Sunday, June 18, 2017

Michigan International Speedway Manufacturer’s Trophy

Michigan International Speedway Manufacturer’s Trophy

The Michigan Heritage Recognizes Winning Automobile Manufacturer

 


The Michigan Heritage trophy is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and manufacturers competing in NASCAR. The trophy is presented to the winning manufacturer in each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano held off rookie sensation Chase Elliott to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 in June 2016. Logano kept his car straight as other cars were sideways coming out of turns throughout the day to claim his second victory at Michigan International Speedway.The victory also meant Ford Performance won the coveted Michigan Heritage for the second time since its inception in 2013.

With 10 laps to go in the 2016 Pure Michigan 400, Kyle Larson found himself side-by-side with race leader Elliott on a restart. Both drivers spun their tires as they tried to gain position only adding to the drama. Larson held off Elliott during the final laps in order to secure his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in 99 starts.

The victory also meant Chevrolet won the coveted Michigan Heritage for the fourth time since its inception in 2013. As part of the Michigan Heritage presentation, each contending manufacturer as well as MIS, committed $10,000 to be given to a youthfocused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan.

In 2016, the three manufacturers and MIS awarded $40,000 to DRIVE One Detroit. The program instills at-risk youth with valuable trade skills required in today’s workforce. The program educates students in fields such as automotive technology, welding-fabrication, machine-operating, and other areas with employment opportunities so that they can seek a greater life. DRIVE also provides students with free tutoring services to achieve current academic success, as well as additional assistance in gaining employment, internships, and scholarship opportunities to stimulate growth beyond high school graduation.

The Michigan Heritage, inspired by the iconic Stanley Cup, will recognize the winning manufacturer – Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet – after each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at MIS.

The trophy was designed by Fortress Studios artists Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane, both graduates of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. The Michigan Heritage trophy is three feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds and features an original sculpture similar to Greek goddess of victory Nike, also inspiration for classic cars hood ornaments from Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Packard. The original bronze artwork sits atop a wooden base similar to the architecture of Detroit landmarks such as the Fisher Building and Guardian Building.

Manufacturers are important to MIS. The track annually recognizes NASCAR’s manufacturers, asking fans in the grandstands to cheer on their favorite during a fun poll conducted over the PA system during pre-race ceremonies.







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