And the Michigan Pace Car Winner Is…

It’s been an exciting day at the Pure Michigan 400! U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient David Balestrino Jr. was named honorary starter of the race, HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse served as grand marshal and NASCAR driver Joey Logano came out on top as the race day champ!

But Joey wasn’t the only one walking a winner. Today was also the day we gave away the official Pure Michigan 400 pace car – a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi – as part of our partnership with Michigan International Speedway, Ford Racing and Quicken Loans. Of the five finalists selected, Danielle Neufer was randomly given the set of keys that would start the car. Danielle was the last finalist selected for the giveaway – in fact, she just entered to win the morning of the race! See her reaction in the video below.

Please join us in congratulating Danielle on her new ride!

Were you at the Pure Michigan 400 today? If you missed any of the race action, see our coverage here

Win the 2013 Official Michigan Pace Car at Michigan International Speedway

Four Michigan companies are working together to give a lucky NASCAR fan the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) – NASCAR pace car! We’ve teamed up with MIS, Ford Racing and Quicken Loans to give someone the chance to win a Ford Fusion Energi, which will be used during this year’s Quicken Loans 400 and Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at MIS.

As part of the MI Pace Car Sweepstakes, one lucky fan’s name will be randomly drawn each month (now through July) and entered as a finalist to win the Grand Prize. In addition to the chance to drive away in the car, these four monthly winners will receive the following:

  • One month’s mortgage payment, courtesy of Quicken Loans
  • A Pure Michigan vacation with a four-night stay at one of the following hotels in Michigan: Holiday Inn and Suites in Ann Arbor, JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, Shanty Creek Resort in Traverse City and Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
  • A MIS VIP Package – two passes to the Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, one Graves Farm campsite, one RV Rental, two cold garage passes and two pace car rides on August 17

A fifth finalist will be selected in prerace during the Pure Michigan 400.

See additional details on, or visit by July 31, 2013 to enter! Fans may also enter onsite at the Fan Plaza at any Michigan International Speedway NASCAR race.

If you were the Grand Prize winner, where would you take the pace car for its first ride? Let us know in the comments section below!