Citizens Bank 400 Post-Race Traffic Reaction Positive


Positive comments and support continue to roll in from fans, media members, race teams, sponsors, ISC executives and many others in regards to post-race traffic following the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17.

Track president Roger Curtis estimated parking lots for the 1,400-acre facility were moving freely or cleared in about two hours following the Citizens Bank 400 last Sunday — a significant change from the four to five hours it has been known to take.

These traffic initiatives were noticed by many and the speedway is excited and encouraged by the response shown by people visiting Michigan International Speedway for the race weekend. Here are some of the comments made in regards to post-race traffic following the Citizens Bank 400.

Lesa Kennedy
President, International Speedway Corporation
"I have heard wonderful things about the outstanding customer service our guests received throughout the weekend, especially in regards to the significant improvements in post-race traffic. The hard work and dedication exhibited by the entire MIS team is inspiring."

Aaron Ludwiczak
MIS Season Ticket Holder since 1996

"The improved traffic pattern made leaving the track a lot easier, especially after the NEXTEL Cup Citizens Bank 400 race on Sunday. That was one of the shortest timeframes to leave the parking lot I've experienced. Once we got on the freeway, traffic moved very smoothly and we were able to return home very quickly. Everyone at MIS should be proud of the great job they did this weekend, and my family looks forward to returning the speedway for the August events."

Art Weinstein, NASCAR Scene
Written in June 21 edition of NASCAR Scene

"Someone has apparently fixed the traffic nightmare at Michigan, which has suffered from arguably the worst pre- and post-race traffic snarls in NASCAR. Credit new track president Roger Curtis, who made fixing the traffic problem one of his first orders of business. Fans and competitors alike raved about the improved traffic flow before and after the event."

Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News
Written in June 19 edition of the Detroit News

"For those of us who have attended NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at MIS over the years often the most dramatic event of the weekend has been traffic. The kind of bumper-to-bumper, sit-and-wait mess that makes you rethink your plans to attend another race at the 2-mile speedway in Brooklyn. But new president Roger Curtis had a goal when he came on board late last year, and he has — at least from my experience on Sunday — succeeded in fabulous fashion. Curtis is savvy enough to know that in this era of families having plenty on their plates from attending their kid's or grandchildren's events to the numerous professional sports options that are out there, he had to make a Nextel Cup weekend fan-friendly. Curtis and M-DOT officials changed the outbound traffic pattern and opened more lanes, and all I can say is, for the first time in my many, many years of leaving that track after a race, I never slowed down on U.S. 12. Thank you, Roger Curtis."

Jeff Opalach
Greg Biffle Incorporated

"I have been going to MIS since I was a 10-year old kid and this weekend was by far one of the best yet. The track looked great, the traffic pattern into the speedway on Sunday was the best I've ever seen it. Track president Roger Curtis has done a great job assembling a staff and bringing the speedway to one of the best in the business."

Deborah Yacchari
MIS Citizens Bank 400 Ticket Holder

"Thank you for working so hard and caring about the fans. It was the best experience my family has ever had. Entering and exiting the track was much easier compared to past


Tickets are available for the IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 400 on August 5, the NASCAR Busch Series CARFAX 250 on August 18 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 on August 19 by calling the official MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or by visiting Michigan International Speedway, "It's Your Speed!"

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