Jackson Cit Pat 40 Years of Champions Book Now On Sale


The Jackson Citizen Patriot has released its first auto racing book just in time for the 40th anniversary racing season at Michigan International Speedway.

The book “40 Years of Champions” tells the stories of 40 of the best stock-car and open-wheel drivers who have turned a lap at MIS since the track opened in 1968.

“We’re excited about the publication of ‘40 Years of Champions,’ ” said Chris Iott, Citizen Patriot sports editor. “We think it’s a must-have for auto racing fans everywhere, but especially those who consider MIS their home track.”

Before writing the book, the Citizen Patriot sports staff chose the top 10 drivers of each of the first four decades of racing at MIS, then narrowed the list of great drivers down even further by choosing four “drivers of the decade.” David Pearson, Bill Elliott,  Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon received driver of the decade honors. The book highlights those four drivers — as well as 36 others.

In addition to stories by staff writers Mike Pryson and Jeff Bleiler about the top 40 drivers and the races they won, three Citizen Patriot writers — Pryson, Iott and retired sports writer Dick Trajnowski — told the stories of the favorite races and champions they have seen in their time covering auto racing at MIS.

Roger Penske, a legendary racing team owner in both stock car and open-wheel circles, wrote the foreword. The 136-page book includes 16 color pages of photos and a list of every driver who has won a race at MIS.

“This book is a treat for all race fans,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It captures the spirit of competition and brings to life the phenomenal champions and characters that make Michigan International Speedway so unique and loved by drivers and fans alike.”

To order a copy of “40 Years of Champions,” go to mlive.com/citpat and click on the 40 Years of Champions icon. The cover price is $24.95 plus $4.50 for shipping and handling. Those in the Jackson area can save shipping costs by purchasing their copy of “40 Years of Champions” at the Citizen Patriot, 214 S. Jackson St., Jackson.

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