MIS to host Racing for Network Chamber Day on June 12


With Michigan unemployment at double digits, Michigan International Speedway is teaming with South Central Michigan Works and area Chamber of Commerce organizations to host Racing to Network Chamber Day on Friday, June 12.

This unique networking opportunity will take place during Gatorade Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at MIS and promises to be the biggest state networking event of the year.

Guests will network with business leaders from across the state while attending qualifying day events for the LifeLock 400, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 events at MIS during Racing to Network Chamber Day.

“I can think of no better venue for a business networking event than Michigan International Speedway,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “The business of motorsports is a large one and this will be an excellent opportunity for business professionals to see it and experience it firsthand.”

Walter P. Czarnecki, who serves as executive vice president, a member of the executive committee and a director of Penske Corporation, will be a guest speaker at the Chamber Day event. In the mid-70’s, Czarnecki also held the title of president of Michigan International Speedway. In subsequent years, he was president of Penske Speedways which owned five major racing facilities (including MIS) in the U.S. Penske Speedways became a publicly traded company in 1996 and he was its vice chairman.

“We appreciate Mr. Czarnecki speaking at our Chamber Day event,” Curtis said. “Mr. Czarnecki has had a proud and successful history serving in the motorsports industry, including as former president of MIS. His knowledge of the business and what it means to the state of Michigan and its economy is unparalleled.”

Event admission of $35 per person includes a ticket to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 race. Other activities will include lunch, business networking, special guest speakers, door prizes and more.

Various chambers from around Michigan and Northwest Ohio will be at the June 12 event, including Ann Arbor, Brooklyn Irish Hills, Detroit, Jackson, Lansing, Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals, Toledo, Kalamazoo Chamber and Grand Rapids.

 Racing to Network Chamber Day schedule (tentative):
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. - Event Registration and Sign In
  1:15 to 1:35 p.m. - Lunch and Mixer
  1:45 to 2:15 p.m. - Business Networking
  2:15 to 2:45 p.m.  - Guest Speakers
                     3 p.m.  - Conclusion of Event
               3:15 p.m. - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
                     5 p.m. - ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200

Please call the MIS ticket office at 517-592-6666 and speak with Rob Hemmig. Tickets to the event can be picked up at the registration table the day of the event to purchase tickets for the Racing to Network Chamber Day.

For event sponsorship opportunities please contact Chad Whipkey at 517-592-1450.

Additionally, starting at 8:30 am South Central Michigan Works will be holding “Rev Up Your Career”, a symposium for current job holders and job seekers.  The program is FREE to everyone; please feel free to call your local South Central Michigan Works office for more details.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is 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.

Tickets and camping are on sale now. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.


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