser Party Porch will close at midnight.(MIS)(6-6-2012)

  • Quicken Loans to sponsor spring Michigan race: Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. announced it has teamed with Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan, to sponsor the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, June 17. "We saw the Quicken Loans 400 as another way to further our support of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series and to showcase our culture and focus on the client experience to the millions of NASCAR fans around the country," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. "This year marks Quicken Loans' first season as a primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing. This partnership with MIS will take our participation in the sport to a new level, allowing us to further connect with these amazing race fans." Along with its sponsorship of the Quicken Loans 400, the nation's largest online mortgage lender is the primary sponsor of Newman's #39 Chevy for nine Sprint Cup races, and an associate sponsor for the remainder of the season. Quicken Loans also is an associate sponsor of three-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 17 are available for as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2012 events at MIS. The ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.(Quicken Loans)(5-9-2012)

  • Michigan fans can catch practice session for free: The speeds at Michigan International Speedway are fast, and now race fans can witness them first-hand during a special test session added to the June schedule. NASCAR and ARCA have added a daylong practice session at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday, June 14. The Turn 3 grandstand will be open free of charge that day for guests to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup and ARCA Racing Series drivers practice on the newly paved, ultra-fast racetrack. Gate 33 will be open for guests from 1 to 5 p.m., perfect for campers on site that weekend. Parking for guests not already at the track will be in Lot 14 at MIS Camping.com Graves Family Campground, across US 12. A courtesy tram will bring fans to and from the Turn 3 stand.(Michigan Speedway)(4-29-2012)

  • Update on jet dryer driver from Daytona 500 accident: Michigan International Speedway had three jet dryers and two employees at Daytona International Speedway assisting with Monday's Daytona 500. The jet dryer driven by Duane Barnes, 52, of Addison, Mich., was hit from behind by #42-Juan Pablo Montoya during a caution. Barnes was released from Halifax Medical Center after a precautionary evaluation by doctors late Monday night. He returned to the racetrack to watch the end of the race. Barnes has worked in the Maintenance Department at Michigan International Speedway for 24 years. He has frequently assisted other International Speedway Corporation-owned racetracks, driving jet dryers at those events. MIS supports other racetracks by sending staff and equipment to events. Barnes is surprised at the outpouring of well wishes, and thanks everyone for their concern. "I appreciate everyone for taking the time to write, call and ask how I am. I am OK and I am amazed at how many people have wished me well. I am also glad Juan Pablo Montoya is OK, and thank him for his concern," Barnes said.(MIS)(2-28-2012)

  • Watkins Glen / Michigan lose Sprint Cup sponsor: Watkins Glen International is without a title sponsor for its NASCAR Sprint Cup event after Heluva Good! ended contract negotiations earlier this week. WGI President Michael Printup said last week he was optimistic the food manufacturer known largely for its sour cream dips would come back for its fourth year as the race's primary sponsor, but he learned Tuesday that Heluva Good! decided not to renew its contract. "We were a percent away from signing the deal and they turned around and walked away," Printup said Friday. "We loved Heluva Good! but of course every company takes changes of direction." With its Sprint Cup event seven months away, the news has left Watkins Glen's marketing team and its corporate owner, International Speedway Corp., a small window to find another headliner. "At this point, it's all hands on deck," said Printup, who expects to have a new sponsor in place within 90 days. Heluva Good! also decided not to return as sponsor of the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, which is another ISC-owned track. Printup said Sprint Cup title sponsors generally provide tracks between $500,000 and $2,000,000.(Elmiria Star Gazette)(2-14-2012)

  • Michigan race tickets on sale: Michigan International Speedway tickets are finally on sale. he opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS is on Father's Day June 17; and Pure Michigan 400 is on August 19. Both feature some of the most affordable ticket prices in the country. In fact, the last time ticket prices at MIS were this low was in 1998 when Jeff Gordon won his third of four NASCAR championships and 13 races. MIS offers NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for every budget. Tickets start at $25. Kids 12 and under are free in some sections, while junior pricing for 17 and under are half price in reserved seats. Prices on other events such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 on June 16 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 on Aug. 18 have also remained low for 2012 at $25 and $20, respectively. Additionally, MIS' continuous commitment to its fans in the form of improved fan amenities, like larger seats, paved tram routes and exclusive MISCamping.com APEX, the speedway's new campground, are more of the improvements the speedway has on tap for 2012.(Michigan Speedway)(2-6-2012)

  • Michigan International Speedway, MEDC announce Pure Michigan 400: With the success of 2011, two of Michigan's best-known brands - Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan - are again teaming up to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, August 19. The three-year partnership between MIS and Pure Michigan is a continuation of what started in 2011, and the first time a state's branding agency sponsored NASCAR's premier stock car series. The inaugural Pure Michigan 400 in 2011 received overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans and tourists alike.(Michigan Speedway)(1-12-2012)

  • Sydlowski named VP of Sales and Marketing at MIS: Michael Sydlowski has joined Michigan International Speedway as vice president of Sales and Marketing, speedway President Roger Curtis has announced. He begins Jan. 3. Sydlowski, 41, brings a tremendous amount of professional sports sales and corporate partnership experience including jobs at Learfield Sports/Rocket Sports Properties in Toledo, Ohio, the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Kent State University in Ohio. He was with the Detroit Shock when it won the WNBA Championship in 2003, and the Detroit Pistons for the NBA Championship in 2004. Most recently, Sydlowski worked for Alternative Revenue Development in Troy, Mich., as the vice president of sales. The start-up entity assisted Michigan schools with incremental revenue streams through the formation of sponsorships to assist them with their funding problems. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2012 will go to customers who make a $10 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit by Jan. 31. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2012. All other tickets go on sale Feb. 1.(MIS)(12-30-2011)

  • Sweet wager: Martinsville squares off against Michigan in Sugar Bowl bet: Next Tuesday's Sugar Bowl will pit two legendary programs against one another - Martinsville Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. The top dogs for the two NASCAR racetracks will square off head-to-head, each backing his state's marquee football team. MIS boss Roger Curtis will cheer for the legendary University of Michigan, while Martinsville boss Clay Campbell has picked Virginia Tech to win. Here's the bet: If the No. 11 Hokies win, Curtis will travel to Martinsville, Va., in April for that track's NASCAR event and serve the half-mile track's Famous Martinsville Speedway Hotdog to media. Curtis will wear something in Chicago maroon and burnt orange, likely emblazoned with the Hokie Bird or the famous "VT." If the No. 13 Wolverines win, Campbell will visit MIS in June during MIS' NASCAR event and serve MIS' signature Coney Dogs to the press. Coney dogs were invented in Jackson., Mich., just 15 miles north of MIS. Oh, and Campbell will also be outfitted in something special should the University of Michigan win. This is the first time the two track presidents - and the schools - will face off. Virginia Tech, 11-2 on the season, is the only team in the country to win 10 games for eight straight seasons. The Hokies have also been to 19 consecutive bowl games. This will be Michigan's 41st trip to a bowl game. The school has an 18-3 all-time record against ACC schools. The Sugar Bowl is one of the most successful college football bowl games of its kind, played annually in New Orleans since 1935. The Sugar Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN.(Martinsville Speedway / Michigan International Speedway)(12-28-2011)

  • MIS serves as community fund-raising platform: The spirit of giving isn't just a seasonal belief at Michigan International Speedway; it's the racetrack's way of life, providing a valuable fund-raising platform for the community. In 2011 alone, Michigan International Speedway and its catering and concession partner Americrown donated or paid out more than $618,000 to local charities and service groups through cash donations and work programs. The speedway and Americrown annually work with service groups, church groups, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs, masons, high school sporting clubs and a host of other non-profit organizations to provide a platform for those groups to earn money for their causes and programs during the racetrack's events. Service groups annually and frequently assist MIS in a number of ways including tram drivers, car parkers, ticket stubbers, program sellers, T-shirt folders, gate staffers, hamburger flippers and soda jerkers. Additionally, MIS Cares, the speedway's charity arm, recently awarded $75,000 in cash donations to local charities through its annual grant program. Another $50,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets that groups raffle off, also to raise money for their clubs. More info about assisting at MIS for future events, groups looking for grants or financial assistance or for tickets to races in 2012, go to MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(12-25-2011)

  • APEX is a unique, exciting race camping option at MIS for 2012: Camping has always been an important part of the Michigan International Speedway experience, so racetrack officials have unveiled plans for a truly unique campground that will open in 2012. APEX is a deluxe trackside campground of 20 spaces, giving camping guests the best, most exciting view of the racetrack - all from the apex of Turn 3. Each trackside campsite is 20- x 55-feet wide and has water and electric hookups, a picnic table and grill. The sites overlook Turn 3, so guests will be able to feel the surge of 43 NASCAR stock cars at speeds of close to 200 mph. A concierge service for guests of the campground will be offered - an exclusive opportunity for fans who stay there to be pampered and catered to by a professional butler. A concierge will assist guests with anything they need to enjoy a race weekend in the Michigan. Need a tee time before the race? Need a ride to the garage? Where's the best place to dine? Need ice? Just ask the concierge for advice, guidance and assistance for most of your MIS camping and weekend needs.
    Admission to APEX is $1,600 per site, plus $250 per person for the weekend, up to 10 people per site. Each guest will receive a scanner rental and weekend pit access. Two people per site will also receive NASCAR garage passes for the weekend. Guests interested in camping in APEX should call MIS ticket agent Ian Kirkpatrick at 517-592-1285 for details. Because of the limited number of sites, spaces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to renewal guests and then to deposit guests. All RVs in APEX must be self-contained. APEX will open on Thursday of race week, and remain open until the Monday after the race. Renewals for 2012 are under way. Guests have until Nov. 18 to ensure they get their seats, the best pricing for next season and be automatically entered for a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on Dec. 2.(MIS)(12-9-2011)

  • Michigan re-paving is complete: Michigan International Speedway is paving the way for the exciting return of NASCAR to Michigan in 2012. The fourth repave project in the track's 44-year history is complete. The completion of the project means NASCAR drivers will have to work extra hard to win a race at Michigan, a driver favorite and fan since the track opened in 1968. A laser survey of the racetrack before the repave project began last August collected more than 100 million data points across the surface, allowing engineers to replicate all points of the original pavement. But crews smoothed out all of the dips and bumps that occurred over time, making MIS as smooth as silk. "Since the track is so much smoother, it has now created a level playing field for all competitors and all teams," Roger Curtis, president of MIS, explained. "Some teams have a larger book of historical information about the track from past events. All this data can now be thrown out the window because the new, smooth surface will mean the less experienced teams have just as much knowledge of the new surface as the larger, more experienced super-teams." The data points also showed MIS has always had variable banking in its 18-degree turns. Variable banking allows cars to carry more speed through the turns, enabling drivers to run multiple lines around the racetrack. Additionally, a smoother surface usually means more grip with the tires, and more grip means better handling of the cars so drivers feel good about passing and driving high lines.
    The $7 million project was done by Ajax Paving Industries in Troy, Mich., who has extensive background in paving high-speed, high-banked ovals including the Chrysler Corp. oval in Chelsea, Mich., and the Ford Romeo Test Track for Ford Motor Co., a five-mile, steep-banked oval used by the manufacturer for testing. The group also completed Phoenix International Raceway, which will host NASCAR events this weekend. The ISC Design & Development engineering and construction team overseeing the project has paved seven NASCAR-sanctioned tracks since 2003. Besides completion of the two-mile oval, the 1.5-mile road course inside the oval was also paved and unveiled to media Thursday. The paving of the road course will enhance the speedway's efforts to be a test bed for various R&D opportunities, while allowing the racetrack to host karting and car club activities.
    With paving complete, a few small projects remain to round out all the track work, including landscape restoration, reinstallation of the NASCAR scoring loops and painting the start-finish line. This is the fourth repave in the track's history. The track was built in 1968, and repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995. During the latest project, 22,000 tons of asphalt was placed on the surface, enough to construct about 5 ½ miles of a two-lane county road.
    Renewals for 2012 are under way. Guests have until Nov. 18 to ensure they get the best pricing for next season and automatically entered for a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on Dec. 2. New guests can place a $10 refundable deposit to take advantage of the best pricing for 2012 by calling 800.354.1010.
    AND For the third consecutive year, Michigan International Speedway and its non-profit arm, MIS Cares, will collect goods to benefit two local charities by hosting a lap around the racetrack from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, Nov. 19, weather dependent. Guests may take a lap in their personal automobiles around the newly paved two-mile oval in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable food that will be donated to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich., and St. Mary's Food Pantry in Adrian, Mich., respectively. Guests will also be able to visit with Santa in one of MIS' Pit Road Suites. Photos will be taken of Santa posing with each guest. Pictures may be purchased for $5, with $1 from each picture sold going back to MIS Cares. Everyone who participates will automatically be entered to win an MIS gift pack. Guests can also sign their children up for the MIS Kids Club when they attend. More info at MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(11-12-2011)

  • Michigan repave project to include internal road course: Repaving the Michigan International Speedway oval is the biggest part of the $7 million project, but it's not the only racing course scheduled to be repaved for 2012. The speedway's internal road course is also on the docket for its first repave in track history. MIS recognizes the importance of having a newly paved internal road course, however not for professional racing activities, but for its continued effort to be a test-bed for automotive manufacturers and other various R&D opportunities. The road course could also potentially be used for karting and car club activities. Over the past two weeks, crews have paved the backstretch skid pad and performed various maintenance projects to the track in preparation for the repave of the MIS oval and road course. The repaving of both is scheduled to begin in the next week (weather permitting).(Michigan Speedway)(9-24-2011)

  • Michigan Repave project begins: Crews were hard at work Monday removing the SAFER barrier that surrounds Michigan International Speedway in preparation of the track's repave. The steel and foam energy reduction wall absorbs impacts from crashes. Some 5,575 feet of SAFER wall will be removed from the outside crash wall. SAFER walls mounted on interior walls on the backstretch, at pit-in and at pit-out will stay in place. And beginning Tuesday, about 646,000-square-feet of asphalt will be removed when milling begins. This will be the fourth time MIS has been repaved. The track was repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995. The track was built in 1968. "We had some great racing this year; most recently with the 20 lead changes and three- and four-wide racing throughout the Pure Michigan 400," speedway President Roger Curtis said. "Drivers love this racetrack, so it's exciting to start another chapter for MIS - a new racing surface." Michigan International Speedway's repave consists of removing the top three-fourths of an inch of existing asphalt pavement, and placing two lifts of asphalt - each 1 ½ inches thick - as a leveling course and a final wearing course. Once the track has been milled, 22,000 tons of new asphalt will go in its place. Asphalt will be laid down in September.
    The $7 million project will be done by Ajax Paving Industries in Troy, Mich., who has extensive background in paving high-speed, high-banked ovals including Phoenix International Raceway, the Chrysler Corp. oval in Chelsea, Mich., and the Ford Romeo Test Track for Ford Motor Co., a five-mile, steep-banked oval used by the manufacturer for testing. A laser survey of the existing track surface collects approximately 100 million data points, allowing engineers to replicate the original pavement - yet smooth out all of the dips and bumps that have occurred over time. Those data points have shown the racetrack has variable banking in its 18-degree turns. Variable banking allows cars to carry more speed through the turns, enabling drivers to run multiple lines around the racetrack. Pit Road was repaved following the June NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.(MIS)(8-23-2011)

  • MIS, NASCAR first-timers award fan trophy: #18-Kyle Busch may have driven 406 miles to win the Pure Michigan 400, but the Smiths drove 1,200 miles to see it. Ron and Paulette Smith, their son Colby, and Annette Legresley, who is Paulette's sister, attended their first-ever NASCAR race on Sunday - and it was at Michigan International Speedway. The family from Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, was chosen by track President Roger Curtis to award the racetrack's annual Fan Trophy to Busch. "I met them on a tram," Curtis, who frequently rides trams before and after races, sits in grandstands and buys concessions and merchandise on race day so he can see what the fans go through and spend some time with them, said. "We were sitting there, and they told me how far they drove to be here. I had to pick them." Curtis chooses one guest to award the Fan Trophy to the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. A guest was also chosen in June. This is the fourth time a fan has awarded the trophy. Roger always chooses the guest - someone he randomly meets at the racetrack that weekend. The stories are always compelling; the fans are unique. "I've chosen long-time fans, and I've chosen fans with great stories," he said. "But there was something about that family's travel and the wonderful smile Colby had on his face throughout our tram ride. He smiled the entire time; you couldn't wipe the smile off his face." The two-year-old Fan Trophy is part of the track's Fan Appreciation program. The program provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences for MIS account holders via randomly distributed Golden Tickets. These Golden Tickets are redeemed for garage passes, seat upgrades, grab bag gifts, even promotional outings with NASCAR drivers. The winning Sprint Cup race driver receives a trophy. Members of the winning driver's team receive smaller versions. "It's incredible that we were able to do this," Ron Smith said after the race. "I can't believe I'm in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway." And Colby? He just couldn't stop smiling.(MIS)(8-23-2011)

  • Michigan Gov. announced Motorsports Month: Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed August Michigan Motorsports Month this morning at Michigan International Speedway before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400. "Today's a Pure Michigan day," Snyder said. "If you look at all the fabulous things that are going around our state, not only here but we have a Dream Cruise going in Detroit. It's just a fabulous thing. If you want to see the most beautiful place in the world you can head up to Sleeping Bear Dunes. And it's great and special to be here today because this was the place to be today." Snyder gave a shout out to all the Canadian fans who visited the track. When asked what was being done to help stimulate racing in Michigan in light of the loss of the open wheel Belle Isle Grand Prix event and empty seats at the two NASCAR events held at MIS, Snyder said: "You're seeing some of that today. I think it's a great partnership that we're doing today with the rest, in terms of encouraging it. If you look, I'm serious about this being Motorsports Month. If you look at the opportunity, we have great things going on in our state: the dream cruise, the race, really creating that atmosphere. One of the key things we need to do, to be really open about it, is we just need to create more and better jobs. "It's about getting our economy working in a positive way. And we're on a positive path to see that come back and that's exciting."(Detroit Free Press)(8-21-2011)

  • About Pure Michigan: Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to www.michigan.org. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on the MEDC's initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.MichiganAdvantage.org.(8-20-2011)

  • MIS will have two Cup races in 2012: Michigan International Speedway is set to host two NASCAR Sprint Cup races again in 2012. Track president Roger Curtis says he has signed sanctioning agreements. The first race is scheduled for June 17 and the second for Aug. 19. MIS has hosted at least two NASCAR races every year since 1969, with the lone exception in 1973. Following Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, the two-mile speedway will be completely resurfaced for the first time since 1995, at a cost of $7 million. Curtis says the track has had $60 million in improvements the last five years.(Detroit Free Press)(8-20-2011)

  • President of Ford named honorary starter of Pure Michigan 400: Ford Motor Company's President and CEO Alan Mulally will wave the green flag as honorary starter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. As racing returns to the Irish Hills in the backyard of the auto industry, Mulally is excited to represent his company and the state of Michigan. "I am looking forward to representing the entire Ford team by waving the green flag at the start of the Pure Michigan 400,' said Mulally. "Michigan is Ford Motor Company's home. So there is always a little more excitement when our NASCAR teams get to race at our home track, Michigan International Speedway. Our employees, dealers, suppliers and all the Ford Motor Company stakeholders, whether in the stands or at home, will be pulling for our teams." The honorary starter duties include waving the green flag to start the race. Mulally will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR's official pace car driver and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers' meeting. Mulally will be among many other dignitaries at MIS for the Pure Michigan 400, most notably current ESPN Football analyst and former University of Michigan star Desmond Howard, who will serve as the Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21 are as low as $30 while supplies last. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS. The ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As always, parking is free at MIS - and the track allows coolers through the gates.(MIS)(8-18-2011)

  • Jimmie Johnson to visit with MIS Kids Club members: MIS Kids Club members will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Q&A Session with the five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 21. The MIS Kids Club event will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the MIS Cares Kids Zone in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Registration tables will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. to scan MIS Kids Club membership cards, as well as sign up new members. The MIS Kids Club is designed for the speedway's young racing fans. Children 12 years of age or younger can now connect with MIS to stay updated on all the latest news, as well as be able to take part in exclusive race weekend and other special events. The MIS Kids Club membership is free and will provide a child with an official membership card, Kids Club gift, Kids Club member-only race weekend activity, members-only contests with great prizes and a chance to win great race weekend experiences. To sign up prior to Sunday's event, fans can stop by the Fan Appreciation booth in the New Holland Fan Plaza or visit http://www.miskidsclub.com.(MIS)(8-13-2011)

  • MIS Cares to host "Fish Your Bass Off" Tournament: What better way to kick off a race weekend in the Irish Hills then by fishing your bass off! Michigan International Speedway's non-profit arm, MIS Cares, will host the second annual "Fish Your Bass Off" tournament at Jerry's Pub & Restaurant on scenic Wampler's Lake just minutes from the Irish Hills speedway. The tournament is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 18. At 5 p.m., 13 teams of four, with two anglers per boat, will take to the waters of Wamplers Lake for three hours of bass fishing. The anglers have been selected from fishing and bass clubs across the state. One spot per four person team will be designated for a NASCAR driver or personality, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray. Dinner tickets with cash bar are available to the public for $35 per person and can be either purchased in advance or at the door the day of the event. A limited number of dinner tickets remain so advanced purchases are recommended. Also, until Sunday, August 14, fans have the option to participate in an auction for a spot on a four-person team of anglers, with all proceeds benefiting MIS Cares. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to join a team that will consist of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and avid outdoorsman, Ryan Newman and six-time Bass Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam.(Michigan Speedway)(8-11-2011)

  • Desmond Howard to serve as Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal: Desmond Howard, the former Heisman Trophy-winning University of Michigan football star and current ESPN college football analyst, will serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21. While at the University of Michigan, Howard's acrobatic catches made him one of the most electrifying players ever to play the game. He became the first receiver in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring as he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records. The All-American won the Heisman by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy's history. He was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award that year before graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. Howard played 11 seasons in the National Football League for five teams, including two seasons with the Detroit Lions. While playing for the Green Bay Packers, Howard was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is the first and only special teams player to win the award. He is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP. Howard's post-professional football career achievements include being elected in 2010 College Football Hall of Fame and being inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan Hall of Honor, State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Howard's Collegiate Hall of Fame career will be chronicled in the upcoming book, I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard. The 190-page book, published by Champions Press, LLC, features unique stories and hundreds of photos never seen before from the Howard Family collection. I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard is available by pre-order online at MDen.com. Retail price for pre-orders of the book are $21, and it will be sold for $20 in and around Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21 are as low as $30 while supplies last. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS. As always, parking is free at MIS - and the track allows coolers through the gates.(MIS)(8-10-2011)

  • Rev Theory to headline Budweiser Acceleration Concert at Michigan: Race fans will be able to rock the house during the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend at Michigan International Speedway, as the popular rock band Rev Theory is slated to headline the Budweiser Acceleration Concert. Rev Theory and four other bands will perform at the speedway's Budweiser Acceleration Concert following the conclusion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 on Saturday, August 20. The popular Saturday night concert in Lot 10 has always been a crowd staple and fan favorite at MIS for nearly a decade. Rev Theory follows a long list of spectacular concerts that have been held at MIS including Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Sick Puppies. The post-race concert will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Camping World Truck Series VFW 200.(Michigan Speedway)(7-25-2011)

  • Michigan announces staff changes: Michigan International Speedway has made various changes to its staff. Michael Catalina has joined the speedway staff as a corporate partnerships executive. Catalina has over 20 years of experience in sales management and advertising mostly working in the clothing industry. He was most recently an account representative for LivingSocial.com, an experiential discount site. Additionally, Chad Whipkey, an MIS regional sales and corporate partnerships executive from 2007-2010, returns to the Irish Hills track after a 14-month absence. He was most recently an account representative for Coca-Cola, but has returned to MIS in his former role as a corporate partnerships executive. Other staff changes at the speedway include the hiring of Jackie Cooper as project manager and Karen Hively serving as a senior executive assistant to president Roger Curtis, moving from her previous role as an administrative assistant for the corporate partnerships department.(Michigan Speedway)(7-24-2011)

  • Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal Up for Auction for VFW 200 Truck Series Race at Michigan: Michigan International Speedway and the VFW Foundation have announced that the "Honorary Starter" and "Grand Marshal" positions for its August 20, 2011, VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be up for auction. Along with the official VFW 200 Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal designations, the highest bidders will each receive two (2) passes to the VFW Pit Road Suite, recognition during the drivers' meeting and driver introductions and a photo with the VFW 200 race winner in Gatorade Victory Lane. Fans can place bids now through July 31 by visiting http://foundation.nascar.com/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=204. Proceeds will go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, to benefit its "Return the Favor" campaign which is designed to honor military personnel and their families who have often personally sacrificed so much for us all.(Michigan Speedway)(7-23-2011)

  • First phase of MIS repave project complete: When the checkered flag dropped at the end of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19, the green flag was waved for Phase 1 of the Michigan International Speedway Track Repaving Project. After just 30 days, pit road has now been repaved thus completing Phase 1 of the project. The entire pit road and drainage project took just 30 days to complete. It is the first repave the track has received since 1995 and just the fourth time overall. The track was built in 1968. The track was repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995. A few projects remain before the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend. Crews will be busy striping pit road and grading and grassing apron areas over the next couple of weeks.(Michigan Speedway)(7-21-2011)

  • August Michigan race becomes Pure Michigan 400: Two of Michigan's best-known brands - Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan - are teaming up to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at MIS on Sunday, August 21. The one-year partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, is believed to be the first time a state brand is featured as the title of NASCAR's premier stock car series. One of the Pure Michigan campaign's main goals is to attract more visitors and investments to Michigan. The title sponsorship of the Pure Michigan 400 will introduce the Pure Michigan branding message to 75 million NASCAR fans nationwide. This follows the $11.5 million Pure Michigan national cable television advertising buy on the air from March 14, 2011 through early July.(MIS)(6-19-2011)

  • No General Admission Seats Remain for Sunday at Michigan: Reserved tickets starting at $39, with kids 17 and under half price, are still available for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday. In addition, Friday and Saturday tickets are also available with kids 12 and under free.(MIS)(6-17-2011)

  • Michigan to be repaved for 2012: Michigan International Speedway will be repaved for the fourth time in its history, track officials announced. Work to resurface the 43-year-old racetrack will begin immediately following this weekend's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 with the repave of pit road. Repaving the rest of the track's two-mile oval racing surface will begin immediately following the August 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The track was built in 1968. The track was repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995.The oval track repaving project consists of removing the top two inches of the existing asphalt pavement, and placing two lifts of asphalt - each 1 ½ inches thick - as a leveling course and a final wearing course. About 646,000-square-feet of asphalt will be removed. And another 22,000 tons of new asphalt will go in its place.(MIS)(6-17-2011)

  • Lloyd Carr to serve as Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 grand marshal: It's only natural a true "Michigan Man" will serve as the Grand Marshal at Michigan International Speedway, a venue widely known for celebrating its state's heritage. Lloyd Carr, the former University of Michigan football coach and recent College Football Hall of Fame inductee, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Father's Day Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday. In his 13 years (1995-2007) as head coach of Michigan football, Carr compiled a 122-40 record leading the Wolverines to five Big Ten championships, won the 1997 National Championship with a perfect 12-0 record, and finished the season in the top 25 in 12-of-13 years. In games against top ten-ranked opponents, Carr was 19-8. Carr will be part of a University of Michigan team attending Sunday's race to promote Wolverines for Life, an effort to encourage life-saving blood, organ and tissue donations.(MIS)(6-17-2011)

  • 3 Amigos Tequila to partner with MIS: 3 Amigos Tequila will be the "Official Tequila of MIS" beginning with this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend. 3 Amigos Tequila was founded by Arizona resident Santiago Gonzalez and his family in 2007. The product is made from agave grown at his family's farm in Mexico. The tequila is distilled and bottled in Mexico before being brought to the United States for distribution.(MIS)(6-17-2011)

  • General admission ticket a hot, affordable item at MIS: With only one week left until one of the state's largest sporting events, race fans have spoken and it's loud and clear: The price of a ticket to a sporting event is more important than ever. MIS officials realized this long ago when implementing a new sales strategy that reset the price of tickets across the board for its events. So tickets have not been this price since 1998. At $30, a general admission ticket to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS is one of the best, most affordable tickets in big-time auto racing. That's why only a handful of GA tickets remain for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19. At MIS, kids 12 and under are free in all general admission sections on Sunday; and all reserved seats Friday and Saturday. Kids 13-17 are half price in reserved seats on Saturday and Sunday. The next price level after general admission is $39 for adults with kids 17 and under half price in this reserved section, still cheaper than most major racetracks, in the speedway's newest seats near Turn 1. As always, parking is free at MIS - and the track allows coolers through the gates. Check the speedway's website for details. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale too and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.(MIS)(6-12-2011)

  • Value of a Saturday ticket at MIS just got better: If seeing the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 and post-race concert featuring Emerson Drive and Jacob Lyda weren't enough to fill your plate on Saturday, June 18 at Michigan International Speedway, try adding Sprint Cup Series qualifying to the mix. That's exactly what will take place at MIS on June 18 with qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series taking place that day, as well as the Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at 3:30 pm, followed by the post-race concert. It will be one of the most exciting Saturday's the Irish Hills track has ever offered for its race fans. And the first-ever MIS Kids Club membership event will be held on Saturday, when NASCAR driver Jason Leffler takes part in a Q&A session with all the kids. That will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the MIS Cares Kids Zone. The Saturday festivities will wrap up with a free evening concert for the fans. Approximately 30 minutes following the completion of the Alliance Truck Parts 250 NASCAR Nationwide race, fans will be treated to a concert featuring Emerson Drive. Emerging country music singer-songwriter Jacob Lyda will perform the opening act. The concert will be held at the Jagermeister Stage in the New Holland Fan Plaza. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale too and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.(MIS)(6-11-2011)

  • "Salute to Military Fathers" to Honor America's Heroes on Father's Day at MIS: Across the country, millions of fathers are honored each June with cookouts, cards and family time. Yet there are thousands of families whose patriarch is currently stationed overseas and a growing population of veterans who have sacrificed time with their families in order to serve our country. To celebrate these military fathers and their families, the VFW Foundation and NSK Corporation have joined forces to honor military fathers this Father's Day at Michigan International Speedway through a unique online contest. Military fathers and their friends and family may visit www.MISpeedway.com/militaryfathers to share their stories of dedication and commitment to our country. Together, the VFW Foundation and NSK Corporation will select 50 grand prize winners who will each receive a Salute to Military Fathers ticket package to the June 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS. The contest will conclude on June 1, 2011 with winners being announced June 2. All winners will be posted at www.MISpeedway.com/militaryfathers. Winners will include military fathers and their families along with active-duty and retired military personnel and their fathers. The program serves to honor recipients for their service and sacrifice to our country. Along with the 50 grand prize winners and their guest, the VFW Foundation and NSK will host over 300 total guests as part of the Salute to Military Fathers program at MIS. Guests will enjoy complimentary pre-race hospitality, pit tours, celebrity appearances, pre-race ceremonies and grandstand tickets to the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. To show their appreciation to military families, Miss Sprint Cup, David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and veteran Bud Moore are all scheduled to visit the Salute to Military Fathers hospitality tent.(MIS)(6-9-2011)

  • Capital improvement projects nearing completion at Michigan: Construction crews around the Michigan International Speedway facility are working tirelessly in an effort to complete nearly $3 million worth of capital improvement projects before the June 17-19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend. Despite the unusual Michigan weather this spring, tremendous progress has been made in many areas of the speedway, most notably the redesign of the infield scoreboard and new tram road/stop on the south side of the facility. The expansion of the pedestrian tunnel under the start-finish line, the tearing down of three grandstands in turns 3 and 4 and renovation of the Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union have already been completed in time for the race season. The scoreboard, the first of its kind in motorsports when it was installed in 2008, is receiving a makeover. One of the most noticeable changes is the increase in the overall height of the scoreboard from 108-feet tall to nearly 155-feet tall, a difference of 47 feet.(Michigan PR)(6-2-2011)

  • Alliance Truck Parts Acquires Naming Rights for Nationwide Race at Michigan: Alliance Truck Parts, a leading provider of replacement parts for the commercial transportation industry, has signed a 3-year naming rights deal with Michigan International Speedway for the Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250. This year's race will be held on Saturday, June 18. NASCAR racing is not new to Alliance Truck Parts. The organization's Alliance Truck Parts Racing also sponsors the NASCAR Nationwide Series #12 Dodge Challenger driven by Sam Hornish Jr.(Michigan Speedway)(5-9-2011)

  • Michigan launches scoreboard opportunities for fans: Show that special someone you care with a personalized birthday message on the Michigan International Speedway scoreboard this summer. MIS is excited to announce its new scoreboard message capabilities, allowing fans a chance to see their birthday message on the scoreboard during race days. For a $25 donation to MIS Cares, fans can have a special message posted on the scoreboard for the entire crowd to see. This new race weekend feature is intended to be a fun and exciting way for fans to celebrate their special birthday event at MIS this June or August. Messages will be shown prior to pre-race ceremonies throughout the weekend. All personalized messages will be a maximum of 50 characters and are limited to the first 25 sold for each weekend. The deadline to make a purchase for the June race weekend is May 15, 2011. The deadline for the August race weekend will be July 15, 2011. For more information or to purchase a scoreboard message please visit www.mispeedway.com/scoreboardmessages.(Michigan Speedway)(4-18-2011)

  • Michigan adds credit card payments at concession stands: Knowing race fans want convenience when they attend NASCAR events, Americrown and Michigan International Speedway officials have announced credit card systems will be installed at most of the track's concessions stands in time for the 2011 season. Concession stands will accept credit cards at most locations including the Coca-Cola Champions Grill at the base of the center grandstand tower near the start-finish line, inside the MIS Champions Club and at the permanent infield stand just off the Pit Patio, to name a few. All major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover will be accepted. Stands that accept credit cards will be marked.(MIS)(3-28-2011)

  • Tunnel project at Michigan to provide fans with better access to infield: Accessing the infield at Michigan International Speedway with a pre-race pit pass or infield wristband just got easier with the second phase of a construction project to widen the pedestrian tunnel under the racetrack under way. The tunnel was lengthened in 2009 when MIS built its new Pit Road Suite building, extending the then tunnel to the reserved parking lot behind the $17 million building. The previous tunnel popped up in the middle of the tri-oval (the grass section inside the track), making it impossible for fans to use while race cars were on the track. To get the tunnel up to code, the extension had to be much wider than the existing tunnel. Now, crews are widening and reshaping the tunnel so it's easier for fans to navigate. After the suite building and first tunnel project were completed in June of 2010, Curtis and his team made a commitment to have phase two of the tunnel completed prior to the 2011 season, which widens the previous six-foot wide tunnel under the track to 11 feet throughout the entire 450-foot-long stretch from the infield to behind the center grandstands. Construction crews from Clark Construction of Lansing, Mich. have recently dug up the old tunnel and the start-finish line of the race track. The new concrete sections of the tunnel will be placed the rest of this month. The project is scheduled for completion by the Great Lakes Wine Fest at the track on May 21. The new tunnel section, approximately 140-feet long, will bring the grand total of the pedestrian tunnel to more than 450 feet including the stairs. There will be a new entry gate on the grandstand side of the track. The new slope of the tunnel will not be as steep, making it easier for fans to walk.
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.(MIS)(3-19-2011)

  • Michigan launches Fan-to-Fan support group: Unmatched in its commitment to the guest experience, MIS officials have launched the MIS Fan-to-Fan Support Group, a first-of-its-kind collection of race fans who guide, share suggestions and lead discussions with other race fans. No holds barred - all questions answered. No kidding. Michigan International Speedway's Fan Advisory Board (FAB), a 20-member cross-section of MIS ticketholders, serves as the Fan-to-Fan authority. Race fans who log onto www.MISpeedway.com's PREPARE YOUR VISIT tab are encouraged to click the ASK AN MIS FAN link to submit a question via e-mail. A drop-down box allows the fan to select the topic of their question. Subject matter experts are available for questions about everything racetrack-related including traffic, camping, hospitality, pit passes, seating, ticket, gates and facility questions.(MIS)(3-7-2011)

  • Michigan hosting Q&A with Bayne: NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne is still enjoying his success as the Daytona 500 champion, making his way across the country to various cities to celebrate his historic win with fans. Next stop for the Bayne Event - Michigan, home of Michigan International Speedway and Ford Motor Co. Michigan International Speedway will host a free fan event on Wednesday, March 9 at the Henry Ford Museum's Anderson Theatre with 2011 Daytona 500 winner Bayne, car owners Eddie and Len Wood, MIS President Roger Curtis and Jamie Allison, Director of Ford North America Motorsports. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) on March 9 and is free to the public. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions for Bayne in advance by filling out a card at Anderson Theatre.(MIS)(3-5-2011)

  • Michigan qualifying moves to Saturday for June events: The most recent of Michigan International Speedway's changes has to be one of the best values in professional sports and entertainment today. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole qualifying for Michigan International Speedway's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 has been moved to Saturday, June 18 from its traditional Friday spot, track officials announced. And at just $20 per ticket, at the current Value Pricing Period which ends February 28, the move gives fans a chance to see a full day of competitive Saturday racing action from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. Drivers from both series practice that day, followed by pole qualifying sessions from both series and then the 250-mile Nationwide Series race. Kids 12 and under are free that day. So a family of four can see two NASCAR race series on track all day, a race and a free concert after track activity for a reasonable price. Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in August will remain on Meijer Pole Day on Friday, Aug. 19. Those tickets are $7.50. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.(MIS)(2-7-2011)

  • Fans can purchase tickets, camping now during MIS' Value Pricing Period: Fans who buy tickets to Michigan International Speedway for the 2011 season will see more value in their purchase than ever before. So now is the time for the best deals possible during the speedway's Value Pricing Period, now through Feb. 28. MIS offers NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for as low as $25. Kids 12 and under are free in the general admission seating areas, while junior pricing for 17 and under are half price for all reserved seats. The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Father's Day June 19, and the NSCS 400 on August 21, both NASCAR Sprint Cup events, feature some of the lowest ticket prices in the country. The Value Pricing Period kicks off the speedway's public ticket sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MISpeedway.com or by calling 800-354-1010.(MIS)(2-6-2011)

  • MIS honored with "Promoter of the Year" award: The fans have spoken and Michigan International Speedway, and its president Roger Curtis, are the top track promoters in the state of Michigan. MIS was honored with the "Promoter of the Year" award by the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club on Saturday night at the DeCarlo's Banquet Center in Warren, Mich. Curtis accepted the award on behalf of the speedway in front of over 450 in attendance at the 45th annual event. The MARFC holds its annual awards banquet in January. The event honors the best-of-the-best in racing throughout the state. Track series champions are recognized during the dinner event, as well as the top promoters, announcers, mechanics and media who help made the sport successful in 2010. MIS' track announcer, Larry Henry, was also honored at the banquet with the "Track Announcer of the Year" for his longtime efforts at the Irish Hills speedway. The deadline to place a deposit is approaching on Jan. 31. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.(MIS)(1-24-2011)

