The Pure Michigan 400 is just around the corner! Next weekend thousands will be heading to Michigan International Speedway to cheer on their favorite drivers as they race around NASCAR’s fastest track on August 18.
To ramp up the excitement we rounded some lesser known facts about Michigan International Speedway. Test your knowledge about MIS below.
- 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.
To learn more or to purchase tickets for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 18, visit MIS’s website here.
Let us know if we’ll see you at the Pure Michigan 400!