Sunday, August 6, 2023

Michigan International Speedway Fun Facts

Michigan International Speedway Fun Facts

#FireKeepersCasino400 Starts at 2:30 ET

UPDATE: Drivers Start Your Engines delayed a half an hour - 12:30 ET today due to weather. 

 UPDATE: Drivers called to their cars after Rain Delay (3:54 ET)

Michigan International Speedway Fun Facts #NASCAR #MIS


Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan, boasts a proud, 50-year history of hosting America's best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic Irish Hills. With 18-degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three and four grooves to run around the two-mile speedway.


As stewards of the sport, the MIS Vision is to deliver the best motorsports racing in the world, provide outstanding entertainment experiences, and continue to build a globally diverse community of loyal fans!


Cale Yarborough won the first NASCAR race at the speedway on June 15, 1969, in a thrilling duel with LeeRoy Yarbrough. The two drivers battled door-to-door for most of the final 150 laps. On their final circuit, they touched twice-entering turn one, with Yarbrough brushing the outside wall. They then drafted down the back straight, and through turn three. But while coming out of the final turn, LeeRoy Yarbrough spun and crashed just 300 yards from the finish line, handing the victory to Yarborough.


NASCAR Race Mom has never visited #NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track; however it is definitely on the bucket list!


New Verizon Wi-Fi Connectivity to Enhance Fan Experience at Michigan International Speedway and Watkins Glen International

  • Fans can experience high-speed internet services in various locations across the tracks, just in time for this race weekend.

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and Watkins Glen International will both receive high-speed internet upgrades, provided by Verizon, in preparation for the upcoming race weekends at both tracks.


“The new Verizon Wi-fi connectivity is a great addition to our overall fan experience, not only at Michigan International Speedway, but across multiple NASCAR tracks,” said MIS President Joe Fowler. “As we prepare to welcome fans to the upcoming race weekend, we’re ecstatic knowing that our guests will have the capacity to virtually share their captured moments with their friends and family and stay up to date on all things racing.”


Former Detroit Lions Player Cory Schlesinger Named Grand Marshal of FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

  • The beloved twelve-year NFL veteran to give command to fire engines for pivotal NASCAR Cup Series race

Cory Schlesinger, a fullback known for his never-back-down gameplay that spanned a 12-year career with the Detroit Lions, will get the crowd and the drivers fired up for the FireKeepers Casino 400 this Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, the track announced today.


A key member of the 1995 national champion Cornhuskers from his home state of Nebraska, Schlesinger was drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft and became a stalwart on the Lions for over a decade. He was named to the team’s 75th Season All-Time Team in 2008 and to the Lions’ All-Time Team in 2019. Following his pro football career, Schlesinger remained in Michigan and has taught Industrial Arts at Allen Park High School since 2008.


“Cory has deep ties to Michigan sports and also to STEM education in the state,” said Michigan International Speedway President Joe Fowler. “Plus, he has a passion for cars that extends back to his high school days, which makes it even more fun to have him join us as Grand Marshal. We know the fans are going to share in our enthusiasm as he kicks off Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.”


Ally Champions Club Sold Out for #NASCAR Race Weekend At Michigan International Speedway


Ally Champions Club Sold Out for NASCAR Race Weekend At Michigan International Speedway

  • Race fans will have an elevated experience in this exclusive hospitality package

The Ally Champions Club is officially sold out for a full slate of racing at Michigan International Speedway in August, the track announced today. This luxury best-of-the-track seating premium club is one of the best options to enjoy the M.I.S. race weekend. To learn more about the Ally Champions Club, please visit the link here.


This news comes on the heels of an infield camping sellout announced in May. Camping options are still available along with infield wristbands which allow you to visit friends and family at their campsites. The wristband gives you access to the infield concert and to witness all the race action up close. You’ll also receive a limited general admission Saturday grandstand ticket with the purchase of an infield wristband.


“To have the Ally Champions Club sell out so soon after announcing the infield camping sellout shows the incredible energy building for the NASCAR weekend at M.I.S.,” said Michigan International Speedway President Joe Fowler. “There are still plenty of options available for fans to upgrade their race weekend outing, including the Erik Jones Experience, Turn 4 Club Presented by Cabo Wabo® Tequila, and the Tailgate Zone. Our fans are sure to enjoy an incredible atmosphere here at the track.”


Infield Camping Sold Out for NASCAR Race Weekend At Michigan International Speedway

  • General camping and grandstand tickets still available for fans to experience the action

Michigan International Speedway announced in May that infield camping for the NASCAR weekend – featuring the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series – has officially sold out for the second year in a row.


“Selling out our infield camping for the second year in a row is a huge testament to the dedication and passion our fans have for coming out to spend their weekend with us,” said Michigan International Speedway President Joe Fowler. “We still have general camping and grandstand tickets available for what is sure to be a thrilling weekend of racing once again here in the Irish Hills.”



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