Take a lap on the fastest track in NASCAR


The holiday season is quickly approaching. So take a lap around the fastest track in NASCAR to get into the holiday spirit.  

MIS Cares, the non-profit arm of Michigan International Speedway, will host the fourth annual Charity Track and Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 1. 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 items will be donated to the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich., and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots.

In addition, 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 Portraits by Conway from $5.

“We are happy to be part of this great event and help the local community,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We don’t just work here; we live here and we’re happy to be part of this community. We invite all our race fans and friends to help us support this event as we look to make the holiday season better for those who need it.”

The event has been an overwhelming success in its first three years and continues to grow, thanks to the support of the community.

“The Charity Track and Toy Drive have been very successful in years past and has benefitted some great organizations,” said Alisha Cottrell, director of fan services 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 a little better.”

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 controlled pace lap around the two-mile oval.

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. Toys for Tots and Food Pantry collection boxes are located in the speedway lobby.

All donated toys must be unwrapped and new. Donated food items should be nonperishable. The Food Pantry is also seeking soap products, paper goods, canned fruits and juices.

Competition Tire will donate a Goodyear vehicle for storage and transportation of all donations collected during the event.

The employees of the speedway and Americrown Corp. will provide support for the event and also make a donation to the two organizations with personal support.

MIS Cares is a Donor Advised Fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501 c3 charitable entity that focuses on raising funds for various local charitable causes the speedway supports. MIS Cares in 2012 alone awarded $64,500 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program. Another $53,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets those groups raffle off, also to raise money.

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