The action at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) has been fast-paced and intense in 2013, and it certainly won’t slow down this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Irish Hills for the Pure Michigan 400. As the MIS staff makes final preparations for the race, the anticipation has started to increase. Brad Kuhbander, Manager of Media Relations at MIS, fills us in on what’s been happening at the track this summer.
Read from him below and let us know if you’ll be at MIS this weekend for the Pure Michigan 400!
The track’s vision statement – To create lasting memories for every person, every time – is at the forefront of the guest service model once again. It has been a year of change, in the cars and in the facility. NASCAR introduced the Gen Six car, while the track enhanced the restrooms, added free Wi-Fi hotspots and changed the trams.
June was full of memories, especially for Greg Biffle who took the checkered flag for his second consecutive win at MIS. Michigan International Speedway is quickly becoming his favorite track, as he has six victories here – four in Sprint Cup and two in the truck series. Biffle also collected Ford’s 1,000th career win over three racing series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
The Gen Six cars, which look more like showroom vehicles, have been a hit with the fans. And boy are the cars fast! In June, 13 cars eclipsed an average speed of 200 MPH in qualifying. After a race and practice sessions collecting data, the speeds may continue to increase for the Pure Michigan 400.
The racing at Michigan International Speedway will continue to be intense for the Pure Michigan 400. Only four races remain before the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The top 10 drivers after the race at Richmond International Raceway will automatically earn a berth in the Chase. In addition, the drivers with the most victories from positions 11-20 will also be included in the Chase.
The action does not stop on Saturday once the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200 is over. In Lot 10 behind the water tower, fans can continue the day with the Budweiser Acceleration Concert. Keith Anderson will be entertaining the crowd. The concert will start approximately 30 minutes following the race when Tim Dugger takes the stage followed by Drake White and the Big Five.
This year MIS added five new free Wi-Fi hotspots around the track. Fans can now stay up to date on the latest happenings in NASCAR and set their fantasy line up right from the track. And since 20 percent of the track’s fanbase comes from Canada, this will be a great opportunity for all of the international guests to stay in contact with their families back across the border.
MIS has made it easier for fans visiting the 2013 Pure Michigan 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.
The team at MIS realizes it is the fans that make the atmosphere truly unique and exciting. That is why the track makes the fans its priority every weekend. From the thrill of the crowd to the rush of the race that brings people here, MIS would like to thank all of the fans for trusting the facility, staff, and drivers, to provide an experience of a lifetime.
As this racing season concludes in the Irish Hills this weekend, you can be sure the MIS staff is already revving up for another exciting season in 2014.
It is hard to contain the excitement at the track.
Thank you once again for supporting Michigan International Speedway. We couldn’t do it without you.
Enjoy the race and we’ll see you next year!
Join in on the race excitement this weekend by following hashtag #PureMichigan400 on Twitter!
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!