2015 schedule set at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack
Mark your calendars, race fans! The high-paced action at the fastest track in NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway in 2015 with a pair of NASCAR weekends: June 12-14 and Aug. 14-16.
The NASCAR races anchor a year’s worth of events that will continue to bring business and drive tourism in the state.
“We are already preparing for a multitude of events at MIS in 2015,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We have pledged to do our part to bring tourism and business to this area – all year long, not just summertime. We are committed to bring new business and a positive quality of life to Michigan.”
About 385,000 people visit MIS each year, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million, according to a University of Michigan study released in May. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekend come from outside Michigan, making MIS the largest state welcome center.
The speedway hosts NASCAR. But the track also hosts events as an innovative and diverse business, hospitality and entertainment venue, bringing several new events the past year. And the track continues to explore opportunities to add to its impressive lineup in the future.
Not only does the speedway annually host the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson, but it also hosts Faster Horses, a three-day country music festival produced by Live Nation, and Tough Mudder, an obstacle and endurance course. The track recently hosted nearly 1,000 kids for the inaugural Childrenz Challenge this weekend, and in September participants will compete in Mudderella.
The speedway also hosts driving schools, car shows and in May about 100 colleges from around the world for Formula SAE, one of only three venues in the Unites States to host this renowned competition.
Track and Explore is an innovative partnership between Adrian College and Michigan International Speedway, designed to enhance education in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since its inception, more than 2,700 middle school students have participated in the field trip portion.
Emerging efforts at the track include public and private automotive research and development.
MIS is also active in the community, sponsoring the largest single-day blood drive in Michigan, and frequently hosts programs supporting children with life-threatening diseases and fund-raisers for a host of humanitarian causes.
The 2015 schedule includes:
Saturday, May 9 Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson
Friday, June 12 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Corrigan Oil 200 and
Sprint Cup Qualifying
Saturday, June 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series (broadcast on Fox Sports 1)
Sunday, June 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 (broadcast on Fox Sports 1)
July 17-19 Faster Horses Festival
Friday, Aug. 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation (broadcast on Fox Sports 1)
Sunday, Aug. 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (broadcast on NBC Sports Network)
Other dates will be revealed as contracts are signed, but popular events such as Tough Mudder, CHUMP Car events, Square One, Michigan Karting Club, Childrenz Challenge, driving schools and others are likely to return.
The track will continue keeping ticket prices low for 2015. Race fans who renew will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $27, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families have a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices.
The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 16 and under are half price in reserve seats.
Renewals for current ticket customers will begin mid-September at www.MISpeedway.com/renewals.