  • MIS security team recognized by NASCAR: Michigan International Speedway takes great pride in keeping its fans, visitors and NASCAR drivers and personnel safe each and every time they visit the Irish Hills for race weekends. Those efforts were recognized during NASCAR's annual safety meetings in Charlotte, N.C. last week when MIS and its Security Director Jim Hobbs were honored with an Award of Excellence for garage/pit security. Hobbs' award was one of three given out by NASCAR for having one of the industry's top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend security teams. It is the second time MIS and Hobbs have been honored with the sanctioning bodies' excellence award, with the first coming in 2007. Hobbs is a retired deputy sheriff with more than 30 years experience in law enforcement. He has been at MIS since 1997. he deadline to place a deposit is approaching on Jan. 31. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011 (MIS)(1-22-2011)

  • Last chance to lock in lowest tix prices at Michigan: Michigan International Speedway is giving fans one last chance to cash-in on the lowest prices of the 2011 season. Monday, Jan. 31 is the last day to place a deposit on tickets and camping for 2011. After that, ticket prices will increase for the Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. In addition, January 31 will be the last date for infield campers to take advantage of the $60 three-day wristband price. Payment plan options are also still available for customers who place a deposit by Jan. 31. To take advantage of the lowest prices of the season, fans should call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 to open their account.(MIS)(1-19-2011)

  • MIS Cares makes grant donations to area organizations: MIS Cares, Michigan International Speedway's charitable arm, was in another giving mood this holiday season, granting more than $30,000 to area organizations at its annual community luncheon. MIS Cares, a partner with the NASCAR Foundation, has donated more than $48,000 to area charities during its annual holiday luncheon the past two years. MIS' non-profit effort started in the spring of 2009 to raise money and distribute the charitable dollars through grants to non-profit groups in the region. This year, local organizations that will benefit from MIS Cares are: Smiles on Wheels ($7,000); The Nature Conservancy ($5,000); Therapeutic Riding Inc. ($5,000); St. Mary of Good Counsel ($4,800); City of Jackson Human Relations Commission/MS Challenge Project ($2,500); Family Counseling & Children's Services/Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter ($2,000); Hillside Middle School in Northville ($1,900); Columbia Middle School Transitions Class ($1,800).(MIS PR)(12-11-2010)

  • MIS offering great 2011 packages for groups of 10 or more: For companies and businesses looking for an experience like no other for their employees or clients, Michigan International Speedway is offering great pricing for groups of 10 or more for the 2011 race season. Recognizing that group sales is important to businesses at all levels regionally and nationally, MIS has announced various staff promotions and hirings within the ticket department to accommodate and focus on group sales packages. Rob Hemmig, a ticket agent for MIS since 2008, has been promoted to group sales manager effective immediately. Hemmig will oversee all group sales efforts for the speedway, including working with companies human resources departments to offer group tickets to their respective employees or cliental. Additionally, the speedway has announced the hiring of Sean Nowaczyk and Ian Kirkpatrick. Nowaczyk will work with Hemmig in group sales as well as overseeing the track's mobile ticket office. Originally from Brighton, Mich., Nowaczyk completed his bachelor's degree from Siena Heights last summer while interning in the speedway's ticket office. Information about group sales packages can be found at MISpeedway.com or by calling 517-592-1134. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. Renewals are under way for 2010 ticket holders. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.(MIS)(12-7-2010)

  • MIS again offers affordable, tiered pricing for 2011 season: Michigan International Speedway is making it easier for race fans and families to return to their favorite summertime NASCAR destination with an innovative, competitive pricing plan that allows guests who purchase early to save big. Now in its second year, this philosophy of "tiered pricing" allows loyal fans and new fans alike who renew or commit to purchase early to save the most money on their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tickets during three strategic pricing phases:
    · Renewal Pricing, now through January 31
    · Value Pricing, February 1-28
    · On-Sale Pricing, which begins in March and runs through each race weekend
    Sprint Cup ticket prices during the Renewal Pricing tier are the best prices for 2011 and will start at $20 for general admission. Kids 12 and under will be free in that section, so a family of four could theoretically pay $40 to watch their favorite NASCAR drivers in 2011 at MIS when they buy tickets now until the end of January. Under the speedway's tiered pricing strategy, those $20 seats will increase to $25 in February during the speedway's Value Pricing; and then $30 in March for Event Pricing. And with renewal packets already mailed, returning customers who renew before the deadline will automatically save. Those fans simply return their renewal form with payment or log onto MISpeedway.com/renewals with their account number to renew. New customers will automatically receive the savings when they place a goodwill, $30 deposit through January 31. After that time, an MIS ticket representative will call each customer who placed a deposit and place them in a seat at the racetrack's lowest prices. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. Renewals are under way for 2010 ticket holders. New customers can log onto MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.(MIS)(12-6-2010)

  • MIS Track Drive collects thousands of toys, food items for charity: Many local families will benefit from the hundreds of race fans that participated in Michigan International Speedway's Track Drive for Charity on Saturday. Speedway staff, along with employees of Competition Tire and Americrown collected thousands of toys and food items that will benefit the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and the CCIS Brooklyn Food Pantry, respectively, this holiday season. The track drive gave fans, many of them armed with video cameras, the opportunity to take their personal vehicles for a lap around the track in exchange for a donation of a toy or non-perishable food item. The turnout was exceptional despite the 28-degree weather. Fans came from across Michigan and Ohio. A couple from Canada was in line a half hour before the event even started.
    MIS and Daytona International Speedway are in a friendly contest to see who can collect the most pounds of food. All food items collected during the track drive and donated at the speedway's Administration Building last week will be weighed. The overall weight of all donations collected for each track will determine the winner. The winner of the competition will receive lunch courtesy of the other track. Although the overall weight of all food items collected will not be determined until Monday, MIS feels pretty good about their chances to beat Daytona in the competition. The Irish Hills track has already received support from local Brooklyn Elementary School, which donated over 2,100 items for the competition early last week. Competition Tire, the company that handles delivery of Goodyear Racing tires across the country for various motorsports series including NASCAR, is storing the toys and food in a tractor trailer until the speedway staff can deliver the goods on Monday and Tuesday this coming week.
    The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 will go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.(MIS)(12-5-2010)

  • Need a campsite? MIS' new Campground Advisor will help: With nearly 9,000 sites across 10 campgrounds, it can be a little intimidating for a race fan to choose a campsite that fits. So Michigan International Speedway has launched a Campground Advisor widget on its Web site to assist race fans camping at the track during the track's two NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2011. The track's Campground Advisor is on the 'Go Camping' page on www.MISpeedway.com. The one-stop option for fans who may be overwhelmed by the enormity of MIS' camping options. Camping is an experience like none other at MIS and many race fans who visit the speedway each and every year have made it a long-standing tradition to camp in the Irish Hills at the "NASCAR track in a national park." Fans who have never camped at MIS event or are years removed from the experience may not know how camping at MIS has evolved. With amenities always being added to the MISCamping.com-sponsored campgrounds, the experience has never been better for family and friends. Simply answer the Campground Advisor questions and see what MIS recommends. These are only suggestions and any fan with more questions can always visit the respective campground pages on MISpeedway.com or by calling 800-354-1010. New fans who place a $30 deposit now to reserve a campsite for 2011 should use the Campground Advisor for a recommendation for the campsite that best fits their needs (MIS)(12-5-2010)

  • MIS making more fan improvements for 2011 season: In its continuing commitment to improve the guest experience at the racetrack, a number of construction projects will take place at Michigan International Speedway this winter in anticipation of the 43rd season of racing at the venerable two-mile oval. Besides the redesign of the track's scoreboard which was announced two weeks ago, the biggest wintertime project will see three of the silver, general admission grandstands taken down, near the Turn 3 area. This will decrease the track's capacity by 12,000 seats and have a positive impact on guests. Provisions to re-seat guests who were in those grandstands in 2010 are being made. The track is exploring options for the area, including the potential for trackside camping and hospitality.
    Replacing the older silver seats with more comfortable, fan-friendly seats has been a priority for MIS. The track has been replacing stands and widening seats over the past four years, a move Curtis hopes to complete in the near future with steel and seats that were acquired from the former Pikes Peak International Raceway several years ago. "These aren't sexy, splashy projects, but they are completely necessary in making our guests' time here more comfortable and better," track President Roger Curtis said. "We are getting our facility back to where it should be capacity-wise. In 2011, we'll be at nearly 108,000 grandstand seats, so this reduced capacity will have a domino-effect that will help us with our traffic efforts, with wait times at the gates, concession stands and restrooms, and the overall experience here."
    Other new projects include additional parking for handicapped guests, as well as paving a new tram route from the speedway's Lot 10 to the frontstretch area of the New Holland Fan Plaza. A tram drop-off point to service the Fan Plaza will be next to the Chalet Village hospitality area near the tunnel entrance to the track. "The cleanliness, promptness and friendliness of all the tram staff made the tram ride part of the fun," race fan Marji McIntosh of Perrysburg, N.Y. said following the June 2010 race weekend. "Every person we encountered had nice things to say. We absolutely loved the trams and hospitality and enjoyed visiting MIS for the first time this year."
    "About 60 percent of our fans use the trams, so while paving a lot or creating a new tram route on the surface doesn't seem very cool, it is necessary and most importantly, our guests have asked for it," Curtis added. "It's funny how an improvement like a tram route can make a major impact on a lot of people." Finally, the track will receive a second network TV broadcast booth to accommodate its national television broadcast partners. In June, there will be three networks on site to broadcast the speedway's events - SPEED, ESPN and TNT. In all, about $3 million will be spent on upgrades and changes at the track this off-season.
    MIS has spent about $55 million over the past four years improving the facility, allowing fans, media and corporate partners to get the most out of a race weekend at MIS. With a new suite/media center building, wider seats, larger gates, bigger grandstands, signage and camping, guests who haven't been to MIS in a while may not recognize the track. The track has also lowered its ticket prices and offered flexible payment plans to accommodate race fans' budgets by introducing a tiered ticket pricing strategy with NASCAR Sprint Cup tickets that start as low as $20 and kids 12 and under free.
    The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit through Jan. 31. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing, including $20 Sprint Cup tickets, for 2011.(MIS)(11-29-2010)

  • MIS vs. Daytona in holiday food drive competition: In the spirit of competition off the race track, Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway are having a friendly contest to see which track can collect the most food items for people who need it the most this holiday season.
    Although it is a competition, both tracks aren't looking at it as a win-lose situation. All the food donated at MIS and DIS will go to families in need. MIS' donations will benefit the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, while Daytona's will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
    The overall weight of all donations collected for each track will determine the winner. The winner of the competition will receive lunch courtesy of the other track. MIS has already collected some 2,100 items, thanks to a sizable donation from Brooklyn Elementary School. The students collected food throughout the Thanksgiving week.
    All MIS fans can get involved with this competition. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the speedway's Administration Building from Monday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 3.
    Donations of a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy may also be made at the speedway's Track Drive for Charity, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. With every donation, fans will receive a lap around the two-mile oval at a controlled speed. All fans who participate will also be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Champions Club for the June race weekend. Longtime MIS sponsor GFS Marketplace will provide cider and donuts for all fans who attend the track drive.
    All DIS fans that bring at least three (3) cans of food to the DIS ticket office counter on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 will receive a free admission for the new Daytona International Speedway All-Access Tour.
    Daytona International Speedway will also host the WESH-TV "Share Your Christmas" food drive, which also benefits the Salvation Army, on Monday Dec. 6. Later that day, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson's "Caravan that Cares" will begin its route from the main Daytona International Speedway parking lot on International Speedway Boulevard. Fans are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable donations at the Daytona ticket office lobby through Monday, Dec. 6.

  • Construction begins to improve Michigan's scoreboard for next season: A number of enhancements to Michigan International Speedway's LED scoreboard began recently, continuing the track's firm commitment to give fans the very best race experience each time they visit the Irish Hills for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The scoreboard, the first of its kind in motorsports when it was installed in 2008, will receive a makeover. One of the most noticeable changes will be an increase in the overall height of the scoreboard from 108-feet tall to nearly 155-feet tall, a difference of 47 feet. The LED display that shows the running order of the race, various sponsor advertisements and track messaging, will also increase from 57 feet tall to 85 feet tall. Because of the size of MIS and the size of numbers used so all spectators could see, the former scoreboard only listed running order positions in groups of three. The new board will show the top-14 competitors at one time and include a lap counter.
    In addition to the scoreboard, MIS will continue to have seven Sprint Vision screens available throughout the property for viewing during the race weekends. The action on the Sprint Vision screens complements the running order of the scoreboard, giving NASCAR fans the information they need to enjoy the race. The dismantling of the current scoreboard is now under way. Construction of the new scoreboard will soon follow with a completion date set for mid-May. Curtis has plans to unveil other improvements in the coming weeks that the fans will notice when they return in 2011. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. The renewal deadline is approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 16. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011 (MIS)(11-22-2010)

  • MIS featured on upcoming episode of NBC's 'School Pride': "Pride" is a word Michigan International Speedway is very familiar with, as thousands of race fans show their pride and passion every summer race season at the Irish Hills track. When NBC's new show "School Pride" was looking for a perfect field trip location to treat the students to after working hard to rebuild their school, MIS was the perfect fit. "School Pride" is a proactive, alternative series that tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools. While transforming the school, the community also restored its sense of value and school pride. The cameras followed students, teachers, parents and community members as they rolled up their sleeves and rebuilt their own schools, concluding with the unveiling of a brand-new, completely transformed school. In the November 5 episode, students, staff and community members from Communication and Media Arts School in Detroit visited MIS for a day of fun during the week-long renovation and rebuilding of their outdated school. Longtime track sponsor Chevrolet provided Camaros to give the students a once-in-a-lifetime high-speed thrill ride on the high banks of MIS.
    "School Pride," from Horizon Alternative Television, airs on Fridays at 8:00 pm/et on NBC. The episode featuring MIS will air this Friday, Nov. 5. For ticket info to 2011 races, log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 (MIS)(11-5-2010)

  • Carfax, MIS extend carbon offset program: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway are teaming up for the second straight year to help neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from travel, energy and auto use during this weekend's "Show Me the CARFAX" Race Weekend at MIS. This precedent-setting initiative is the result of a partnership between Carfax, MIS and The Conservation Fund to help curb climate change and restore habitat for wildlife. Carfax and MIS are working with The Conservation Fund's Go Zero® program to zero out the CO2 emissions that result from the facility's energy use during the race weekend and fuel used by fans traveling to and from the festivities. The effort will also cover the emissions from the race cars during both NASCAR events at MIS - the CARFAX 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday and CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, and qualifying and practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 4,000 trees will be planted at Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge in east central Louisiana as part of Carfax and Michigan International Speedway's efforts. This marks the fourth straight year Carfax and MIS have neutralized the activities of its NASCAR programs at MIS.(MIS)(8-15-2010)

  • Michigan announces 2011 race dates: Michigan International Speedway will hosts its 84th and 85th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2011, track officials announced Friday. The track's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in 2011 will be a return to Father's Day on June 19. The series will visit Michigan later that summer on August 21.(MIS)(8-14-2010)

  • Evander Holyfield, Saving Abel among Michigan grand marshal lineup: Five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been named co-grand marshal for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield is the only professional boxer to win the heavyweight boxing title five times and is one of the greatest boxers in history. Virginia Craig, a 17-old native of Hickory, N.C., is also co-grand marshal Sunday. Her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to say the most famous words in motorsports: "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Craig, who was born with spina bifida, is a life-long NASCAR fan whose favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Rockers Saving Abel, along with Matthew Stamm, son of Asbury Automotive Group Vice President John Stamm, will handle the duty for the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday.(MIS)(8-12-2010)

  • Budweiser Acceleration One Night Stand Hospitality at MIS: Michigan International Speedway just launched a new fan hospitality option that finally satisfies the late-night, NASCAR fan searching for the ultimate party. And the best part? It's free. Oh, and if you like to party with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, then "Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND" is for you. This Friday-night hospitality alternative for the thousands of Michigan International Speedway guests who just can't leave the track Friday night is inside the Budweiser Acceleration Club. The club is in the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, near the SPEED Stage. Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND is open from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kahne will stop by to mingle with guests from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend and features live music from three bands - Ashes of Soma, Lifeline and Sore Eyes. Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND is for guests 21 years of age and older. IDs will be checked at the door. Budweiser products and food are available inside the club for purchase. No coolers allowed.(MIS)(8-12-2010)

  • Saving Abel returns to MIS for Budweiser Acceleration Concert: If fans couldn't get enough great rock 'n' roll when Saving Abel performed at Michigan International Speedway in June, the popular band will return during the Show Me the CARFAX Race weekend on August 14-15 and rock the house again. Saving Abel will perform at the speedway's Budweiser Acceleration Concert following the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, August 14. The popular Saturday night concert in Lot 10 has always been a crowd staple and fan favorite at MIS for nearly a decade. Saving Abel follows a long list of spectacular concerts that have been held at MIS including Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, 3 Doors Down, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and most recently Sick Puppies last June. Saving Abel performed at MIS in June following the Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 with much fanfare. The band will return to MIS on August 14 to support its sophomore album "Miss America" which hit stores on June 8. The post-race concert featuring Saving Abel and Sore Eyes will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250. A Saturday ticket is no longer needed to attend.(MIS)(8-10-2010)

  • Michigan State University's Izzo named honorary pace car driver for CARFAX 400: In his 15 years with the Spartans, Tom Izzo has done just about everything: four-time national coach of the year, six NCAA Final Four appearances and one basketball national championship. Now he can add pace car driver to his resume. The Michigan State University men's basketball coach will drive the pace car for the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns Aug. 15. Izzo has led MSU to six Final Four appearances in the last 12 seasons, becoming the only team to accomplish that feat between 1999 and 2010 and just the fourth school in college basketball history to do it in any 12-year span, including just the third since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.(MIS)(8-9-2010)

  • Michigan to open up Nationwide Series practice to fans: With the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car making its debut at Michigan International Speedway next weekend, the speedway has decided to open the race track to the public for the new car's practice sessions on Thursday, August 12. Best of all, it's free. The practice sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The sessions will test the cars in preparation for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Saturday, August 14 at MIS. Fans will be able to view the new car practicing from the Turn 1 grandstands located next to the speedway's Administration Building. Parking for the practice will be in Lot 10 and accessible off the US-12 entrance to the track. All fans must enter the grandstands through Gate 17 near the water tower. Gate 17 will open at 9 a.m. Trams will be operational during the practice for guests who are camping on speedway property that day. Trams stops will be located outside of Turn 2, Turns 3-4.(MIS)(8-8-2010)

  • Ford Fiesta debuts at MIS as pace car in August: Ford's new 2011 Fiesta will set the pace for the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 15. The new Fiesta pace car was officially unveiled last Wednesday at The Henry Ford Museum by #17-Matt Kenseth and Jamie Allison, director of Ford North America Motorsports, in a media event to promote the upcoming race. "When we got a chance to drive the Fiesta in June before the first Michigan race, I was really impressed with it," Kenseth said. "It's a fun car to drive, with great handling, and you can't beat the fuel economy or technology. I can't wait to see how it looks on the track. I hope I get a real close view of it at the race, because that will mean we're running at the front." A Ford also led the pace laps at Michigan International Speedway for the first time with a Mustang in June. The all-new Fiesta features an expressive, vibrant design, fuel-efficient engine, high-quality materials, and a number of features and technologies not found on competitive vehicles. Designed to be versatile, personal and adaptable, Fiesta delivers best-in-class highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, convenience and connectivity, and an expressive color palette. The available, all-new North American industry-exclusive PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission combines the responsive performance and fuel economy of a manual with the convenience of a traditional automatic in one advanced, dual dry-clutch package. Fiesta delivers a number of standard and available features that increase convenience and add connectivity. Among them is Ford SYNC, integrating a driver's mobile phone with Fiesta's onboard, voice-activated communications and entertainment system. Tickets for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 400 start at $25 for adults with kids 12 and under free. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS and RFR)(8-3-2010)

  • Take a lap around MIS: On select dates in the month of August, Michigan International Speedway will open the speedway for fans to take a few laps on the track, which has provided many great racing memories in its 43-year existence. For $25, fans may take three laps around the track at a maximum speed of 70 mph. The laps will be paced by the MIS pace car. The scheduled dates are August 2-4, Aug. 6 and 23-25 with drive time scheduled between noon - 1 p.m. each day. Reservations may be made by calling 800-354-1010 (no online purchases are available). Advance sales are encouraged due to limited availability. Once a phone order has been placed, a ticket will be mailed to the guest in advance of their selected day. All guests must enter and present their ticket at the tunnel entrance to the track off of Brooklyn Highway. Walk-up purchases can be made based on availability by visiting the MIS Administration Building. Fans can also visit MISpeedway.com for more information.(MIS)(7-20-2010)

  • MIS, Two Men and a Truck deliver food items to CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn: Generous race fans answered the call with food and toy donations during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend, making the first MIS Cares Food and Toy Drive a success. Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis and staff members from Two Men and a Truck delivered the food and toy items to the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich., on Tuesday giving the non-profit organization a much-needed boost for the summer months. MIS Cares also donated $1,000 to the pantry for food and other supplies, and the speedway isn't done yet. Curtis announced it will participate in the "Fill a Bag, Feed the Hungry" campaign, which will take place in July. "We're happy to do our part in helping local community organizations like the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn," Curtis said. "I would personally like to thank all the fans who donated items during the race weekend to help with this effort. The summer months are a difficult time for the food pantry to keep shelves stocked, so MIS is happy to help in whatever way we can." MIS staff will collect 50 grocery bags of food to donate to the shelter. Paper goods and health and beauty items are also needed. The CCIS Food Pantry is open and accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. The food pantry is in need of various items including canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and canned vegetables. Non-food items needed include paper towels, toilet paper, bar soap and laundry soap. MIS will partner with Two Men and a Truck again for another MIS Cares Food & Toy Drive for the August 13-15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Show Me the CARFAX race weekend. MIS Cares is also planning another Track Drive for Charity in December, which will benefit the food pantry and Jackson Toys for Tots. MIS tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-16-2010)

  • Race fans are very generous people, so it goes without saying that Michigan International Speedway's charitable arm, MIS Cares, is looking to them for assistance this June in hopes of helping families and children in need. During the June 11-13 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend, MIS Cares will be hosting a Food and Toy Drive presented by Two Men and a Truck. The first 500 fans who bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to any of the Two Men and a Truck locations in the New Holland Fan Plaza will receive two tickets to Meijer Pole Day on Friday, August 13. Items will be accepted during the entire June 11-13 weekend. Guests will receive an actual ticket when they drop off their item. All items donated will benefit the local Brooklyn CCIS Food Pantry and the Jackson Toys for Tots campaign. Two Men and a Truck, one of the track's partners for the past two years, will deliver all donated items to both organizations following the race weekend. With more than 100,000 fans expected to attend the race weekend in June, MIS Cares is hoping many of the fans visiting the Irish Hills will donate an item and make a significant impact to two local charities the speedway has a great deal of passion for. The Brooklyn CCIS Food Pantry and Jackson Toys for Tots both benefited from MIS Cares during the 2009 Christmas holiday season. Early last December, MIS Cares hosted a Track Drive for Charity, which collected thousands of food items and toys for both organizations just in time for Christmas. MIS President Roger Curtis, track staff members and employees from Competition Tire personally delivered all the items. Due to its success, MIS Cares is planning another Track Drive for Charity in December 2010.

  • MIS fans to present special trophy to Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race winner: The driver may take home the trophies, but at Michigan International Speedway the fans give them. MIS, as part of its ongoing Fan Appreciation presented by LifeLock program, has launched a fan trophy - awarded by fans to the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race at the track. The tradition will begin following the presentation of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 trophy and given to the winning driver by two fans randomly selected by the program. Additionally, 50 lucky fans will be selected by the Fan Appreciation Program presented by LifeLock to participate in Gatorade Victory Lane ceremonies. "We're really excited to make fans a part of Gatorade Victory Lane," tracks President Roger Curtis said. "Our vision is to create lasting memories for every person, every time, and these 50 fans will receive a wonderful experience following the race. We appreciate and recognize that our fans choose to spend their time here each summer." The trophy was created out of the recently revealed Fan Appreciation program logo, a logo chosen by the fans themselves by popular vote. Michigan International Speedway and the fans recognize the hard work the crews also put into a win, so crew members will also receive a trophy. Tickets are available for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday. Visit any box office the day of the race and purchase a ticket for as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing now.(MIS)(6-12-2010)

  • Detroit Red Wings captain to serve as honorary pace car driver: Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway is attracting some of Detroit's biggest sports stars. Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the race. The longtime Red Wing defenseman will pace the 43-car field in the official 2010 Ford Mustang GT pace car for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, a job usually held by NASCAR's Brett Bodine. This will be Lidstrom's first visit to MIS, and he will also take part in pre-race ceremonies and the drivers' meeting prior to the race. Additionally, Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick in 2010, will be on hand serving as an honorary official for the race. Suh, who is expected to be an immediate impact player for the Lions this fall, was recently at the Indianapolis 500 and will also be making his first visit to the Irish Hills track on Sunday to participate in pre-race ceremonies. At MIS, he'll likely keep an eye on how the Ford teams are doing. MIS tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing now.(MIS)(6-10-2010)

  • Who wears the firesuit in the family? Special MIS ticket: DeLana Harvick may wear the firesuit in the family, but the race fans at Michigan International Speedway wear the T-shirts to prove it. For a limited time, race fans who purchase a $33 race ticket for the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will receive an "I wear the firesuit in the family" T-shirt, a tee personally endorsed by Harvick. Proceeds raised from sales of this package will go toward AWARE, a women's shelter in Jackson, Mich., and The Kevin Harvick Foundation. The "firesuit" T-shirt was created after an on-track flap between NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick last weekend at Pocono, where Logano insisted DeLana wore the firesuit in the Harvick family. "DeLana DOES wear the firesuit," track President Roger Curtis said. "She is a popular and successful NASCAR team owner, a great supporter of racing and a very smart businesswoman, and she, in fact, wears a firesuit on race day." DeLana Harvick is co-owner of Kevin Harvick Inc., a premier NASCAR organization that competes full-time in Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series. As a two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship owner with more than 30 victories in the Truck and Nationwide Series, Harvick has become one of the most powerful and successful women in NASCAR. Race fans who want to purchase a race ticket and the ladies T-shirt can call MIS at 517-592-6666. They will receive a voucher they can redeem for the "firesuit" T-shirt at the #29 Kevin Harvick merchandise hauler in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Only 100 of these packages will be sold, and will not be available after 5 p.m. Thursday. MIS tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing now.(MIS)(6-10-2010)

  • Race Fest revs up Irish Hills; June 10 event is free, family friendly: Race week in Southeastern Michigan kicks off with the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Race Fest presented by Country Market on Thursday, June 10. Admission to Race Fest is free. The day-long festival throughout Brooklyn from noon to 10 p.m. will feature a variety of fun and interactive activities for fans, families and community members, including a car cruise in downtown Brooklyn, live music during Race Fest Karaoke, show cars, racing simulators, a beer garden and food. There will be lots of activities for kids, too, including a bounce house and an autograph session featuring many of the drivers from the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Free shuttles will run between several of MIS' campgrounds and Race Fest, courtesy of Brooklyn Ford. Participating including Brookfest Acres, Brooklyn Trails, Northfield and Northwoods. And as a special treat, the transporters for all the teams in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will parade through Downtown Brooklyn the day before Race Fest. The parade leaves MIS at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 9 and will wind down Main Street, led by the MIS pace car. For more information about Race Fest, please call Cindy Hubbell, executive director of the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, at (517) 592-8907. Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(6-8-2010)

  • Adam Sandler and Kevin James grand marshals at MIS: Adam Sandler and Kevin James, stars of Columbia Pictures' "Grown Ups," in theaters June 25, will serve as grand marshals for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Jume 13th. Sandler and James know how to say the most famous words in motorsports with passion and enthusiasm. Each have given arguably the two most amazing commands in the NASCAR history - James in 2007 at Daytona International Speedway and Sandler at MIS in June 2006. Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(6-8-2010)

  • MIS employees upcycle for a cause: One man's trash is another man's treasure. At least that's what the employees of Michigan International Speedway say. The staff of the track, in partnership with TerraCycle, have pledged to upcycle paper and plastic goods that would normally be thrown into the garbage. In return, TerraCycle will pay MIS Cares, the track's charity component, up to two cents for every piece collected so the wrappers can be turned into cool, every-day products such as pencil bags, laptop cases, flower pots and toys. "We have pledged to do everything we can, not only as a business, but as individuals, to minimize our effects on the environment and set a positive example that 'every little bit counts,'" speedway President Roger Curtis said. So what can be upcycled? Drink pouches, potato chip bags, candy bar wrappers, cookie wrappers, energy bar wrappers, pens, markers and highlighters - you name it. Just about anything can be upcycled by TerraCycle. Wrapper collection boxes are in the racetrack's breakrooms. Collected wrappers will be sent to TerraCycle, who will make a donation back to MIS Cares. TerraCycle collection boxes have also been placed in area Subway stores. All wrappers collected will benefit MIS Cares. MIS Cares is the charitable component of Michigan International Speedway that raises money and distributes dollars through grants to non-profit groups in the region. Some organizations that have been or are being assisted by MIS Cares include Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee County, Hospice of Lenawee, Boy Scouts Great Sauk Trail Council, Allegiance Heart Center in Jackson, Mich., the Ryan Newman Foundation and The Conservation Fund through its charity, Racing for Wildlife. MIS Cares has several fund-raising events planned for 2010 including "Fish Your Bass Off," a bass-fishing tournament, Aug. 12 on Wampler's Lake right down the road from MIS, and a NASCAR Day party at Jerry's Pub on May 21. Watch for details on www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(4-27-2010)

  • MIS Tickets officially on sale to the public; prices lower than 2009: Great prices and a race experience that follows Michigan International Speedway's vision of creating lasting memories for every person, every time awaits fans as tickets officially are on sale. With just 10 weeks remaining before the June 11-13 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend, the excitement is building as NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan. With tickets now on sale, great seats are available for both June and August race weekends with prices starting as low as $25 for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Kids 12 and under are free; and junior pricing is available for the first time with kids 17 and under paying half price. Prices for the 2010 season are less than they were in 2009 for most grandstand sections, including the center grandstand. Pricing will stay the same for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 ($30), NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 ($40) and ARCA Racing Series Racing for Wildlife 200 ($10). Weekend pre-race pit passes with remain at $50 for adults and $25 for juniors 17 and under for Sunday only. MIS Champions Club tickets are still available for $480, which is good for Friday-Sunday activities. New amenities and the return of NASCAR excitement at MIS also await. All the seats in the center grandstands have been widened, as have seats in Turn 3. The speedway staff also undertook a tremendous project in-house to expand every infield site by four feet and installing water drainage throughout. A row has also been added, bringing infield camping guests even closer to the track action. MIS' tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(4-6-2010)

  • Paint that bus! MIS provides another bus makeover: Another race season is quickly approaching. So it's time for another bus makeover by Michigan International Speedway. Following a successful painting and unveil of Maurice "Moe" Clark's infield bus in August 2009, MIS decided to give two other lucky race fans an Extreme Bus Makeover in time for the June 11-13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend. Co-owners Tom "Woolfy" Wolfram of Coloma, Mich., and Mike Smith of Hartford, Mich., will receive a bus makeover courtesy of MIS. The two infield campers, who have been attending races at MIS with their current bus since 1999, dropped off their longtime infield sleeping quarters to the speedway. Fellow infield campers Katie Smith and Scott Downey also came along to drop off the bus. "This is very exciting for us," Wolfram said. "We bought this bus from our local school district back in 1999 for $800 and it's been with us at MIS every June and August ever since. Thanks to MIS for painting our bus for us. It runs good, but doesn't look all that great from the outside. We can't wait to see it when it's finished." Over the next four to six weeks, MIS staff members Jesus Salvador, Dustin Gilbert and Jamie Nichols will give the bus a makeover, which includes a new paint job and decals. MIS will incorporate the track's brand of NASCAR in a national park into its new design. The bus will be unveiled during camper lineup on Thursday, June 10, just prior to infielders being parked in the infield camping area. The bus makeover is just one item in a line events that make up the speedway's Fan Appreciation presented LifeLock program. The speedway will also give away ticket upgrades, experiential items such as pace car rides, garage passes and special access at MIS events throughout the year. Fans are celebrated year-round with the Fan Appreciation presented by LifeLock program - not just on race weekend. MIS' Value Pricing is now available to the public until April 4. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(4-3-2010)

  • Five NASCAR Races at Michigan and Watkins Glen...$95: For the first time ever, two historic tracks both known for their picturesque locations, Watkins Glen International and Michigan International Speedway, have come together to offer race fans two great experiences for one low price. As part of the new Heluva Good! ticket package, NASCAR fans get a total of five exciting races for ONLY $95 including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS on Sunday, June 13, and the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 8. Both race tracks offer some of the most unique camping opportunities in the sport of racing and are both located in popular vacation destinations. Watkins Glen International is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country where tourism to the region has seen a substantial increase in visitation in the past few years as well as being featured in top tier publications such as Travel + Leisure, Budget Travel, and a featured road trip in the 2010 Rand McNally Atlas. This "Heluva Good!" ticket package saves fans $20 compared to the cost of purchasing separate tickets and includes general admission tickets to both of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) sister facilities. This great package includes two races on the high-speed oval of MIS during Heluva Good! 400 June 12 and 13. Not only will fans be able to watch NASCAR's first visit of the season to the Great Lake State but also the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Series race on Saturday, June 12. Fans that attend the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 5-8, in New York's Wine Country, will not only get to watch the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series challenge The Soul of American Road Racing but also the double-header featuring the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide and Crown Royal 200 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races on Saturday, August 7. Any fans that are ready to catch the excitement of the legendary twists and turns of WGI and the high-speed action at MIS simply need to call 800-354-1010 to order their tickets today.(MIS and WGI)(4-1-2010)

  • MIS' Value Pricing Period thru April 4th: Fans always want the most value for their Michigan International Speedway race ticket. So now is the time for the best deals possible during the speedway's Value Pricing Period, now through April 4. The Value Pricing Period kicked off the speedway's public ticket sale. MIS offers NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for as low as $25. Kids 12 and under are free in the general admission seating areas, while junior pricing for 17 and under are half price for all reserved seats. The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15, both NASCAR Sprint Cup events, feature some of the lowest ticket prices in the country. Prices on other events such as the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on June 12 and the CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race on Aug. 14 are also less than they were last year during this time - $30 and $40, respectively. Lastly, the Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA Racing Series event on June 11 and Gatorade Pole Day on Aug. 13 are just $10 each. The track has expanded seat size in the center grandstand and Turn 3 grandstand for this season, and will continue to make sure fans are greeted with amenities and events that make their time at MIS more enjoyable. Tickets can be purchased online at MISpeedway.com or by calling 800-354-1010.(MIS)(3-18-2010)

  • MIS doesn't expect to lose race date: Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis has advice for fans worried about the 2-mile superspeedway losing a NASCAR Sprint Cup date in 2011: Don't worry. Rumors have ramped up that MIS is among the International Speedway Corporation tracks in jeopardy of losing a race now that it appears likely Kansas Speedway will get a second date. Curtis answered questions during a web telecast with fans Wednesday night. "That is completely false," Curtis said of the rumors. "I have been reassured by senior management at International Speedway Corporation that MIS will not be losing a date. We do sign our sanctioning agreements with NASCAR on a year-by-year basis, but I have not heard anything from NASCAR that would indicate that we are close to losing a date by their criteria. We have invested $55 million over the last few years, and we are going to invest a lot more. We are going to invest a lot more over the next three years and we are going to continue to improve things for fans." Curtis also was asked if MIS is considering putting up lights so the track could host a night race. He said don't expect that to happen any time soon. He pointed out that it would cost about $17 million to light up the track, and there are other areas that need to be addressed first.(Michigan Live)(2-25-2010)

  • Michigan International Speedway goes smokeless: All grandstand seating, mezzanines, concession and restroom buildings, suites and chalets at Michigan International Speedway will be smoke-free, racetrack officials have announced. The ban comes on the heels of a state measure that will go into effect May 1, banning smoking in public places. "Not only are we adhering to the law, but we are addressing a growing number of concerns from our race fans who do not smoke," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "Race fans who smoke, can still do so in approved areas. We appreciate all our fans for their understanding and patience." Smokers may choose to smoke in open-air areas behind the grandstands, in the New Holland Fan Plaza and in campgrounds. The Champions Club, seating and adjacent patios will also be smoke-free. Anyone who does not adhere to the new smoke-free policy will be subject to fines by state and county enforcement officials who are on site during race weekends. Signs will be posted throughout the grandstands, reminding fans of non-smoking areas. Affordable tickets, wider seats, larger infield campsites and earlier NASCAR Sprint Cup start times are just a few of the fan initiatives in place at MIS. Fans are celebrated year-round with the Fan Appreciation Program presented by LifeLock. Check out MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 for details.(MIS)(2-24-2010)

  • MIS Cares makes grant donations to various organizations: In its first year, Michigan International Speedway's charitable arm, MIS Cares, took positive steps toward providing assistance to various organizations in 2009. MIS Cares donated more than $15,000 in grant donations to a number of area organizations and charities, including the American Red Cross, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots campaign. At its annual community holiday luncheon in December, MIS Cares presented checks to the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross and MUCC. The Red Cross received a donation of $8,000 to support the Spirit of America Blood Drive in addition to the $100,000 it received from MIS Director of Guest Services Tim Booth winning the Home Depot NMPA Humanitarian Award in November. Booth won the award for his efforts in making the Spirit of America Blood Drive the largest of its kind on 9-11. The MUCC received $5,700 to support the restoration of the beach at Cedar Lake in the Waterloo Recreation Area and for new camp programming for the Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp. The Salvation Army's Toys for Tots program in Jackson, Mich., received a donation from MIS Cares of $1,350, along with over 3,000 toys that were collected by the track's Track Drive for Charity. The track drive was held in early December and allowed race fans to take a lap around the historic two-mile MIS oval for the donation of a toy or food item. The drive collected over 3,000 toys and also thousands of food items, which in turn was donated to the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich. In 2010, MIS Cares plans to hold a variety of events surrounding its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in June and August. Fishing tournaments along with another track drive are planned in the upcoming year. MIS' Value Pricing Period begins on Feb. 1. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 will be as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 on Feb. 1 to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(2-2-2010)

  • Sabates apologizes to Michigan: The fans have spoken; and so has Felix Sabates. The part-owner of NASCAR's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, who outraged many race fans and Michigan residents this week for suggesting Michigan International Speedway be cut from NASCAR's Sprint Cup schedule because of the state's economy, has issued an apology. "In an attempt at humor I made some comments about the city of Detroit and the people of Michigan that were in poor taste and that I sincerely apologize for," Sabates said. "I have worked directly or indirectly with the auto industry for over 40 years as both an auto dealer and a NASCAR owner and it was never my intention to put down the auto industry, its workers, the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. I have such respect for all of them. Speedway President Roger Curtis accepted the apology Friday, calling Sabates' original comments, made at last week's NASCAR media tour in Charlotte, N.C., a rally cry from the speedway's loyal fan base who continually support the racetrack through tough economic times.Michigan PR)(1-29-2010)

