Ticket Office: (800) 354-1010
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Seating Capacity: 72,000 ; 87,000 ; 108,000 ; 137,243 
Length: 34 feet
Width: 21 feet
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MIS Infield Extravaganza
June 2014 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.441mph, started 7th
August 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 141.788mph, started 1st
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)
Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/1975
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/1992
Youngest Race Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 2 months, 24 days, 8/18/2013
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Mark Martin, started 32nd, 6/14/2009
June 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 204.557mph, finished 2nd
August 2014 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 206.558mph, finished 1st
New Track Qualifying Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, August, 206.558mph (after repave 2012)
Old Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph (before repave 2012)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 7 months, 8 days, 8/17/2012
Young Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 2 months, 22 days, 8/16/2013
Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson
Most Wins (active): 5 - Mark Martin
Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson
Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough
Most Top 5s (active): 19 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 27 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 65 - 8/16/1981
Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/1984
Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/1982
Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/1984
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/1989
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Mark Martin, 6/14/2009
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 37, 6/18/2006 [rained out lap 129]
Most Running at the Finish: 41, five times, last on 8/21/2007
Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 6/16/1974
Most Cautions: 10 - 8/20/2006
Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/1999
Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/1975
Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/1999
Most Wins by a Manufacturer:
Races won from the top 5: 54 of 91
Races won from the top 10: 70 of 91
Closest margin of victory: 2001, Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd - 0.085 seconds
Greatest margin of victory: 1989, Rusty Wallace over Morgan Shepherd - 15.71seconds
Book: 40 Years of Champions by Dick Trajnowski
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)
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