The 40 trams used at MIS that bring fans from the parking lots to the track were the same trams used at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson has never won at MIS, but he’s the honorary president of the MIS Kids Club. He even holds special events at the track.
There are 9,000 campsites at MIS – making it the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan.
Marcos Ambrose broke the 200 MPH barrier in qualifying in 2012. Marcus was recorded at 203.241 mph.
Bill Elliot is the active driver who has led the most laps at MIS. In his 37 year racing career Elliot has been in the lead at MIS for 1004 laps.
Parking is always free at MIS! Guests can also bring in their own food and beverages, and parking lots open two hours before the grandstand so there is plenty of time for tailgating.
MIS is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack! MIS is superfast due to the repave in 2012 and long straightaways on the track that let drivers reach their highest speeds.
People have gotten married at the track before, but did you know that Roger Curtis presided over the wedding? It’s true! Roger Curtis, the president of MIS is an ordained minister and married a happy couple in Gatorade Victory Lane on June 17, 2012.
David Pearson has won the most Cup poles at MIS with 10. Who will take the pole this year?
MIS is the only racetrack where a fan awards a special trophy to the winning driver and team. It’s part of MIS’s Fan Appreciation Program.
Go to the contest tab on the Pure Michigan Facebook page and simply tell us in 50 words or less why you should be selected as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400. The entry period is from July 28 – August 6. Please note that submissions may take up to 24 hours to post.
Fans of the Pure Michigan Facebook page can vote on their favorite submissions up to once a day throughout the duration of the contest. Pure Michigan will choose the winner from the top 10 most-voted entries.
The winner will serve as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17! He or she will also receive four tickets to the race for friends and family. Please note that all other expenses including travel to Michigan International Speedway are at the winner’s own expense.
It’s been a great year for NASCAR racing in Pure Michigan! With the excitement of the Pure Michigan 400 just behind us, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the weekend at Michigan International Speedway. For more, check out our full set on Flickr or visit the Pure Michigan Facebook page.
Were you at the Pure Michigan 400 at MIS over the weekend? If so, tell us about your experience below!
We recently announced that Olympic Champion ice dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, will give the command “Start your engines!” as Grand Marshals at this year’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. Today, Meryl and Charlie answer our questions about their training, the race and their favorite things to do in Pure Michigan!
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