  • VFW to sponsor Truck Series race at MIS: In an effort to recognize and salute veterans and their families around the country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation will be the title sponsor of its first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the "VFW 200" on Saturday, June 12 at Michigan International Speedway. "The VFW 200 and our association with NASCAR aligns well with our mission to help America's service members and their families. This will help bring public attention to their urgent needs," said VFW Commander-In-Chief Thomas J. Tradewell, Sr. "The VFW Foundation has had a wonderful relationship with NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick's KHI racing team. We are excited about our on-going association with Kevin Harvick and proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the VFW 200. NASCAR, its fans, and the Michigan International Speedway are perfect for such a patriotic event," added Tradewell. With the new VFW relationship, MIS has now secured sponsorship deals for all of its racing events in 2010. Additionally the Foundation will provide activities and informational venues at the track during the entire weekend to highlight the service and sacrifice of America's U.S. service members and their families. Service members attending the event (many of whom are on leave from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan) will be given VIP status and provided with pit passes and access to NASCAR drivers, grandstand seating and complimentary food. The venue will allow the VFW Foundation to showcase its "Salute to Military Families" campaign, designed to bring awareness to the unique problems and needs of troops and their families. It will be the second year the VFW Foundation has sponsored the "Salute to Military Families" program. Through its "Unmet Needs" initiative, the VFW Foundation has provided more than $3 million in direct financial assistance to military families for rent, mortgage, utilities, vehicle repair, medical expenses and basic food assistance. For more information visit www.vfwfoundation.org. MIS' Value Pricing Period begins on Feb. 1. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 will be as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 on Feb. 1 to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS)(1-25-2010)

  • Fans will select logo for MIS Fan Appreciation Program: Fan appreciation is about the fans, so those closest to the program will vote on its logo. Race fans will choose the logo for Michigan International Speedway's Fan Appreciation Program presented by LifeLock. The five choices for the logo are online at www.MISpeedway.com/fanappreciationvote. The contest will run through January 29. The logo that receives the most fan votes will be announced in early February. More info at MISDpeedway.com. Race fans who missed out on renewing tickets can leave a $30 goodwill deposit and ensure the best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010. Deposits will be accepted through Jan. 5 only. After that, ticket prices will likely increase as demand goes up. Customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit.(MIS)(12-27-2009)

  • Heluva Good! will continue sponsor Watkins Glen; adds Michigan: Watkins Glen International announced that Heluva Good! will continue as the title sponsor for the historic road course's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race through 2011. The two year agreement is a two track deal that includes the title sponsorship for Michigan International Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in June. The green flag is scheduled to drop on the 25th running of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at 1:00pm/et on Sunday, August 8, during its traditional weekend, and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Heluva Good! will remain the official dip product of Watkins Glen International for 2010 and 2011. The Sodus, NY-based company will become the title sponsor for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 13, and be designated the official cheese and dip products of MIS.
    Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)
    AND Race fans who missed out on renewing tickets at Michigan International Speedway can leave a $30 goodwill deposit and ensure the best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010. Deposits will be accepted through Jan. 5 only. After that, ticket prices will likely increase as demand goes up. More info at MISpeedway.com.(12-17-2009)

  • Tim Booth wins Home Depot NMPA 2009 Humanitarian Award: Michigan International Speedway's Director of Guest Services Tim Booth was selected as the winner of the Humanitarian Award ahead of NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, who were also finalists. For receiving the prestigious honor from The Home Depot and National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA), Booth will receive $100,000 that will be donated on his behalf to the Spirit of America Blood Drive. Booth, Stewart and Biffle were recognized during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brother Awards program in Las Vegas on Thursday. Stewart and Biffle will be awarded $25,000 for their respective charities for being named as finalists.
    "Just to have been nominated is truly a great honor, and I am humbled," Booth said. "The reality is this award is not about any one, single nominee or finalist, but rather about donating one's time for a cause that you believe in - any amount of time and any cause will do. It's about giving, isn't it? So thank you to Home Depot and the NMPA for this great honor, and thank you for supporting my charity. Greg, Tony and I are all winners on our charities' behalves."
    Booth was nominated for the Humanitarian Award for his efforts in making the Spirit of America Blood Drive at MIS the nation's largest 9-11 blood drive event. The Spirit of America has collected a grand total of 6,213 units of blood, potentially benefiting 18,639 people since its inception in 2002. (Each unit of blood can be transfused to up to three people.) Booth has made countless efforts to support various non-profit organizations in his community, but none as much as the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. His creation of the Spirit of America Blood Drive, which began at MIS in 2002, was a way to honor the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. The blood drive's success caught the eye of the NASCAR Foundation, which has since created the NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive, which is hosted at 30 race tracks across the country on September 11. Booth is also a regular blood donor who has personally given blood 146 times, which amounts to more than 18 gallons in his lifetime. The NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award was established in 2007.(MIS)(12-4-2009)

  • MIS receives prestigious award: Michigan International Speedway has been recognized by the Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame because of the impact the racetrack annually makes on Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Track President Roger Curtis accepted the Business Excellence Award on behalf of the speedway. MIS was the only Michigan business to receive an award from the Ohio-based group during a ceremony Thursday night. "This is a very special award and we are honored to have received it," Curtis said. "Even though we are located in Michigan, the impact we make on the Toledo and Northwest Ohio area is immeasurable. However, it goes both ways because many of our race fans come from the same Northwest Ohio area and we appreciate all the support we receive from them each and every year." MIS has made a tremendous economic impact to area businesses in the Toledo area during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. More than 100,000 race fans annually attend the speedway's events twice a year - a boon to the region. Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations from as far away as Toledo, about 65 miles southeast of the speedway, see the benefits of having racing in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
    The Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame was created to encourage, promote, and recognize outstanding entrepreneurship, family business and business excellence. The program was formed to foster and honor entrepreneurial success and business innovation and excellence in the region. The EBE Hall of Fame fosters and strengthens the entrepreneurial spirit in the region, and the annual awards program recognizes and honors some of the region's most outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010 will go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2010.(MIS)(11-24-2009)

  • MIS to allow dogs in Graves Farm Campground: In an ongoing effort to help fans make their race weekends more affordable, Michigan International Speedway is allowing dogs in its Graves Farm Campground for the 2010 season. Many race fans who are pet owners incur costs to board their dogs when they head to the Irish Hills track for its NASCAR events. Opening the Graves Farm Campground to campers and their dogs will give fans the opportunity to camp with their pups. Rules apply for race fans and their dogs in the Graves Farm Campground:
    * The campground is open to dogs only.
    * Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times
    * Dogs must remain within the confines of the pet owners' campsite
    * Leashed dogs may be walked on the walking trail
    * All owners must clean up after their dog
    * Dogs are not permitted in the New Holland Fan Plaza or through the ticket gates unless they are service dogs
    Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. Current, 2009 customers will have the chance to renew at the best pricing available when they receive their renewal packets. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2010.(MIS)(11-2-2009)

  • Steel construction under way for MIS infield project: Construction crews have begun erecting steel at the site of Michigan International Speedway's $17 million suite and media center building project. The two-story project design calls for 30 corporate suites that span the second floor of the structure. The suites will sit atop a state-of-the-art media, technology and meeting center. Print, radio and TV journalists will have ample space to work and cover MIS' popular events. Separate rooms for large press conferences and competitor meetings will also be housed on the first floor, near a new kitchen and press dining area. Demolition of the old suite/media center building occurred the day after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 race last August. The scope of Phase One of the project also includes modifying pit road and the current fire lane. The speedway's fueling station in the garage will also be moved. The project is the largest at MIS since the construction of the suite tower in 2005. In that venture, the speedway's motorsports fan display area was also expanded and paved. Phase One of the master plan redesign of the infield is just one piece of an ongoing transformation at MIS. In all, MIS will have spent more than $55 million since 2005 on various capital improvement projects from enhanced seating to a new scoreboard and public address system, to better campsites and directional signage - all with the fan in mind. Future hopes for the speedway include an eventual Phase Two of an infield renovation to create a fan walk-style entertainment area with fan-accessible garages. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. Current, 2009 customers will have the chance to renew at the best pricing available when they receive their renewal packets. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2010.(MIS)(10-18-2009)

  • Connected vehicle testing begins at MIS : Official testing of connected vehicle technology at Michigan International Speedway has now become a reality. Following a January announcement by MIS, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to use MIS' road course as a test facility for connected vehicle technology, August 24 marked the official date those efforts took place. The R&D testing partnership was announced after MIS was selected out of more than 20 sites in a Michigan Tech Research Institution (MTRI) study commissioned by MDOT to locate a connected vehicle test location within the state. TEAMLINC, a product of Westlake, Ohio,-based Western DataCom and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Center (TARDEC), demonstrated connected vehicle capabilities with their secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) technologies for the U.S. Army National Automotive Center. For more info and see some pictures, go to MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(9-1-2009)

  • Jeff Burton puts final touches on MIS suite demolition project: The final piece of the Michigan International Speedway suite building came down in thrilling fashion on Wednesday, courtesy of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver #31-Jeff Burton. Burton, with the help of equipment from his sponsor Caterpillar (CAT), finished off the old suite building to make room for a new and improved suite/media center building, scheduled for completion in June 2010. Despite having CAT as the primary sponsor for his #31 Chevy, Burton has had few opportunities to operate a piece of CAT equipment before. With the assistance of Clark Construction, who is overseeing the $17 million project, and instruction from equipment operator Ron Reinke of Blue Star Demolition, Burton tore down the last remaining piece of the infield structure. "I've had very few opportunities to operate a piece of CAT equipment and that was sure a lot of fun," Burton said. "I can't say enough for MIS and other racetracks in NASCAR who do such a wonderful job of continuing to invest money into their facilities to make them the best possible venues for our loyal NASCAR fans." With current MIS suite holders, CAT employees, MIS fans and local media looking on, Burton put on a good show for his first demolition project. "It's not as easy as it looks that's for sure," Burton said. "After a little practice I was getting the hang of it. I enjoyed it." Demolition and construction of the infield redesign began immediately following the track's Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend on August 14-16. Track fire crews and staff spent the night of the race and the next day to complete move-out of the 27-year-old building.
    The new two-story suite/media center building calls for 31 corporate suites that span the second floor of the structure. A number of the suites will include movable walls so areas can expand or decrease based on partners' needs, building upon MIS' philosophy to tailor custom packages to each partners' business goals. The suites will sit atop a state-of-the-art media, technology and meeting center. Print, radio and TV journalists, including their photographer counterparts from across all news mediums, will have ample space to work and cover MIS' popular events. Separate rooms for large press conferences and competitor meetings will also be housed on the first floor, near a new kitchen and press dining area.
    The scope of Phase One of the project also includes modifying pit road and the current fire lane. The speedway's fueling station in the garage area will also be moved, and the pedestrian tunnel will be expanded. Phase One of the master plan redesign of the infield is just one piece of an ongoing transformation at MIS. In all, MIS will have spent more than $55 million since 2005 on various capital improvement projects. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010 will go to renewal customers and new customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. Current, 2009 customers will have the chance to renew at the best pricing available when they receive their renewal packets. New customers can log onto MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit.(MIS)(8-30-209)

  • MIS drops prices on ALL seats, widens some seats: Michigan International Speedway has extended its fan appreciation program by lowering ticket prices in every grandstand for 2010 during the renewal and deposit period. During that time, grandstand ticket prices will be reduced five% to 63% across the board, so a family of four could attend a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS in 2010 on June 13 or Aug. 15 for $50. This sweeping initiative means a general admission seat will cost $25; a reserved seat will start at $35. It also includes a drop on wristband pricing for the track's infield camping guests from $100 to $60 during renewals.
    To ensure MIS remains a destination for families, the racetrack is also introducing special youth pricing where kids 17 and younger will be half price in any grandstand seat. This youth pricing comes on the heels of MIS allowing kids 12 and younger in general admission seats for 2009's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. That initiative will continue in 2010. MIS will also offer flexible payment plans to help fans with renewals and deposits.
    Pricing helps people make the trip to MIS - the experience keeps them coming back. So the speedway will widen the seats in the Center Grandstand from 18 inches to 20 inches; and from 18 inches to 22 inches in the Turn 3 Grandstand. This move will reduce the capacity of MIS to about 120,000 [from around 129,000] and is an extension of the seat improvement initiative that has taken place at MIS over the past three years. The speedway rebuilt the "silver seats" in Turn 1 with grandstands from the former Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado and Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.
    Ticket renewal packets will be sent to all current customers in the coming weeks. New race fans or fans who have not been to MIS in a year can leave a goodwill deposit for 2010, ensuring they have guaranteed best pricing, by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-17-2009)

  • Carfax and MIS partner to neutralize carbon emissions: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway announced they will help neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy and auto use during the "Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend" at MIS. This precedent-setting initiative is the result of a partnership between Carfax, MIS and The Conservation Fund to help curb climate change and restore habitat for wildlife. Carfax and MIS are working with The Conservation Fund's Go Zero program to zero out the CO2 emissions that result from the facility's energy use during the race weekend and fuel used by fans traveling to and from the festivities. The effort will also cover the emissions from the race cars during both NASCAR events at MIS - the CARFAX 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday and CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, and qualifying and practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 4,000 trees will be planted at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Missouri as part of Carfax and Michigan International Speedway's efforts. Carfax was founded in Missouri and its data center is located in Columbia, Mo. This marks the third straight year Carfax has neutralized the activities of its NASCAR programs at MIS. The company's past efforts included the 2007 and 2008 CARFAX 250 races, and the emissions from a Sprint Cup car it sponsored in Michigan in 2008. MIS is committed to environmental management practices which will provide a healthy and sustainable environment and enhance the lives of its guests and employees. MIS was the first sports facility in Michigan to join the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3). It is a member of the federal program, EPA WasteWise, with recycling programs totaling more than 2 million tons in 2008. MIS is also pioneering utility reduction programs, wetland remediation and restoration programs, and alternative energy programs. The racetrack announced in June that its new infield suite/media center will be solar powered.
    Additionally, NASCAR partnered with MIS in June for its "NASCAR Green Clean Air" program to help capture the carbon emissions produced by racing. The sanctioning body vowed to plant 10 trees for each green flag that drops during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the track. MIS matched the number of trees tallied from green flags at the June event, and 80 trees will be planted at the racetrack in October. MIS is one of eleven tracks piloting NASCAR Green Clean Air. For the 2010 season, the program will roll out to the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, planting approximately 20 acres of trees.
    Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-16-2009)

  • MIS unveils new and improved infield bus to lucky fan: Maurice "Moe" Clark was ecstatic beyond belief when he first saw his new and improved infield bus. "The bus looks so great. This is amazing and I'm so thankful for all of this," Clark said. Clark was the recipient of a Michigan International Speedway Extreme Bus Makeover, which was unveiled to Clark on Thursday during infield camper lineup for the CARFAX 400 race weekend. MIS President Roger Curtis ran into Clark during infield camper lineup for the June LifeLock 400 race weekend. After careful examination, Curtis and the staff at MIS decided to give Clark a bus makeover. "The inside of the bus looked like Donald Trump's condo, so we decided that the outside of the bus needed to look like the inside. Because the outside had a lot of work to do," Curtis said during the unveiling. Previously called "The Bucksnort Lodge," the yellow and black eyesore serves its purpose during its biannual treks to Michigan International Speedway's infield. The bus leaked oil and smoked a little on the road, but it sleeps six and has all the comforts of home. Clark and his wife have been attending races in MIS' infield for the past six years. Every year, twice a year, they make the 320-mile round-trip journey to MIS from Yale, in the "thumb" of Michigan.
    So two weeks ago, Clark and his bus made the trek down to MIS for a much needed makeover. Over a two week period, MIS staff members Tim Lamb, Jesus Salvador, Randy Titler, Dustin Gilbert and Jamie Nichols (amongst many others) turned the old Bucksnort Lodge into a truly remarkable bus on wheels. A good paint job and many decals later, the bus turned into the newly-named "Promise Keeper." The name was created because Curtis kept his promise to Clark back in June that he would do this for him. The bus will now be proudly displayed amongst all the other infield campers, who are in town celebrating the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series' to the Irish Hills. Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-15-2009)

  • MIS Implements Fan Texting Service: Michigan International Speedway ("MIS") has partnered with InStadiumSolutions ("ISS") to implement a text-message based communication system at the facility. The service debuted this past June at MIS and will be available to fans again during the "Show Me the Carfax Race Weekend." The text messaging system allows fans to communicate directly with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed in dealing with any special needs inside the facility. Texting instructions will be placed prominently throughout the facility via static signage and will be regularly broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-13-2009)

  • Verizon adds cell site around MIS: Verizon Wireless has activated a temporary cell site to improve its voice and data network around the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI and accommodate the anticipated crowd of about 100,000 visitors attending the NASCAR races and related events August 14-16. The company has deployed a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) to boost capacity in the area surrounding the race track. A COLT is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a specific location--and works especially well in dense areas with large crowds. Additionally, Verizon Wireless has upgraded equipment on its existing cell sites in the area that provide coverage in and around MIS. Collectively the company's upgrades will boost voice capacity by 600% and data capacity by more than 1,000%.(Reuters.com)(8-13-2009)

  • Grand Marshals named for MIS races: Carfax named blues singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel as grand marshals for the upcoming 'Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend' at MIS. Shepherd will grand marshal the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15. Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel will handle the duty for the first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 on Sunday, Aug. 16. "We couldn't have better representatives to help us kick off both races," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Jordan and Jacob are great kids whose excitement and enthusiasm typifies what NASCAR fans can expect this weekend at MIS. Kenny is an incredible artist who continues the tradition of post-race performers serving as the CARFAX 250 grand marshal." Nineteen year-old Jordan and fourteen year-old Jacob, from Hudsonville, Mich., were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. They receive care through the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Both are huge NASCAR fans; Jordan's favorite driver is Jimmie Johnson while Jacob prefers Jeff Gordon.
    American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform a post-race concert following the CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Shepherd will also serve as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race earlier that day. "I'm very excited to perform following the CARFAX 250," Shepherd said. "This is a perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for playing music with my passion for fast cars and racing. Cars and guitars are what it's all about for me." Returning to Lot 10 off US 12 near the speedway's administration building, the concert is free for anyone with a CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race ticket or infield wristband. Grandstand security rules will be in effect for the post-race concert. Please refer to the online guest guide at MISpeedway.com to review the grandstand security rules. Empire Drift will serve as the opening act. Tickets for the 'Show Me the Carfax Race Weekend' are available through www.mispeedway.com or by calling the speedway's ticket hotline at 800-354-1010. For more information about Carfax visit www.carfax.com.(MIS)(8-11-2009)

  • Chris Young to perform Carfax 400 national anthem: Country music star and RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young will bring his distinct music style to the stage at Michigan International Speedway by performing the national anthem for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Carfax 400 on Sunday, August 16. Young is scheduled to perform during pre-race festivities beginning around 1:30pm before the start of the CARFAX 400. Young has also agreed to perform a song in Acceleration presented by Budweiser, the speedway's fan hospitality club, prior to pre-race. Tickets are on sale for the CARFAX 400 by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-11-2009)

  • Tickets Still Available for 21st MSHFA Induction Ceremony: Tickets varying in price from $75 to $750 are available for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America's 21st Annual Induction Ceremony at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit on Wednesday Aug. 12. Racing fans can see the ceremony live from the Fillmore's intimate balcony with a $75 ticket. More info and other ticket packages can be viewed at mshf.com. Racing legends Kenny Bernstein, David Hobbs, Scott Parker, Les Richter, Al Unser, Jr., H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler and Joe Weatherly will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.(Motorsports Hall of Fame of America)(8-8-2009)

  • Michigan Residents take advantage of 99-cent gas: People in Michigan haven't seen gas prices at 99 cents per gallon since the early 1990's. However, with the help of CARFAX and Michigan International Speedway, a gallon of gas was less than a buck Thursday [July 30th] morning in Livonia, Mich. For three hours (6:00am to 9:00am) thousands of area residents took advantage of the promotion, which was held in support of the "Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend," which takes place at MIS with the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, August 15 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 on Sunday, August 16. With about 6,800 gallons pumped in a three-hour period, many residents and race fans drove away happy filling up their gas tanks for $20 or less.
    When CARFAX and MIS representatives arrived at the gas station at 5:30am hundreds of cars were already lined up awaiting the great deal, which saved folks approximately $1.50 per gallon (gas was $2.49 per gallon at most surrounding stations). The promotion was not scheduled to start until 7am, but racetrack and Carfax representatives decided to get started early because of the traffic backups along 8 Mile and Middlebelt Roads - two major arteries in Livonia, a suburb of Detroit. The 2009 gas promotion is the third year Carfax and MIS have partnered to support Detroit-area drivers in advance of the NASCAR events at the Brooklyn racetrack. Tickets are still available for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 and Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 for as low as $40. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-7-2009)

  • Carfax sponsoring Michigan race: Carfax and its dealer customers are treating NASCAR fans to another historic event next month at Michigan International Speedway. Carfax will be the title sponsor of its first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the CARFAX 400, on Sunday, Aug. 16. The event follows the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Saturday, Aug. 15 as part of the "Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend" at MIS. The doubleheader marks the first time MIS has had a corporate partner who is sponsoring both NASCAR events on the same weekend(MIS PR)(7-22-2009)

  • Michigan hosting web chats for vistors: Michigan International Speedway once again brings the Guest Guide to life during a series of live Web chats, starting July 15. MIS Live!, a weekly teleconference on Ustream.tv will run every Wednesday through Aug. 5, the week prior to the NASCAR events at Michigan International Speedway. Each hour-long session in the real-time Web chats will focus on topics geared toward helping MIS customers make the most of their race weekends at the speedway. Track President Roger Curtis sees the Web chats as an opportunity to talk to fans in advance of their visits to MIS, strengthening the speedway's commitment to openness and availability to its guests. All chat sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Guests can click http://www.ustream.tv/channel/MIS-Live for the MIS Live! channel link on Ustream. Ustream is a free service. Anyone can log on and watch the teleconference, however, you need a free Ustream account and password to participate.(Michigan Speedway PR)(7-12-2009)

  • Majestic to perform Saturday night concert at MIS: NASCAR fans will be treated to live entertainment in the New Holland Fan Plaza throughout the June race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The headlining musical entertainment act on Saturday night is "Majestic," a tribute band to the band Journey. Majestic is scheduled to hit the stage around 6:20pm Saturday. Opening for Majestic will be crowd favorite cover band, "The River," who has played numerous times at MIS and developed a huge local following, especially from the track's infield crowd. The River will play right after the checkered flag for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, around 4:30pm.Moving the June, Saturday night concert from the speedway's Lot 10 to the New Holland Fan Plaza area will allow more race fans to experience live entertainment at MIS. Past concerts have required a Saturday event ticket, yet many of the campers at MIS and surrounding private campgrounds don't purchase Saturday tickets. There will be bands playing in the New Holland Fan Plaza on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting as early at 9am each day. A full lineup will be posted on MISpeedway.com. Tickets are on sale by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto the new MISpeedway.com. Michigan International Speedway.(MIS)(6-11-2009)

  • Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz Chosen as Honorary Starter: Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Schwartz, who will begin his first season as the Lions' head coach this fall, not only loves football, but shares a love of NASCAR, as well. "I'm a big NASCAR fan," he said. "So to be involved with the race, in the shadow of Detroit, The Motor City, is an absolute thrill. I've always been impressed with the incredible loyalty of NASCAR fans. They stick with their teams and drivers thru thick and thin. They have the same type of passion and loyalty Lions' fans have for our football team." The honorary starter duties include waving the green flag to start the race. Schwartz will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR's official pace car driver Brett Bodine and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers' meeting with members of the Detroit Lions football team. Grand Marshal Kid Rock will give the command at 2:07pm on Sunday, starting the LifeLock 400, followed by Schwartz, who will wave the green flag at 2:16pm. Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com. Michigan International Speedway.(MIS)(6-10-2009)

  • Round 1 Fan MIS appreciation winners announced: The first round of prizes have been awarded in Michigan International Speedway's fan appreciation program. Winners in Round 1 will be notified via e-mail or phone call that they have won prizes. All prizes may be claimed at the speedway's Mobile Ticket Display in the New Holland Fan Display area at MIS this weekend. In Round 2, a second wave of drawings will be held for prizes that will be awarded during the June race weekend. Everyone, even ticket-holders, who want to be considered in the second wave of drawings must register at the speedway's Mobile Display Trailer in the New Holland Fan Display at MIS from June 12-14. More info at MISpeedway.com.(6-9-2009)

  • MIS makes fans the VIPs: Michigan International Speedway has officially launched a fan appreciation program. An unofficial fan appreciation program has been under way for a few years, Curtis said, with one-off invitations and promotions on a much smaller scale during race weekends. Staffers have given away trips to the NASCAR driver's meeting and Victory Lane, or recognized special fans with seat upgrades and garage passes. Last year, the speedway also opened up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage for 250 fans. But the staff wanted to formalize its commitment to guests with something official and on a much larger scale. Under the speedway's fan appreciation program, there will be two rounds of give-aways - Round 1 in advance of the race weekend on June 8; and Round 2 on race weekend, June 12-14. More info on the prizes and VIP deal at mispeedway.com.(6-5-2009)

  • MIS and TNA Wrestling team up: Michigan Speedway and TNA Wrestling Join Forces to Offer Free Tickets to TNA Slammiversary in Detroit on June 21. Race fans heading to Michigan Speedway who buy tickets in a section labeled "Hermie's Hot Seats" for the Lifelock 400 on June 14 will get also get a free ticket to TNA Wrestling's "Slammiversary" PPV live from the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday June 21. SPEED analyst Hermie Sadler will be joined by TNA Wrestling's Rhino and Taylor Wilde as they visit with the fans in Hermie's section prior to the race. For ticket information, call the Michigan Speedway ticket office at 1-800-354-1010.(6-4-2009)

  • Kid Rock named LifeLock 400 grand marshal: Detroit's own Kid Rock will serve as Grand Marshal for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 14. His current album "Rock 'N Roll Jesus" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top-200 chart and has sold 5 million copies around the world. The Detroit native recently announced his summer tour, presented by Red Stag by Jim Beam Bourbon, which includes a weekend party in his hometown at Comerica Park, July 17th and 18th. "I'm a huge race fan, so being asked to be Grand Marshal for the Michigan race to help kick off my summer tour with Red Stag seemed like a fun way to get the word out," Kid Rock said. The multi-platinum recording artist will headline pre-race activities, including being recognized during driver introductions, give the famous command for drivers to start their engines and ride in the Grand Marshal car leading the field during the ceremonial parade laps. In addition, Kid Rock will join the #7 Jim Beam driver, Robby Gordon in the speedway's fan hospitality club, Acceleration. The command for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is set for 2:07 p.m. Sunday, June 14. The green flag is set to wave at 2:16 p.m. Tickets, camping and Acceleration passes are on sale now. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(5-27-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • Michigan Speedway forms non-profit entity: Michigan International Speedway officials announced the establishment of MIS Cares, a 501 c (3) non-profit entity under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation. MIS Cares will serve as the liaison between the speedway and all of the charitable causes the speedway supports. The focus of MIS Cares is to raise money and distribute the charitable dollars through grants to non-profit groups in the region. MIS Cares will begin accepting grant applications in early 2010 and will award financial gifts twice annually. Through MIS Cares, race fans and the general public will have opportunities to become involved with the many community service projects MIS supports.(Michigan Speedway PR)(4-24-2009)

  • First phase of master plan includes new suite, media center for MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials announced the first phase of a broad master plan that includes a significant redesign of the speedway's infield. Phase One of the plan, approved by the speedway's parent company, International Speedway Corporation, includes a more than $17 million reconstruction of the current terrace suites and media center in the track's infield. Demolition and construction will begin immediately following the track's August NASCAR weekend and will be ready for the 2010 season at the track. The two-story design calls for 30 corporate suites that span the second floor of the structure. A number of the suites will include movable walls so areas can expand or decrease based on partners' needs, building upon MIS' philosophy to tailor custom packages to each partners' business goals. The structure's first floor is a state-of-the-art media, technology and meeting center. Print, radio and TV journalists, including their photographer counterparts from across all news mediums, will have ample space to work and cover MIS' popular events. Separate rooms for large press conferences and competitor meetings will also be housed on the first floor, near a new kitchen and press dining area. The suite and media center project was designed by Rossetti Associates. The Southfield, Mich., architecture, planning and design firm has created a host of sporting venues from Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions and the NCAA's 2009 men's basketball Final Four, to The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons. The company has an impressive portfolio of sporting, residential, commercial and educational projects across the country and around the world including Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. and Sungui Stadium in Incheon, Korea. The scope of Phase One of the project includes modifying pit road and the current fire lane. The speedway's fueling station in the garage will also be moved. The project is the largest at MIS since the construction of the suite tower in 2005. In that venture, the speedway's motorsports fan display area was also expanded and paved. Future hopes for the speedway include an eventual Phase Two of an infield renovation to create a fan walk-style entertainment area with fan-accessible garages, along with reconfigured and enhanced infield campsites.For tickets, camping and pit passes for all MIS events, call the speedway toll free at 800-354-1010 or log onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(4-17-2009)

  • Will Martinsville lose a race? Michigan? Kansas Speedway has resubmitted its bid for a casino overlooking Turn 2, a plan that was put on hold a few months ago cause of the troubled economy. When it's approved by the gaming commission Kansas Speedway will petition NASCAR for a second annual Sprint Cup race. That will probably happen in 2011. Lesa France Kennedy is the president of International Speedway Corp., which owns Kansas Speedway and 11 other facilities that play host to Cup events. The France family has controlling interest in ISC, which is headquartered in the same building as the NASCAR offices in Daytona. NASCAR chairman Brian France is Lesa's brother. But NASCAR won't add a race. Cup has too many events now at 36 points races and two all-star events. So the second Kansas date will need to come from another ISC track. Martinsville, an ISC track and the oldest facility in NASCAR, was thought to be the location that would lose a race. Don't count on it. Martinsville is the new Bristol. The resurfaced track at Bristol has eliminated much of the bumping, banging and crashing that made the short track so popular. That leaves Martinsville as the best bumper-bashing facility left. NASCAR officials aren't going to mess that up and take a race away from the old Virginia track, a move that would cause a revolt by many fans. Martinsville appears safe for keeping both Cup dates until ISC manages to build a new short track (probably more like the .75-mile oval at Richmond) in a big market like Denver or Seattle. That's a long way off, several years at least. So which ISC track will lose a Cup date to Kansas? Most fans would opt for Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but Michigan Speedway might be the odd-place out. Sponsors want to race twice at ACS because it's in the second largest market in the country. Michigan, an almost identical track to ACS but 30 years older, lies in one of the most depressed areas of the country. Thousands of people in the Detroit market are out of work because of the layoffs in the auto industry. Being in the backyard of GM, Chrysler and Ford's headquarters was a big reason Michigan had played host to two Cup races a year since 1969. No one knows whether all three automakers will survive. Michigan Speedway also could become a victim of the problem. How things go this season and 2010 will go a long way toward determining which ISC track loses a race to Kansas.(ESPN Insider)(4-3-2009)

  • Michigan DOT amd MIS partner up on R&D Testing: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced a unique partnership for research, development and safety innovation that could serve as a catalyst for job creation and growth opportunities for the state. MDOT and MIS have entered into a partnership to use and market the Brooklyn-based racetrack and its existing road course to agencies that manufacture and develop connected vehicle technologies. The partnership will give automakers and after-market providers the ability to test and develop connected vehicle systems in a closed, private and neutral environment. Connected vehicle technologies allow cars to "talk" to one another to prevent collisions and improve mobility and fuel efficiency. In November 2008, MDOT announced plans to deploy these advanced transportation technologies along the Telegraph Road corridor in Oakland County. The agency must test the system on a closed track, and MIS was chosen.
    The use of MIS as a private road test facility is one of the final pieces that puts Michigan at the forefront of this industry-defining technology. Already home to more than 80 percent of the automotive R&D in the United States, a united effort between MIS, MDOT, Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC), Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and others are under way to make Michigan the center for connected vehicle technology, development and testing. A 2007 study by Michigan State University and CAR has shown any state that successfully pulls together a fully functioning "lab to assembly line" system with connected vehicle technology, will create between 16,000 and 41,000 high tech jobs and contribute between $177 and $448 million in state income tax revenues.
    At MIS, automakers and after-market providers will be able to test and develop connected vehicle systems and other technologies in a protected, closed, safe and convenient environment. Combined with MDOT's Telegraph Road corridor project, Michigan can now offer a connected vehicle test and evaluation laboratory on both public and private roads. MIS, which served as an AMC test track for several years starting in the mid-1970s, has two 1.9-mile road courses that would be used for testing. The two-mile oval, which is used by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the track's two race weekends, could also be used for testing. In all, the racetrack is comprised of 1,400 acres, most of which the staff would consider for testing locations if a private company needed a specific terrain or environment. Testing will be available year-round with the exception of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in June and August. The road course testing project will expand the MIS footprint beyond NASCAR racing and continue the racetrack's public-private partnership with the state. The racetrack, located in the Southeastern Michigan town of Brooklyn, is conveniently located near 80 percent of the world's automotive engineering and R&D companies and leading universities.(MIS PR)(1-28-2009)

  • Ticket renewals are under way for 2009 at MIS: The renewal process for the 2009 Michigan International Speedway season will conclude on November 3. Renewals allow the speedway's ticket holders from 2008 to purchase tickets and camping before they go on sale to the general public on Feb. 15. The speedway is expanding its seating options for 2009 so race fans will have more leg room and seat backs. The sound system is also being revamped so race fans can hear the play-by-play race action from start to finish. MIS has also restructured some of its pricing for 2009 so fans who feel the economic pinch can keep MIS in their 2009 vacation planning. New in 2009 are general admission seats for NASCAR Sprint Cup races that start at just $40 in two grandstands. Children 12 and under may come to the races for free with their families in those seats. As always, parking is free at MIS and the speedway administration encourages guests to bring their own food or drinks to the racetrack in approved coolers. Tickets and camping will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the season-opening Daytona 500. For additional information or to place a non-refundable, $50 deposit for 2009, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(10-7-2008)

  • Next round of MIS Capital Improvement Projects approved: With an additional $7 million approved for various capital improvement projects for the 2009 season, Michigan International Speedway is once again investing in its property to enhance the fans race experience. With the additional spending, MIS will have spent approximately $20 million total on improvements for fans since 2006. Projects scheduled for completion before the 2009 season will include "phase 3" of the improved grandstand seating in Turn 1, continued installation of way-finding signage around the MIS property and a new state-of-the-art sound system. All projects are a direct result of fan feedback and a progressive effort from the speedway to make the race experience better for its fans. Phase 3 of the Turn 1 grandstand project is already under way with three more of the old silver grandstands currently being torn down by construction crews and MIS personnel. Similar to the previous two years, the old grandstands will be replaced with new grandstands, which have wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The overall project began in 2006 and does not add seats, but merely replaces old ones. Phase 2 of the installation of way-finding signage around the MIS property will also begin in the fall. Prior to the 2008 season, phase 1 signage was installed throughout MIS. The branded signage was an immediate success by helping pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around the 1,400-acre racetrack property. Phase 2 signage will be constructed in the Motorsports Fan Plaza, on the backs of the grandstands and around main entrances to the track.
    Additionally, a new state-of-the-art public address system will be installed around the track. The project will replace the old trackside PA system and add speakers under the grandstands, at the ticket gates and throughout the Motorsports Fan Plaza. The new PA system will replace one that is 40 years old. ICOMM, based in Wixom, Mich., has handled all audio and video issues at the track since 1980. MIS will continue to use and consider Michigan-based companies in all of its capital improvement projects this off season. A vast majority of the $20 million spent since 2006 has been with Michigan-based contractors. Deposits for the 2009 season are being accepted until Friday, Jan. 2 by calling the MIS ticket office. Deposits can be redeemed on Jan. 19 and 20. Placing a deposit allows customers to purchase tickets and camping after the renewal process but before they go on sale to the public.
    Tickets and camping will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the season-opening Daytona 500. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(9-9-2008)

  • MIS makes races more affordable for fans in 2009: Michigan International Speedway is offering new lower-priced ticket options to make Sprint Cup Series events more affordable for its fans in 2009. Highlights of the pricing changes include a $40 general admission ticket for the track's Sprint Cup Series races. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the Irish Hills in 2009 on June 14 and August 16. Children 12 and under will also be admitted free of charge in the general admission area only to those events. These tickets will be available in grandstands 14 and 16, between turns 3 and 4. Additionally, ticket prices will also be lowered in upper rows 55-70 of the Turn 3 grandstand by $15. Those seats, formally $110, are now $95. Parking will remain free of charge at Michigan International Speedway, and the speedway will continue to allow fans to bring in their own food and beverages in 6x6x12-inch bags. Camping prices will also remain the same. The speedway charges a flat rate for the entire length of stay, and some of the 10 campgrounds at MIS are open up to a full seven days for one fee. For more information on 2009 pricing, seating and camping, please visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(9-5-2008)

  • Danielle Peck to perform National Anthem for 3M Performance 400: Michigan International Speedway has announced that country music star Danielle Peck will perform the National Anthem prior to the Sprint Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on Sunday. It will be the second time Peck has performed at MIS as the Coshocton, Ohio, native sang the anthem prior to the Sprint Cup Series race in August of 2006. She is scheduled to perform as opening act for fellow country star Pat Green during the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing post-race concert on Saturday, which will take place following the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday.(Michigan Speedway PR)(8-15-2008)

  • 1 day to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 1 day remains until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 1 - Could Dale Jr. finish first again and win two in a row at MIS? He will get his chance during the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on August 17. Junior won the LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Father's Day snapping a 76-race winless streak. It was his first career Cup victory at the Irish Hills track. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-14-2008)

  • Traffic at MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials worked with MDOT and officials from the surrounding townships to come up with one of the most significant improvements in the track's 40-year history - TRAFFIC CHANGES! MDOT and MIS studied the traffic patterns extensively over a six-month period in late-2006 to come up with the traffic plan. MIS, MDOT, the Michigan State Police, POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company, and township law enforcement agencies routinely work with each other to manage race-day traffic for both race weekends. The track's operations staff and parking supervisors coordinate it all with the help of countless volunteer groups from around the surrounding communities.(MIS PR)(8-14-2008)

  • Grand Marshal named for Cup race at MIS: For the 43 drivers competing in the upcoming 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo at Michian International Speedway, their dream is to take home the checkered flag at the end of the day. But for 12-year-old Austin Irwin, who lives in Greenfield, MO, his dream is simply to attend the race and meet some of his NASCAR heroes. Irwin suffers from Wilm's Tumor, a tumor of the kidneys that strikes children more frequently than adults. Approximately 500 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. It is highly responsive to treatment, with about 90% of patients surviving at least five years. During the race weekend, Irwin will meet Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon, among other NASCAR stars, and deliver the "Gentlemen, start your engines" command for Sunday's race. He'll be joined by his parents and younger brother. Make-A-Wish could also be a winner at the 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo if Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, goes to Victory Lane. 3M and CARSTAR have pledged a $50,000 donation to Make-A-Wish in Biffle's name if he wins the race. For tickets to the 3M Performance 400, visit www.mispeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-13-2008)

  • 2 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 2 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 2 - Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite car, is the defending champion of the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo. His second career MIS victory helped propel Busch into the 12-driver Chase for the Championship. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-13-2008)

  • 3 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 3 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 3 - This weekend will mark the third Sprint Cup race sponsored by 3M at MIS. The Minnesota based company will be the title sponsor for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on Sunday, Aug. 17 and will also host the 3M Car Care Auto Fair in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza. The company's sponsorship doesn't end there, as 3M will also sponsor two Roush Fenway Racing drivers: Greg Biffle in its Sprint Cup race and Todd Kluever in the CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series event on Saturday. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-12-2008)

