2016 NASCAR low downforce package coming to MIS

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The 2016 NASCAR low downforce aerodynamics package has produced non-stop action in the first five races of the season. It has been met with rave reviews from the drivers, media and fans.

How will that same high-intensity racing transfer to Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 and the Pure Michigan 400?

Track President Roger Curtis recently traveled to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 to get the low down on what the fans can expect when the series comes to MIS. He talked to a who’s-who of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage to learn all the latest.

Don’t take our word for it. Listen to what they saying with this short clip: www.mispeedway.com/lowdownforce.

He met with drivers, crew chiefs, manufacturers, Goodyear and NASCAR. And they all said fans can expect racing throughout the field, passes for the lead, multiple grooves and high speeds.

Curtis talked with the following:

  • Steve O’Donnell – NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer
  • Jeff Gordon – Fox Sports NASCAR broadcaster
  • Greg Ives – crew chief of the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Cole Pearn – crew chief of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota
  • Brad Keselowski – driver of the #2 Team Penske Ford
  • Greg Biffle – driver of the #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
  • Matt Todd – NASCAR Program Engineer at Ford Performance
  • Andy Graves – Group Vice President, Technical Director at TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development)
  • Pat Suhy – NASCAR Engineering and Program Manager at Chevrolet Racing
  • Greg Stucker – Director of Racing at Goodyear

Lowering the downforce on a car makes it harder to drive, which puts more emphasis on driver skill and increases the potential for more passing.

Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package includes more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.

Teams will try the low downforce package at Michigan International Speedway during a test on May 17. Details to come.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars onto Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016. The first of the track’s two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12.

The Sprint Cup Series will wind up its summertime stint at MIS on August 28 with the Pure Michigan 400. The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation is on August 27.

Michigan International Speedway continues to keep ticket prices low for 2016. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $44, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. You can camp all week long for one price, starting at $155.

The track will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats.

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