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New Verizon Wi-Fi Connectivity to Enhance Fan Experience at Michigan International Speedway and Watkins Glen International

Fans can experience high-speed internet services in various locations across the tracks, just in time for the upcoming race weekends


BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 3, 2023) – Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and Watkins Glen International will both receive high-speed internet upgrades, provided by Verizon, in preparation for the upcoming race weekends at both tracks.


“The new Verizon Wi-fi connectivity is a great addition to our overall fan experience, not only at Michigan International Speedway, but across multiple NASCAR tracks,” said MIS President Joe Fowler. “As we prepare to welcome fans to the upcoming race weekend, we’re ecstatic knowing that our guests will have the capacity to virtually share their captured moments with their friends and family and stay up to date on all things racing.”


With the new Verizon Wireless internet connectivity, powered by Extreme Networks, fans can document their entire weekend of excitement with ease and send all their captured content to their friends and family at home, from multiple locations throughout the venues.


Verizon’s network is free to all guests, with MIS racegoers able to connect in the grandstands, all hospitality and club areas as well as all ticket gates.


Those at Watkins Glen International can connect just as easily and efficiently in multiple locations throughout the grandstands and hospitality areas.


With Verizon serving as the Official Wireless Telecommunications and 5G Mobility Partner of NASCAR, a multitude of NASCAR tracks have upgraded their connectivity through a recent initiative. Talladega Superspeedway, Richmond Raceway, Darlington Raceway, Martinsville Speedway and Daytona International Speedway have all undergone upgrades, with Michigan International Speedway and Watkins Glen International being the latest to have the high-speed internet installed.


“Delivering an exceptional fan experience is the driving force behind Michigan International Speedway and Watkins Glen International’s network upgrade,” said Jonathan Nikols, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise, Americas, Verizon Business. “Whether in their seats or throughout the venue, fans will be able to stream and share their special race day moments quickly and reliably.”


Michigan International Speedway and Watkins Glen International are venues which hold a large host of guests. As such, Verizon tapped Extreme Networks, a NASCAR Technology Partner, to utilize their hardware and supply various Extreme wireless access points across both tracks, enhancing indoor and outdoor wi-fi.


The race weekend at Michigan International Speedway kicks off with the ARCA Menards Series Henry Ford Health 200 on Friday, Aug. 4, followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Cabo Wabo® 250 on Saturday, Aug. 5. The NASCAR Cup Series will cap off the weekend’s action with the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, Aug. 6.  


Then, two weeks after the excitement in Michigan, the attention turns to Watkins Glen International in another triple-header race weekend, beginning on Friday, Aug. 18, with the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 100 at The Glen. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 19, the drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will compete in the Shriners Children’s 200 at The Glen, followed by the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 20.


To purchase race tickets or for more information on either track, please visit www.michiganinternationalspeedway.com or www.TheGlen.com. Fans can view the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series schedules and purchase tickets at nascar.com/tickets


About Michigan International Speedway 

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR. The two-mile track – with 18 degrees of banking and 73-feet wide sweeping turns – has hosted the NASCAR Cup Series for more than 50 years. Beyond the on-track action, MIS offers a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment options for fans of all ages. MIS is the largest registered campground in the state of Michigan with nearly 9,000 campsites across 1,400-plus acres. In addition to the annual NASCAR weekend, MIS hosts non-racing events including Faster Horses Festival and Nite Lites. For more information, visit mispeedway.com. 


About Watkins Glen International 

Located within five hours and 300 miles of 25 percent of the U.S. population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, four-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.TheGlen.com and get all of the latest information by downloading the NASCAR tracks app at www.theglen.com/nascar-tracks-app.   


2023 Watkins Glen International Schedule  

June 2-4 – SCCA Majors Super Tour   

June 8-11 – Historic Sportscar Racing   

June 15 – Chemung Canal Trust Summer Concert Series 

June 22-25 – IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen   

July 6-9 – Cayuga Health Finger Lakes Wine Festival   

July 11 – Chemung Canal Trust Summer Concert Series 

August 4 – Chemung Canal Trust Summer Concert Series 

August 9 – Chemung Canal Trust Summer Concert Series 

August 16-20 – NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen    

September 7-10 – Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix   


2023 Watkins Glen International NASCAR Weekend Schedule 

August 18 – General Tire 100 at The Glen – ARCA Menards Series Race 

August 19 – Shriners Children’s 200 at The Glen – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race 

August 20 – Go Bowling at The Glen – NASCAR Cup Series Race 


About NASCAR  

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).  


About Verizon 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control. 


About Extreme Networks 

Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) is a leader in cloud networking focused on delivering services that connect devices, applications, and people in new ways. We push the boundaries of technology leveraging the powers of machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, and automation. 50,000 customers globally trust our end-to-end, cloud-driven networking solutions and rely on our top-rated services and support to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and deliver progress like never before. For more information, visit Extreme’s website at https://www.extremenetworks.com/ or follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. 


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