  • 4 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 4 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 4 - If you don't win the pole, you may want to start fourth at MIS. Since NASCAR's top series began racing at MIS in 1969, 12 drivers have won races starting from the fourth position. The most recent winner from the fourth spot was Ryan Newman in the June 2004 Sprint Cup event. Fifteen drivers have won Cup races from the pole at MIS since 1969. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-11-2008)

  • 5 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 5 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 5 - Driver of the #5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevy, Casey Mears, visited MIS this past July. Mears is no stranger to success at the two-mile Irish Hills oval. He has made 11 Sprint Cup Series starts at MIS with his best finish of fourth coming in June of 2007. Mears won his only ARCA RE/MAX Series start at MIS in 2003 and also posted four top-10 finishes in five career Nationwide Series starts at the track. He placed 11th in the 3M Performance 400 last year. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-10-2008)

  • 6 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 6 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 6 - Will Jeff Gordon get No. 6? By taking the pole for last year's 3M Performance 400 at MIS, Jeff Gordon now ranks third all-time in track history with five career pole awards. His speed of 189.026 was the fastest at the track since 2005. Besides his five poles, Gordon has also won two Cup races at the two-mile oval, including in 2001 when he last won the Sprint Cup championship. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-9-2008)

  • 7 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 7 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 7 - Is the number of seconds by which winner of last year's CARFAX 250, Denny Hamlin, was in front of second place winner Matt Kenseth. Hamlin got into the wall in his Chevrolet during practice on Friday only to turn around and crush the competition the next day. Hamlin managed to lead the final 40 laps and received his first career victory at MIS. His margin of victory set a Nationwide Series track record for the greatest margin of victory. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-8-2008)

  • 8 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 8 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 8 - Mark Martin has led eight races in the Nationwide Series at MIS, the most of any driver. During those eight races Martin has led 304 laps, which coincidentally is also the most of any driver. The veteran has captured two Nationwide Series wins here (8/93; 8/95) and in his nine starts has finished in the top five every time except in 1997 and 1998 when he finished 11th and sixth, respectively. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-7-2008)

  • 9 days to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 9 days remain until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 9 - Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 car for Gillett Evernham Motorsports, could be the favorite to win the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo. After finishing second in June, Kahne now has five top-five finishes to his credit in Sprint Cup races at MIS which include a victory in the 3M Performance 400 in June of 2006. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-6-2008)

  • MIS initiates recycling programs with support from Coke: With two Sprint Cup Series race weekends and multiple capital improvement projects that occur each year, Michigan International Speedway is stepping up its efforts to recycle materials it produces. The first step of the speedway's new year-round recycling program actually began during the Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 weekend in June. With the support of the Coca-Cola Co., MIS placed recycling bins throughout the speedway's 1,400 acre property, which allowed fans and workers to discard cans and plastic bottles during the weekend. It was an immediate success following Sunday's big race. Recycling efforts don't stop at just cans and bottles at MIS. The Irish Hills track has also recycled construction materials following capital improvement projects. To date, MIS has recycled over 765 tons of construction material and is reusing steel from Nazareth Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway to build new and improved grandstand seating. Additionally, MIS started an office recycling program in June with the idea of recycling paper, newspapers, cardboard and plastics that the speedway offices produce Monday-Friday. These various recycling programs are all voluntary and are part of the overall conservation efforts the speedway announced in mid-July. MIS has also voluntarily enrolled in the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3) and Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) through the State of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, while also participating in wetland conservation and looking at wind and solar power alternatives. With all these initiatives moving forward, the Conservation Fund, a national non-profit organization based just outside of Washington D.C., has asked MIS President Roger Curtis to speak at its board of director's meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 24 in Washington D.C.(MIS PR)(7-25-2008)

  • 3M Donates Tickets to Michigan Race for Blood Donors: The 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo at Michigan International Speedway is known for exciting racing action that gets fans' hearts pumping. And this year, the American Red Cross and 3M want to encourage fans to keep those hearts pumping with a blood drive throughout the State of Michigan. Now through August 7, every person who donates at an American Red Cross blood drive in Michigan's Great Lakes Blood Services Region will be entered to win tickets to the 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo, set to take place on August 17, 2008. Go to redcrossing.com to learn more about Red Cross Racing and to schedule a blood donation appointment. 3M, a proud supporter of the American Red Cross, is donating 300 tickets to the Great Lakes Blood Services Region to help promote participation in the life-saving collection effort. Red Cross Racing also will have an exhibit at the 3M Car Care Auto Fair held on the Michigan International Speedway grounds during the race weekend. (3M PR)(7-19-2008)

  • Attendance down at MIS: Everyone knew there would be some empty seats at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. No one knew exactly how many there would be. There were a lot. Crowd numbers are not released by speedway officials, but media estimates put the crowd at about 125,000 -- 35,000 under what is considered to be a capacity crowd at the track.Speedway. Seating capacity is 132,000, but that doesn't count the infield fans, competitors, crew members, officials and volunteers that contribute on race day. The main grandstand on the front stretch was full Sunday, but the smaller grandstands between Turns 1 and 2 had thousands of empty spots. The grandstands between Turns 3 and 4 were only partially filled. The smaller crowd is likely the effect of a poor Michigan economy and high gas prices. MIS president Roger Curtis was happy with the turnout. "I was very pleased with the attendance," Curtis said. "The fans' enthusiasm was tremendous." Curtis said he expects the attendance to be higher when the series returns in August for the 3M Performance 400.(Michigan Live), the unofficial results from NASCAR had the attendence at 115,000.(6-16-2008)

  • MIS making improvements to current outbound traffic pattern following LifeLock 400: After making huge strides to improve traffic following the June 2007 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, the Irish Hills track is making a few improvements to the current outbound pattern, which will continue to help fans exit the facility in a timely manner. The following changes will occur to the already existing outbound traffic pattern following the LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 15.
    1. M-50 south from US-12 will be one-way to Onsted Highway.
    2. Traffic at Vicary Road and US-127 will only be allowed to go North on US-127. (No left turn).
    3. A 12' paved shoulder on US-127 north from Vicary Road to M-50 has been finished and will be used for post-race traffic on June 15.
    Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will suspend work and reopen lanes on several major state highways, including US-127, north of Jackson, and US-12 near Jonesville, for the LifeLock 400 on June 15.
    Overall, work on state roads in counties surrounding MIS, which is located in Jackson County, will be suspended starting Thursday, June 12, at 7 a.m., until Tuesday, June 17, at 7 a.m.
    To assist motorists and race fans, MDOT is posting MIS race day travel information on the web, including maps and information about statewide construction projects, changes to the outbound traffic pattern, and links to the web site of WRIF (101.1 FM), the number one source of traffic at MIS. Motorists can find information online at: www.michigan.gov/mdot or www.michigan.gov/drive.(MIS PR)(6-13-2008)


  • Jack Roush to perform flyover in P-51 for MIS Truck Race: Anyone who knows longtime team owner and Livonia, Mich., resident Jack Roush will tell you that he has two loves, NASCAR racing and aviation. Roush will get the best of both worlds on Saturday during pre-race activities for the Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Roush, who is an avid pilot, will perform the flyover in his P-51 plane for the Cool City Customs 200. He will be accompanied by some of his friends piloting T-6 aircrafts. It is the first time Roush has performed a flyover for a NASCAR race. "This will be a great honor for me to celebrate the military and to remember all the veterans and flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem, in my hometown, as it were," Roush said. "It's going to be fun to do that. And, I've got to make some phone calls; rather than do a one-ship, it would be my intention if I can organize it to do a four-ship, so I've got to see if I can scare up three friends with T-6's in the area who are the trainers to flyover with my P-51." After the flyover, Roush will helicopter back from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., and be back at the Irish Hills track for the race, which will feature three of his drivers, #99-Erik Darnell, #6-Colin Braun and #09-Bobby East. "It's always been something that I've been interested in. As a youngster I built balsawood model airplanes, first with rubber bands for power and then later with little nitro-burning engines for power," he said. "I designed my own airplanes and built them from kits just as I grew into being an adolescent, I was very active in pursuing that interest. And then of course, in the '80s when I was road racing real hard, I had a chance - or excuse or the reason - to have a corporate airplane to fly around, as I do today, and then that really got me started with personal aviation as far as being a pilot." Among one of the most famous fighters of World War II, the P-51 has its roots in both Britain and the USA. The P-51 would be unmatched by any other piston aircraft of World War II. Tickets for the Cool City Customs 200 are available by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free.(MIS PR)(6-11-2008)

  • TBS's Engvall to be Grand Marshal at MIS: Actor comedian Bill Engvall will serve as grand marshal for the Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 on Sunday, June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Engvall, star of TBS's "The Bill Engvall Show," which will have its second season premiere on Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c, will give the command to start engines for the Father's Day event. To celebrate the Army's 233rd birthday [June 14th], the U.S. Army Chorus A Capella Team will be making its second appearance at MIS during pre-race ceremonies for the LifeLock 400. The team will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the Canadian national anthem prior to the LifeLock 400. In June 2007, the team performed at MIS for the Sprint Cup Series event and received much fanfare. Due to the overwhelming comments of support from the fans, the chorus was asked to come back and perform again for the LifeLock 400. One of the members of the Army Chorus' A Capella Team is a proud Michigan native. Army Sgt. First Class Cliff Ogea hails from Ishpeming, in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-9-2008)

  • Sammy Kershaw to headline concert at MIS: Michigan International Speedway has partnered with its official beer sponsor and its Craftsman Truck Series race sponsor to host the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing Concert presented by Cool City Customs, featuring a post-race performance by country music sensation Sammy Kershaw on Saturday, June 14. The concert will take place after the Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Local recording artist '3D' from Detroit will open for Kershaw. Fans that have purchased tickets to the Cool City Customs 200 can use their ticket stub for gate admission to the post-race concert and witness one of country music's greatest performers outside of Turns 1 and 2. Tickets for the Cool City Customs 200 are available for $40 each with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting MISpeedway.com or calling 800-354-1010. Michigan International Speedway is preparing for its 40th season of racing in 2008. Tickets for all the races are on sale now.(MIS PR)(6-5-2008)

  • New Scoreboard at MIS: Fan polls and feedback with more than 11,000 race fans have shown that one of the most frequent requests for improvement at Michigan International Speedway is a new scoreboard. Track officials took this to heart and have built the newest, state-of-the-art leaderboard in the world. The incredible, $2.35 million scoreboard touches the sky at 110 feet tall and features the latest in LED lighting and graphics. Each of the three panels of the scoreboard are roughly two times the size of a highway billboard and will change the way race fans watch a race at MIS, track President Roger Curtis said. The video panels of the new scoreboard total 3,500 square feet and are capable of producing millions of colors. The new scoreboard will be able to feature an infinite number of race positions at a time - a far cry from the old scoreboard, which only showed the top-five positions. During the race, track officials will use the scoreboard to not only show the positions of the entire field, but will use a graphics library to complement what's on track and what's being viewed on the six Sprint Vision giant screens at the speedway. For example, while the race in under caution the scoreboard can be used to engage and entertain the crowd with track facts and fun, interactive games usually reserved for NFL, NBA and MLB events. A graphics library is being developed by Yesco, who is providing the technical elements of the scoreboard. The scoreboard was constructed by Don Bell Signs. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-3-2008)

  • MIS Capital Improvement Projects Taking Shape: With less than two months to go before the start of the 40th season of racing at Michigan International Speedway construction crews are hard at work with various capital improvements projects on the speedway's 1,400-acre property. Michigan International Speedway is spending approximately $10 million to continue enhancing the track based on feedback from the fans that will help position the speedway for its next 40 years of racing. Here are updates on many projects currently under way at MIS:
    * Many of the projects are beginning to take shape with the grandstand replacement project being the most noticeable. Old grandstands have been torn down in turn 1 and construction crews are currently replacing them with improved grandstand seating. The new grandstand has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year and does not add seats, but merely replaces old ones.
    * The new, state-of-the-art 110-foot, three-sided LED scoreboard is scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks. The concrete base for the scoreboard was poured in December.
    * Slusarski Paving of Adrian, Mich., is in the finishing stages of grading land for the 300 new Graves Farm Campground sites. Cochran Electric Co. of Jackson, Mich., has already installed the electric hookups for those sites.
    * The permanent shower/restroom facility in the Graves Farm Campground is currently under construction by O'Harrow Construction of Jackson, Mich.
    * Installation of way-finding signage around the MIS property is also currently underway. Fritz Advertising of Spring Arbor, Mich. has already constructed many signs in the parking lots and campgrounds at MIS. The branded signage will help pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around the 1,400-acre racetrack property.
    To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(4-25-2008)

  • MIS Launches Fan Advisory Board: Help wanted: Michigan International Speedway is looking for a few good race fans to volunteer for its new Fan Advisory Board with the primary goal being to support and fulfill the speedway's vision to create lasting memories for every person, every time. If MIS race fans are interested in volunteering for the board, visit MISpeedway.com and fill out the application. Starting in early May, MIS will be forming a Fan Advisory Board. Race fans will have the opportunity to provide important input into various MIS initiatives. Each fan advisory board member will provide feedback and suggestions on the current state and direction of MIS and the auto racing industry while playing a role in the decision-making processes that affect speedway guests. Fan input plays an important role at MIS and helps drive the integral part of the business. Applications for the Fan Advisory Board are available at MISpeedway.com and will be accepted until April 21. All applications must be postmarked by that date to be considered. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(4-2-2008)

  • MIS partners with Lifelock for June Cup race: Michigan International Speedway has announced a partnership with LifeLock, the industry leader in identity theft prevention to present the LifeLock 400, Sprint Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, June 15. The Father's Day race will kick off the track's 40th season of racing. LifeLock is partnering with MIS to shed light on the fastest growing crime in America, identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission recently reported that the number of reported cases of identity theft increased 16% from 2006 to 2007. Located in a secure facility in Tempe, Arizona, LifeLock enables "locks" by setting and automatically renewing fraud alerts with the major credit bureaus, removing member names from junk mail lists and guaranteeing the service with a $1 million service guarantee. Recently, LifeLock has added an additional service to all clients - free of charge - called WalletLock. WalletLock works to cancel and replace all documents and personal identifying information inside a wallet if it is lost or stolen. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log on to MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-18-2008)



  • Old MIS Scoreboards to Benefit Short Track in Canada: With many facility enhancements occurring at Michigan International Speedway for the 2008 season, a Canadian short track is taking advantage of having a major NASCAR-sanctioned speedway in their region doing upgrades. Varney International Speedway, a ¼-mile paved oval located an hour from Toronto in southwestern Ontario, is purchasing the old MIS scoreboards that were located in Turns 1 and 4 and will use them at their facility for the 2008 season and beyond. The scoreboards, which were purchased at a nominal cost, will be a tremendous help to the popular short track in Canada. The scoreboards became available because MIS is installing a new, state-of-the-art, 130-foot, three-sided LED leaderboard. The scoreboard, higher than the scoring tower above the grandstands, will replace all three scoreboards at MIS, two in the turns and one in the center and will be visible from all grandstand seats, as well as several of the infield camping sites. Representatives from the recently renamed Varney International Speedway visited MIS in late February to assist in the process of taking down the old scoreboards in turns 1 and 4. The scoreboards will be loaded onto trucks and be assembled at Varney before the start of their race season in early May.
    Besides the new scoreboard, other projects on tap for MIS in 2008 include:
    * Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000.
    * A permanent restroom/shower building will be built in the Graves Farm Campground.
    * Michigan International Speedway is moving forward with additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are currently being replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year when one of the old "silver" grandstands was torn down and replaced with seats that are four inches wider than seats in the old grandstands. The project does not add seats, but merely replaces old seats.
    To order tickets, camping, pit passes or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(3-2-2008)

  • MIS having Valentine's Day special on Tix: Finding that perfect Valentine's Day present for a loved one can sometimes be difficult, but Michigan International Speedway has a gift that works for all sweethearts. Surprise your sweetie with race tickets to the 2008 season at Michigan International Speedway. And with Valentine's Day on Feb. 14 fans can still take advantage of the speedway's "Half Now, Half Later" payment plan. Fans who purchase tickets for events at MIS can pay half of their bill now and the other half later, and all interest free. The second payment will be automatically charged on March 11. The payment plan is another way MIS is trying to help race fans give something special to their sweetheart for Valentine's Day. The offer to sign up for the payment plan ends at the drop of the green flag for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. Tickets aren't the only gifts race fans can give their sweethearts for Valentine's Day. Pit passes and hospitality packages personalize that gift and make the race weekend even more special. To order tickets, pit passes or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or visit www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(1-31-2008)

  • Michigan tix on sale: Tickets for the 2008 race season at Michigan International Speedway make great holiday gifts and in these tough economic times MIS wants to help. With Sprint Cup Series tickets at MIS officially going on sale to the public on Saturday, Dec. 15, MIS is offering race fans the opportunity to take advantage of its "Half Now, Half Later" payment plan. The plan will provide fans a little bit of financial relief during the holiday season. Fans that purchase tickets from December 15 until the green flag for the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500 on February 17 can pay half of their order up front with the other half due on March 11. This plan is only available to new customers. Michigan International Speedway is spending about $10 million in the coming months to continue enhancing the speedway based on feedback from the fans. The latest round of improvements will be completed by the start of the track's 40th season of racing in June.
    Projects on tap for 2008 include:
    * A three-sided LED leaderboard.
    * Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground.
    * Installing directional signage around its 1,400-acre property in many of the parking lots and campgrounds.
    * Additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and will soon be replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room.
    Tickets will go on sale at 8:00am/et on Saturday, Dec. 15 at MIS' official Web site, www.MISpeedway.com or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(12-13-2007)

  • Several Capital Improvements Approved at MIS: With Michigan International Speedway celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, the Irish Hills track has begun construction on several capital improvement projects that will strengthen the speedway's on-going commitment to its race fans. Michigan International Speedway will spend about $10 million in the coming months to continue enhancing the speedway based on feedback from the fans. The latest round of improvements will be completed by the start of the track's 40th season of racing in June. Projects include:
    " A new, state-of-the-art 142-foot, three-sided LED leaderboard. The scoreboard, higher than the 130-foot Scoring Tower, will replace three scoreboards at MIS, two in the turns and one in the center and be visible from all grandstand seats, as well as several of the infield camping sites. The old center scoreboard only showed the top-five positions, a far cry from the new leaderboard display which can track all 43 drivers in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The scoreboard can also be programmed to show video and graphics displays, setting the industry standard for motorsports venues.
    " The first phase of a signage project throughout MIS property will also begin. The branded signage will help pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around the 1,400-acre racetrack property.
    " Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000.
    " A permanent restroom/shower building will be built in the Graves Farm Campground.
    " Michigan International Speedway is moving forward with additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and will soon be replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year when one of the old "silver" grandstands was torn down and replaced with seats that are four inches wider than seats in the old grandstands. The project does not add seats, but merely replaces old seats.
    " An additional restroom building will also be constructed behind the new grandstands.
    " Lastly, as part of the grandstand replacement project, MIS will be acquiring more than 32,000 grandstand seats from the former Pikes Peak International Raceway for future "silver" grandstand replacement.
    Deposits for the 40th race season are being accepted until Friday, Nov. 2 by calling the MIS ticket office. Deposits can be redeemed on December 10th or 11th. Placing a deposit allows customers to purchase tickets after the renewal process but before they go on sale to the public. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(10-10-2007)

  • MIS to offer insurance in 2008: In the future, auto racing fans who miss a race due to rain will have a chance to get their money back. Rain forced the postponement of Sunday's 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The race was rescheduled for noon today, and tickets for the race will be honored whenever the race is run. But there will be no refunds for fans who may not be able to return on the second -- or third -- race day due to weather. Starting next season, race fans will have an option. Ticket insurance will be offered by World Access, which announced a deal Aug. 8 with MIS owner International Speedway Corp. The insurance company will cover refunds for postponements due to weather as well as for fans who are unable to attend a race due to other unforeseen situations, including medical issues, traffic accidents, jury duty and loss of employment. "Something like this is perfect for a rain date," said Sammie Lukaskiewicz, director of communications for MIS. "The unfortunate part about motorsports is that we can't put a dome over it." Pricing has not been announced for the insurance, but in a deal that the insurance company made with Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., the insurance plan cost 5% of the price of the ticket with a minimum of $6.25. The rainout Sunday was the first for a NASCAR Nextel Cup race at MIS since 1977.(Michigan Live)(8-20-2007)

  • MIS seeks improvements: Officials at Michigan International Speedway plan to ask their parent company for a number of significant infrastructural changes to the speedway. Before that, they may need help from Cambridge Township officials. MIS controller Dan DuBois outlined a five-point plan for proposed improvements to the nearly 40-year-old facility during the regular township board meeting held last Wednesday. DuBois told township officials that the speedway now qualifies for an industrial facilities tax abatement and would like to create an IFT zone at MIS. A tax abatement saves a company nearly half of the new taxes on improvements for a determined amount of years. A bill introduced by Michigan Sen. Jason Allen on April 17, 2007, to revise the eligibility criteria for granting a property tax abatement under the law that authorizes these for industrial facilities to also allow granting a tax break to a "qualified logistical and distribution center" that administers catastrophe response for private corporations and governmental entities, including education and training, communications and data support, delivery of food, water, and safety equipment, and aviation support. The bill would allow a tax break for a particular firm considering locating a business like this at the Pellston regional airport. An amendment offered by State Rep. Mike Simpson on May 8 also authorized a business tax break for the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The bill was signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm later in the month. DuBois said the speedway would like to update facilities under a proposed plan to be considered by International Speedway Corporation in the neighborhood of $25 to $40 million. The tax abatement -- if approved by the Cambridge board -- could save the speedway $300,000 to $500,000 dollars per year. A "normal" tax abatement -- according to Cambridge Clerk Rick Richardson -- is for 12 years. The speedway controller said that MIS would like to replace seats in two grandstands near Turn 1 with wider ones that include backs; would like to replace three scoring towers; plans to expand camping at the Graves Farm by more than 330 sites; would make improvements to signage on the property; and replace the public address system. DuBois said the speedway is also "considering" redoing the garage area in 2010. "Our plan is to build up the infrastructure to increase the number of fans," DuBois said. "Obviously we are competing with 11 other tracks for funding . . . an IFT [agreement] could help our case." On a $25 million project, the speedway would save $300,000 according to DuBois. The township board would have to approve a specified area for an IFT district. The township board authorized a public hearing to be held on September 12 at 6:45 p.m., prior to its regular monthly meeting.(The Exponent)(8-18-2007)

  • Headliners to Highlight Innovation, Car Care and Performance at MIS: Amazing cars, celebrities and a 'who's who' of NASCAR personalities will attend this year's 3M Car Care Auto Fair at Michigan International Speedway on August 18-19. Special guests schedule to appear include: Jimmie Vaughan, Jack Roush, Ray Evernham, Courtney Hansen, Larry McReynolds, Robin Pemberton and Sam Memmolo, along with NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, Matt Kenseth, J.J. Yeley and Todd Kluever. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair is free to race fans and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the track's main grandstand. Top 3M Car Care product experts will be on hand both days to address customer questions on car restoration, maintenance and performance.(PR)(8-14-2007)

  • Blues Musician Jimmie Vaughan to perform National Anthem at MIS: Famous contemporary blues musician and classic car enthusiast Jimmie Vaughan steps to the stage as he mixes his two passions - music and cars - during the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Vaughan will perform during the 3M Car Care Auto Fair on Saturday, August 18 and perform the National Anthem prior to the 3M Performance 400 on Sunday, August 19. Vaughan's distinct style as a musician, songwriter and bandleader has made him a living legend. In addition to his four solo albums since 1990, Vaughan has recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Don Henley [his late great brother Stevie Ray Vaughan] and countless others. Vaughan is currently on tour opening for Bob Dylan. His upcoming album with Omar Kent Dykes, titled "On The Jimmy Reed Highway," will be available in stores August 21. In addition to performing the National Anthem for the 3M Performance 400, Vaughan will appear Saturday at the 3M Car Care Auto Fair held in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the main grandstand during the 3M Performance 400 race weekend at MIS. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair is free to race fans and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.(MIS PR)(8-11-2007)

  • 3M Donates Tickets To USO For MIS: 3M, title sponsor of the upcoming Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway, and the USO are helping Michigan's military families enjoy the race weekend. 3M Performance 400 race tickets will be distributed for free to military personnel and their families at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, on Saturday, August 11 at 4:00pm during a Mobile USO base visit. During the event military personnel and their families may tour the Mobile USO and use the vehicle's many amenities. For more than 66 years, the USO has served our troops in traditional USO centers as well as on the road, providing morale boosting programs and services to troops and their families. In 2006, the USO took these programs and services to a higher level, with three new Mobile USOs. The Mobile USO program is designed to bring a "home away from home" directly to service members stationed in remote and isolated areas throughout the United States. The Mobile USO is a four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with the comforts of a "brick and mortar" USO center. It features lounge areas and internal and external entertainment capabilities, gaming consoles, computer work stations with Internet connectivity and cafes. For more information on the USO and its programs and services, please visit www.uso.org.(MIS PR)(8-10-2007)

  • Hudson Hornet featured of MIS Trophy: The winner of the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) August 19 will hoist a trophy that honors the racing history of the region and celebrates the modern popularity of the sport. The 3M Performance 400 race trophy features a Detroit-built NASCAR legend - the 1951 Hudson Hornet - cast in a modern glass and chrome design. The classic design features a 1951 Hudson Hornet placed in front of a glass checkered flag backdrop featuring the 3M Performance 400 logo above the word "Champion." The trophy revolves around a layered chrome base. Its modern glass design was inspired by the flash and excitement of the present-day sport and the growing popularity of NASCAR racing. The Hudson Hornet was built in Detroit by Hudson Motor Car Company from 1951 to 1954. It became popular in the NASCAR Grand National series in 1951 because of its light weight and low center or gravity. Nicknamed "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet," the car dominated the Grand National Series and helped Herb Thomas become the first ever two-time series champion. For tickets to the 3M Performance 400, visit www.mispeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-9-2007)

  • Smash Mouth concert at MIS: Michigan International Speedway will host a special post-race concert featuring the pop/rock band Smash Mouth following the CARFAX 250 Busch Series event Saturday, Aug. 18. The concert will be presented by the SPEED Channel. Fans that have purchased tickets to the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race may use their ticket stubs for gate admission to the post-race concert outside Turns One and Two. With the purchase of a $50 ticket for the CARFAX 250, with children 12 and under admitted free, fans will be in store for an event filled day with two Nextel Cup Series practices, Busch Series qualifying, the CARFAX 250, and a concert by the hit music group Smash Mouth. Tickets for the remainder of the 2007 race season at MIS, including the Firestone Indy 400 IndyCar Series race on Aug. 5, the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18, and the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-8-2007)

  • MIS releases 2008 dates: NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, now known as the Nextel Cup Series, will return to Michigan International Speedway for two race weekends in 2008. America's premier motorsports series with the country's biggest names in auto racing will celebrate 40 seasons of racing at MIS next year on June 15 and Aug. 17. Michigan International Speedway will not host the IndyCar Series in 2008 due to the inability to secure a viable date. Race fans may see the IndyCar Series race at MIS on Aug. 5. The high-speed action of the Firestone Indy 400 is held on the series' only two-mile oval and is known for its thrilling and close finishes and wide racing groove. Tickets are also on sale for the upcoming NASCAR weekend - the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Aug. 19 and the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18. The speedway made significant changes to enhance the fan experience at Michigan International Speedway this season, including the refining of outbound traffic patterns and replacement of grandstands in Turn One with bigger, wider seats with seatbacks. The speedway is looking into other projects that will keep NASCAR racing, as well as other potential events, at the speedway in the future. For tickets to any events or for information about camping or fan hospitality for 2007, please call the track's ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or log onto the speedway's official Web site, MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(7- 17-2007)

  • Traffic Egress out of MIS shows much improvement: Race fans at Michigan International Speedway for this past weekend's Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 event should have noticed some significant improvements to their race-day traffic. Track President Roger Curtis said changes in the traffic patterns and road improvements around the track dramatically reduced egress time out of the facility. Curtis estimates parking lots for the 1,400-acre facility were moving freely or cleared in about two hours following the Citizens Bank 400 on Sunday - a significant change from the four to five hours it has been known to take. "I'm proud to say that we made huge strides to improve the total race experience for our fans - from the moment they left their homes to the moment they returned after the race and everything in between," Curtis said. "I knew, having been to MIS many times as a race fan, the track had a reputation for traffic. Along with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the surroundings townships, we have made improving that element of the fans' experience a priority." About 150,000 guests in nearly 40,000 vehicles traveled to MIS for the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400. MIS staff worked closely with Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation; POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company; and area county and township law enforcement to manage race-day traffic and parking for the race. The track's parking supervisors and operations staff coordinated it all with the help of countless volunteer groups. Curtis also credits the State of Michigan and its 2006 allocation of $18.5 million in safety and access improvements along U.S. 127 and U.S. 12, the key corridors that surround MIS. The state's three-year plan includes directional signage to MIS along the state highways and interstates near the track, enabling race fans to navigate their way safely to the speedway. Curtis and guest services staff at Michigan International speedway have already received e-mails and phone messages from ticket holders shortly following the race who were surprised by how well traffic moved. Tickets are available for the Busch Series CARFAX 250 on August 18 and the Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 on August 19 by calling the official MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-22-2007)

  • MIS Improvement Projects Approved: Michigan International Speedway's continued commitment to race fans took another important step with the approval of several capital improvement projects for the 2007 summer racing season. Although MIS has yearly goals, its primary goal of providing the best possible experience to the race fan is ongoing. With previous announcements regarding grandstand replacements in Turn One and revised outbound traffic patterns, MIS will also make a number of smaller improvements for 2007. Some of the capital improvement projects for 2007 include the design of new scoreboards for future installation, installing showers for the Northwoods/Northfield campground, additional paved tram routes, a larger Nextel Vision screen in turns one and two, pedestrian directional signage on the MIS property, two new jet-dryers and in-depth research for a new site plan, which will lay the groundwork for future improvements. Several other fan enhancement projects have already been announced and are currently underway. Grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are being replaced. The new grandstands offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of MIS' two-mile oval. The new seats are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands and will allow fans to have more leg room. All of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also 10 rows higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS - including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern. Traffic patterns for Nextel Cup Series race days are also being improved. The refined patterns will make traffic flow out the speedway faster following Nextel Cup races. MIS is in the process of enhancing tram stops and will purchase additional trams for guests with disabilities. Tickets for all MIS races, including the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(5-11-2007)

  • Citizens Bank to sponsor June race at MIS: One of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 17 for the running of the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on Father's Day weekend. The strategic alliance between MIS and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of Citizens Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:CRBC), also makes Citizens Bank the "Official Bank of Michigan International Speedway" in 2007. Citizens Bank will have in-market, promotional rights and benefits for the June Nextel Cup Series weekend, as well as premium signage around the MIS property during the campaign. More information about Citizens Republic Bancorp is available at www.citizensbanking.com. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-16-2007)

  • MIS Refines Outbound Traffic Plan: In a continuing commitment to improve the fan experience at Michigan International Speedway, track officials, together with the Michigan Department of Transportation and surrounding townships, have made changes to the speedway's outbound traffic pattern. These outbound traffic initiatives are some of the most significant improvements at Michigan International Speedway in the track's 39-year history. MDOT and MIS studied the traffic patterns extensively over the past six months to come up with the revised post-race traffic plan. More than 150,000 guests in about 40,000 vehicles travel to the racetrack for a Nextel Cup Series race, so Curtis stressed the importance of strong partnerships with MDOT, the Michigan State Police, POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company, and township law enforcement agencies to manage race-day traffic for each race weekend. Finally, the track's operations staff and parking supervisors coordinate it all with the help of countless volunteer groups and GameDay Management Group, a traffic control company that has supervised traffic control for events such as the Daytona 500 and Detroit's Super Bowl XL in 2006.
    Following the speedway's Nextel Cup Series races on Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19, outbound traffic will be routed as follows: A one-way pattern will occur on M-50 North from Brooklyn to Napoleon; The two-lane outbound pattern on US-12 East will extend from MIS to M-52. A modified version of this traffic pattern on a smaller scale was tested following the August 2006 NEXTEL Cup race with immediate results. Curtis said he received several e-mails and phone calls from race fans after that race who said they noticed a significant decrease in the time it took to travel back to their homes. The traffic initiatives are another step in Michigan International Speedway's commitment to the fans. Several other fan enhancement projects for 2007 are under way at MIS. Tickets for all the speedway's races, including the Nextel Cup Series Michigan 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(1-30-2007)

  • MIS presents Racing Day at Detroit Auto Show: Michigan International Speedway will bring the excitement of NASCAR to downtown Detroit during the 2007 North American International Auto Show on January 13-21 at Cobo Convention Center. As part of Michigan International Speedway's involvement, the speedway will sponsor "Racing Day at the Auto Show" on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the most prestigious auto show in the United States. Racing Day will feature an MIS display in Michigan Hall (on the lower level of Cobo Center) which will have the actual Nextel Cup Championship trophy on display, along with various show cars, including the championship-winning #48 Lowe's Chevy, the #20 Home Depot Chevy and the #24 DuPont Chevy. The #8 Budweiser Chevy as well as other race cars, will be on display for Auto Show visitors in the upstairs lobby of Cobo Hall. A number of autograph sessions will take place at "Racing Day at the Auto Show" throughout the day. While at the auto show, fans can pick up Michigan International Speedway calendars at the track's display in Michigan Hall while supplies last, or test their driving skills in an Indy-car simulator. Tickets to the Nextel Cup Series events will go on sale to the general public at the Auto Show on January 13. Tickets can be purchased at the MIS ticket booth in Cobo Arena. Tickets to the track's Nextel Cup Series races at MIS, the June 17 Michigan 400 and the August 19 3M Performance 400, will also go on sale at 8:00am/et on Saturday, January 13 at MIS' official Web site, MISpeedway.com or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(1-10-2007)

  • MIS Projects Begin: Michigan International Speedway's fan enhancement projects, which were announced by the track in October, are beginning to take shape with the replacing of new grandstands in Turn One. The old grandstands have been removed and concrete foundations for the new seating are being poured. Southern Bleacher Company has begun the project and is contracting much of the work to various businesses from throughout the Midwest and State of Michigan. Two existing grandstands in Turn One are being replaced with new, fan friendly grandstands. The new grandstands will offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of the two-mile oval. Seats in the new grandstands are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands, and will allow fans to have more leg room. In addition, all of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS - including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern.
    This is just the first of several projects that MIS is doing to enhance the race fans' experience for 2007. Along with the new Turn One seating, MIS has also announced plans for enhanced tram stops and additional trams for disabled guests, as well as RV camping along pit road. A new parking lot for Skylounge Suite holders is also being constructed next to the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza. Deposits for the 2007 season are being accepted until Friday, Dec. 15 by calling the MIS ticket office at 1-800-354-1010. Deposits can be redeemed starting Jan. 3, 2007. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(12-4-2006)

  • MIS Taking Deposits for 2007 Nextel Cup Events Deposits can be made starting Monday, August 21, 2006 until Friday, December 15th, 2006 by calling the MIS ticket office. Deposits can be redeemed starting January 3, 2007. Placing a deposit allows customers to purchase tickets AFTER their renewal process but BEFORE their public on sale. For additional information, please call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS Site)(8-22-2006)

  • New Director of Communications named at MIS: Kansas Speedway public relations staff member Sammie Lukaskiewicz has been named Director of Communications for Michigan International Speedway, track president Roger Curtis announced. Lukaskiewicz, one of the original employees at Kansas Speedway who saw the speedway grow from construction in 2000 to its opening the following year, will assume her new duties at MIS on October 9 after the completion of the October 1 Banquet 400 at the Kansas City, Kan., track. As senior manager of public relations for Kansas Speedway, Lukaskiewicz worked with local, national and international media covering events at the track, developed and wrote all the content for the speedway's press releases and Web site, acted as official spokeswoman for the track and oversaw the speedway's credentials. Lukaskiewicz will be replacing Bill Janitz, who will leave MIS in September to work for the auto racing PR agency True Speed Communication, after more than five years at the two-mile oval.(MIS PR)(8-18-2006)

  • Peck to sing National Anthem prior to Cup race at MIS: Aspiring country sensation Danielle Peck has opened for stars like Toby Keith and Brad Paisley and performed the national anthem for the NFL. Now, she will bring her talents to the Nextel Cup Series and open the GFS Marketplace 400 before the largest single-day sporting crowd in the state of Michigan. Born and raised in nearby Coshocton, Ohio, Peck will perform The Star-Spangled Banner on Sunday, August 20 at Michigan International Speedway prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400.(MIS PR)(8-16-2006)

  • Tix still available for Michigan events: Tickets to all remaining events during the 2006 MIS season delivered by Domino's Pizza, including the ARCA Series Hantz Group 200 on August 18, the Busch Series Carfax 250 on August 19, and the Nextel Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on August 20, are currently on sale at MIS's official website, www.MISpeedway.com or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(8-16-2006)

  • Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship at MIS: The winner of Celebrity chef Mario Batali's the Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship will be selected during the finals at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 19. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to MIS to compete for the championship title, the winner will also go home with $10,000 cash and a tailgating prize pack from Lifetime. In 2006, The Tailgate of a Lifetime will play host to a projected 50,000 NASCAR fans! Following the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250, all race ticket holders will be invited to the Michigan International Speedway Watertower field where all will be invited to take place a massive tailgating celebration and concert performance. More info at tailgateofalifetime.com.(Hunter PR)(8-16-2006)

  • MIS Sellout streak over: After selling out 30 straight Nextel Cup races, Michigan International Speedway came up just short at yesterday's 3M Performance 400 and ended that streak. Without releasing exact figures, MIS officials said the race sold slightly fewer than the 137,243 permanent seats it has available. Additional fans view the race from the infield, bringing yesterday's crowd to an estimated 150,000.(Todelo Blade)(6-19-2006)

  • Tickets still available for Michigan races: The 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It* Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway, still has tickets availbe for the Nextel Cup race as well oas the Truck Series and ARCA race. Tickets are available for all races by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-13-2006)

  • National Anthem at MIS: Josh Gracin has performed live and on television for thousands of people, and now he will entertain the largest single-day sporting crowd in the state of Michigan. Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Gracin returns to his home state on Sunday, June 18th to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at Michigan International Speedway prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper.(MIS PR)(6-13-2006)

  • Michigan Governor announces road improvement plans for MIS: Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced $18.5 million will be spent over the next three years in road projects to improve safety and access to Michigan International Speedway (MIS), including $7.5 million in accelerated projects. The announcement is the result of an agreement between the Granholm Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), MIS, and local lawmakers, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police. The projects will create more than 60 new jobs. The accelerated projects will center along US-127 and US-12 and will coordinate with scheduled race weekends at MIS over the next three summers, with construction beginning as early as fall 2006. The accelerated projects will be paid for with a combination of federal safety dollars and Transportation Economic Development funding. All planning and design for these US-127 corridor improvements will begin in 2006 with construction scheduled to be completed in advance of the 2009 race season.(MIS PR)(6-8-2006)

