The holiday season is quickly approaching. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than taking a lap around the fastest track in NASCAR and donating to local charities.
MIS Cares, the non-profit arm of Michigan International Speedway, will host the eighth annual Charity Track and Toy Drive on Dec. 3. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather dependent.
Guests may take a lap in their personal automobile around the track in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy or a bag of nonperishable food. All food items will be donated to the Brooklyn Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Michigan and the St. Mary’s of Good Counsel in Adrian, Michigan. In addition the toys will be donated to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots in both Jackson and Lenawee Counties.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in the Michigan Room, so don’t forget your list. Photos with Santa will be available from Cori B Photography for $10.
The speedway has even thought about the children to make it a true family day. Children are invited to color a holiday card that will be sent to active military members. MedExpress Urgent Care is proud to support the event and will be providing a fun kids activity.
The event has been an overwhelming success in its first seven years and continues to grow, thanks to the support of the community.
“The Charity Track and Toy Drive has been very successful and has benefitted some great organizations,” said Jayme Bicknell, fan services manager at MIS. “It has provided a significant impact for a number of families for the holiday season. We hope our efforts provide a lift to those that need it and make their holidays more festive.”
In 2015, the Charity Track and Toy Drive helped numerous families throughout the area. The overwhelming support from fans near and far allowed the track to fill a 20-foot truck with food for the Brooklyn Food Pantry and the St. Mary’s of Good Counsel Food Pantry in Adrian, Michigan. In addition, a 30-foot truck with items was filled to donate to Toys for Tots.
This year, the staff at Michigan International Speedway looks to surpass those totals.
Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for the special someone? MIS Cares is selling a holiday edition “I Drove the Track” t-shirt.
Track drive participants should enter the speedway through the tunnel gate off of Brooklyn Highway and follow the signs to the infield entry point. Guests will be directed to enter the racetrack via the Pit Road Suite Building underpass, where they will take a lap at 25 MPH around the two-mile oval.
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 21 years of age, provide a valid driver’s license and proof insurance. All participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.
Toy and food donations will also be accepted at MIS during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on Nov. 28. Toys for Tots and Food Pantry collection boxes will be located in the speedway lobby, but laps will not be permitted to early drop offs due to track activity.
All donated toys must be unwrapped and new. Donated food items should be nonperishable. The food banks are also seeking soap products, paper goods, canned fruits and juices.
The employees of the speedway and Americrown Corp. will provide support for the event and also make a donation to the four organizations with personal support. Americrown will supply tasty treats and beverages to all the guests.
MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to assist and inspire youth within our community.