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It's Race Week At MIS

by Kim Brixton

Here are some of the highlights of the festivities at MIS this week and this weekend....

Michigan International Speedway has added five additional WiFi hot spots at select locations around the facility in addition to its six previous locations (Budweiser Party Porch at Turn 4, Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, Pit Patio, Skylounge Suites, MISCamping.com APEX and MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat). These new areas are located at the New Holland Fan Plaza at the speedways Welcome Center and at four hotspots in the MISCamping.com Infield.

The Budweiser Party Porch at Michigan International Speedway is a respite area and hang-out at the track, overlooking Turn Four. The patio includes concession and merchandise stands, campground shuttle bus service, as well as a full bar. Plus, there are umbrella-covered picnic tables for fans to sit and relax during the day. On both Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m., rising country music artist Tim Dugger will be performing. In addition, MIS president Roger Curtis and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan will be in a dunk tank around 7 p.m. Friday to raise money for MIS charity, MIS Cares.

A tradition was started at Michigan International Speedway after the Pure Michigan 400 last August. Joey Loganos Pure Michigan 400 victory gave Ford Racing the inaugural Michigan Heritage trophy, a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. The trophy was passed on to Chevrolet this past June after Jimmie Johnsons victory in the Quicken Loans 400. As part of the inaugural Michigan Heritage presentation, each contending manufacturer as well as MIS, committed $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan. Ford Racing elected the Michigan Science Center to receive a $40,000 check to assist in its educational programs.

Seeking to tap into the minds of young racing fans, MIS created the Youth Fan Advisory Board. The board, composed of eight knowledgeable and passionate MIS fans with ages ranging from 14-18, provides a unique opportunity for youth to communicate directly with the MIS staff through email and conference calls about their experiences, as well as assist in the future planning of the track.

Stop by the MIS Welcome Center for MIS and NASCAR information. Throughout the race weekend, fans can find out whats going on around the facility or find out more about NASCAR. The speedways Fan Advisory Board (FAB) will be there to offer some motorsports insider tips and answer questions about the speedway and the sport of NASCAR.

Binder Park Zoo has partnered with MIS as the official sponsor of the MIS Kids Club. On race weekend, guests can visit the Welcome Center where they can learn about the MIS Kids Club and the Binder Park Zoo. In addition children will have the opportunity to compare the speed of a NASCAR car with various animals.

The speedway has worked since 2008 with partners Schupan and Coca-Cola on a recycling program for its race weekends, collecting hundreds of thousands of pounds of aluminum and plastics from cans and bottles, among other things. MIS has recycled 230,668 pounds of plastic bottles, aluminum, glass, cardboard and paper since recycling efforts began in 2008. In 2013 alone, 43,166 pounds of material was recycled. For 2013, MIS recycled 113,560 pounds of construction material. MIS has used recycled asphalt and concrete to create over 10 miles of road in campgrounds, parking lots and tram routes since 2008. As a result, NASCAR recognized MIS as being an industry leader during the sports annual Green Summit in Chicago in 2013.

The Budweiser Acceleration Concert will begin shortly after the Careers for Veterans 200 race on Saturday, August 16. Country music stars Keith Anderson and Tim Dugger are slated to headline the always popular post-race concert in Lot 10. The concert is free to anyone with a Camping World Truck Series race ticket, an infield wristband or an APEX wristband.

The United States ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as the grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400 onAugust 17 at MIS. White and Davis, the 2014 Olympic Champion ice dancing team, will give the command of start your engines. Among their proudest accomplishments, they are the 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists and two-time World Champions. Davis and White are also six-time U.S. Champions and five-time Grand Prix Final Champions.