10 Fun Facts About Michigan International Speedway

Photo courtesy of Craig Gardiner Photography

Photo courtesy of Craig Gardiner Photography

Pure Michigan 400 race weekend is here! More than 100,000 fans will be at Michigan International Speedway to cheer on their favorite drivers as they race around NASCAR’s fastest track on August 17th.

Think you know NASCAR? Test your knowledge with these lesser known facts about Michigan International Speedway

  • 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.

Plan a visit to MIS and other Michigan automotive attractions at michigan.org. Follow the race on Twitter at #PureMichigan400. 

Our 13 Favorite Photos from the Pure Michigan 400

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!

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