Vic Loomis wins Race to Vegas contest!


The grand prize is worth a lot, but the winner’s reaction when they find out is priceless. Just ask Vic Loomis.

“Uh, did I hear you correctly? Can you repeat that please! I won!,” Loomis of East Lansing, Mich. shockingly reacted after finding out he had won Michigan International Speedway’s Race to Vegas contest following a phone call by MIS President Roger Curtis on Wednesday. “This is extremely exciting for me! I love MIS and have enjoyed racing for many years. This will be an amazing experience.”

Loomis even had a surprise for Curtis and MIS staffers who were listening in when Curtis mentioned that he wanted to come and deliver the prize in person. He is the mayor of East Lansing.

Loomis hit the jackpot when he was randomly selected as the winner of the Race to Vegas contest. A longtime MIS fan who has attended races at the Irish Hills track for 21 consecutive years and 23 years overall, Loomis will travel to Las Vegas to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony with Curtis on Dec. 2-4.

The Race to Vegas contest is an extension of the speedway’s Fan Appreciation Program, which provides experiential prizes to fans throughout the year, including race weekends. Since its inception in 2009, the program has given away thousands of prizes to lucky winners on a random basis.

Loomis will receive a visit from Curtis at the Grand Traverse Pie Company in East Lansing on Friday to present the winnings and review all the great opportunities ahead for his trip to Las Vegas.

“I’m extremely pleased to have Mr. Loomis and his guest attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards ceremonies with me,” Curtis said. “We appreciate the support that fans like Mr. Loomis give to MIS each and every summer. The awards banquet is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that a die-hard NASCAR fan like Mr. Loomis will really enjoy.”

Loomis and his guest will receive round-trip coach airfare and hotel accommodations at the famed Wynn Hotel, along with a seat at the banquet.

Although Loomis doesn’t have a favorite driver, his passion for the sport overall runs deep. He especially enjoys the success of Michigan-based owners and drivers in NASCAR.

“I enjoy NASCAR as a whole and root for owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske, because they are Michigan residents who have done so much for our state. It was also nice to see Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski win the Nationwide Series title. It’s great when Michigan people are successful in NASCAR,” Loomis said.

Although he is busy being the mayor of East Lansing and owns his own business, Loomis enjoys escaping twice a year to the Irish Hills of Michigan to camp with family and friends and watch great NASCAR and ARCA racing.

“I’m a big fan of MIS and NASCAR and truly enjoy it,” he said. “I’ve never been involved with MIS as mayor of East Lansing and keep that role very separate from the race fan in me. I’m an MIS fan first, NASCAR fan second and have purchased tickets and camping for many years and will continue to do so. The track has done a wonderful job lowering ticket prices and making remarkable improvements to the facility for its race fans. I’ve noticed over the last few years how much MIS has done to its track and how many of those changes were as a result of fan feedback, which you don’t always see at other venues.”

Loomis was selected among all customers who either renewed their tickets and camping for the 2011 season or placed a $30 deposit. Fans also had an opportunity to submit a 3x5 card.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. 

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