Ticket: Pay half now, half later


Tickets for the 2008 race season at Michigan International Speedway make great holiday gifts and in these tough economic times MIS wants to help.

 With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets at MIS officially going on sale to the public on Saturday, Dec. 15, MIS is offering race fans the opportunity to take advantage of its “Half Now, Half Later” payment plan. The plan will provide fans a little bit of financial relief during the holiday season.

 Fans that purchase tickets from December 15 until the green flag for the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500 on February 17 can pay half of their order up front with the other half due on March 11. This plan is only available to new customers.

 “With tickets being a popular holiday gift this year, we felt a payment plan might help our fans with the financial burden they usually incur this time of year,” track President Roger Curtis said. “With fans paying half of their order up front it gives them until March to pay the other half. It’s something our new customers might need.”

 Michigan International Speedway is spending about $10 million in the coming months to continue enhancing the speedway based on feedback from the fans. The latest round of improvements will be completed by the start of the track’s 40th season of racing in June.

 Projects on tap for 2008 include:

 A three-sided LED leaderboard. The scoreboard, higher than the 130-foot Champions Club tower and suites, will replace three scoreboards at MIS, two in the turns and one in the center and be visible from all grandstand seats, as well as several of the infield camping sites. The old center scoreboard only showed the top-five positions, a far cry from the new leaderboard display which can track all 43 drivers in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The scoreboard can also be programmed to show video and graphics displays, setting the industry standard for motorsports venues.

Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000. Also, a permanent restroom/shower building will be built in the Graves Farm Campground.

MIS will be installing directional signage around its 1,400-acre property in many of the parking lots and campgrounds. The branded signage will help pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around MIS.

MIS is moving forward with additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and will soon be replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year when one of the old “silver” grandstands was torn down and replaced with seats that are four inches wider than seats in the old grandstands. The project does not add seats, but merely replaces old seats. 

Tickets to both Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway, the June 15 Michigan 400 and the Aug. 17 3M Performance 400, will go on sale at 8 a.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 15 at MIS’ official Web site, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. Tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 (Aug. 16), the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Michigan 200 (June 14) and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Michigan 200 (June 13) will also be on sale.

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