BROOKLYN, Mich. (March 2, 2012) — What a better way to experience race weekend at Michigan International Speedway than from atop your own bus. Just think if you could pull into the infield with a sense of pride after winning the MIS Cares Extreme Bus Makeover auction.
That is exactly what William “Bill” Brown from Cassopolis, Mich., will experience when he makes the trek to MIS in June this year. But the winning bid did not come without high drama. Just days before the online auction ended, Brown’s home computer went down. Instead of growing frustrated, he used his intuition and one very understanding girlfriend. His girlfriend allowed Brown to make the winning bid on her computer at her flower shop.
“We found this bus and put a nice stand on it to make it safe for everybody,” Brown said after delivering the bus. “We have from 12-16 people here at the races. We made a safe bus and now it is time to get some color on it.”
Friday he dropped off his yellow school bus as the MIS crew awaited its arrival to begin the extreme makeover. The bus’s exterior will be professionally designed, painted and decaled by the speedway maintenance staff.
“This is a fun project for us to do in the winter,” assistant superintendant of Venue Experience Tim Lamb said. “It gives us something different to do. Plus it is fun to do for the fans. To get a bus like this in, repaint it and give it back to you right before the race. It is enjoyable for all of us.”
Brown’s bus, a 1999 International Diesel, still has its yellow school bus look after he purchased it a few years ago from a retiree in South Bend, Ind. After adding a deck, bunkbeds and bathroom since he purchased it, the bus is now in need of a makeover to the outside of it.
A 10-year veteran of MIS infield camping, Brown witnessed firsthand the work of the MIS maintenance department. He was jealous whenever he saw the buses for Maurice “Moe” Clark (2009) and Tom “Woolfy” Wolfram and Mike Smith (2010) enter the infield as the winner of the first two makeovers. Brown decided to make 2012 the year his bus got the extreme makeover.
Brown’s winning bid of $1,600 will benefit the speedway’s non-profit arm, MIS Cares. MIS Cares has donated over $100,000 over the past two years to various charity and non-profit organizations.
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Michigan International Speedway 2012 Schedule
Saturday, May 19 Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by Jackson County CVB
Friday, June 15 ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200
Saturday, June 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250
Sunday, June 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Friday, Aug. 17 Gatorade Pole Day
Saturday, Aug. 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sunday, Aug. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Tuesday, Sept. 11 Spirit of America Blood Drive
Sammie Lukaskiewicz, senior director of Communications, 517-592-1208, slukaskiewicz@MISpeedway.com
Brad Kuhbander, manager of Media Relations, 517-592-1204, bkuhbander@MISpeedway.com