  • Adam Sandler named Grand Marshal for June race at MIS: There will already be plenty of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stars at Michigan International Speedway for the 3M Performance 400, but June 18th has gotten even brighter with the naming of popular film star Adam Sandler as the race's Grand Marshal. Adam Sandler is the star of over a dozen films including the blockbuster comedies The Longest Yard, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and Big Daddy, to name just a few. Sandler, who will give the command to start engines as well as participate in other pre-race ceremonies, is appearing at MIS only days before the June 23 release of his newest film, Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios' comedy Click where Sandler portrays Michael Newman, a family man whose busy career as an architect doesn't leave much time for his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and two kids. Unable to figure out which of his many remotes turns on the television, he goes shopping for a universal remote and finds the perfect device through Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a one-of-a-kind remote with magical powers. With each click, Michael is able to control his career and personal life. But complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. Click also stars David Hasselhoff as Michael's boss, Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner as his parents and Sean Astin. Sandler, who has attended other NASCAR races, will be seeing his first at MIS. Tickets for both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, are currently on sale at MIS' official website, MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-24-2006)

  • MIS President to step down after 2006: W. Brett Shelton, President of Michigan International Speedway will step down from his position at the end of the 2006 racing season at MIS. Roger A. Curtis, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for California Speedway, has been named as Shelton's replacement and will move to MIS to begin working on the transition immediately. "My wife Elisabeth, our son Blake and I have enjoyed our five, going on six seasons at MIS immensely which made this a difficult decision," said Shelton, who is planning to move his family back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "The fans at MIS are arguably the best in racing and we have a tremendous seasoned staff which should make the transition much easier. I've had a chance to work with Roger Curtis for a number of years during our time with ISC and I think he'll be a great fit for MIS." Curtis, 39, a Terre Haute, Indiana native, brings over 15 years of Motorsports experience to MIS and is looking forward to returning to his Midwest roots.(MIS PR)(5-13-2006)

  • MIS June race to be named Con-Way Freight 200: Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight Inc., and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) have announced that the less-than-truckload freight transportation company will be the title sponsor of the Saturday, June 17 "Con-way Freight 200" Truck Series race at MIS. In addition to its title sponsorship of the race, Con-way Freight Inc. is the primary sponsor of Truck Series driver and Michigan native Jack Sprague, who is piloting the #60 Con-way Freight Toyota Tundra throughout the 2006 season for Wyler Racing. (Michigan International Raceway)(5-10-2006)

  • Carfax to sponsor MIS Busch race: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced that Carfax will be the title sponsor of the August 19 "Carfax 250" NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. As the first NASCAR sponsorship of any kind for Carfax, the company is looking to make a lasting impression on the millions of racing fans around the country. Consumers can celebrate the company's entrance into the sport through an online sweepstakes Carfax launched recently called Picking Up the Pace. The two-part sweepstakes features grand prize drawings for two fun-filled race weekends at MIS and a ride in the official pace car during each race. For the chance to be a winner and part of racing history simply log on to www.carfax250.com and fill in the entry form. This year will mark the first of three years Carfax is sponsoring the NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. Tickets are available now for the both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(4-30-2006)

  • 3M to sponsor June race at Michigan: 3M Company and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced that 3M will be the title sponsor of the June 18 "3M Performance 400" Nextel Cup Series race at MIS. This year will mark the first of three years of 3M sponsorship of Nextel Cup races at MIS. In addition to its title sponsorship of the 3M Performance 400, 3M is the primary sponsor of Busch Series driver Todd Kluever who will pilot the #06 3M Ford Fusion throughout the 2006 season for Roush Racing. Kluever will replace Mark Martin in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007. 3M's title sponsorship will complement the 3M Car Care Auto Fair to be held on the MIS grounds during the August 18-20, 2006, race weekend. The fair will showcase more than 250 collector cars and host thousands of NASCAR fans during the GFS Marketplace 400 weekend at MIS. Tickets are available now for the both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends, the June 18 3M Performance 400 and the August 20 GFS Marketplace 400 by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com. The 3M Performance 400 will also be televised live on Fox. For more information about 3M, including the latest product and technology news, visit www.3M.com.(MIS PR)(2-20-2006)

  • Tickets go on sale at Michigan Jan 14th: With the 2006 race season at Michigan International Speedway quickly approaching, it's time for fans to mark this Saturday, January 14, on their calendars, as tickets and camping for both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events will be on sale to the general public. After celebrating a successful 2005 campaign, which featured MIS' 29th and 30th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sellouts, the 2006 schedule will again feature seven races over three weekends. Tickets to both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, the June 18 Michigan 400 and the August 20 GFS Marketplace 400, will go on sale at 8:00 AM EST on Saturday, January 14 at MIS' official website, MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. Tickets will also be available at MISpeedway.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting January 14.(MIS PR)(1-13-2006)

  • MIS Night of Champs raises over $66k: The Night of Champions event, hosted by Michigan International Speedway on June 17 has continued to show steady growth since its inception in 2001. The 2005 event netted over $66,000 for the Lenawee County Boys & Girls Club and Hospice of Lenawee County. In fact, the Night of Champions auction had 19 items donated from various local businesses, and Porcher's Seldom Blues Dinner at his personal club collected the highest dollar amount at $5,000. Approximately 250 people attended the Night of Champions event, which is held on Friday night of the June NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at MIS. It was a successful event, which has seen its attendance grow steadily since 2001.(MIS PR)(10-21-2005)

  • MIS Drive for Relief Raises over $20k: Participants in the September 12-16 "Drive for Relief" at Michigan International Speedway gave the general public a rare chance to take their personal vehicles around the historic 2-mile oval. The event was held in conjunction with the American Red Cross in response to Talladega Superspeedway's call to action to all sister tracks throughout International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The week-long event raised over $20,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Hundreds of cars made their way to MIS for a lap on the track from Michigan, Ohio, and as far away as Ontario, Canada and Southern Indiana.(MIS PR)(9-23-2005)

  • Drive for Relief at MIS: After four days of Michigan International Speedway's "Drive for Relief," people have been ecstatic about the opportunity to give a donation to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, as well as taking a few laps around the 2-mile MIS oval. With hundreds of cars taking part, the event has been a hit with many from all over the region and as far away as Ontario, Canada. People can still take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. On Thursday, school buses from Jackson County Western and Hudson public schools took a few laps around the track. The Hudson School District bus had second grade students from Lincoln Elementary School. Teachers Kathy Smith, Cindy Corner and Beth Reamsnyder brought over 50 second-graders as a reward for their lesson plan of respect, responsibility and safety. All the students saved their loose change and donated it to the Hurricane Relief effort. In addition, seven large trucks from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) took two laps around the track. All seven trucks came from the Lenawee County Garage in Adrian. Donations for the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts can also be made by visiting, www.racefanshelp.com.(MIS PR)(9-15-2005)

  • All Spots Filled for MIS's Spirit of America Blood Drive: For the fourth year in-a-row, Michigan International Speedway will put volunteer blood donors on the fast track for the largest single-day blood drive in the State of Michigan. With a record amount of appointments, all spots for the 2005 event have now been filled. The race-themed blood drive features a commemorative event credential, shirt, hat and pin, lunch, and a tour of the MIS facilities, along with gifts from various sponsors and an opportunity for a discounted Richard Petty Driving Experience ride-along. In 2004, the blood drive held claim to the largest blood drive in the country on September 11, with a record-shattering 535 units of blood taken during the 2004 event. The event name has been changed for 2005 from the Spirit of America 400 to 500 to note the goal of again collecting over 500 units of blood. The 10-hour blood drive is slated for Sunday, September 11, from 8:30- A.M. to 6:15 P.M., at MIS. Along with the message of remembering and honoring the victims and heroes of September 11, this year's event takes on additional importance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States last week. With recent events reminding us of the importance of being prepared, the Spirit of America blood drive will offer the presenting blood donors and guests an opportunity to learn about disaster preparedness. Michigan International Speedway will also offer donors an opportunity to purchase a commemorative pin for $5.00 with all proceeds going to the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort.
    In addition to the opportunity for donors to learn more about disaster preparedness and donate money to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief fund, donors will also have a chance to take a ride-along at speed in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car around the 2-mile MIS oval. The special donor price for the ride will be $80, with $20 going directly to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief effort.(MIS PR)(9-9-2005)

  • MIS Announces 2006 Schedule: Building on the success of a record 2005 season, Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton unveiled the track's 2006 schedule, which will be identical to 2005. MIS will once again host the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in June and August with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series appearing with NASCAR's top series in June and the NASCAR Busch Series in August. The ARCA RE/MAX Series will once again make two stops at MIS as a Friday attraction during the June and August weekends. Additionally, the IRL IndyCar Series will return for the July 29-30 weekend.
    The summer race season kicks off on June 16-18 with the Friday, June 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will take place on Saturday, June 17, and the MIS opener for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will take place on Sunday, June 18. The MIS 2006 summer race season will end much like it started, with three races in three days. The ARCA RE/MAX Series will make its second appearance at MIS on Friday, August 18, and the NASCAR Busch Series scheduled on Saturday, August 19. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will close out the season on Sunday, August 20.(MIS)(8-22-2005)

  • 'MIS Fan of the Year' Named: Oscar Ortiz couldn't quite believe that he was named the 2005 MIS Fan of the Year. "Are you serious. No I mean it! Are you serious," he exclaimed. Ortiz, of Ypsilanti, Mich., was overwhelmed with excitement when he was selected as the MIS Fan of the Year for 2005, which was announced on Saturday, August 20, in conjunction with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 weekend at MIS on August 19-21. As a part of the MIS Fan of the Year prize package in 2005, Oscar, and the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, will get a visit from the MIS Mobile Ticket Office and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup showcar, which will be displayed outside of T.C's Speakeasy in downtown Ypsilanti. Apart from the visit by the showcar, Ortiz will have a few other things to be excited about, as he will also be heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November for NASCAR's championship weekend to enjoy the finales of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. Ortiz will receive two tickets to the Champions Club at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which features many great amenities for fans to enjoy during the NASCAR championship weekend. The third part of his grand prize package as the 2005 MIS Fan of the Year are two tickets to the MIS event of his choice for the next 10 years. When some of his friends and co-workers at Heritage Appraisal in Ypsilanti found out about the trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway, many of them wanted to make the trip with him. To top it all off, Ortiz and a guest will be able to enjoy the August 21 GFS Marketplace 400 pre-race ceremonies from inside MIS' winners circle. For fans who did not receive Fan of the Month honors in 2005, there will be plenty more chances in 2006 beginning in the month of August '05 by visiting www.MISpeedway.com. Each MIS Fan of the Month receives an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Every monthly winner will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2006 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2006, have the MIS showcar brought to their house and two-tickets to the race of their choosing for the next 10 years.(MIS)(8-20-2005)

  • Reserved Seats Sold Out for Cup race at MIS: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21, have been sold. With the sellout, MIS has extended its remarkable streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 30 consecutive events dating back to June 1991. For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 21 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20, which will feature a post-race concert performed by the country sensations Josh Turner and Sugarland approximately one-hour after the completion of the Domino's Pizza 250. The concert will be held in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track. To purchase tickets for the Domino's Pizza 250 or the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on August 19, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS)(8-18-2005)

  • Rusty and Martin to be honored at MIS on Sunday: When the green flag drops for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, two drivers who have accomplished so much on the 2-mile oval, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, will be saying their final good-byes and racing in their final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at MIS [well....maybe not Martin]. Wallace and Martin are no strangers to success at MIS with a combined 15 victories between the two of them. Wallace has seven wins (5 Cup, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) and Martin eight (4 Cup, 2 Busch, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) at MIS, making them two of the most successful drivers in track history. Both drivers will be looking for one last victory at MIS in Wallace's 'Rusty's Last Call' and Martin's 'Salute To You' campaigns. At approximately 2:00pm/et MIS will honor Wallace and Martin during pre-race ceremonies prior to the GFS Marketplace 400. Both drivers will be presented a framed photo collage of memorable wins at MIS by track President Brett Shelton and have a chance to address the MIS crowd and thank them for all of their support during their two annual stops in the Irish Hills. Both drivers will then ride separate trucks to give an opportunity for one last salute to the great MIS fans. In addition, fans will also get a chance to see Wallace appear in MIS' all-inclusive Victory Lane Club prior to the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21. Wallace will perform question and answer sessions for fans who have purchased the Fan Hospitality package. Guests who wish to purchase fan hospitality packages or already have tickets and would like to upgrade to a fan hospitality package are encouraged to contact the ticket office at (800) 354-1010.(MIS PR)(8-18-2005)

  • National Anthems at Michigan: Julie Roberts, Mercury Nashville recording artist, will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21 at Michigan International Speedway. It will be the third time Roberts has visited MIS in the past year. She sang the National Anthem for the GFS Marketplace 400 in August of 2004 and performed a concert in the MIS Pit Zone during pre-race activities for the Batman Begins 400 in June.
    Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the country band Sugarland, will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on Saturday, August 20 at Michigan International Speedway. Sugarland will headline the concert performance at The Tailgate of a Lifetime* after the conclusion of the Domino's Pizza 250. The Tailgate of a Lifetime is being hosted by Lifetime Products, Inc. as a celebration of American tailgating culture.(MIS)(8-16-2005)

  • Grand Marshal's and Flyover's at Michigan: Paul Gordon, Chairman of Gordon Food Service, will give the command to start engines for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 as Grand Marshal. Wendy Dodge, of Culvers Restaurant, a customer of Gordon Food Service will be the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the GFS Marketplace 400. The flyover will be conducted by four F-16's out of the 127th Fighter Wing of the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard from Selfridge Air Force Base.
    For the Domino's Pizza 250, David Brandon, President and CEO of the Ann Arbor-based company, will give the command to start the race as Grand Marshal. Ray Sellers, a Domino's Pizza franchisee, will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the Domino's Pizza 250. The flyover will be conducted by a B-17 out of the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan.(MIS)(8-16-2005)

  • Tickets for the Michigan races available: For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 21 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.
    Tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20, which will feature a post-race concert performed by the country sensations Josh Turner and Sugarland approximately one-hour after the completion of the Domino's Pizza 250. The concert will be held in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.
    To purchase tickets for the Domino's Pizza 250 or the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on August 19, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00A.M. - 9:00 P.M., seven days a week throughout the upcoming race weekend.(MIS PR)(8-16-2005)

  • MIS Sells out 29th Consecutive Cup race: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for Sunday's Batman Begins 400 have been sold. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 29 consecutive races dating back to June 1991. "We are thrilled to have our 29th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout," said Shelton. "We are blessed to have the support of so many great fans here at MIS. We will continue to work hard and give our fans the greatest NASCAR racing experience for many years to come." Tickets are still available for all July 30-31 and August 19-21 race activities at MIS with children 12 and under admitted free to the IRL IndyCar Series Michigan Indy 400 on July 31, the ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 on August 19 and the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20. In addition, great seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21. All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-19-2005)

  • NASCAR Fan wins "Begin the Batman Begins 400" Contest: Jaylene Leibow has been a fan of NASCAR for many years and watches nearly every race on television with her husband and three kids at their Urbandale, Iowa, home. Unlike all of her previous races watched on television at home, Leibow will get an unbelievable racing experience this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as she was selected the winner of the "Begin the Batman Begins 400" promotion, which will give her the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drop the green flag and start the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 race on Sunday, June 19 at MIS. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so excited about attending my first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway," said Leibow. "I am thrilled about waving the green flag to start the Batman Begins 400! This was totally unexpected. I didn't believe it at first." Leibow and her husband, Robert, will attend the June 17-19 race weekend festivities at MIS, which will also include the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday and the ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 on Friday. As part of their package, they will stay the weekend in a luxury motorcoach in the Walt Michal's Turn 2 Campground, while also receiving roundtrip airfare from Des Moines to Michigan. "I don't think it will completely hit me until I get to MIS on Friday," she said. "I'm so excited to attend my first race and to have my husband with me. I'm a little nervous to start the race, but also looking forward to it. Like the contest website said * this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't believe that I'm the winner." Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Comics, and MIS, partnered together for the promotion, which ran from May 23-June 6. The Batman Begins 400 marks the first time a major motion picture has served as the entitlement sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event. Batman Begins*, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros., opened worldwide on Wednesday, June 15. "First off, I want to thank Warner Bros. for allowing race fans all over the country to enter this contest," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We look forward to hosting Jaylene and her husband for their first NASCAR race at MIS. This experience will be one that they will never forget and I am excited for both of them."(MIS)(6-17-2005)

  • MIS Medical Teams Ready for races: For two weekends each summer, the third-largest city in the state of Michigan sits amongst rolling pastures and tracts of hardwoods in the Irish Hills. Michigan International Speedway is the downtown area of that vast, temporary metropolis of parking lots, campgrounds and grandstands. Dr. John Maino, the medical director at MIS since 1985, is charged with developing and instituting a plan to meet the first aid and emergency care needs of that population, both on and off the track. "The speedway is really a transient city in a tight, confined area, and we try and anticipate what can happen in a city of close to 200,000 people, and be ready in case it happens here. We cover the whole spectrum of the event," Dr. Maino said. "We call it show biz medicine, because what goes on here is on television and highly visible." Dr. Maino, who is employed as the medical director of the emergency department at Foote Hospital in Jackson, also serves as the medical examiner for Jackson County. For the races at MIS, he assembles a team of physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel who work in emergency medicine, or in the critical care wards of area hospitals. Dr. Maino said his staff will deal with everything from injuries due to falls, bee stings, and dehydration outside the track, and a different class of injuries associated with the actual racing. There are ambulances stationed near each of the four turns, two additional ambulances at the infield medical center where there is also a medivac helicopter, and two mini ambulance units in the pit area.
    Dr. Maino is credited with saving the life of NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan back in 1994 when a violent crash in a practice session left Irvan near death as he was pulled from the car. Dr. Maino performed an emergency tracheotomy on Irvan on the track before he was transported via helicopter to the hospital. "I consider myself very fortunate that someone of Dr. Maino's skill and expertise was here at MIS when that happened," Irvan said on a recent visit to the track. "He made all the right decisions in an emergency situation, and that saved my life. I'm eternally grateful for that."(Toledo Blade)(6-17-2005)

  • National Anthem, Flyover and Grand Marshal at MIS: the Caped Crusader himself, Batman, will be the Grand Marshal and give the command to start engines and Karen Newman [no relation to Ryan or Newman from Seinfeld], who has done the anthem at the Red Wings games for years will sing the National Anthem for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway Nextel Cup race. And after the National Anthem the 107th Fighter Squadron of the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard will do a miltary flyover with two F16's coming from Turn 3 to Turn 1.(6-15-2005)

  • Pre-Race Concert at MIS: Fans who purchase pit passes for this weekend's race activities at Michigan International Speedway will be in for a special treat. MIS has developed a new area for its pit pass customers to enjoy, with Chevrolet bringing in Mercury Nashville recording artist Julie Roberts to perform a concert and add to the excitement for the Batman Begins 400 weekend. The new Chevy Stage at the MIS Pit Zone will feature the Chevy American Revolution All Access Music Tour and a concert by Roberts on Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m.-Noon. The MIS Pit Zone is located in the paved area behind the Pit Road/Pit Terrace grandstands.
    The Pit Zone will be available to all fans who purchase pre-race pit passes for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 weekend. A limited number of pit passes are still available by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010, or by stopping by the grandstand ticket office in the new AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza area.
    The Chevy Stage at the MIS Pit Zone will provide fans with a fun musical experience that will feature the Chevy American Revolution All Access Music Tour along with the Hard Rock Café music memorabilia museum. The Pit Zone will be open all three days during the race weekend from 8 a.m. until the start of the race each day. W4 Country and WTKA 1050 "The Ticket" out of Ann Arbor will be broadcasting live from the MIS Pit Zone throughout the weekend, including the popular "Breakfast with Bubba" morning show.(MIS)(6-15-2005)

  • Still Tix available for Michigan race: Tickets are still available for all events at MIS this weekend, with children 12 and under admitted free to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck's Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday. In addition, tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased now by visiting http://www.MISpeedway.com">www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(6-15-2005)

  • Countdown:
    As we count down the days, here are 10 facts, one for each day, as the beginning of the MIS race season quickly approaches.
    10 - Terry Cook, driver of the #10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford, will be making his 200th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at MIS in the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on June 18. Cook's best finish at MIS came in 2002, when he placed sixth. He finished seventh in last year's race at MIS and has five career truck victories in nine years in the series.
    9 - MIS has had 10 different winners in its last 11 Cup races, including Greg Biffle's victory in the GFS Marketplace 400 last August. Dating back to the August Cup race in 1999, nine different drivers have won at MIS with Ryan Newman being the only multiple winner. The winners include: 2004-Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman; 2003-Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch; 2002-Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth; 2001-Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon; 2000-Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart; 1999-Bobby Labonte in August.
    8 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet, holds the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series track record at MIS with a qualifying speed of 191.149 mph set back in his rookie year in 2000. Since then, Earnhardt has captured one pole (August 2002) and two top-10 finishes at MIS.
    7 - Bill Elliott, who holds the MIS record with seven career Cup victories at the track, will move to third all-time with 53 career starts at MIS when he runs in the Batman Begins 400 on June 19. Elliott is running a partial schedule this season in the #91 McDonald's Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. Elliott will be returning to MIS for the first time since 2003. Along with his entry in the Batman Begins 400, he is also scheduled to run in the GFS Marketplace 400 at MIS in August.
    6 - Mark Martin, driving in the Batman Begins paint scheme car, is competing in his final season on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit. Martin has tallied four NASCAR Cup Series and two NASCAR Busch Series victories at MIS during his successful career. Martin finished second in last year's GFS Marketplace 400 and the NASCAR Busch Series races in August of 2004. His last victory at MIS came in the June Cup event in 1998.
    5 - On Father's Day, Ricky Rudd, who drives the #21 U.S. Air Force/Motorcraft Ford, will make his 57th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at MIS in the Batman Begins 400, giving him the record for most career starts at the 2-mile MIS oval. Rudd, who has competed on the Cup circuit for 28 years, was tied with Dave Marcis with 56-career Cup starts at MIS prior to the 2005 season. Rudd's last victory at MIS came in June of 1993.
    4 - If you don't win the pole, you may want to start fourth at MIS. Since NASCAR's top series began racing at MIS in 1969, 12 drivers have won races starting from the fourth position. Most recently was Ryan Newman in last year's June NEXTEL Cup event. Fourteen drivers have won from the pole at MIS since 1969, including four by Cale Yarborough. Just eight drivers have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS history.
    3 - Kasey Kahne is making his third career NEXTEL Cup start at MIS in the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Kahne no longer has to worry about being known as a second-place driver after picking up his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in Richmond on May 14. Kahne, who had six second-place finishes in two seasons prior to his victory, also had a second-place showing at MIS during last year's June NEXTEL Cup race. In that race, Kahne was charging race leader Ryan Newman on the final lap before a caution flag came out, securing the win for Newman.
    2 - Ray Evernham development driver Erin Crocker will be making her second career ARCA RE/MAX Series start when the circuit runs at MIS on June 17. Crocker, a former sprint car star, signed with Evernham Motorsports in 2004. She made her ARCA RE/MAX Series debut on March 26, taking the pole and finishing 12th. Crocker, driver of the #98 Dodge, will also run in a number of NASCAR Busch Series races this year. She is the only female to ever win a World of Outlaws Series feature event. If Crocker were to win the Hantz Group 200 on June 17, she would be the first female to win a race at MIS. Shawna Robinson is the first and only female to win a pole at MIS, by capturing the pole for the ARCA RE/MAX Series event in June of 2000.
    1 - Travis Kvapil made history at MIS last July by giving Toyota its first ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory. Kvapil had to start toward the rear of the field (30th) after making an engine change the morning of the race after suffering a Happy Hour practice crash the day before. Kvapil now runs on the NEXTEL Cup circuit for Penske Racing South in the #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines Dodge.
    Tickets still remain for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. Great seats are also still available for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday, June 18 and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on Sunday, June 17. Tickets are available now for the Batman Begins 400 and the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, order your tickets online or call 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-14-2005)

  • Sponsor the the MIS truck race: Paramount Health Care, the largest health provider based in northwest Ohio, will sponsor the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Paramount Health Insurance 200 will take place on June 18, a day prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 race on June 19. It is the second straight year MIS and Paramount Health Care have partnered to sponsor a race. In 2004, Paramount Health Care sponsored the Paramount Health Insurance 100 IRL Infiniti Pro Series race in August. Two health care facilities that are in close proximity to MIS, Adrian's Bixby Medical Center and Tecumseh's Herrick Memorial Hospital, are both members of ProMedica Health System. For more information, please visit www.paramounthealthcare.com.
    Tickets are still available for all June 17-19 activities at MIS, with children 12 and under admitted free to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Hantz 200 and the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday. Tickets are $40 for the Paramount Health Insurance 200. In addition, tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. All tickets can be purchased now by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-24-2005)

  • Irvan tours MIS Renovations: Ernie Irvan doesn't remember the practice accident that nearly took his life back in August of 1994 at Michigan International Speedway. In fact, Irvan doesn't remember the 21 days that followed his turn-two practice crash either. But what sticks out most in Irvan's mind was returning to the track that nearly took his life just three years later and winning the June 1997 Miller 400 at MIS in what turned out to be an emotional day for Irvan and the thousands of race fans on hand that day.
    "I had no idea I'd be able to race at Michigan again, let along win the race," Irvan said about his emotional June 1997 win. "I had never won at MIS so that made it very special. It was tough to drive with tears in my eyes and I wasn't crying because I was sad."
    Irvan returned to MIS for the first time on Tuesday since 1999 when another crash in a Busch Series car essentially ended his career, as he announced a new charity event to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Irvan was joined by Dr. John Maino (the doctor credited with saving Irvan's life in 1994) and Mike Dabbs, President of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.
    Irvan's visit to MIS on Tuesday brought back a wide range of emotions as he announced that his Race 2 Safety Foundation will partner with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIA) for the first annual walk-a-thon entitled the "L.A.P.S. Walk," which stands for Leadership & Awareness to Promote Safety to be held on August 17 at MIS.
    In addition to announcing the charity walk, Irvan also took a tour of the ongoing renovation project at MIS with track president Brett Shelton to see the progress of the largest renovation project in MIS history. Paving is currently underway in the new AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza, which is a 26-acre area behind the main grandstand that will give MIS a new front door and house a great new area for sponsor displays, merchandise and a great area for fans to relax when they aren't enjoying on-track activity. Progress on the new suite, operations and Champions Club levels are taking shape, with glass currently going up on the new tower structure on all three levels.
    "The new construction that is happening at MIS is amazing," said Irvan. "I can't believe how much it's grown even since the last time I was here in 1999. MIS has always been a great facility and it's only going to get better for the fans after this is done."
    Tickets are still available for all June 17-19 activities at MIS, with children 12 and under admitted free to the Friday June 17 ARCA RE/MAX Hantz 200 and the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday June 18. Tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. All tickets can be purchased now by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS)(5-18-2005)

  • NASCAR Fan to Win Chance to "Begin the Batman Begins 400 at MIS": Gotham City will meet the Motor City when the Batmobile takes to the track at Michigan International Speedway for the Batman Begins 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on June 19. Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Comics, and Michigan International Speedway announced that one lucky fan will win the chance of a lifetime to drop the green flag to start the race by entering the "Begin the Batman Begins 400 at MIS" promotion. The promotion will run from May 23-June 6. The announcement was made today at Richmond International Raceway by NASCAR star Mark Martin, who will pilot a Batman Begins-themed Ford in the Batman Begins 400, and MIS President Brett Shelton. The Batman Begins 400 marks the first time a major motion picture has served as the entitlement sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event. Batman Begins, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros., opens worldwide on June 15.
    The "Begin the Batman Begins 400 at MIS" program will offer one fan, chosen at random, the opportunity to not only wave the green flag to start the Batman Begins 400, but also receive a VIP racing experience at MIS. Fans can enter the program online at www.begintherace.com.
    Roush Racing legend Mark Martin will get a little extra Batman power to help him get to Victory Lane, as his Ford will feature a special Batman Begins paint scheme for the race. Martin's fellow Roush Racing driver, Ricky Craven, will also be sporting a Batman Begins scheme during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on June 18.
    Fans can still purchase tickets to the Batman Begins 400 by calling MIS at 1-800-354-1010 or logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(Alan Taylor Communications)(5-15-2005)

  • Batman Returns with Martin, to sponsor MIS Race UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin will run a 'Batman Begins' scheme at the June Michigan race. See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)
    UPDATE: NASCAR, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and International Speedway Corporation announced that Batman Begins*, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros. Pictures, will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 19 for the running of the NASCAR Nextel Cup "Batman Begins 400." The film opens worldwide on June 15. Roush Racing legend Mark Martin will get a little extra Batman power to help him get to Victory Lane, as his Ford will feature a special Batman Begins paint scheme for the race. Martin's fellow Roush Racing driver, Ricky Craven, will also be sporting a Batman Begins scheme during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on June 18. Race fans will have a front-row seat for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the film's launch when the Batmobile from the film leads the pack of 43 race cars off of pit road to start the battle for the checkered flag.
    Besides the on-track action that fans will be able to enjoy during the weekend, the newly redesigned fan area behind the main grandstand at Michigan International Speedway will incorporate the Batman Begins Fan Zone, which will feature the Batmobile from the film, Mark Martin's Batman Begins themed car, the Ricky Craven truck, and the fantasy and event cars that are part of the weekend's Batman action. The Batman Begins Fan Zone will also include other activities and exclusive merchandise based on the film and the Batman Begins 400. While this is the first time a major motion picture is serving as the title sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, it is not the first time Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been involved with NASCAR or Michigan International Speedway. Just last August, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics partnered with Michigan International Speedway for the highly successful Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels, as some of NASCAR's top drivers piloted cars emblazoned with the familiar heroes of the Justice League. Fans can still purchase tickets to the Batman Begins 400 by calling MIS at 1-800-354-1010 or logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(Alan Taylor Communications)(4-28-2005)

  • MGR of PR named at MIS: Dennis Worden, who has media relations experience at several colleges and universities, has been named Manager of Public Relations for Michigan International Speedway, Director of Public Relations Bill Janitz announced. Worden, a Concord, Michigan native, who now lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, previously served as the Director of Sports Information for Hillsdale College the past three years. Prior to Hillsdale, he spent time working in media relations with Wayne State University, Alma College and the University of Texas. He is a 1999 graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism. In addition, Worden also spent three seasons (2002-2004) working on the race weekend media center staff for MIS.(MIS PR)(4-19-2005)

  • Bill Janitz named Director of Public Relations of MIS: Bill Janitz has been named Director of Public Relations for Michigan International Speedway, track president Brett Shelton announced today. Janitz, who has been a member of the MIS public relations department since 2001, will assume his new duties immediately. A native of Brooklyn, MI, Janitz is a 2000 graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Janitz will oversee media and public relations for the state's largest sporting facility after serving as MIS Public Relations Manager from June 2001-November 2002 and Public Relations/News Manager from November 2002- February 2005. In those positions, Janitz handled an array of duties including media relations, writing press releases, pre and post-race activities, maintaining content on the MIS official website and credentialing.
    Tickets to all 2005 events at MIS are on sale now, including the season-opening Father's Day weekend, which features exciting enhancements to the weekend schedule, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on June 17, the MIS June debut of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on June 18 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on June 19. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • Michigan tix go on sale Feb 12th: With the largest renovation in the history of the track underway and exciting enhancements to the race weekend schedule, the 2005 season will be one of the most anticipated seasons in the history of Michigan International Speedway. Fans wanting to be a part of this year's action at MIS will need to mark Saturday, February 12, on their calendars, as tickets to both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events will be available to the general public. Tickets to both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events at Michigan International Speedway, the June 19 Michigan 400 and the August 21 GFS Marketplace 400, will go on sale at 8:00am/et on Saturday, February 12, at MIS' newly redesigned official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. In addition to tickets being available at www.MISpeedway.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting February 12, the MIS ticket hotline will be open from 9:00am until 9:00pm/et seven days a week for fan's convenience. Also, for the fourth consecutive year, children 12 and under will be free once again on Friday's and Saturday's. Also on February 12, along with options to purchase tickets and camping at MIS, Champions Club seats will also be available for purchase. The club seating level will sit high above the existing grandstands at the start/finish line. The amenities of the Champions Club include twenty-inch wide outdoor seats with in-seat waiter service, and access to an indoor entertainment area. The indoor area includes access to the club via elevator, an air-conditioned dining area, private restrooms, and lounge area with several food and beverages options.
    While tickets go on sale for both NEXTEL Cup Series races on Saturday, February 12, tickets to all other events, which include the IRL IndyCar Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA/REMAX Series are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at MIS' newly redesigned website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(2-4-2005)

  • New Michigan Track? UPDATE: Two business partners who want to build a $25 million to $50 million racetrack in Wayland Township will meet with the township's Planning Commission this week to discuss more details of the proposal. Steve Laham and Brian Silvernail, who own LandInvest Motorsports Inc. of Kent County, want to build an oval-shaped racetrack on 137 acres northeast of U.S. 131 and 130th Avenue. Laham said they hope to have three to six major races at the track each year, including a Nextel Cup truck race [I think the writer means Craftsman Truck Series race since there is NO Nextel Cup Truck Series], which is sanctioned by NASCAR. He and Silvernail announced their plan in 2003 and submitted a preliminary proposal to the Planning Commission on Dec. 28. Bata Design Group of Grand Rapids made a preliminary design of the racetrack. Laham said that if all goes as planned, construction could begin in 2006 or 2007 and take about 18 months to complete. He said the racetrack would be about 0.75 miles and would be built to accommodate car and truck races. In the project's first phase, the facility would be built to seat 20,000 spectators, and in each of the following two phases an additional 10,000 seats would be built.(Michigan Live)(1-23-2005)
    UPDATE: Wayland Township [MI] residents will have their say before the township Planning Commission makes a decision on an entertainment venue that would feature auto racing, concerts, tractor pulls and other outdoor events. Partners Brian Silvernail and Tom Laham, of Landinvest Motorsports Inc., have applied for a change in zoning to allow a $16 million-plus facility that would seat 20,000. It would be built on 184 acres of now-agricultural land between 132nd and 130th avenues, between U.S. 131 and the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. No date has been set for a hearing on the proposal. Because it is expected to draw more than the typical meeting crowd, it will be held in the Wayland Union High School auditorium. Silvernail said he expects to stage several NASCAR events if the project is approved, but can't get a commitment from NASCAR until he has the track. He estimated an annual attendance of 336,000 for races and other events. In an advisory report to the commission, township planning consultant Tim Johnson said the proposed use could be compatible with mixed-use and industrial zoning, and without changes in the township's master plan. He was not concerned about traffic, since shortcomings could be overcome if the developer could fund improvements. But noise could be a problem, he said.(Michigan Live)(2-6-2005)

  • MIS to have Cup qualfying on Saturday: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced an enhancement to the MIS Friday and Saturday schedule for both the June 17-19 and August 19-21 NASCAR/ARCA weekends, giving fans more racing and adding value to each day. The highlights of the schedule on Fridays include qualifying for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and two practice sessions for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in both June and August, as well as two practice sessions for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in June and NASCAR Busch Series in August. The practice sessions will be followed by an ARCA RE/MAX Series event on each weekend that will start at 5:15 p.m. In June and August, Saturday highlights include qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series with afternoon races scheduled for both the Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series.

