Track Laps available next three Fridays in July


Now is the time to live your ultimate dream and take laps around Michigan International Speedway.

The speedway in the Irish Hills will once again open its gates for Track Laps, where race fans will be able to test out the repaved racing surface at MIS.

On the next three Fridays in July, race fans can make their dreams come true and take a few laps on the high-banked two-mile oval of MIS.

Laps will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 13, July 20 and July 27. Reservations for Track Laps can be made by calling 800-354-1010 (no online purchases are available). Once a phone order has been placed, a ticket will be mailed to the guest in advance of their selected day. 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.

“When I talk to fans on race weekend they all want to be like their favorite drivers and test their skills on the track,” President Roger Curtis said. “The last two years we have had an unbelievable turnout for Track Laps and we expect nothing less in 2012. It is always fun to see people nervous when they first get on the track, but by the end of the three laps they cannot stop smiling.”

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 all participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.

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 on their visit.

In addition, MIS is offering tours to all guests to get a behind the scenes view of the racing facility.

The MIS VIP Tour ($40 per person) will last two hours and allows fans to exit the Tram to get up close photos of all the areas. Upon arriving, fans will board a tram for one full lap around the oval before visiting the suites for food and drinks. Also included on the tour are visits to the Media Center, Tower Suites and the campgrounds.

The Discover MIS Tour ($5 per person) will last 30 minutes and will be guided by a knowledgeable MIS staff member. The tour will take fans on one trip around the oval before moving onto the road course. In addition, the fans will see the campgrounds and the workings behind the grandstand.

Tickets for the MIS VIP Tour and the Discover MIS Tour can be purchased in advanced by calling 800-354-1010. A limited number of walk-up tickets for the Discover MIS Tour will be available, but the tour is limited to 60 people so get your ticket early. All fans wishing to take the MIS VIP Tour will need to RSVP by the Wednesday at 5 p.m. prior to the scheduled day.

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