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Drive NASCAR’s fastest track in July

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Want to be like 2014 Quicken Loans winner Jimmie Johnson or your favorite NASCAR driver? Now is your opportunity to drive on the racing surface with the popular Track Laps at Michigan International Speedway.

MIS is bringing back its track laps program, where race fans can drive laps on NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. Fans can experience the banking in the corners and follow the same lines as the NASCAR drivers do – and help raise money for charity.

“This is a highlight for the fans,” track president Roger Curtis said. “We often hear from our fans how they want to drive on the track and now is their opportunity to be a driver for a day. Everyone wants to emulate their favorite driver and experience what a NASCAR driver experiences.”

Fans will have the opportunity to drive laps four Tuesdays in July. The track will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for laps on July 1, 8, 15 and 29. Reservations for track laps can be made by calling 800-354-1010 (no online purchases available).

Once a phone order has been placed, a ticket will be mailed to the guest in advance of their selected day. Guests can purchase tickets at the Administration Office off US Highway 12. All guests must enter and present their ticket at the tunnel entrance to the track off of Brooklyn Highway.

Track laps are $25 for each three-lap segment on the historic Michigan International Speedway. Participants will have the opportunity to drive on the track at a maximum speed of 70 mph led by the MIS Ford Mustang pace car.

Participants will also have the chance to purchase “I Drove the Track” T-shirts to prove they ventured NASCAR’s fastest track. 

All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS’ official charity.

The track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, no motorcycles. No passing of other vehicles will be allowed at anytime. The driver of the vehicle must be 18 years of age and provide a valid driver’s license. All participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times. Only 25 vehicles will be permitted on the track per half hour.

Laps will take place rain or shine. In the case of a date cancellation due to extreme weather or safety conditions, MIS will contact all guests in advance of their visit.

MIS focuses on charity through the program MIS Cares. In 2013, MIS and its sister company Americrown combined to donate a total of $606,469 to local service groups and organizations through cash donations, work programs, grants and sponsorships, as well as tickets and merchandise that clubs raffle to raise money. MIS Cares awarded $76,469 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program. Another $60,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets those groups raffle off, also to raise money.

MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest track and the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway. Android and iPhone can now download Discover MIS, the official app of MIS, on Google Play and iTunes.

Join our Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB on a Sprint Handheld or other mobile device to 69050. Standard text message rates may apply. 


2014 Michigan International Speedway Schedule


July 18-20                            Faster Horses Festival

Friday, Aug. 15                  Bandit Chippers Pole Day

Saturday, Aug. 16             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation

Sunday, Aug. 17                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400