    The full June and August NASCAR/ARCA race weekends schedules are below:

    JUNE

    Friday, June 17, 2005
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    9:30 a.m. - ARCA RE/MAX Series Qualifying
    12:00 noon - 1:10 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Practice
    1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    5:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    5:15 p.m. - ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)

    Saturday, June 18, 2005
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    10:00 a.m. - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying
    12:05 p.m. - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying
    2:30 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    3:00 p.m. - Start of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race

    Sunday, June 19, 2005 (Father's Day)
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    1:40 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    2:10 p.m. - Start of NASCAR NEXTEL Series Cup Race (200 Laps, 400 Miles)

    AUGUST

    Friday, August 19, 2005
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    9:30 a.m. - ARCA RE/MAX Series Qualifying
    12:00 noon -1:10 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Practice
    1:20 p.m. -2:40 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    2:50 p.m. -3:50 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Final Practice
    4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    5:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    5:15 p.m. - ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)

    Saturday, August 20, 2005
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    10:00 a.m. - NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying
    12:10 p.m. - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying
    2:30 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    3:00 p.m. - NASCAR Busch Series Race (125 Laps, 250 Miles)

    Sunday, August 21, 2005
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    1:40 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    2:10 p.m. - GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (200 Laps, 400 Miles)

    The changes will give fans more racing than ever before and also provide a great value for fans as well with the Friday ticket only $15, which includes practice sessions for the NEXTEL Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series/Busch Series, plus an ARCA RE/MAX Series event. Saturday's ticket will also provide a greater value to fans with a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying session and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying in June for just $40 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying along with NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and race in August for just $50. Also, for the fourth consecutive year, children 12 and under will be free once again on Friday's and Saturday's in 2005.
    While tickets for both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 12, tickets are on-sale now for all other events, including fan favorites such as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IRL IndyCar Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Tickets can be purchased in real-time on MIS' newly redesigned official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(1-7-2005)

  • MIS Announces 2005 Renovation Project: In a continuing effort to improve experiences for fans who visit historic Michigan International Speedway each year, MIS President Brett Shelton announced today the largest renovation project in the 37-year history of MIS. The renovation project includes a reconfiguration of the frontstretch area which will include new ticket gates, new vendor and display areas, several new concession stands, and a new suite/club structure high above the main grandstand near the start/finish line. The suite/club area will hold 16 suites, press box, 870 Champions Club seats, timing & scoring area, television and radio broadcast area, and race control for use by the sanctioning bodies. The announcement of the entire project goes along with the announcement of approximately 870 Club Level seats. The project will be the first seat addition since 10,800 seats were added prior to the 2000 race season to raise the seating capacity at the facility to 137,243 for the 2005 racing season which begins Father's Day weekend June 17-19. The renovation project will allow MIS to keep many parts of its storied tradition, while adding amenities that will enhance the fan experience. The facility renovation project is scheduled to be completed in time for the season opening Father's Day weekend NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event weekend June 17-19. Along with the debut of the renovation project, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its June debut on Saturday, June 18 along with the first of two 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series events on Friday, June 17. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will make its 2005 MIS debut on Sunday, June 19. The new Club Level "Champions Club" seats are now available to existing MIS customers. For fans who are not current MIS ticket holders, deposits are now being taken by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(more plus images at mispeedway.com)(12-15-2004)

  • Michigan adds Club Level seats: Further enhancing its position as the host of Michigan's largest sporting events twice annually in June and August, Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today the addition of a Club Level seating area high above the start finish/line of the facility, which will include 870 new outdoor club grandstand seats as well as an indoor entertainment area called the "Champions Club." "We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce Club Level seating at MIS," said MIS president Brett Shelton. "Even though we are the largest sporting facility in the state, fans have asked for new ways to enjoy the sport of auto racing. The Champions Club certainly does that."B The project will make the MIS Champions Club one of the finest club seating areas among the region's major sporting facilities. With the addition of approximately 870 Club Level seats, it will be the first seat addition since 10,800 seats were added prior to the 2000 race season and raise the seating capacity at the facility to 137,243 for the 2005 racing season which begins Father's Day weekend June 17-19. With the additional seats, MIS becomes the eighth largest motorsports venue on the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. The addition of the "Champions Club" seating area is just one part of the largest renovation project in the 37-year history of the track. Further details, including several additional elements of the project, will be announced at a preview at MIS on Tuesday, December 14. The new Club Level seating along with the indoor entertainment area will be the first of its kind at MIS. The area will feature wide seats with cup holders, in-seat service, and an indoor air-conditioned hospitality area with private restrooms. These are just some of the features that fans will enjoy as a part of their "Champions Club" experience.
    The addition of the Champions Club area is scheduled to be completed in time for the season opening NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Father's Day weekend. Along with the debut of the renovation project, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its June debut on Saturday, June 18 along with the first of two 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series events on Friday, June 17. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will make its 2005 MIS debut on Sunday, June 19. Maintenance staff workers have already started preparing for the project by removing the old skylounge structure above the MIS grandstands at the start/finish line. The structure that was removed had been in place since the track's opening in 1968. The new "Champions Club" seats are now available to existing MIS customers. For fans who are not current MIS ticket holders, deposits are now being taken by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(12-14-2004)

  • 2004 MIS Fan of the Year: When asked about her trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway as part of her grand prize, 2004 MIS Fan of the Year Tammy Kus best described her experience by something her husband Craig said when they returned. "Craig doesn't show a lot of emotion, but he turned to me at one point and said, 'I know I'm a grown man, but this is too much fun for a grown man to have!' " said Kus. Their trip was made possible by being chosen out of the 10 MIS Fans of the Month as the grand prize-winner and the title "2004 MIS Fan of the Year". Tammy and her husband Craig were able to enjoy a trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway for NASCAR's championship weekend and enjoyed the finales of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. The couple, who drive each year over 11 hours each way from their Lake Linden, Michigan home in the Upper Peninsula to attend races at MIS, not only experienced the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but were special guests of MIS at the season-ending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series awards banquet at the Loews Miami Beach during the weekend. It's an experience neither will ever forget. "We don't clean up bad for a couple of Yoopers," quipped Tammy Kus. "Attending the banquet was very overwhelming at first because we've never been to an event like that before and we had a blast!" Tammy and her husband Craig also had to the opportunity to sit with MIS officials, as well as a few other special guests, which just happened to be Mike Skinner and his wife Angela, who were attending the banquet after Skinner's 11th place points finish in 2004 in his No. 5 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. "He sat down next to us and he looked so familiar to us," said Kus. "Then we realized that it was Mike Skinner. We were excited to meet him. They were just really neat people and it really topped off the night." After the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquet on Saturday night, it was off the next day to witness one of the closest points battles in the history of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race certainly didn't disappoint, with Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon battling out in the closing laps of the race to determine who will take home the Inaugural Nextel Cup. While her trip has come to an end, Kus will still reign as the MIS Fan of the Year until the new recipient will take over the crown when selected this July.
    For fans who did not receive Fan of the Month honors in 2004, there will be plenty more chances in 2005. Each MIS Fan of the Month receives an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler along with a Victory Lane Club hospitality package for two at the Sunday race of their choosing. Every monthly winner will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2005 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year -- and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2005, a visit from the MIS NASCAR NEXTEL Cup showcar, and tickets to the race of their choosing for the next 10 years just like Tammy Kus and her husband Craig did in 2004.
    Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December 2002, over 8000 fans have registered for the contest at MIS' official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS.
    MIS Fan of the Month
    12626 U.S. Highway 12
    Brooklyn, MI 49230
    (MIS PR)(12-4-2004)

  • Races looking for sponsors: at least four race tracks are looking for a title sponsor for their Nextel Cup races in 2005:
    Chicagoland [Tropicana left, will miss the big orange]
    Michigan [DHL lasted one year, will they be involved in NASCAR ?}
    California [Pop Secret moved from the Rock for a year, General Mills
    Talladega [EA Sports gone]
    California is looking for $2 million for the labor day prime time race
    (NASCAR Scene Print)(11-26-2004)

  • More Seats at MIS: Michigan International Speedway is expected to add more than 1,000 luxury seats by replacing 10 suites over the main grandstand and adding "club seats" and luxury boxes. The Cambridge Planning Commission approved the site plan pending the passage of a variance request by the speedway. The three-tier structure is expected to be nearly 150 feet tall. MIS facilities supervisor Dan Salenbien presented the proposed addition at the Wednesday planning commission meeting. He called the suite area on the Brooklyn Road side of the track "old" and in need of renovations. The plan includes 900 club seats on the first level, a layer of corporate suites on the second level, suites for television, media and operations on the third level and an area above that for race spotters and television cameras. The new corporate suites are expected to increase the number of available seats by 135. Three buildings below the proposed site are expected to be torn down to create a base for the new structure. The speedway would also need to add as many as three elevators for the new structure. Salenbien said persons sitting in the new seats would be able to "see the entire track."(The Exponent)(10-18-2004)

  • MIS's Spirit of America Blood Drive Shatter's Record: Over the first three years of the Spirit of America blood drive at MIS, the "400" stood for the goal of 400 pints of blood during the September 11 event. For 2005, the event may want to consider a name change. The 2004 event this past Saturday garnered a record-shattering 535 units (pints) of blood during the 10-hour blood drive, while reclaiming the title of the nation's largest blood drive on 9/11. The 535-unit mark shattered last year's record of 433 units of blood. Also, a record 626 people volunteered to donate blood. The Spirit of America 400 is currently the largest single-day blood drive in Michigan and reclaimed the title of the largest blood drive in the country on 9/11. The Inaugural September 11, 2002 blood drive was also the largest single-day blood drive in the country on 9/11.(MIS PR)(9-15-2004)

  • MIS 9/11 Blood Drive Recognized: It would be safe to say that leading into its third year, the Spirit of America 400 blood drive at Michigan International Speedway has been stocked full of pleasant surprises. After the tragic events of September 11 2001, like most Americans, the staff at MIS looked for a way to help those who were affected by the events of that day. But an idea by MIS Guest Services Manager Tim Booth spawned an event that was a unique way to honor the victims of September 11 with a race-themed blood drive at MIS. Booth, a regular blood donor who has given nearly 120 pints of blood over the years, called Red Cross officials and coordinated the drive for 2002. Currently the largest single-day blood drive in Michigan, The Spirit of America 400 also lays claim to the title of being the second largest blood drive in the nation on 9/11. The Inaugural September 11, 2002 blood drive was the largest single-day blood drive on that day in 2002. In its first two years, the Spirit of America 400 collected 808 units of blood enough to help save the lives of more than 2,400 people. With each unit of blood having the potential to be transfused to up to three people, this year's blood drive could benefit 1,350 sick or injured people.
    This year's event has already seen a record number of donors sign up, with Red Cross officials expanding the appointments for the blood drive for the third consecutive year. Last year, almost 500 people signed up for appointments for the event. With less than a week remaining, the event has signed up over 550 people with the goal of around 600 donors signed up for appointments prior to the event. With the success of the event over the first two years have come many accolades, including a visit from national Red Cross officials and a letter of support from President George W. Bush.
    Recently the event garnered some support from local U.S. Congressman Nick Smith, who presented MIS President Brett Shelton and the MIS staff with one of a limited number of U.S flags that were flown over the capital on September 11 2002, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks and the date of the first Spirit of America 400 at MIS. The flag will be proudly displayed at this year's blood drive.
    This year, the American Red Cross and MIS have their sites set on collecting 450 units of blood in ten hours, trying to break last year's record of 433 pints taken. Donations are by appointment only, and will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Less than 40 spots are still available for the upcoming 2004 event set for Saturday, September 11. To set an appointment to donate blood at the Spirit of America 400, call the Great Lakes Region Blood Services of the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE.
    The Spirit of America Blood drive is unique in that blood donors are offered hospitality and special activities at MIS, which may include:
    A commemorative event credential and ticket
    An event shirt, hat and pin
    Hospitality food and beverages by Americrown
    Ice cream from Country Fresh
    Gifts from Flagstar Bank, Cabela's and the Indy Racing League
    A Victory Lane photograph
    Track tours
    An opportunity to purchase a Track Time Ride-Along with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Each donor will be entered to win a deluxe gas grill donated by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.
    To set an appointment to donate blood at the Spirit of America 400, call the Great Lakes Region Blood Services of the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE, or register on-line by visiting www.givelife.org and entering sponsor code MIS.(MIS PR)(9-9-2004)

  • MIS Fire/Safety Crew Aids Victory Junction Gang Camp With Donation of Nearly $10,000: In a special pre-race ceremony before today's GFS Marketplace 400, the MIS Fire/Safety Crew supplied a special type of aid. Garth Hyliard, head of the MIS Fire, EMS and Recovery Crew for more than 30 years, presented Kyle Petty with a check for $9,758. The check was a donation to The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a charity founded by Petty, his wife Patty and 2002 NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewart and supported by NASCAR and its many participants. The camp, which opened in June, provides an opportunity for children with severe illnesses to enjoy various activities. "This check represents what teamwork means at MIS," Hyliard said. "Our entire collection of track service workers * including fire crews, EMS/Medical staff, Clean-up teams and Wrecker squads * worked extremely hard to raise this money for a very worthy cause. I am overwhelmed at the commitment and support our team has made to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They've already started making plans for additional fundraisers for 2005."
    The fund-raising campaign began after Hyliard received an e-mail from his counterpart at Daytona International Speedway, who proudly announced that the Fire/Safety crew at the Florida track had raised more than $2,700 during the Pepsi 400 weekend in July. The e-mail also challenged all the other tracks in the ISC family to see if they could surpass the Daytona total.
    Hyliard and his crew developed some creative fund-raising activities. In addition to just reaching into their own pockets, they raised more than $1,100 selling Victory Junction Gang pins, and gained additional donations from raffles for a poster autographed by Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon and another for an MIS Fire Crew T-shirt autographed by Richard and Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    "This is a friendly rivalry where the Victory Junction Gang Camp is the big winner," Hyliard said. "The other ISC tracks now have an bigger number to shoot for. If they beat our total, that's great because everything raised goes to help some kids who could use some help. But we're planning to top our own total next year, so the other tracks better raise a lot. We're proud of what we've done and we expect to do even better in 2005." Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge in today's GFS Marketplace 400, was honored by the donation by the MIS Safety Crew. "This is just an amazing donation," Petty said. "It just goes to show how everyone in the NASCAR family can rally to help some people in need. On behalf of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, I am honored to accept this donation." For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.(MIS PR)(8/22/2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 1 Days: Starting up front could be important if drivers want to visit Gatorade Victory Lane after the GFS Marketplace 400. There have been 14 winners from the pole in 70 events at MIS, the most out of any starting position. Additionally, a staggering 59 of 70 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at MIS have been won by drivers starting in the top-10. The last driver to start outside the top-10 and win at MIS was Matt Kenseth in June of 2002.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-21-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 2 Days: While Rusty Wallace will be participating in his first ever NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS on August 21, he's no stranger to the two-mile oval. Wallace leads all active drivers with five victories at MIS as well as a record 15 top-five finishes at MIS. Most of Wallace's success came in a stretch from June 1993 to June 1996, where he finished sixth or better, including two victories, during the seven-race stretch. But, in the 16 races since then, he has only three top-10 finishes. He'll look to put his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge back in Gatorade Victory Lane in the GFS Marketplace 400.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-20-2004)

  • MIS Grand Prize Winner: The only way Julie Mandeville could calculate how many times she played the MIS 'Race-to-Win' game at www.MISpeedway.com, basically came down to two simple words, "A lot". However many times Mandeville played the MIS 'Race-to-Win' game, it turned out to be the right combination, as she has won the Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and a $10,000 Garage Makeover from Gladiator GarageWorks.
    Although the $10,000 Grand Prize may be exciting, her husband may be even more excited about the $10,000 Garage Makeover courtesy of Gladiator GarageWorks. "My husband is a mechanic, so he's really excited about it," added Mandeville. "He can't wait to get it because he can think of a lot a great ways to use it."
    The Grand Prize also includes a VIP day during next weekend's GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS where she will be able to attend a Question and Answer session with her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in MIS' Victory Lane Club hospitality area. Mandeville, from Perrysburg, Ohio, has become a regular visitor to MIS' website over the past six months, which has now paid off in a big way.
    "We visit the MIS website all the time and usually purchase our tickets there," said Mandeville. "I was going to the website two or three times a day. I was trying to find the right tickets for my husband and myself, and I'd play the game every time I was eligible."
    The MIS "Race-to-Win" game, which began in March and ended on August 1, allowed fans to visit www.MISpeedway.com each day and enter into a drawing for daily prizes, as well as a daily entry into the Grand Prize drawing by using an eDecoder game piece picked up at various events throughout the spring and summer. The eDecoder game piece was used by holding it up to the screen to see if they were an instant-winner. Fans could also answer MIS related trivia questions that would give them additional chances to win daily prizes. "I would play it each time I was eligible and see if I could answer the question correctly," added Mandeville. "It was about 50/50 on getting the trivia questions right, but I had a lot of fun."
    With thousands of fans playing the game over a five-month stretch, the game proved to be popular with fans all over the country, but ended up with a Grand-Prize winner who's an MIS regular and lives within a short drive of the track.
    "We'd like to congratulate Julie and all the race fans who won prizes during the whole time of the Race-to-Win game contest," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "When we started the game, we knew we had many loyal fans who visited our website regularly, but we never expected such an overwhelming response from our fans. The Race-to-Win game and prizes are just another way we can thank our fans for making the MIS events successful."
    Eprize, the company that put together the MIS Race-to-Win promotion, was also impressed with not only the response for the game, but how many times people came back to play. "The average person came back to the Race-to-Win game 10 times," said Bob Marsh, VP of Business Development for Michigan-based Eprize. "What's also exciting is how much even the fans who didn't win prizes enjoyed the MIS Race-to-Win experience as well."(MIS PR)(8-18-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 3 Days: Ryan Newman will be going for three-in-a-row at MIS in the GFS Marketplace 400. Only two drivers in MIS history have won at least three-in-a-row NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS. David Pearson won three-in-a-row in 1972 and 1973 and Bill Elliott won four-in-a-row as he swept the 1985 and 1986 seasons at MIS.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-19-2004)

  • August 20th Declared NASCAR Day in Michigan:
    Rick Johnson, the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, helped push thru House Resolution No. 299 was recently passed making Friday, August 20, "NASCAR Day" in the State of Michigan. "August 20th has been proclaimed NASCAR Day in Michigan as a way to recognize the increasing popularity of the sport and support a worthwhile cause," said Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson. "Our state has always had a love affair with cars, and it's no surprise Michigan loves its racing, which is celebrated each summer at Michigan International Speedway and at tracks throughout the state." Fans seeking additional information, or to sign up for NASCAR Day, should visit www.nascar.com/nascarday or call 866-305-4703. Any corporation or organization interested in implementing a company-wide NASCAR Day program can still do so by calling 704-348-9640.(MIS PR)(8-18-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 4 Days: The GFS Marketplace 400 will be the fourth race before the start of the 2004 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and a critical race for drivers that are currently outside the top-10 in point standings. Evernham Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, along with Dale Jarrett, Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin will look to have strong performances in the GFS Marketplace 400 to vault them into the top-10 in points. If past records hold true, the GFS Marketplace 400 should bode well for Jarrett's and Martin's chances as both drivers have four wins at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition, while the rest of the drivers outside the top-10 have no wins at MIS.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-18-2004)

  • National Anthem at MIS: Julie Roberts, Mercury Nashville recording artist, will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400.Roberts from Lancaster, South Carolina, whose hit single "Break Down Here" is currently climbing the country music charts, recently released her debut self-titled album.(MIS PR)(8-17-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 5 Days: Ricky Rudd, who will be sporting a Wonder Woman paint scheme in the GFS Marketplace 400, will make his 56th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at MIS. By starting the GFS Marketplace 400, Rudd will tie Dave Marcis for the record number of starts at MIS.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-17-2004)

  • MIS Announces 28th Straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sellout: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 have been sold. The only tickets remaining are for infield General Admission. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 28 consecutive races dating back to June 1991.
    "We are certainly blessed with great fans and we would like to thank them yet again for our 28th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "It speaks volumes about the passion of MIS race fans."
    Great seats are still available for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250, featuring the AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, as well as Friday's AAA Pole Day. Eleven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace's first Busch Series race since 1997, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.
    The AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, Driving Sideways and The Hype will follow approximately one-hour after the completion of the Cabela's 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.
    To purchase tickets for the Cabela's 250, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00A.M. * 9 P.M., seven days a week throughout the upcoming race weekend.
    For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 22 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.(MIS PR)(8-16-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 6 Days: Sixty-six is the number Rusty Wallace will be sporting during the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 at MIS. Wallace will be making his first NASCAR Busch Series start since 1997 and his first ever Busch Series start at MIS. Wallace will share the driving duties of the car for the rest of the year with fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray in th No. 66 Duraflame Dodge that Wallace also owns.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-16-2004)

  • Trackside Live information: The popular Speed Channel show Trackside Live will be open for the public to attend once again on Friday night August 20. The popular weekly live racing show features hosts Steve Byrnes, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip and Jeff Hammond and will run from 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. on Friday night August 20. The Speed Channel stage will be located outside Gate 23 near Lot B behind the main grandstand of MIS.(MIS Site)(8-15-2004)

  • Ticket's getting scarce for Michigan: Only a few tickets remain for the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on August 22. Great seats still remain for the Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on August 21 and AAA Pole Day qualifying on August 20. As many as 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete in the Cabela's 250. Rusty Wallace's is expected to make his first Busch Series race since 1997.. To purchase tickets, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(8-4-2004)

  • Reserved Seats SOLD OUT, some infield tix remain Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all 136,373 reserved seats for Sunday's DHL 400 have been sold. The only tickets remaining are for infield General Admission. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 27 consecutive races dating back to June 1991. General Admission (infield) tickets for the DHL 400 go on sale Sunday morning at the tunnel entrance and at 6:00am/et at Speedway ticket offices. Tickets are still available for both remaining weekends at MIS in 2004. The IRL IndyCar Series returns July 30-August 1 for the Michigan Indy 400, along with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Line-X Spray-On Bedliners 200 and the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Insurance 100. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns August 20-22 along with the NASCAR Busch Series for the GFS Marketplace 400 and the Cabela's 250. To purchase tickets, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-19-2004)

  • Only 1000 seats left for Sunday's race: Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the DHL 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. MIS officials remain confident that the race will become the 27th consecutive sellout for NASCAR's top series at MIS dating back to 1990. "We're kind of a victim of our own success," MIS spokesman Bill Janitz said. "People think that they can't get tickets, so they don't bother to call." Janitz said that the number of available tickets heading into race weekend is about the same as it has been for the past few June NASCAR race weekends at the speedway. "August has been an easier sell," Janitz said. "The June event garners a lot of interest for August." The seating capacity of MIS is 136,373.(Michigan Live) Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00am - 9:00pm/et seven days a week.(6-19-2004)

  • X Days to Go until race at MIS: There are only X days remaining until the opening day of the 2004 race season at Michigan International Speedway. Tickets are still available for the DHL 400, along with all events at MIS during Father's Day weekend. Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00am - 9:00pm/et seven days a week. As we count down the days, here are 10 facts, one for each day, as the beginning of the MIS race season quickly approaches:

  • 1 Day to Go at MIS: 1 * The last driver to win from the first starting position was also Bobby Labonte in August of 1995. Labonte won the pole for both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, but finished second to Kurt Busch by .774 seconds in June and finished 37th in August after losing a engine on lap 140.(MIS PR)(6-18-2004)

  • 2 Days to Go until race at MIS: 2 * Bobby Labonte captured both Bud Poles at MIS in 2003, becoming the first driver to sweep the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series poles at MIS since Bill Elliott accomplished the feat back in 1988. Over the 36-year history of MIS, a driver has swept both NEXTEL Cup poles at MIS eight different times, among only four different drivers. David Pearson swept both NEXTEL Cup poles in 1974,1977,1978 and Bill Elliott swept both poles in 1984, 1985 and 1988. Bobby's brother Terry Labonte is the only other driver to sweep poles at MIS as he did so in 1983.(MIS PR)(6-17-2004)

  • 3 Days to Go until race at MIS: 3 * How close has the June race been over the past three years? The margin of victory in those three races combined amounted to just a mere 0.33 seconds.(MIS PR)(6-16-2004)

  • 4 Days to Go until race at MIS: 4 * Veteran Mark Martin has four career victories at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition. Martin, driver for Livonia, MI based owner Jack Roush, posted NEXTEL Cup wins in 1990,1993,1997 and 1998 Martin recently broke a winless streak of over two years by winning in Dover and could be a factor in the Father's Day running of the DHL 400.(MIS PR)(6-15-2004)

  • 5 Days to Go until race at MIS: 5 *Since 1969, Dodge has captured five wins and five poles at MIS, with the most recent being last August's GFS Marketplace 400. Dodge also won its first race since rejoining the NEXTEL Cup circuit when Sterling Marlin won the rain-shortened race in August of 2001.(MIS PR)(6-14-2004)

  • 6 Days to Go until race at MIS: 6 * Livonia, Michigan resident Jack Roush has won six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS as an owner, including the last two June races, both of which were emotional wins for Roush. In 2003, Matt Kenseth captured the win in what is now the DHL 400 and brought Roush back to victory lane after surviving a life-threatening plane crash that April. Last June, Roush driver Kurt Busch took an emotional win for Ford during the same weekend the carmaker was celebrating its 100th anniversary in nearby Dearborn, Michigan. Mark Martin captured Roush's other four NEXTEL Cup wins at MIS.(MIS PR)(6-13-2004)

  • 7 Days to Go until race at MIS: 7 * It's seven and holding for Bill Elliott. Elliott has won an impressive seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS but won't find victory lane in the DHL 400 as he is not scheduled to run. Since June of 1976, Elliott has started 52 NEXTEL Cup races and is the all-time leader in miles completed with 18,834. Although he plans to attend the DHL 400 and continue his job as mentor and driving coach for impressive young rookie Kasey Kahne, Elliott hopes to return to MIS for the August 22 GFS Marketplace 400.(MIS PR)(6-12-2004)

  • 8 Days to Go until race at MIS: 8 * Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet and current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points-leader, holds the one-lap NASCAR qualifying record at MIS. Earnhardt Jr., turned a fast lap of 191.149 mph on his way to the record-setting run in August of 2000.(MIS PR)(6-11-2004)

  • 9 Days to Go until race at MIS: 9 * Over the past nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, there have been nine different winners. The impressive MIS streak dates back to August of 1999, when Bobby Labonte took the checkered flag and thus, the last repeat winner. Will there be a 10th different winner in the DHL 400 on June 20? Along with Labonte, other winners a part of the streak, in order, include: Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.(MIS PR)(6-10-2004)

  • 10 Days to Go until race at MIS: 10 * Roush Racing Driver Jeff Burton is the only active driver with 10 or more starts at MIS who has not posted a DNF. Burton has also posted eight top-10 finishes in his 20 starts at MIS, with last year finishing just outside the top-10 in 11th place for the both the June and August race. Burton has plenty of momentum recently as he finished fourth in Sunday's race from Dover despite the team's lack of a primary sponsor for much of the season. Burton is also looking for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win at MIS in the DHL 400, although he's won a IROC race and a NASCAR Busch Series event.(MIS PR)(6-9-2004)

  • Pit Pass at MIS: The Saturday afternoon, June 19 ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 at Michigan International Speedway is turning out to be much more than a superspeedway stock car race, especially for race fans. Fans who purchase tickets for the race will also be provided access to pit road and the ARCA RE/MAX Series garage area for the opportunity to get up close and personal with series teams and drivers. Following the race, fans will be allowed to cross onto the frontstretch and make their way across the track en route to pit road and the garage. While garage/pit access may be commonplace in the short-track world, the same is not necessarily true on superspeedways. ARCA RE/MAX Series racing at MIS is a tradition spanning three decades dating back to 1980 when veteran Joe Ruttman won the inaugural race. The track, located just an hour away from ARCA's Temperance, Michigan-based home office, is considered by many to be the sanctioning body's hometown superspeedway. And this year's event marks the 225th overall superspeedway appearance of the RE/MAX Series since the inaugural superspeedway run at Daytona in 1964. Tickets are still available for the June 19, Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan International Speedway. To purchase tickets, log on to www.MISpeedway.com,, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9 A.M. through 9 P.M. seven days a week.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-17-2004)

  • The King named Grand Marshal at MIS: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, one of racing's most famous fathers, will be Grand Marshal and give the command to fire up the engine of son Kyle, and 42 other competitors prior to Sunday's Father's Day DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS. Additionally, Ray Donahue, Vice President of Sales for DHL will be Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the DHL 400. Petty returns as Grand Marshal to a track that he captured four of his 200 career victories, but more importantly two significant milestones during his illustrious career. Michigan International Speedway played host to Petty's 500th consecutive NASCAR start on August 21, 1988. Also, MIS was the site of Petty's 1000th overall NASCAR start on August 16, 1992. Richard isn't the first Petty to act as Grand Marshal for a NASCAR race at MIS, in fact, he's the fourth, as his three daughters Sharon, Lisa and Rebecca gave the command 'Daddy, start your engine' prior to his 1000th start in 1992. Prior to arriving at MIS, Petty will be one of five fathers who will be honored as national father of the year at the National Father's Day Committee's 63rd annual awards on Thursday in New York City.(MIS Site)(6-15-2004)

  • June 9th Declared Jeff Gordon Day: Jeff Gordon has had his share of success at the Michigan International Speedway during his illustrious racing career, including two wins, three poles, and 14 top-five finishes in 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts. But on Wednesday June 9, Gordon will visit Gatorade Victory Lane at MIS once again, but this time he'll receive a declaration by Governor Jennifer Granholm making June 9 "Jeff Gordon Day" in the State of Michigan. The Michigan House of Representatives "Jeff Gordon Day" resolution was sponsored by Rep. Clark Bisbee of Jackson. Gordon and Governor Granholm will visit MIS on Wednesday, June 9 as a part of its Media Day previewing the DHL 400 race weekend. Gordon is also scheduled to take Governor Granholm on a high-speed ride around the two-mile MIS oval in a two-seat Dupont Chevrolet prepared by the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
    Tickets are still available for all Michigan International Speedway events this Father's Day weekend, which includes the ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 on Saturday, June 19, and the June 20, DHL 400 featuring Gordon and the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. To purchase tickets or for more information, log on to www.MISpeedway.com as tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans can also call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9 A.M. through 9 P.M. seven days a week. To see the full PR and House Resolution, see the MIS Site - click here(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-8-2004)

  • May 2004 MIS Fan of the Month: Greg Beachey: Greg Beachey from New Paris, Indiana is the April 2004 MIS Fan of the Month. Beachey will receive an MIS hospitality package for two people to the MIS Sunday race of his choosing in 2004, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes. The MIS Fan of the Year will be chosen from the 2004 MIS Fans of the Month and be eligible to win a trip for two to Homestead, Florida to witness NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. As if that weren't enough, MIS has added new prizes for the MIS Fan of the Year in 2004! The new prizes include the use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside his/her home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of choice for the next 10 years. Beachey is the sixth MIS Fan of the Month eligible for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year.
    How long have you been attending races at MIS and who comes with you?
    "First race was in June 2000 and we've made it a yearly tradition. We've come to every June race since. It's only about an hour and a half drive. We drive up very early in the morning. We've sat in the same seats in Turn Three since we've been coming there. My son really likes those seats because he likes to see the cars come right down the backstretch and turn right in front of us. We have five tickets with myself and my son and then three other people, which changes every year. Last year we took two people that have never been to a race before. They were amazed and had a great time.
    What's the view like from the Turn Three side of the track?
    "We're probably in the lower third of the stands, and we can see just about everything all around the track. We can see all the way to Turn One and coming out of Turn Two and straight at us coming down the backstretch. It doesn't look like they're coming down the backstretch that fast. Suddenly they turn and they're already in Turn Four. Where are seats are at, the banking is just perfect that we can see through the window of the car on the outside and into the car on the inside. When they are racing two-wide and three-wide coming into Turn Three it's pretty amazing. We've got all of our plans made and are good to go. We have one ticket left and five people are fighting over it. We're going to have to decide who gets it. As soon as the ticket renewal comes in November, we are ready to go for the next year.
    What's your favorite part about coming to MIS?
    "It's just the whole day. We just have fun from the time we get there until the time we leave the track. The folks that we sit by are the same group that has sat in the seats around us for the last several years so we get to know them. It's just a really good time. We're in the parking lot and grill hamburgers before and after the race and with the people around us, it's just like a big family.
    Is there anything else that you enjoyed about the event at MIS last year?
    I'm in food service, so one of my favorite suppliers is GFS Marketplace. I was so happy to see GFS sponsor the fall race for three more years (GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on August 22). It's a great company and it's still family owned and it's still run that way. I own a restaurant called Bread and Chocolate in Goshen."
    Why is it more exciting to attend a race at MIS rather than watching it on television?
    "One of the guys that came with us last year that had never been to a race before but had watched it on television commented on the pace lap that he couldn't believe the noise and the speed, and that was only the pace lap. They hadn't even started the race yet and he had chills and started to sweat. The pace lap is enough to get your blood going. When the race starts it's just amazing."
    How would you describe the experience of attending a race at MIS to someone who had never been here before?
    "It's an adrenaline rush from the time you arrive until the time you leave. There is just a lot to see and do. Every year we have gotten the wristband for my son from the Guest Services tent. I've never been afraid if he's been separated. Between the track workers and the friendly fans there, I always feel safe."
    What is a typical race day for you and your group?
    "We cook ourselves some breakfast. It's always hash browns and eggs for the race morning breakfast. We try to get to the souvenir trailers early before anyone else is there. Then we walk around the track a bit to see what's going on. We watch some of the pre-race activities and we usually go back to the car and make lunch and wander over to our seats. Our race morning is usually very relaxed. We just kind of take our time. After the race we just hang out, grill some steaks and relax."
    What's the most memorable race that you attended at MIS?
    "It was June 2001 with Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon at the end. That one was amazing. The last few laps we were on our feet screaming the whole time. The whole race was back and forth. I will always remember Ryan Newman blowing up right in front of us in June of last year. We saw him smoking a little down the backstretch and all of the sudden he was right in front of us, and it blew up.
    Who is your favorite driver(s)?
    "I was a Dave Marcis fan for years. I started following NASCAR in the late 60's or early 70's when Dave was competitive. When he retired I followed Johnny Benson for a while. He's not in NEXTEL Cup anymore, so I'm a man without a driver right now. My son is a big Jeff Gordon fan. It seems that most of the people we come with either root for Jeff Gordon or Bobby Labonte. One of the guys is a big fan of Bobby because he's just such a nice guy.
    What driver's talent did you admire but didn't necessarily root for?
    "Dale Earnhardt was never one of my favorites, but he was probably one of the best drivers out there. The Baker family was always the nemesis, but did very well on the track. Currently, someone like Tony Stewart who is very talented but he isn't one of my favorites. We're also so close to South Bend that Ryan Newman is sort of a default favorite. We are close to the track in New Paris where David Stremme used to run, so I keep my eye on him too. But, since I've been watching it for so long I tend to root for the older guys."
    Sounds like you've been a fan for quite awhile. What other drivers have you enjoyed watching?
    "A.J Foyt, because he could get in anything and drive it. The same goes for Mario Andretti. I also liked David Pearson and Tim Richmond because they were just nice guys. Davey Allison is another person that if he were still around, he could still be out there doing well. As those guys have left, I've kind of followed the same themes. I still like the guys that are all around nice guys and do their best like Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader who are out there giving it their all.
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest, Beachey will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Beachey, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2004 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year-- and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. New prizes included in the 2004 contest include use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years.(MIS Speedway PR)(6-3-2004)

  • SAFER being installed at MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system is currently under way at the two-mile oval. The project began on Monday, May 17, and is scheduled to be completed in time for the June 18-20 DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend at MIS. The SAFER walls will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional SAFER walls with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. From start to finish, it will take approximately three to four weeks to install the system at MIS. Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20, along with the June 19 ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400 weekend, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
    The barriers will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional barriers with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. SAFER wall specifics at the Michigan International Speedway:
    Total length * 8,284 total feet (2738 feet through Turns One and Two, 2,822 through Turns Three & Four, Inside Turn Four 400 feet, Inside wall of backstretch 2,424 ft)
    Height * 40 ½ inches
    Tubes * 5 - 8" x 8" tubes per section.
    Sections * Each SAFER wall section is 28 feet long. Some sections are shorter at the end of the turns.
    Steel * 3/16" guage. 41,409 linear feet of steel tubing (Approximately eight miles). Weight of the steel tubing is approximately 500 tons.
    Styrofoam * 22" * 22 ¼" thick and 40 ½" high. 1,480 pieces of Styrofoam total.
    40,265 sq ft of 2" thick Styrofoam
    The SAFER walls extend 30" from the old wall.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • New Sponsor for Michigan June Race? UPDATE: hearing Sirius Satellite radio will not be the sponsor of the June Cup race at Michian International Speedway with DHL (Worldwidee Shipping) [www.dhl.com] taking over the sponsorship of the Cup race. No word on if Sirius will still sponsor the August Watkins Glen Cup race. Sirius Satellite radio was the sponsor of the #7 Ultra Motorsports team and left after the 2003 season.(4-29-2004)
    UPDATE: Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and DHL company officials jointly announced today that DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, will make its first venture into NASCAR by title sponsoring the DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, June 20, 2004. In a defining moment for the U.S. express delivery market, DHL completed its acquisition of Airborne Express in August 2003, bringing much-needed competition to the US market. Long a market leader in international express delivery and logistics, the company is now focusing on expanding awareness of its services in the United States through a comprehensive brand building and awareness campaign.
    "Sponsoring the DHL 400 affords us the opportunity to build brand awareness of our flexible, innovative and service-oriented products here in the U.S.," said Karen Jones, vice president of brand management for DHL-Americas. "This partnership fits well within our overall campaign to establish DHL as a strong, third competitor in the domestic express and logistics market." As an official sponsor, DHL will have an extensive presence at the Michigan International Speedway in advertising, branding and corporate hospitality. Specifically, the company will have signage throughout the track and advertising space in the official souvenir program, in-field Jumbotron, public address announcements, and customer video e-mail. The agreement also calls for corporate hospitality events at MIS in June and August. "Any time you can bring in a new sponsor to the sport it's certainly a privilege," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We would like to welcome DHL and its highly-respected world-wide brand to MIS and to the great state of Michigan. It speaks volumes about the reach and the influence of MIS and the NASCAR brand."
    The DHL 400 will be the first of two stops for the premier NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series at MIS in 2004, with defending race champion Kurt Busch looking to repeat as DHL 400 champion on June 20. Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010. For more information about DHL, please visit their Web site at www.dhl-usa.com.(MIS PR)(5-15-2004)

  • April 2004 MIS Fan of the Month: Debbie Morin from Windsor, Ontario is the April 2004 MIS Fan of the Month. Morin will receive an MIS hospitality package for two people to the MIS Sunday race of her choosing in 2004, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes. The MIS Fan of the Year will be chosen from the 2004 MIS Fans of the Month and be eligible to win a trip for two to Homestead, Florida to witness NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    As if that weren't enough, MIS has added new prizes for the MIS Fan of the Year in 2004! The new prizes include the use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside his/her home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of choice for the next 10 years. Morin is the sixth MIS Fan of the Month eligible for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year.
    How long have you been attending races at MIS and what's your favorite thing about coming to MIS?
    "I've been attending the races for about the last three years. My husband attended races there for many years before I started going. I started getting into NASCAR and IRL racing at about that time. My favorite part is meeting up with some friends that I have met there and through fan clubs. The track is great.
    Who comes to the race with you and do you camp or drive back and forth?
    "It's usually my husband and I, along with my son. The last couple of years we've been driving back and forth. We've been thinking about doing some camping in the future. We used to camp in years past. It can be a long day driving back and forth, but it's certainly worth it and a lot of fun.
    Why is it more exciting to attend a race at MIS rather than watching it on television?
    "It's just the whole experience. You can watch it on TV, but when you're at the track it's nice to be there and watch it all happening. When you go to a race, you can actually experience what they talk about on TV. When Fox does their 'Crank it Up', you can get a great surround sound at home, but when you're actually at MIS you can feel the breeze as the cars go around and feel the actual noise. When they start approaching turn three, you can feel the thunder coming right at you. It's just a really neat experience to be there in person."
    What else do you enjoy doing when attending a race weekend at MIS?
    "People are really friendly. The staff is wonderful and made sure I was taken care of. I ran into a few problems over the years and they've always helped me out. Michigan is great because you can see all the way around from just about every seat. I love the water sprinklers running behind the grandstands when it's hot out too. It's just a great experience. It's just so interactive and you can meet some of the drivers and the other fans are great. You can cheer for your favorite drivers and people don't get upset. It's a friendly rivalry with other fans."
    What is a typical race weekend for you and your group?
    "I try to come for qualifying each race. On Sunday we get to the track early so we can get in line at the souvenir trailers to get pictures and hopefully see our drivers and get an autograph. Last year we went to pit road and did a tour. We talked about doing a hospitality package with some of our friends. They did a hospitality package last year and loved it. We really would like to do that this year."
    What's the most memorable race that you attended at MIS?
    "Last August because we did a pit tour and took some pictures and had a great time on pit road. We also got photos with a number of the pit crews. We joke about it now, because we got some pictures from some of the guys on Sterling's pit crew and Jimmy Spencer's pit crew. Since August I've been calling them my bodyguards. It was my first time seeing and enjoying the pits.
    Who is your favorite driver(s)?
    "Sterling Marlin. When I first started to get into racing my husband wanted me to pick a car to root for during the Daytona 500. I picked the Coors Light car because I just thought it was a cool car. I just liked the fact that Sterling has that Southern accent and is one of the veteran drivers left out there that was around my age. The newer drivers are great, but I really root for some of the veterans. I do like some of the new ones coming up like Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne. I went to the Hope House charity event that Sterling had in Tennessee. The first place that I saw Sterling race was at Cuyahoga when he was racing in a special race on Canada Day and I really enjoyed that. I actually have a Sterling tattoo on my ankle and had Sterling sign it. On Monday I got the signature permanently done on my ankle."
    What other races have you attended at MIS and what other series do you like?
    "We came for the Inaugural IRL race in 2002 because we wanted to see what that was all about. We enjoyed it. We also went to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that year. We've really been getting into the Craftsman Truck Series races. It's my husband's favorite and I really enjoy the trucks. Since they now come to Michigan, it's awesome that we get to experience that race as well. Our favorite drivers are Ted Musgrave and Bobby Hamilton, some of the veteran drivers, along with Brendan Gaughan, who is now in NEXTEL Cup. We also like Carl Edwards as well, but we tend to be Dodge fans as you can tell.
    How did you become such fans of the Dodge drivers?
    "It's just because we have driven Dodges and different Chrysler products so we are Mopar people. I was always a Dodge person and my husband always liked Bill Elliott and the Pettys before Dodge came back into NASCAR. My husband was always a fan and I couldn't figure out whey, but when he got me out to the track, I found out why he liked the sport so much."
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest, Morin will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Morin, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2004 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year-- and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. New prizes included in the 2004 contest include use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years. Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December 2002, over 5,900 fans have registered for the contest at MIS' official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to the MIS Site.(4-16-2004)

  • MIS Prize Winners Announced: David Richmond is one of 28 winners so far in the MIS "Race to Win" contest currently running at www.MISpeedway.com. A pair of tickets to NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience at The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn are given away each day, along with one other daily prize, such as the SIRIUS 400 tickets and pit passes won by Richmond. Richmond, from nearby Onsted, Michigan, has since come back to play nearly every day, which has not only netted him some great prizes, but has become a lot of fun to play. An instant trivia game, along with referring friends, gives fans even more chances to win. MIS "Race to Win" daily prize winner Chuck Churches won two tickets to NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience at The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn. Fans can come back to www.MISpeedway.com each day to win additional prizes, but each daily entry also adds an additional entry for the Grand Prize drawing of $10,000 cash, $10,000 Garage Makeover provided by Gladiator GarageWorks and a VIP day for the GFS Marketplace 400 at on August 22 at MIS. The "Race to Win" contest at www.MISpeedway.com will give MIS fans a chance to instantly win daily prizes along with a daily entry towards the Grand Prize drawing with estimated winnings of over $21,000. The Grand Prize package includes $10,000 cash, a $10,000 garage makeover courtesy of Gladiator GarageWorks and a VIP day at MIS for the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 22. MIS "Race To Win" daily prizes include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and IRL IndyCar Series tickets to MIS. Fans can win other prizes such as tickets to see NASCAR 3D: The IMAX experience at The Henry Ford, hats, t-shirts, merchandise and unique gifts, in addition to the Grand Prize. The MIS 'Race to Win' contest ends Sunday, August 1. For tickets and information regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-23-2004)

  • March 2004 MIS Fan of the Month: Cori Hilliard: Cori Hilliard from Byron, Illinois is the March 2004 MIS Fan of the Month. Hilliard will receive an MIS hospitality package for two people to the MIS Sunday race of her choosing in 2004, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes. The MIS Fan of the Year will be chosen from the 2004 MIS Fans of the Month and be eligible to win a trip for two to Homestead, Florida to witness NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. As if that wasn't enough, MIS has added new prizes for the MIS Fan of the Year in 2004! The new prizes include the use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years. Hilliard is the fifth MIS Fan of the Month Eligible for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year.
    How long have you been attending races at MIS and what's your favorite thing about coming to MIS?
    "This will be my third year but I've been a NASCAR fan for over five years. My favorite part about going to MIS is definitely the people. You have all types of people and everyone gets along. This is one sport that I can honestly say that people of all type get together. The first year I went up there I was just amazed at how nice people are and how everybody gets along. The staff and fans are friendly and everything is so convenient. If you ever have a question, the staff can always answer it for you."
    Who comes to the race with you and where do you camp?
    "We camp and usually arrive on Thursday or Friday and stay the whole weekend in the campground. I visit MIS with my husband and a couple of our friends. We always end up meeting people or run into people that we already know."
    Why is it more exciting to attend a race at MIS rather than watching it on television?
    "The noise is the biggest thing. The first time I heard a race car live, it was a huge adrenaline rush. It is different seeing it in person because on TV you just don't get to hear and see as much as you do when you watching it live at MIS.
    What else do you enjoy doing when attending a race weekend at MIS?
    "One of the best things I do is get pit passes. I start going down in the pits during qualifying. It's great to get up close to the cars and drivers. People that don't get pit passes are really missing out. You do get to see how friendly the drivers are. It's very exciting."
    What is a typical race weekend for you and your group?
    "We usually get up to the track on Friday morning and setup camp. We'll then go into the track for qualifying. Last year we watched qualifying in the stands but this year we already bought pit passes and we plan to watch qualifying from the pits. We always come back each year and see some friends and meet new people. It's exciting because you don't see them for a whole year. Then Saturday morning we check out the driver souvenir trailers and the displays outside the track. We usually go to the ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, which is very exciting. Saturday night we go back to camp and hang out. On Sunday morning, as soon as you see all those helicopters, you're awake and even wave to them as they fly over. It's like a big friendly party and it's this city where people setup and tear down all in a matter of a few days. Later Sunday morning we usually go back down into the pits prior to the (NASCAR NEXTEL) Cup race. This past year I got my picture taken on the start/finish line, which was neat."
    What's the most memorable race that you attended at MIS?
    "Last year's June race. The reason I do remember it was the Junior was doing well. Also, Ryan Newman's car caught on fire right in front of our seats since we sit between turns three and four. There was a lot of action and the race was very entertaining."
    Who is your favorite driver(s)?
    "Dale Earnhardt Jr. is my favorite driver. I was a fan of his father and picked up on Junior more recently. I also like Steve Park even though he's no longer in the NEXTEL Cup Series, but he's still in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
    Who's a driver that may not necessarily be your favorite, but one whom you admire?
    "Tony Stewart hasn't always been one of my favorites, but in the last couple of years I've started to like him a lot more. Tony is a very good driver. This year, I've been following the rookie Kasey Kahne who has been impressive. You always need a backup driver."
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest, Hilliard will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Hilliard, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2004 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year-- and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. New prizes included in the 2004 contest include use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar date is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(3-16-2004)

  • MIS Contest: Michigan International Speedway recently announced the launch of the MIS 'Race to Win' contest, at www.MISpeedway.com. 'Race to Win' will give MIS fans a chance to instantly win daily prizes along with a daily entry towards the Grand Prize drawing with estimated winnings of over $21,000. The Grand Prize package includes $10,000 cash, a $10,000 garage makeover courtesy of Gladiator GarageWorks and VIP treatment during the GFS Marketplace 400 August 20-22 at MIS. Fans can log on to www.MISpeedway.com and play Michigan International Speedway's 'Race To Win' every day to instantly win prizes such as tickets to all 2004 events at MIS, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, Craftsman Truck Series and IRL IndyCar Series. Additional prizes include tickets to see NASCAR 3D: The IMAX experience at The Henry Ford, hats, t-shirts, merchandise and unique gifts, in addition to the Grand Prize. Racing returns to the high banks of Michigan International Speedway this Father's Day weekend with the ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 on Saturday, June 19, and the June 20, SIRIUS 400 featuring the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. For tickets and information regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-8-2004)

  • August MIS Race gets a sponsor: Gordon Food Service (GFS) Marketplace, a premier foodservice distributor with 100 retail stores in the Midwest, will sponsor the August NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, officials at both companies announced recently. Gordon Food Service sponsored the August 2003 GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event won by Ryan Newman. With over 3,000 of the most widely used foodservice items in stock, the stores are a primary supplier to many smaller operators including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Marketplace stores also service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers. The stores are open to the public and require no membership fee. GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products. For more information on the GFS Marketplace, visit their website at www.gfsmarketplace.com. For more information about MIS, or to purchase tickets, visit MIS' official website at www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-4-2004)

  • Tix Still Available for first winter event at MIS: Fans that attend the first winter event in the history of Michigan International Speedway this weekend may not believe its actually winter, as mild temperatures have been forecasted for Saturday and Sunday. But World Snowmobile Association officials aren't concerned about the forecast, as there's plenty of snow to build the course. Michigan International Speedway maintenance workers have been hard at work since Monday transporting snow from all around the facility to the tri-oval area in order to build the course for this weekend's Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway. Workers have been stockpiling large snow piles, some as high as 20 feet, over the past month and a half from all over the 1300 + acre MIS facility in order to build the course. Starting this afternoon and continuing through Friday, WSA course building workers will groom the course with high-tech grooming machines, similar to what is used to groom hills at a ski resort. Along with the arrival of several WSA officials, many of the large 52-foot rigs from the top manufacturer teams such as Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Polaris, began arriving today at MIS. The paddock area is already busy with teams preparing their sleds for this weekend's races. Along with the arrival of the large rigs, a few drivers have also started to trickle into the MIS paddock. Count Olah Racing Arctic Cat Rider Robbie Malinoski into the group of drivers that feel the milder temperatures for this weekend's events will benefit the drivers and fans alike.
    Tickets are currently on sale for the Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway February 28 and 29 at MIS. The Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway will mark the first winter racing event in the 35-year history of MIS. Admission is $20 for Saturday, February 28 and $25 for Sunday, February 29. Fans can also purchase a general admission combination ticket for both days for only $40. Pit Passes will be available to purchase at MIS for $10 on both race days. Pit passes will be sold at the entrance to the garage area at Gate 55. Fans can also purchase camping space, which will be made available in the driver motorcoach lot and cost $50 for the whole weekend. VIP hospitality packages are also available for the event. Fans can purchase advance tickets, pit passes, camping, or VIP packages by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket office at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(2-27-2004)

  • Michigan Tix on Sale Saturday: Tickets to both NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events at Michigan International Speedway, the June 20 SIRIUS 400 and the August 22 Michigan 400, will go on sale at 9:00 AM EST this Saturday, February 7 in real-time at MIS' official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. Over the past two years, fans have become accustomed to purchasing tickets in real-time and using the 3D seating maps at MIS' official website. MIS race fans can log on to www.MISpeedway.com and check out the view from their seat and then purchase seats, all with a few clicks of the mouse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tickets to all other events, which include the IRL IndyCar Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA/REMAX Series, IRL Menard's Infiniti Pro Series, and the Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway, are on sale now. The Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway will mark the first winter racing event in the 35-year history of MIS. Admission is $20 for Saturday, February 28 and $25 for Sunday, February 29. Fans can also purchase a general admission combination ticket for both days for only $40. Pit Passes will be available to purchase at MIS on both race days.(MIS PR)(2-5-2004)

  • MIS Fan of the Month - Becky Hilley: Becky Hilley from Marquette, Michigan is the January 2004 MIS Fan of the Month. Hilley will receive an MIS Victory Lane Club hospitality package to the MIS Sunday race of her choosing in 2004, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes. The MIS Fan of the Year will be chosen from the 2004 MIS Fans of the Month and be eligible to win a trip for two to Miami, Florida to witness NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    As if that wasn't enough, MIS has added new prizes for the MIS Fan of the Year in 2004! The new prizes include the use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar day is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years. Hilley is the third MIS Fan of the Month Eligible for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year.
    Who comes to the race with you and where do you camp?
    "The first year I only had a week to prepare because we decided to come at the last minute, so we ended up at a campground that was not on the MIS property. Last year we were at Brookfest and really enjoyed being close to the track. It's nice that you have camping that is so close. The last couple of years we've had our season tickets with a couple of friends. This year I'm hoping to have our friends come along who couldn't make it last year. I'm hoping that now we're going to be able to camp together. "
    When do you usually arrive at MIS?
    "Last year we came down and got setup on Wednesday. This year we are planning on coming down on Tuesday and setting up camp a little bit earlier. We love being there early because it gives us time to get settled and see the town. I grew up in a small town a lot like Brooklyn, so I love to see the town and look around the area. Hopefully we can see a little bit more this year."
    Why is it more exciting to attend a race at MIS rather than watching it on television?
    "It's totally different than watching it on television. It's exciting to see it live. A lot of friends wonder why I watch NASCAR. You have to see it to appreciate it. It's so much more than cars just going around in circles. We've been able to meet several of the drivers like Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch at some of the autograph signings. Sometimes you don't realize how hectic the drivers' schedules are, especially on Sunday morning. It's just a treat to get an autograph and to meet them because you see how hectic everything is. I didn't realize how nervous I would be since they are literally two feet away from you. I've always had great experiences at MIS. Friends of mine go other places and their experience just isn't the same. During the rain delay in qualifying last year, a lot of drivers took time to sign for the fans and that was very nice. All of the sudden I turned around and Bill Elliott and several other drivers are just a few feet away. It's very exciting to be there in person."
    Do you usually buy pit passes at MIS?
    "This past year was the first year we bought the weekend pit passes and got to go down inside to the pits more. My friends got some cool things like banners from one of the teams and got it signed by a few of the drivers. I'm big into taking pictures so I got quite a few great pictures when I was down there. I like going down there and taking photos and getting my photo taken in winner's circle. The first year I went, we were sitting up in the stands with some nice people and they told us their experiences in the pits. There are so many nice people that come out to the track and it's nice that they would give us some advice on where to go."
    What's the most memorable race that you've attended at MIS?
    "Last August probably was the most memorable because Rusty (Wallace) caught on fire right in front of us. We watched Ryan Newman in June do the same thing, so it was kind of strange. The first year may have been my favorite because my friends and I had never been to a race live before."
    What's your favorite part about attending a race at MIS?
    "I just love it because everyone has been so nice and helpful at the track. The first year we got pit passes for Sunday and I didn't know my way around the track. Everyone was so helpful and kind and showed me where to go. Experiences like that make you want to come back and make it feel almost like a family. We go to a lot of concerts and other events and MIS does a great job of handling crowds. I've had nothing but great experiences there."
    Who is your favorite driver(s)?
    "Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. I've followed NASCAR for a while now and I just love Mark since he's such a dedicated driver. He's not afraid to give people a good run. Also, I like Dale Jr. because he's such an up and coming driver. He's one of the young drivers that I follow."
    Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are your favorite drivers. Who's a driver that may not necessarily be your favorite, but one whom you've admired?
    "Probably Dale Earnhardt. There's not a driver that I really root against, but he wasn't one of my favorites. But when you look back and look at all of his accomplishments, its pretty impressive. He was a great driver and a good decent person."
    What is a typical race weekend for you?
    "We haven't really had a specific one yet. Since we started camping near the track, we try to get up early on Sunday morning and cook some lunch. We'll probably then head over and take a look at the souvenirs. This year we went down in the pits and took a look on Sunday morning. I didn't realize everything that goes on in the pits. You're down there and you have the cars hooked up and the setting up the pits just a few feet away.
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest, Hilley will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Hilley, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2004 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year-- and be eligible to win a trip to NASCAR's Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. New prizes included in the 2004 contest include use of the MIS Jeff Gordon showcar to display outside your home for a day (much like the Stanley Cup tour). The showcar day is subject to availability. The other new prize for the 2004 MIS Fan of the Year includes two tickets to the MIS event of their choice for the next 10 years.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(1-14-2004)

  • Football Game at MIS? Michigan State University athletics marketing guru Mark Hollis is at it again... the ES has received word of "discussion" in the Spartan athletic department about possibly holding an NCAA-record attendance at Michigan International Sppedway (MIS) in Brooklyn. The race course, home to NASCAR's Michigan 400 among other races, played host to a track record 136,384 seated persons in 2000 (as printed on the MIS Media Guide downloadable at www.mispeedway.com). The grandstand seating capacity is 136,373. Brooklyn, Mich., home to MIS, is 55 miles from Lansing, 38 miles from Ann Arbor, and 67 miles southwest of Detroit.
    This feat being considered can easily be accomplished, plopping down the field in the middle of MIS and adding another 20,000 or more seats (or bringing in bleachers) around the field. The track is a 2-mile D-shaped oval, with a 3,600-foot frontstretch and a 2,242-foot backstretch... a football field stretches 360 feet, so the main problem of this event would be seating in the grandstands too far away from the playing field that you may as well be watching at home.
    The ES figures the most probable scenario is for a MSU-Michigan game, MSU-Notre Dame, or MSU-Ohio State game at MIS. Most likely it would be scheduled in replace of an MSU home game: in 2005/2007 vs. Michigan or 2006 vs. Notre Dame or Ohio State. Problem with 2005 is MSU will be christening its own newly renovated stadium... The NCAA attendance record was set earlier this year in Ann Arbor, when Michigan hosted Ohio State before 112,118 football fans.
    This comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Michigan Tech will square off on the gridiron against two-time NCAA Division II national champion Grand Valley State at Michigan Stadium next fall to break the D2 attendance mark of 61,000.(The Enlightened Spartan)(12-24-2003)

  • New Track in Michigan?Florida businessman is hoping to build a NASCAR racetrack just north of the proposed casino site in Wayland Township [Western Michigan]. Steve Laham, who used to own several Butch's Jet Ski stores in the Grand Rapids area, wants to build a 0.75-mile track on 137 acres northeast of U.S.131 and 130th Avenue. T&M Partners LLC of Byron Township owns the land. Grand Rapids Real Estate Chairman Brian Silvernail presented the plan to the township Planning Commission on Nov. 25. Silvernail is representing Laham, who was not at the meeting. Silvernail said the track would seat up to 20,000 spectators, would be built to accommodate truck races and would resemble the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. He said a survey conducted in West Michigan indicated that the region could support the proposed track in Wayland. The Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians wants to build a casino northeast of U.S.131 and 129th Avenue. The band is trying to negotiate a compact that would allow it to open the casino. Silvernail said that if the casino plan falls through, Laham would consider building the racetrack on the proposed casino site. Silvernail and Kal Schanz, who co-owns Schanz Equipment in Hopkins Township, have proposed to build an outdoor concert venue near U.S.131 in Hopkins. The race track and concert venue would be nearly across the highway from each other. Silvernail said he was unsure how much the racetrack would cost to build.(Michigan Live)(11-28-2003)

  • MIS to add Snowmobile Race in 2004: Michigan International Speedway will host the Inaugural Michigan Snocross on February 28 and 29 featuring the World Snowmobile Association. The World Snowmobile Association will enter its sixth year in 2004, with the Inaugural Michigan Snocross being the eighth stop on the ten-race WSA National Circuit. The Inaugural Michigan Snocross will be an historic event because it will mark the first winter racing event in the 35-year history of MIS. All seats for the Inaugural Michigan Snocross go on sale Friday, November 7 by logging on to MIS' official website at www.MISpeedway.com or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. All seats to the event are general admission. Admission is $20 for Saturday February 28 and $25 for Sunday February 29. Fans can also purchase a general admission combination ticket for both days for only $40. Pit Passes will be available to purchase at MIS on both race days.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(11-13-2003)

  • Spirit of America 400 at MIS has Record-Shattering Day: The Spirit of America 400 blood drive at Michigan International Speedway uses the number "400" to signify the goal of 400 pints of blood taken. Not only was the number met, it was surpassed during a record-breaking day. The Sprit of America 400 set a new track record with 433 pints of blood taken in the nine-hour blood drive on the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11. This year's number shatters last year's record of 375 pints taken, which happened to be the largest blood drive in the country last year on September 11. This year's Spirit of America 400 once again had a high number of 75 first-time donors. Normally a blood drive has a 10% rate of first time donors, while the Spirit of America 400 had a nearly 25% rate. For every pint of blood taken, 3 lives could be saved. That means 1,299 lives could have possibly been saved from this year's Spirit of America 400. Much like last year's event, there was a great turnout on a perfect sunny day for the unique race-themed blood drive.(MIS PR)(9-22-2003)

  • Blood Drive at MIS: Only a few days away, the Spirit of America 400 will be a nine-hour blood drive at Michigan International Speedway [MIS] on the two-year anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Last year s Spirit of America 400 was the largest blood drive in the country on September 11. Since last years event was such a success, we are looking for it to be bigger and better this year, said MIS Guest Services Manager Tim Booth. We would encourage anybody who wishes to be a part of this unique event to register now. Approximately 75 spots remain for this one-of-a-kind event. Donors must pre-register by calling the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross at (800) GIVE-LIFE. Another unique part of the event will be the return of a Michigan-based bone marrow fund.. My Friends Care will return to MIS to participate in the Spirit of America 400 registering donors wanting to be on the national bone marrow registry at no cost to the donor, a process that normally costs around $70.(MIS PR) and see much more about the drive on my Racing Charities Page.(9-10-2002)

  • Da Plane: Pre-race flyover on Sunday, a pair of F-16s from the 127th Fighter Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard will make two passes from South (turn one) to North (turn four) in pre-race ceremonies at the end of the National Anthem. Pilots will be Lt. Col. Glen Schmidt and Capt. Chris Melka. On Saturday three T-34 trainers [the plane Jayski trained on as a mchanice] - used to instruct military fliers since the 1950s - were piloted by John Workman (from Muskegon, MI), Russ McDonald (Nappannee, IN) and Bill Klongle (Grand Haven, MI). Followed by one of the aircraft that helped win World War II - a B-17. Crew of the legendary Flying Fortress will be Duane Nelson (captain), Richard Bodycombe (first officer) and Norman Ellickson (flight engineer).(MIS Site)(8-17-2003)

  • 8 Straight at MIS: There have been eight different race winners in the past eight Winston Cup races at Michigan which ties Charlotte, New Hampshire and Pocono for the second longest streak of different race winners. Martinsville holds the all-time record for different race winners, with 11 different winners between the spring of 1997 and the fall of 2002.(ThatsRacin.com for more facts)(8-12-2003)
    Make it 9: when #12-Ryan Newman won at Michigan [Aug 2003], he is now the 9th different winner in nine Cup races at Michigan International Speedway. The others: 1999- Bobby Labonte; 2000 - Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace; 2001 - Jeff Gordon and Sterling Marlin; 2002 - Matt Kenseth and Dale Jarrett; 2003 - Kurt Busch and now Ryan Newman.(8-17-2003)

  • Races at Michigan in Jeapardy? UPDATE NO!! The worst blackout in Michigan history could threaten this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400, and NASCAR officials said they are monitoring the electrical crisis that wiped out power to a good portion of this area and have talked with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other area politicians about the crisis. Several counties near Michigan International Speedway have been declared disaster areas, including towns that are temporarily home to Winston Cup teams. The National Guard is hauling water into the Detroit area, a million gallons of gasoline is to be shipped into southeastern Michigan, and 50 state police troops have been assigned to Detroit. Fans trying to get to Michigan International Speedway yesterday were confronted by amazing lines at service stations when they attempted to stop for gas. With power out to many service stations, the few that were able to pump gas were deluged with customers, who at times backed up on the Interstate. It is unclear what effect that state-police redeployment could have on the traffic control operations here. However none of these NASCAR crews is at all eager to face the possibility of having to haul back up here in late November. The next open date on the schedule is Nov. 23.(Winston Salem Journal)
    BUT the MIS site posted on Friday: All track activities for August 15, 16 and 17 will go on as scheduled at Michigan International Speedway. Michigan International Speedway has electricity and track facilities are running smoothly.(MIS)
    UPDATE: folks at MIS inform me that the reports of the races being in jeopardy are TOTALLY unfounded and false and everything is going as scheduled.
    AND from the Free Press: The power stayed on Thursday and Friday at Michigan International Speedway, and stock car races today and Sunday will go on as usual. The only glitch Friday was a rainstorm, which delayed qualifying for the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. It started about two hours late. "I think we were simply fortunate," MIS president Brett Shelton said Friday. "We've been running mainly on regular Consumers Power since the blackout. We just happened to be west of all the major issues." While food vendors and other suppliers at MIS were unaffected by the crippling power outage in southeast Michigan, NASCAR officials decided to operate backup generators for timing and scoring during practice and qualifying Friday. "We wanted to test the system in case we need to use it Saturday or Sunday," Shelton said. "We have redundant systems that allow us to go ahead with events under almost any circumstances." Shelton anticipated a smooth operation. "You hope you never have to use any backup system," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, they can gather dust." A few fans called asking if the races would be held, but "I'd say they were isolated," Shelton said. "I guess the word got out that the show was on."(Free Press)(8-16-2003)

  • MIS Days to go: As the days are counted down, here are 12 facts, one for each day, as the final 2003 race weekend at Michigan International Speedway quickly approaches:
    12 The Cabela's 250 will be the 12th NASCAR Busch Series race in Michigan International Speedway history. Todd Bodine, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Steve Park, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip are all past champions of the Cabela's 250 and are all current Winston Cup Series regulars. Jeff Purvis is the only driver to win a Busch Series event at MIS that is not a current Winston Cup Series regular.(MIS PR)(8-5-2003)
    11 Four-time MIS winner Bobby Allison had 37 career starts at MIS with an average finish of 11.11.(8-6-2003)
    10 David Pearson leads all Winston Cup drivers with 10 poles at MIS. Bill Elliott leads among active drivers with seven career poles at MIS. His last pole at MIS was August of 1988, some 29 Winston Cup races ago at MIS.(8-7-2003)
    9 Tony Stewart has 9 Winston Cup Starts at MIS with one win, one second place and a third. He is expected to make his first NASCAR Busch Series start in the 3 Doors Down sponsored car for Chance 2 Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. The start will also be Stewart's first Busch Series start since 1998.
    8 There have been no repeat winners in the last eight Winston Cup events dating back to August of 1999. The streak started with Bobby Labonte's win in the 1999 Pepsi 400. Winners since then have included Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch most recently in June's Sirius 400.
    7 Seven drivers have swept both races at MIS in the same year -- Bobby Allison in 1971, David Pearson in 1972 and 1976, Cale Yarborough in 1983, Bill Elliott in 1985 and 1986 and Bobby Labonte in 1995. Will Kurt Busch make it eight in the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 17?
    6 Robert Yates Racing has a total of six all-time wins at MIS. Yates wins include Dale Jarrett in 1996, 1999 and 2002 all coming in the August race. Ernie Irvan won in 1997 and the late Davey Allison captured victories for Yates in 1991 and 1992. Yates ranks third all-time in car owner wins at MIS. The late Harry Melling ranks second with seven and the legendary Wood Brothers hold the all-time win record at MIS with 11.
    5 MIS is the fifth-fastest track on the current NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. Only Talladega, Daytona, Atlanta and Texas have quicker track records. Dale Earnhardt Jr holds the current track record at 191.149 mph set in August of 2000.
    4 All four of the manufacturers competing in the GFS Marketplace 400 have scored at least one victory in the last seven races at MIS. In the time span, Ford has four wins with Pontiac, Chevrolet and Dodge all with single victories. Ryan Newman is also the only driver to capture four victories on the 2003 Winston Cup schedule.
    3 All three Earnhardts (Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kerry Earnhardt) all raced in the 2000 Pepsi 400 at MIS. They finished sixth, 31st and 43rd respectively. It would be the only time all three Earnhardts would race together in Winston Cup competition.
    2 Brothers Bobby and Terry Labonte finished one-two in the 1995 GM Goodwrench Service Dealers 400 at MIS. The race marked the only time brothers have swept the top two postions in a Winston Cup event at MIS.
    1 The last driver to win from the first starting position was Bobby Labonte in August of 1995. Labonte won the pole for June's Sirius 400 at MIS, but finished second to Kurt Busch by .774 seconds.
    (MIS PR)

  • National Anthem/Grand Marshal at MIS: Michigan International Speedway fans will get a chance to listen to LeAnn Rimes perform in person, as she will sing the Star Spangled Banner prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on August 17. Rimes first burst onto the music scene at the tender age of 13 with her 1996 major label debut Blue, for which she earned two Grammy Awards. Along with Rimes, three other dignitaries will be a part of pre-race ceremonies for the GFS Marketplace 400 and bring a distinct Michigan flavor to the event. Co-Grand Marshals for the event will include Executive Vice President Jim Gordon of Grand Rapids, Michigan based Gordon Food Service, Speaker of the House for the State of Michigan Rick Johnson and the State of Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Both Gordon and Sikkema will give the command to bring the 43 stock cars to life for the final race of MIS's 35th anniversary season. Speaker of the House Rick Johnson will also serve as the event's Honorary Starter and wave the green flag for the start of the GFS Marketplace 400. For the Saturday August 16 Cabela's 250, Dick and Mary Cabela will be the Honorary officials for the event. Dick Cabela will serve as the Grand Marshal, while his wife Mary will serve as the event's Honorary Starter. Dick and Mary, along with Dick's brother Jim, combined a shared love of the outdoors with business knowledge to create Cabela's Inc., a business that they once ran from the kitchen table of their home. Tickets are still available for the Cabela's 250, featuring the post-race concert by 3 Doors Down. All seats are just $50 and children 12 and under are admitted free. The concert will follow the completion of the Cabela's 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track. General Admission (infield) tickets for the GFS Marketplace 400 go on sale Sunday morning August 17 at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(8-12-2003)

  • Buy a Burrito Get a Ticket: In a currently running promotion, race fans can purchase any Grilled Stuft Burrito at a participating Taco Bell location [15 mid-Michigan Taco Bell] from now until August 14 and receive a free AAA Pole Day ticket. AAA Pole Day at MIS will feature practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series. Taco Bell locations that are participating in the promotion are in Lansing, East Lansing, Jackson, Okemos, St. Johns, Charlotte, Grand Ledge, Mason, Hillsdale, Adrian and Tecumseh.(MIS PR)(8-12-2003)

  • Michigan Sold Out...again and a poster: Michigan International Speedway has sold out the Winston Cup race for the 26th consecutive race, dating back to June 1991. Plus, MIS has had a poster made for the race weekend to thank Winston for their involvement since 1971. It is a combination of various MIS race program covers and an ad found in their 1971 race program announcing the "$100,000 Winston Cup"(Michigan International Speedway PR)(8-12-2003)


    (thanks to MIS for the poster image, click to see the larger version
    not available to the public)

  • Michigan 2004 dates have been confimed - June 20 and August 22, 2004 for the two Winston Cup races. My Unofficial 2004 Tenative Nextel Cup Sched is updated, with 28 or the 36 races now.(8-11-1002)

  • Cup race at Michigan gets a sponsor: Michigan International Speedway announced that Grand Rapids, MI based Gordon Food Service, a premier foodservice distributor with 94 retail stores in the Midwest, will sponsor the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday, August 17. Gordon Food Service is a 106-year-old family-owned and managed company. The company's distribution network services more than 30,000 customers with more than 14,000 products. The company also operates a chain of retail GFS Marketplace stores. The GFS Marketplace stores, begun in 1979, service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers and are also the primary supplier to many smaller operators who prefer to pick up their products including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Party planners and fundraising groups also find a wide variety of restaurant quality products that will make their event a success. The stores are open to the public and do not charge a membership fee. With 94 retail stores strategically located throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products.
    General Admission (infield) tickets for the GFS Marketplace 400 went on sale Sunday [August 3rd]. Reserved seats are still available for the Saturday August 16 Cabela's 250 featuring a concert by Grammy-nominated rock band 3 Doors Down. For tickets, call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(8-6-2003)

  • MIS Fan of the Month: Maureen Parent: Maureen Parent, from Windsor, Ontario is the July MIS Fan of the Month. The MIS Fan of the Month contest just got even bigger a few months ago with the announcement of the MIS Fan of the Year contest. The MIS Fan of the Year will win a trip for two to Miami, Florida and witness the first racing at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR's Championship Weekend. Additionally, Parent will receive an MIS Victory Lane Club hospitality package to the MIS Sunday race of their choosing, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes.(see full story at the MIS Site)(8-5-2003)

  • MIS Sold Out: The Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway is sold out, their 25th consecuitive NASCAR Winston Cup sellout dating back to June 1991. MIS is totally sold out for Sunday with only $40 infield general admission remaining. So you will see no holes or empty seats and thetrack plans to make the August Cup race their 26 straight sellout.(6-15-2003)

  • MIS Gatorade Victory Lane Undergoes Facelift: Twenty years ago, Cale Yarborough rolled into the brand new victory lane at Michigan International Speedway on June 19, 1983. He became the first driver to visit the new MIS victory lane directly across from the start-finish line in the infield grass. His victory was quite fitting, as 14 years earlier Yarborough was the first Winston Cup driver to visit victory lane at MIS, as he captured the Inaugural Motor State 500 in 1969. As MIS prepares to christen a brand new victory lane, one thing is for certain: Yarborough will not be the winner since he retired in 1998. That means that a new driver will become a part of MIS history and visit the new Gatorade Victory Lane for the first time. When race fans enter the MIS gates to start the Sirius 400 weekend, they will notice that the MIS Victory Lane has undergone a facelift. The new Gatorade Victory Lane has been moved several feet to the North with a new concrete surface, shrubs and flowers. The now wider semi-circle is much bigger than its square predecessor, which was built prior to the 1983 season.(MIS PR)(6-13-2003)

  • Beer is back at MIS: And after a one-year hiatus, beer once again will be sold at Michigan International Speedway, though fans still will be able to bring their own beer into the facility. The speedway stopped selling beer last year after state officials began enforcing a law that barred alcohol sales at venues where customers also can bring in alcoholic beverages. MIS officials opted to let fans continue bringing their own beer. "I think the fans were happy last year when we made the decision to allow them to still bring it in," Gibson said. Now both sides are happy after former state Sen. Philip E. Hoffman, R-Horton, introduced a bill that passed with overwhelming support late last year to allow for sales and carry-in traffic at MIS. The bill was drawn narrowly enough that it only applies to MIS, allowing such beer sales only at a "motorsports entertainment complex" with at least 70,000 seats. The speedway, with more than 136,000 fixed seats, is the only venue in the state that meets that description. Gibson said alcohol cannot not be taken into the garage or pit areas and that open containers cannot be carried off the premises.(Michigan Live)(6-13-2003)

  • Uncle Kracker to be Honorary Starter for SIRIUS 400: Double-plantinum recording artist and Detroit native Uncle Kracker will drop the green flag to start this Sunday's SIRIUS 400 at MIS, as he will serve as the event's Honorary Starter. Uncle Kracker recently wrapped up a new album, "No Stranger to Shame" and currently has a hit single out, a remake of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away". Uncle Kracker has recently toured as a solo artist and as a long-time member of Kid Rock's band, along with taking some time to play with Twisted Brown Trucker.(MIS PR)(6-13-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 1 day remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    1: The number one all-time mileage leader at MIS is Ricky Rudd.. Rudd has completed an amazing 18,428 miles (9,214 laps) in 52 starts at MIS since June 1977, an average of 354.4 miles per event during 26 season of racing.. Rudd will add to his already impressive stats this season.(MIS PR)(6-13-2003)

  • Tix Still Avail at MIS: Reserved seats still remain for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 15. For more information and to order tickets please call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or go on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 2 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    2 Richard Petty completed two significant career milestones at MIS. Petty started his 500th consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup event at MIS on August 21, 1988. Petty also started his record 1000th NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at MIS on August 16, 1992..(MIS PR)(6-12-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 3 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    3 There have been three NASCAR Winston Cup events at MIS with no yellow flags: the 1973 Motor State 400 won by David Pearson, the 1984 Champions Spark Plug 400 won by Darrell Waltrip, and the 1999 Kmart 400 won by Dale Jarrett.. Waltrip topped Terry Labonte by one second, and Jarrett topped Jeff Gordon by .505 seconds. Pearson's margin of victory was only 1.1 seconds.(MIS PR)(6-11-2003)

  • McCain to sing National Anthem: Platinum-plus recording artist Edwin McCain will perform the star-spangled banner prior to the Father's Day June 15, SIRIUS 400 at Michigan International Speedway. McCain, a South Carolina native, recently released his sixth album - The Austin Sessions - and has delivered several hits over his career, which include the 1997 Top 10 hit "I'll Be" and the 1999 Top 40 hit "I Could Not Ask for More," which was also featured in the film "Message in a Bottle."(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Edsel to be Grand Marshall at MIS: Ford Motor Company Board Member Edsel B. Ford II, as he will serve as Grand Marshall of the SIRIUS 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960-1980. Ford was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors. As a consultant, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Tix Still Avail at MIS: Reserved seats still remain for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 15. For more information and to order tickets please call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or go on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 4 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    4- Bill Elliott piloted the No. 9 Coors Melling Ford to victory lane four consecutive races by sweeping both NASCAR Winston Cup Series events in 1985 and 1985, a feat that no other driver has repeated since at MIS..(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 5 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    5- Rusty Wallace has five wins at MIS - ranking him behind David Pearson (9), Cale Yarborough (8) and Bill Elliott (7).. Will Rusty be able to move up in the record books and end his 77 race winless streak this week at MIS?. Wallace's last MIS win came in August of 2000.(MIS PR)(6-9-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 6 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    6- The June pole sitter has gone on to win the event six times.. The last to win was Jeff Gordon in June of 2001.. Other drivers to win the pole and the race in June- 1971 - Bobby Allison, 1980- Benny Parsons, 1984 and 1985 Bill Elliott and 1992 Davey Allison..(MIS PR)(6-8-2003)

  • Mongo Chosen: A little over two weeks ago Joe Vella opened up the Winston Cup Scene and saw that Michigan International Speedway was searching for the perfect mongo look-alike. "I'm not one of those people that normally enters a lot of contests, but as soon as I saw this contest, I knew I had to enter our dog because it looks so much like her," said Vella. Now Vella, along with his wife Chung and Mongo - whose real name is Martha - will be making the trip from Brooklyn, New York to Brooklyn, Michigan, as they will be attending the SIRIUS 400 weekend at MIS as the "Where's Mongo" contest winners. Entries were received from coast-to-coast, which included 28 states, during the three-week contest. As a part of winning this year's Where's Mongo Contest, Vella and his family will receive a VIP weekend at MIS for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event on Father's Day weekend, June 14-15. Mongo and the Vella family will enjoy a VIP weekend at MIS which includes: Inclusion in pre- and post-race ceremonies for the June 15 SIRIUS 400, passes to the SIRIUS luxury suite, hotel accommodations, an opportunity to meet Jimmy Spencer and the entire #7 SIRIUS crew, SIRIUS gear to wear all weekend and kennel accommodations for "Mongo" during the weekend.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-6-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 7 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    7- There have been no repeat winners in the last seven Winston Cup events at MIS dating back to August 1999.. Winners (in order) Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth and Dale Jarrett.. Jarrett won the June 1999 event at MIS.(MIS PR)(6-7-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 8 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    8- Dale Jarrett defeated Davey Allison by eight inches in the closest finish in MIS history in August of 1991 to capture his first NASCAR Winston Cup win driving for the famed Wood Brothers.(MIS PR)(6-5-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 9 days remain [I goofed]until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to Michigan International Speedway's 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    10 - Leading with 10 laps to go doesn't mean you are going to win at MIS.. The driver leading with 10 laps remaining has not won a NASCAR Winston Cup event at MIS in the past two seasons. Ricky Rudd, Bill Elliott, Dave Blaney and Jeff Burton all wish the race had ended 10 laps earlier.
    9- David Pearson leads all NASCAR Winston Cup drivers with nine victories at MIS. August 1969, June 1972, August 1972, June 1973, August 1974, June 1975, June 1976, August 1976 and August 1978.(MIS PR)(6-5-2003)

  • MIS Countdown: Only 10 days remain until the first car circles the two-mile oval and signifies the start to MIS' 35th anniversary season. The countdown leading to the Sirius 400:
    12 - The MIS Winston Cup track record has been broken by 12 different drivers since 1969.. The most recent being Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a quick lap of 191.149 set in August of 2000. Earnhardt was also the first driver to top the 190 barrier in a stock car at MIS.
    11- The Wood Brothers have won the most races as owners at MIS.. They have been to Victory Circle 11 times- 1969, 1970, 1972 (twice), 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 (twice), 1978 and 1991. Winning drivers for the team include - Cale Yarborough (2), David Pearson (8), Dale Jarrett (1).(MIS PR)(6-4-2003)

  • MIS Fan of the Month for June - Michael Wood: Michael Wood a.k.a. Racing Woody, from Battle Creek, Michigan is the May MIS Fan of the Month. The MIS fan of the Month contest just got even bigger a few weeks ago with the announcement of the MIS Fan of the Year contest. The MIS Fan of the Year will win a trip for two to Miami, Florida and witness the first racing at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR's Championship Weekend. Additionally, Wood will receive an MIS Victory Lane Club hospitality package to the MIS Sunday race of their choosing, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler prizes.(MIS Site)(6-4-2003)

  • California to Labor Day in 2004: there will be an official announcement at Michigan International Speedway on June 13th that California Speedway would get a 2nd Cup race to run on Labor Day weekend in 2004, with Darlington Raceway and the Southern 500 being moved to the Rockingham spot in late 2004. Rockingham [North Carolina Speedway] will be cut down to one race in 2004, which currently is run in the last weekend in February.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(5-30-2003)

  • Sears to sponsor MIS Truck race: Sears, a long-time supporter of NASCAR, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title sponsor since the series' inception in 1995, will be the title sponsor of the Sears 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Sears 200 on Saturday, July 26, will be part of the mid-season action at the two-mile superspeedway in Michigan's Irish Hills. Sears will offer its customers a special promotion celebrating the Sears 200 at MIS. From June 29 through July 12, customers who make a Craftsman tool purchase at participating Sears stores will receive a game piece for a chance to win the ultimate racing experience - hot laps around the Michigan International Speedway track during the Sears 200 race weekend. In addition to the hot laps, the grand prize winner will also receive behind the scenes access, four tickets to the Sears 200 and $100 for food and beverages at the track. There will also be 25 first prizes for two tickets to the Sears 200. See official rules in-store or visit www.craftsman.com. Seats still remain for all events at MIS this season, including the Sears 200. For ticket information, visit MIS' official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at (800) 354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-31-2003)

  • Buy a lap for Dad: Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR.com are giving race fans an opportunity to make Father's Day at MIS even more special-while benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp-during pre-race ceremonies for the June 15 Sirius 400, the season's fifteenth NASCAR Winston Cup event. The first 43 fans to donate $750 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, will receive a ride with a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver in a GMC Yukon during the driver introduction lap prior to the June 15 Sirius 400. Placement of the winners with NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will be randomly selected. Winners will also be notified in writing of their order in the pre-race parade lap prior to race day on June 15. For more info, see my Racing Charities page.(5-24-2003)

  • MIS Continues To Salute Fans - Announces MIS Fan Of The Year Program: What do Scott Mowery, Carmen Jacoby, Keith Brown, Dan Delly and Jon Noggle have in common? Not only are they the first five MIS Fans of the Month, they are also the first five to be entered into the drawing for the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. The MIS Fan of the Year will win a trip for two to Miami, Florida and witness the first racing action at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR's Championship Weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced May 21 that the track's banking will be increased from its current six degrees to a maximum of 20 degrees, which should offer more competitive racing. Additionally, all of these names will also receive an MIS Victory Lane Club Hospitality package to the MIS Sunday race of their choosing, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler.
    "The fans that attend races at MIS are some of the most passionate and loyal in the sport," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We've been overwhelmed with the reaction that we've received since the contest was started. What better way to congratulate the winners than to let them enjoy MIS Fan Hospitality and a chance to enjoy NASCAR's Championship weekend at the "NEW" Homestead-Miami Speedway. Besides, we wouldn't be the facility that we are today without these great fans."
    Over 4000 MIS race fans have entered the MIS Fan of the Month contest since its inception in December 2002. Fans can enter online at MIS' official website, www.MISpeedway.com.
    The 2003 season marks the celebration of 35 years of racing tradition at MIS. Millions of MIS race fans have witnessed plenty of great moments over the years, and the first five fans of the month were no exception. Fans answered questions about their favorite MIS memories, ranging from what their most memorable races at MIS were, to what their race morning ritual is.
    "In the early 80's, we would come to the Twin 200's where we would watch Stock Car and Indy Cars on the same day," said December MIS Fan of the Month Scott Mowery. "It was a great day of racing and times that I'll never forget." March MIS Fan of the Month Dan Delly's favorite MIS race was in August of 1981, where he witnessed the most lead changes in MIS history and the third most ever in NASCAR Winston Cup history. "I've been to over 100 NASCAR races and that one was the best ever," said Delly. "It's too bad it was before all races were televised. To think that there was a lead change about every third lap was amazing. It was a great race."
    With the addition of the Fan Hospitality prize and the trip to the "NEW".Homestead-Miami Speedway for the MIS Fan of the Year, it's time to nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month. Log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com, or mail them to:
    MIS Fan of the Month
    12626 U.S. Highway 12
    Brooklyn, MI 49230
    Also, don't miss your chance to see all of your favorite NASCAR Winston Cup stars, as tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. "Every time Father's Day is mentioned, I think of sitting side-by-side with my Dad in the stands, said Delly. "It's really one of my favorite days of the year." Tickets are still available to all MIS events in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to www.MISpeedway.com.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(5-23-2003)

  • Michigan and the U.S. Army: The U.S Army will celebrate its 228th anniversary in style with a special pre-race show prior to the Father's Day Sirius 400 on June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Some of the most elite divisions of the Army will be participating in an exciting pre-race show, which includes the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, Military District of Washington, 3/17th Cavalry (10th Mountain Division) and the U.S Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. The patriotic pre-race show will begin with the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus as they perform several patriotic songs. The show will continue with The Flag Story, a fast-paced travel through the growth of nation and the history and role of the United States Army. The program features soldiers in period uniforms from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and ongoing missions. The Flag Story features more than 100 soldiers from the 3rd U.S Infantry (The Old Guard) from Fort Myer, Virginia, dressed in period uniforms and in ceremonial dress blues carrying the state and territorial flags. Immediately following The Flag Story, the 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry will perform a special demonstration flyover, which will include four Kiowa Warrior helicopters. After driver introductions, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will entertain the crowd with a show that will begin high above MIS and land on the U.S Army logo on the speedway's tri-oval grass. The U.S Army's Golden Knights have been entertaining crowds for 43 years with their precision aerial maneuvers while falling to earth at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour, then landing dead center on their target. Prior to the invocation and National Anthem, the 82nd Airborne chorus will be back to give their outstanding rendition of Lee Greenwood's hit song, "God Bless the USA", as the 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky presents the colors. Don't miss your chance to see this special pre-race show live-along with all of your favorite NASCAR Winston Cup stars-as tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. Tickets are available to all events at MIS in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(5-20-2003)

  • Rally Race: The Great Race, the longest-running cross-country vintage rally in the country, will finish July 5 at Daytona International Speedway. As many as 120 vintage automobiles -- they must be at least 45 years old -- are scheduled to take part in this event, which will encompass more than 4,000 miles in 16 days. The rally starts June 20 at Michigan International Speedway and will finish at DIS with a ceremony on the grid immediately prior to the Pepsi 400. Winston Cup team owner Jack Roush plans to enter one of his vintage cars in the event.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-20-2003)

  • Reserved sites in the MIS infield sold out; Contest; tix still avialable: Reserved sites in the MIS infield - one of Michigan International Speedway's most popular places to camp - are sold out for both June and August events in 2003. Even though the reserved RV infield is sold out, reserved campsites are still available for the Brooklyn Highway campground on the MIS property. General admission sites are also still available in the Cabela's Campground on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cabela's Campground, located on M-50 across from the Speedway, opens the Monday before each race weekend. MIS also announced today that it will continue its long tradition of giving campers a special incentive to dress up their campsites by supporting the MIS Campsite Contest. Campsites are judged for originality in decorating on three pre-determined themes.. For 2003, the themes are:
    ·....... June: "Red, White, and Blue";
    ·....... July: "School Spirit"; and
    ·....... August: "Throwback to 1968, salute to MIS' 35th anniversary".
    Campsite contest winners receive merchandise, a story in the next issue of the Inside Track camping publication, and their photo on MIS' official Web site, www.MISpeedway.com. Reserved grandstand seats remain for all events at MIS this summer. The 2003 season kicks off.another special Father's Day weekend at MIS with the Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX series race on Saturday, June 14, and culminates with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sirius 400 on Sunday, June 15. Spending Father's Day weekend at MIS has become quite a tradition for many families who regularly camp and spend their weekend on the speedway grounds. For ticket information, call (800) 354-1010 or visit www.MISpeedway.com.(4-7-2003)

  • Dan Delly - March 2003 MIS Fan of the Month: Delly, 35, from Mentor, Ohio is the fourth MIS Fan of the Month. Delly will receive a prize pack consisting of an MIS soft-sided cooler, shirt, and hat. Delly will also be eligible for Michigan International Speedway's ultimate prize, the 2003 MIS Fan of the Year.
    When did you attend your first ever NASCAR race? "Coming to MIS has been a tradition for my Dad and I. He was the one that got me interested in racing as a kid back in the early 70's. He was the one that took me to my first NASCAR race back in August of 1976 and I've been hooked ever since."
    Who's your favorite driver of all time?
    "Richard Petty has always been my hero. He always was a factor whenever he was at Michigan. And even in his latter years I could always count on him running well there. I think it was a forgiving track for him and he still posted some decent finishes in his final years. He was always smiling and even from the grandstands with binoculars you could see how friendly he was walking from the garages to drivers introductions. I couldn't wait to get up there every year to see Richard. My two favorites days of the year are the two days we spend at Michigan International Speedway."
    I know Richard Petty is your all time favorite driver but who's your favorite current driver? "Definitely Kyle Petty.. I always remember when Richard won for the first time when I was in attendance in 1979, which also happened to be Kyle's second ever NASCAR race. So Kyle's my favorite current driver and Richard's my all time hero."
    What is your favorite car of all time? "I would have to say Richard Petty's 74 Dodge Charger. That was the one car that I saw when I first followed Richard Petty. When I was a little kid and the races where on ABC's Wide World of Sports, my Dad and I would be watch whenever we could. I remember pointing at the TV and saying to my Dad that 'I like that one'. Maybe it was the color because it was one of the few cars that were painted up like it at the time."
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest Delly will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Delly, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December 2002, over 3000 fans have registered for the contest at MIS' official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com.(see more at the MIS site)(3-29-2003)

  • Michigan Pit Passes for sale: Although NASCAR has implemented a new policy regarding the garage area, pit access at MIS has remained the same. "Making pre-race pit passes available to our customers has become a tradition at MIS," said MIS Director of Ticketing John Moreland. "We're pleased to be able to continue offering our fans this unique opportunity to see the their favorite cars and drivers up close." Pre-race pit passes are available for all three weekends at MIS and give fans a opportunity to get up close with their favorite NASCAR and Indy Racing League drivers. Pre-race pit passes for both NASCAR Winston Cup weekends, the June 13-15, Sirius 400 and the August 15-17, Michigan 400, are available for just $50. Additionally, pre-race pit passes for the July 25-27, Michigan Indy 400 IRL IndyCar Series weekend are available for just $25. A daily admission ticket is required along with the pre-race pit pass to access the pit area. Reserved seats remain for the Sirius 400, Michigan Indy 400 and Michigan 400 event weekends, as do exclusive fan hospitality packages. Fan hospitality packages include the best available seating for MIS' events as well as catered meals, guest speakers, souvenirs and entertainment. For pre-race pit passes, tickets and fan hospitality ordering information call the MIS ticket hotline at (800) 354-1010 or visit www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(3-28-2003)

  • Keith Brown - February 2003 MIS Fan of the Month: Brown, 30, from Taylor, Michigan is the third MIS Fan of the Month. Brown will receive a prize pack consisting of an MIS soft-sided cooler, shirt, and hat. Brown will also be eligible for Michigan International Speedway's ultimate prize, the 2003 MIS Fan of the Year.
    Favorite Driver: "Definitely Dale Jarrett.. He's down to earth, friendly, outgoing, and takes care of the community. He's also a Ford driver and I work for UAW-Ford and I tend to follow the Ford guys closely. I do have a Dale Earnhardt Jr. coat in the closet as well. He's young and I like his attitude and I like that he drives the Budweiser car."
    When was the first time you visited MIS?
    "I was about 12 or 13 years old when I came out for the Michigan 500. My family always came to watch the IndyCars at MIS starting in the early 80's."
    What do you enjoy the most about attending races at MIS?
    "There used to be a whole group of us which would be anywhere from a dozen to twenty guys. Our pilgrimage each year was to go to a race at MIS. We'd watch the 500 and have a blast. We would get out there early in the morning and barbeque, go in and watch the race and then come back out and barbeque a little more. It was an event that started before the sun came up and lasted until after the sun went down. It was incredible and every year I would mark it on my calendar and just couldn't wait for that day."
    Have you met any famous people at MIS?
    "I got to meet Bill Elliott and get his autograph. The best conversation I had was with Robert Yates, which was a dream come true with Yates owning the Dale Jarrett car. I got to talk with him for about 10 minutes, he was very generous with his time on the morning of the race. I got a couple of autographs for my Dad who was a huge NASCAR fan and also an autograph for myself. I also got to see Joe Gibbs and we were also right by the Petty's. That was the weekend that the three Earnhardt's, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr., and Kerry all raced in the same Winston Cup race. It was a historic day in itself just because of that."
    What do you remember the most about your visits to MIS?
    "The most memorable thing about all my trips was the fact that it always involved some kind of family or friends getting together. That was a time that was always set aside to have fun. That's one thing I always looked forward to and made it memorable for me."
    Is there a particular race that sticks out in your mind?
    "There's been quite a few, but one in particular that sticks out. I remember the time when Emerson Fittipaldi was climbing the ranks as a driver and nobody knew who he was. He ended up winning the race that day which was shocking at the time."
    If you could have dinner with any driver past or present, who would it be?
    "Growing up as a kid I always loved Darrell Waltrip when he drove the Mountain Dew car.. Now that I've gotten older and he's in broadcasting I just think he's a classy guy and I've always liked him."
    What is your favorite car of all time?
    "My favorite car always was the twenty-eight Havoline car. Ernie Irvan drove it, then Davey Allison, then Ricky Rudd, that car was always one of my favorites. I don't know why but I liked the colors and the Havoline sponsorship. I also have a 4-year old son who was crazy about Ricky Rudd last year because of that car."
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest Brown will receive an MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Brown, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS' ultimate fan-- the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December 2002, over 1000 fans have registered for the contest at MIS' official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com, or mail them to:
    MIS Fan of the Month
    12626 U.S. Highway 12
    Brooklyn, MI 49230 (MIS PR)(2-26-2003)

  • Michigan Tix on sale Feb 10th: Tickets to both NASCAR Winston Cup events at Michigan International Speedway, the June 15 Sirius 400 and the August 17 Michigan 400, go on sale at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, February 10 in real-time at the MIS official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. "With our new ticketing system in place, it is now possible to sell out events in days, not months," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "After thirteen consecutive years of selling out both Winston Cup events, I don't anticipate tickets being available too long." The upcoming race season will be the first full season where tickets can be purchased in real-time at the MIS official website along with new 3-D seating maps. MIS race fans can log on to www.MISpeedway.com and check out the view from their seat and then purchase seats, all with a few clicks of the mouse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "The ticket office is always open with www.MISpeedway.com, " said MIS Director of Ticketing John Moreland. "With the return of the kids free and the July IRL combination ticket, as well as the addition of 'save on Saturdays', MIS has more to offer than ever, and can be purchased online in just a few minutes." Once again in 2003, kids 12 and under are admitted free to all Fridays, Saturdays, and the Sunday IRL IndyCar Series event. Also, from now until February 28, you can visit www.MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 to save $10 on the June Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race and $5 on the August 16, Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(2-9-2003)

  • January 2003 MIS Fan of the Month - Carmen Jacoby: Jacoby, 26, from Reading, Michigan is the second MIS Fan of the Month. Jacoby will receive a prize pack consisting of a MIS soft-sided cooler, shirt, and hat. Jacoby will also be eligible for MIS's ultimate prize, the 2003 MIS Fan of the Year.
    Favorite Driver: "Dale Earnhardt Jr., he always says what's on his mind and he never holds anything back, he not always politically correct." Favorite Announcer: "Probably, Benny Parsons, I like listening to his stories."
    My Seat for Races at MIS: On top of the motorhome in the infield
    I come to the race with: Sister and friends
    What I like most about MIS: The people and the atmosphere
    Favorite TV channel: SpeedChannel
    When did you first start coming out to MIS? "I started off coming to MIS in high school when I worked the concession stand for Reading High School. I have been going ever since camping in the infield for the past five years. My sister and I go with a couple of friends, hang out all weekend from the time we get there Thursday until we leave on Monday."
    Met anybody famous at MIS? "We met Elliot Sadler, and we hung out with them in June and August along with Ron Hornaday. It's just a great time and something we look forward to all year long."
    What is your most memorable moment? "I'm was a huge Ernie Irvan fan and we were in the infield when he crashed in turn 2, defiantly not my favorite moment, but one that vividly stick out in my mind."
    What do you like about MIS? "It's a great time, the atmosphere, going across the track to all the vendor booths is always fun, it's just a great time and something we look forward to all year long."
    What's your favorite track? "Definatly Michigan, Talladega is fun too and I went to Kansas City in September which was pretty fun also."
    If you could sit down in the infield and have dinner with any driver past or present, who would it be? "Obviously Dale Jr., I'd probably ask him if he would play something for me from his band. I would also ask him if enjoys music enough to pursue beyond racing."
    What's your favorite all time car? "I really like the fact that Elliott Sadler and that crew are with M & M's this year, I have tons of Ernie Irvan stuff when he drove the M&M's car."
    What do you think about being MIS Fan of the Month? "This is awesome, I can't believe it, I can't wait to tell all my friends."
    By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest Jacoby will receive a MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Jacoby, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS's ultimate fan, the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December, over 750 fans have registered for the contest at MIS's official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com, or mail them to: MIS Fan of the Month, 12626 U.S. Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(1-25-2003)

  • MIS Celebrates 35 Years: Racing tradition and continuing innovation are two of the many benchmarks Michigan International Speedway can be proud of as the world-class facility celebrates it's 35th anniversary of racing in 2003. To kick-off the 35th year of racing at MIS, the track is unveiling a special 35th anniversary logo to help commemorate the event.



    This logo will be used to help market, promote and create awareness at events during the 2003 season.. Interestingly, the 35th anniversary of the track spans five decades of racing at MIS- the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's.. The past five decades have been by far the most influential in all of motorsports - both in terms of popularity and technology.. NASCAR has become a household term and ranks second only to the NFL in success, while open wheel race cars have sprouted wings and undergone space age transformation allowing them to race at speeds exceeding 225 mph. When the gates open on October 13, 1968 few could imagine that 35 years later some 136,373 permanent grandstand seats would line two-thirds of the track and tens of thousands would pack the infield wall to wall on race weekend - making race day at MIS the largest single day sporting event in the state of Michigan.. If one combined the attendance at a Lion's NFL game, Piston's NBA game, Red Wing's NHL game and a Tiger's baseball game - it still would not equal the number of fans at MIS for one single event. Tradition at MIS includes some of the all-time greatest names and races in motorsports history. Unser, Petty, Pearson, Foyt, Earnhardt, Allison, Donohue, Fittipaldi and McLaren have all topped ultra competitive fields to take the checkered flag first. Innovation in that MIS was the nation's first 2-mile oval with an unobstructed view of the entire track, the first race track to offer guest services to the fans attending the weekends events, the first with hospitality trams to shuttle guests from their cars to the gate and one of the first to have 3-D views of seating to compliment ticket sales on the internet.. Additionally, music concerts, classic cars shows, camping, amusement rides and family entertainment add to the overall atmosphere of a race weekend at MIS. In 2003, children under the age of 12 will be admitted free to every race at MIS except the Sunday NASCAR events, furthering the fan friendly atmosphere at the track while building a fan base that will one day hopefully bring their children to MIS. Parents who came to events at MIS as children now bring their children, continuing the family tradition at MIS passed from generation to generation.
    The official website of MIS - www.MISpeedway.com will feature weekly historical trivia beginning in January 2003 as well as the MIS Fan of the Month chosen by fans logging onto the site. Fans can nominate themselves or pick a friend as MIS Fan of the Month. The Fan of the Month will receive a prize package from the track and become eligible to win the ultimate honor of "MIS Fan of the Year." Tickets to all MIS races can also be purchased on the website.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(1-3-2003)

  • MIS Fan of the Month: Scott Mowery remembers it like it was yesterday, while camping in the Michigan International Speedway infield during the early 80's, he encountered a gentleman pulling a car one evening during a race weekend. The man pulling the car happened to be ARCA RE/MAX driver Mike Buckley. Mowery and Buckley ended up talking to him for quite some time, got to know one another, and now Mowery serves on the pit crew for the #28 Chevrolet owned by Buckley. That moment was one of many great times at MIS for Mowery of Lyons, Ohio, who now after 15 years and 30 plus NASCAR events at MIS later, has been selected as the December 2002 MIS Fan of the Month. By winning the MIS Fan of the Month contest Mowery will receive a MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Mowery, along with every monthly winner, will be eligible to become MIS's ultimate fan, the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest less than a month ago, over 300 fans have registered for the contest at MIS's official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(12-20-2002)

  • MIS Staff Stuff: Bill Janitz, a part of the Michigan International Speedway Public Relations team since 2001, has been named Public Relations and News Manager, MIS Director of Public Relations Steve Shunck announced today. Janitz's new title, Public Relations and News Manager will be reflective of his expanded role with the MIS Public Relations department. In addition to his other duties, Janitz will now be responsible for all written material produced by the department, including press releases, MIS's official website, as well as strengthening relationships with the print media. Completing the MIS Public Relations Staff is the addition of Cheryl Dorian as Public Relations Assistant. Dorian rejoins the staff after a brief stint away from MIS. Dorian brings over 5 years of experience working the media and the community.(MIS PR)(12-4-2002)

  • MIS Salutes the fan: Michigan International Speedway would like to salute race fans for all their dedication to drivers, manufacturers, and their favorite race track, Michigan International Speedway, by creating the Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Month on it's official website, www.MISpeedway.com. If you know someone that has this kind of dedication, nominate them to be the MIS Fan of the Month. Log on to www.MISpeedway.com and vote for a family member, friend, or even yourself as MIS's Fan of the Month. We want to know your favorite driver, your favorite MIS moment, or your most memorable race. The MIS Fan of the Month will receive a special MIS gift pack, which consists of a MIS hat, shirt, and soft-sided cooler. Every monthly winner will be eligible to become MIS's ultimate fan, the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. To nominate yourself or someone else for MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as their most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(11-23-2002)

  • MIS Personnel Changes: Kimberly Cole, a recent graduate of the University of Miami (FL) has been named Manager of Community Relations for Michigan International Speedway, President Brett Shelton announced today. In this newly created position, Cole will work with community organizations along with state and local governments to further establish ties between MIS and the community that surrounds. MIS and Americrown gives over half a million dollars annually to local charities and organizations and employed approximately 150 groups last season in such areas as concessions, catering, souvenir, parking, clean up, security and guest services. Cole, a Saline, MI native, holds a bachelor's degree in Communications as well as a bachelor's in economics from the University of Miami (FL).
    AND Steve Shunck, whose experience includes CART, NASCAR, and ABC Sports has been named Director of Public Relations for Michigan International Speedway, MIS President Brett Shelton announced today. Shunck, a Whitehouse, Ohio native will oversee media and public relations for the state's largest sporting facility and brings over a decade of experience in the motorsports and broadcast industry. Shunck, who holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Studies Management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, was most recently Director of Broadcast Public Relations for Championship Auto Racing Teams where he was responsible for assisting all electronic media and served as a network liaison for CART with their broadcast partners. Shunck was also the Senior Manager, Broadcast Communications for NASCAR where he served as the primary liaison with local and national television stations for footage, interviews and highlights. He also served as the Assistant to the Producer for ABC sports from 1989-1995.(MIS PRs)(11-7-2002)

  • MIS taking deposits: Michigan International Speedway will be taking deposits for both NASCAR Winston Cup races for the first time in its 34-year history. While MIS goes through the renewal process, fans that haven't been able to purchase seats in the past may now have a chance to be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket office at 1-800-354-1010 and putting down a deposit for tickets and camping. MIS, which has sold out both NASCAR Winston Cup events every year since 1992, has never offered such an opportunity, according to John Moreland, Director of Ticketing at the MIS. "We have many loyal fans that have been coming to MIS for a long time that renew year in and year out, we are thankful for that, but for the seats that are not renewed, this is the perfect opportunity for someone to get in the door." NASCAR's top series visits the two-mile oval once again June 13-15 on Father's Day weekend and then returns August 15-17 with the NASCAR Busch Series. Deposits can be made by calling the MIS ticket office, with a maximum of 10 tickets and 1 campsite per race, per customer. Deposits can be redeemed from January 21, 2003 through January 31, 2003 before tickets go on sale to the general public on February 10, 2003.(MIS PR)(9-1-2002)

  • Little Big Town to sing National Anthem at MIS: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook make up the four-member country group known as Little Big Town and this band will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway. The quartet performed the National Anthem at The White House in June for President Bush's tee-ball game on the South Lawn. They were also named the top-selling artist for Fan Fair 2002, outselling the #2 artist by a wide margin. The anthem for Saturday's Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series event will be performed by Erin Michelle Moss, Miss Michigan 2002.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(8-15-2002)

  • Marriage at MIS: Greg Kowalski and Tara Macciomei will be married on August 18 at noon in the church tent in the infield at Michigan International Speedway. Pastor Schultz of Brooklyn will be performing the ceremony.(8-13-2002)

  • MIS to open more gates and make them wider: Michigan International Speedway officials were pleased with the overall operation of the new security procedures for the first event of the season and already are planning improvements for the next event in July [August for Cup]. MIS, after hiring additional security personnel to inspect items entering the grandstand ticket gates prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event weekend June 14-16, will continue to monitor staffing for the next two race weekends in July and August. As a direct result of monitoring the June race, MIS also plans to add more gates and widen existing gates to ensure a smoother flow for guests entering the facility gates. MIS hosted a media-estimated 165,000 fans during the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday and more than 250,000 for the event weekend. The weekend's races marked the first major event at MIS since the implementation of the security policy, an International Speedway Corporation-wide response to the Sept. 11 attacks. MIS notified guests of the policy by sending literature to guests, including printing it on the backs of tickets and in the Guest Guide that is included with all ticket orders, as well as posting the policy on the Speedway's official Web site and notifying the media.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-26-2002)

  • New Policy at MIS: Due to a recent decision by the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Michigan International Speedway's alcohol concession policy has changed for this summer's three weekends of racing, June 14-16, July 26-28, August 16-18. Michigan Liquor Law R 436.1033 prohibits the Speedway from allowing guests to pass through its grandstand ticket gates with their own alcohol, while at the same time, selling alcohol at concessions stands. Simply put, fans can bring in alcoholic beverages, or the facility can sell them, but not both. To comply with the Liquor Commission's recent interpretation of this law and considering what is in the best interest of its guests, MIS has made the decision to allow its guests to continue to bring their own alcoholic beverages through its grandstand ticket gates. Consequently, for 2002, MIS vendors will no longer be able to sell alcoholic beverages at any of the facility's concession stands. "MIS has always tried to attain the highest levels of customer satisfaction.. Given the Commission's recent decision, we felt it was important that MIS continue to be the leader among major sports arenas in Michigan by allowing fans to bring in their own beverages," said Brett Shelton, MIS president. 'It is a tradition that we did not want to see interrupted."(MIS PR)(6-2-2002)

  • Michigan Tix and Contest: One lucky race fan and 29 of his or her closest friends will win a luxury suite for Michigan International Speedway's July event weekend as part of a special promotion to unveil MIS' new online ticketing system. The new MIS ticketing software, available on www.MISpeedway.com will help fans select their exact seats from currently available seating for the Speedway's 2002 events, including seats for the two NASCAR Winston Cup Series races and the IRL event weekend. Web site visitors should access www.MISpeedway.com to complete an entry form and may do so each day up until Saturday, June 15. Daily winners will be selected during the next 40 days. The 40 winners selected between May 8 and June 16 will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize a 30-person luxury hospitality suite to enjoy Saturday's Michigan 200 CTS race and Sunday's Michigan Indy 400 IRL race. Each of the 40 finalists also will receive an official IRL hat. Daily winners' names will be posted on the Web site, and the grand prize winner's name will be announced during pre-race ceremonies for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. Race fans can now access MIS via the Internet 24 hours a day conveniently from the comfort of their own home or work computer. Through the new system, fans can secure free seats for their children 12 and under to all Friday and Saturday events in 2002 as well as the inaugural IRL race. Fans also can do "one-stop shopping" by purchasing tickets and merchandise in the same session.(MIS PR)(5-10-2002)

  • Michigan and soft walls: Officials at Michigan International Speedway, along with many in the rest of the racing world, will be keeping a keen eye to the doings at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, looking at a new "soft wall" being installed at Indianapolis. The wall, called the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, is designed to take the brunt of any collision and protect drivers. The installation of the new wall, which will encompass 4,240 feet in the turns at Indianapolis, was announced Wednesday in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Motor Speedway personnel and respresentatives of NASCAR, including its president Mike Helton. The new system is actually the third soft-wall system that the Indianapolis track has tried. The first version of the PEDS (Polyethylene Energy Dissipating System) was installed inside turn four for the 1998 Indianapolis 500. An improved version was installed in 1999. "We're monitoring the situation," said Tommy Cameron, director of public relations at MIS. "I know that NASCAR and ISC have people in Indianapolis. Anytime it comes to safety, we're going to be interested in taking a look. I know that ISC has a whole construction division that is keeping an eye on this." International Speedway Corp. (ISC) is the parent company for MIS. It is possible that if the SAFER barrier system grades out as a success at Indianapolis, the system could come to MIS this year. According to the Indy Racing League, the wall in one turn at the 2.5-mile Indianapols Motor Speedway can be fitted with the energy-absorbing barrier system in two days.(Jackson Citizen Patriot)(5-5-2002)

  • Sirius and ISC, sponsor two Cup races: Sirius Satellite Radio (sponsor of the #7 Dodge driven by Casey Atwood) the satellite radio broadcaster, has joined forces with 12 International Speedway Corporation (ISC) facilities/tracks, to create a multi-faceted marketing partnership that will promote the Sirius brand to millions of race fans across the country and drive subscriber activations for Sirius' 100 channel in-vehicle entertainment service. The announcement was made atTalladega Superspeedway in Talladega. As part of its multi-year agreement with ISC's wholly-owned facilities, Sirius will reach NASCAR fans on a number of different levels, including direct-to-consumer promotions, at-track activation at ISC venues, and co-marketing opportunities with local retail partners, all designed to drive new subscribers for Sirius' entertainment service. Also, Sirius will have the right to leverage official track and event logos in-market to grow its subscriber base, and create enticing consumer promotions at retail. Sirius' comprehensive partnership also includes title sponsorship of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series events - the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway's June event and the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International's August event. The agreement also includes Official Satellite Radio Partner/Sponsor status and on-site display space rights at the Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen International and other ISC motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Through the ISC relationship, each ISC property will host Sirius information booths that will drive subscriptions as well as provide information about Sirius and the No. 7 Sirius Team. Each of these venues also will host the Sirius "Rhythm of the Road" mobile tour which draws 35,000 to 50,000 fans each weekend and allows them to experience Sirius' service live.(Golin Harris PR)(4-19-2002)

  • MIS Announcement: Michigan International Speedway is also planning an announcement for Tuesday, April 23. The announcement will take place at the Red Cross location in Kalamazoo at 11:00am and at the Red Cross location in Lansing at 3:00pm.(MIS PR)(4-18-2002)

  • Michigan BGN Sponsor: Cabela's, the "World's Foremost Outfitter" for nearly 40 years, will be the title sponsor of the BGN race Saturday, August 17, at Michigan International Speedway, officials from both companies announced today. The Cabela's 250 is scheduled for 125 laps at the historic MIS' 2-mile superspeedway as part of a weekend doubleheader of NASCAR action. The Pepsi 400 presented by Farmer Jack NASCAR Winston Cup Series race takes place Sunday, August 18. All seating for the Cabela's 250 will be sold on a reserved basis with children 12 and under admitted free. Cabela's also features outlets in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota and has plans to construct a 150,000-square foot complex in Kansas City near Kansas Speedway, which is owned by MIS' parent company International Speedway Corporation.(MIS PR)(4-17-2002)

  • MIS Dates Announced: The IRL will make its first trip to Michigan International Speedway and the CTS race will return to the historic two-mile oval in 2002, MIS officials announced today. Other changes for 2002 include the June event weekend moving one week later in the month, back to its traditional date on Father's Day weekend. The July race weekend, which includes the IRL and NCTS races, also is scheduled for one week later than previous open-wheel events. The inaugural IRL event at MIS will take place on Sunday, July 28, with the CTS returning on Saturday, July 27. The CTS competed at MIS in 1999 and 2000. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series makes its traditional two visits to MIS for the 29th consecutive season. The first Cup race is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series holding its 19th race at MIS on Saturday, June 15. The BGN joins the Winston Cup race for the traditional combo weekend on August 17-18. In conjunction with the July race weekend, RaceWeek will return to Jackson, Mich., after a successful start in 2001. Planned RaceWeek festivities for 2002 include a downtown street party, hot air balloon festival, celebration breakfast, a 5-kilometer run/walk at the Speedway, a formal ball, a skateboard competition and pinewood derby races(MIS PR)(9-7-2001)

  • MIS News: Keith Karbo has assumed the post of director of marketing for Michigan International Speedway where he will oversee the marketing, advertising and corporate sales programs. Karbo comes to MIS from DP Fox Sports & Entertainment in Grand Rapids. Karbo, an Ann Arbor resident and University of Michigan business administration graduate, has handled sales and marketing programs for the West Michigan Grand Prix Association and also for the Grand Rapids Arena Football franchise and Van Andel Arena.(SpeedVision)(5-29-2001)

  • MIS Changes UPDATE: Gene Haskett who has served as the president of the Michigan International Speedway since 1986, will relinquish that post, effective Jan 5th, to take advantage of an unspecified opportunity elsewhere in the racing world. Haskett's immediate plans and his successor are expected to be revealed in the near future(SpeedVision)(12-12-2000)
    UPDATE: Brett Shelton, who recently served as vice president and general manager of Talladega Superspeedway, has been named president of Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Jim France, president of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which controls the track, made the announcement today. Shelton replaces Gene Haskett, who resigned his position earlier this week to pursue other interests. As president of MIS, Shelton will be responsible for overseeing all strategic and daily operations at the track(MIS PR)(12-14-2000)

  • MIS and Seats: see story at Michigan Live: Speedway's 5-year plan includes more seating by Jim Knight(8-23-2000)

  • Michigan Speedway to become MIS again: Michigan Speedway, so named in 1997, will return to its original designation, Michigan International Speedway, after this weekend's Pepsi 400. The track was constructed in 1968 and was called Michigan International Speedway. The facility kept that name when Roger Penske acquired it from bankruptcy in 1973, but the name was changed to Michigan Speedway in 1997 to bring its title into line with other Penske Motorsports Inc. speedways(SpeedVision)(8-19-2000)

  • Rain at Michigan: Only three previous times has rain affected a Winston Cup race at Michigan. The inaugural Yankee 600 in August 1969 was stopped after 165 miles with David Pearson declared the winner. In August 1977, the Champion 400 was forced to Monday by rain. And the June 1982 stop was interrupted more than three hours before Cale Yarborough edged Darrell Waltrip for the win(Detroit Free Press)(6-12-2000)

  • Michigan News: Michigan Speedway will increase it's capacity by more than 10,000 seats this year. That addition brings the speedway's capacity to 136,000, solidifying its position as the largest sporting facility in the state. The speedway will also revert to its traditional name -- Michigan International Speedway -- beginning with a formal announcement and unveiling of a new logo in August(Detroit News)(3-2-2000)

  • Michigan: Kmart will be the title sponsor of the Michigan Cup race on June 13th. It'll be know as the Kmart 400 presented by Castrol Super Clean(NOL)(4-30-1999)

  • Michigan Improvements: Michigan Speedway has begun work on a $12 million construction project to add approximately 13,000 additional seats to the two-mile superspeedway's seating capacity. When completed, capacity at the track, located in the beautiful Irish Hills of Michigan will be over 150,000-including the infield.(GoRacing)(4-7-1999)

  • Michigan Lawsuit: A judge has ruled that the estate of one of three fans killed while watching a race at the Michigan Speedway cannot seek punitive damages in a wrongful-death lawsuit. See the AP story at CNN/SI Judge dismisses punitive damages in Michigan Speedway death(12-7-1998)

  • AP Story: The estate of one of three fans killed at Michigan Speedway during a race(CART) has filed an $11 million wrongful-death lawsuit against the track. See the story at SpeedNet: Family of fan killed at Michigan sues.(9-11-1998)

  • In the aftermath of three spectator deaths at Michigan Speedway a week ago, track officials said they are taking a "pro-active" approach and will enhance safety measures for fans. It is expected that at least four feet of protective fencing will be added to the 15-foot concrete-and-fence barrier in front of all spectator seating at the two-mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich. Engineers have been consulting with speedway officials and the new fencing will be in place before the NASCAR Winston Cup race in less than two weeks.(Speedworld), 1 1/4 miles of fencing and 5 miles of cable are being added.(WC Today Radio)(8-3-1998)

  • UPDATE III: Folks, don't panic over this rumor from the JournalNow yet(I have gotten a batch of email on this): The fate of NASCAR's Aug. 16 Winston Cup race at Michigan International Speedway is in some question now, after last weekend's wheel-in-the-grandstands tragedy. NASCAR teams that had been planning to test at Michigan have been told to cancel those plans because the track is closed for inspection.(JournalNow - Mike Mulhern)- Somehow I think NASCAR will jump on this story and clear it up immediately.(7-31-1998) - A reader phoned MIS and was told the race will go on as planned and testing has been cancelled and....GoRacing has a story up: Michigan Speedway Cancels Winston Cup TEST Session - Race To Go On as Scheduled by Mike Snow. See, it didn't take long to clear that up.(7-31-1998) - And: Bill France, the president of NASCAR, has issued the following statement in response to media reports and inquiries regarding the Aug. 16 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Michigan Speedway. "We are committed to running the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss at the Michigan Speedway on Aug. 16. The entire event weekend will go forward as originally planned. We look forward to returning to Michigan for another weekend of NASCAR Winston Cup Series action.(GoRacing/NASCAR Online)(7-31-1998) - The JournalNow has a followup on the Michigan race in a story called: Earnhardt Jr. wins 5th Busch race of rookie season but Mike Mulhern, a few other notes also. By the way, it is not Earnhardt Jr's rookie season, he ran 8 races in 1997, so he is not a rookie in BGN.(8-1-1998)

  • Michigan Speedway has made several improvements to its track since last season. Among them: four Jumbotron giant TV screens have been placed between Turns 1 and 2; a new grandstand with 5,000 additional seats has been placed in Turn 3; a 20-foot wide pedestrian bridge has been built across Brooklyn Highway in front of the tunnel entrance to the track; the 10 skylounge suites and the press box have been refurbished; and the speedway's entrances have been redesigned.(That's Racin')(6-10-1998)

  • Michigan Speedway is pouring $5 million into capital improvements for the coming season. Five thousand seats have been added, taking the total to more than 108,000(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(2-24-1998)

  • Pepsi announced that it will be the title sponsor of the August race at Michigan, and will be known as the Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss, and also will be title sponsor of the Pepsi 200 NASCAR Busch Series race the day before.(Speedworld), Pepsi will still sponsor the July 4th race at Daytona in July(1-16-1998)

  • Seems MIS got their problem all straightened out....have to leave 12 acres alone - the rest will become parking. They are putting in 5,000 more seats at turn 3. They have been hauling in dirt since Jan to fill in the big drop there. They will be done just in time for June....also bought some of the trams used in the Olympics to haul the people in...they hold 70 in a tram(3-1-1997)

  • Trouble at MIS: They were tearing down woods and planning on adding parking and seats to the back side in turn three ....well it turned out after they removed a lot of woods that Penske didn't own 12' of them. The surveyors supposedly made the mistake. The person who owns the 12'? Well, instead of selling the land (and we know it would have been very profitable to him) he called the DNR and turned MIS in for destroying a wetland. The track, the surveyors, and Roger Penske are now being fined big bucks for destroying a REGISTERED wetland and had to stop all construction within 100' of the border. So now Penske has a wet area with no woods.(2-25-1997)


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