MIS hosts panel discussion at Auto Show

NASCAR, MIS roar into the North American International Auto Show


NASCAR is the leading destination for technology in all of sports. So Michigan International Speedway will host a panel discussion at the North American International Auto Show. “Start Line to Finish Line: Engineers and Drivers talk Technology, Innovation, Racing and Fan Engagement in NASCAR” will be featured Wednesday.

This superstar symposium will take place during Industry Preview days of the auto show on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The event is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. on the River Level in the Atrium area, on the Detroit River side of Cobo Center.

Fans, media and guests at Industry Preview are invited to attend this unique presentation to hear from engineers and drivers from all three of NASCAR’s manufacturers – Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet. The panel discussion is free for fans and the public to attend.

If you cannot make it down to the auto show, the presentation will be broadcast online at www.mispeedway.com/techtalk.

Or, follow the conversation on Twitter with #NASCARTechTalk.

The hour-long program will feature two panels. The first panel is on R&D and technology in NASCAR; and the second is on fan engagement in the sport. Panelists include:


PANEL 1:  Gene Stefanyshyn  Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development, NASCAR 
  David Wilson  President, Toyota Racing Development, Toyota 
  Jim Campbell U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Chevrolet 
  Jamie Allison  Director, Ford Racing, Ford Motor Company


PANEL 2:  Roger Curtis  President, Michigan International Speedway 
  Gene Stefanyshyn  Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development, NASCAR 
  Michael Waltrip  NASCAR driver/team owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota 
  David Ragan  driver of the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford 
  Ryan Newman  driver of the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing 


“We’re thrilled to host this event at the world’s foremost auto show,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Technology and fan engagement in NASCAR, with its teams and drivers, the manufacturers and the racetracks has been a significant part of this business and this sport since its inception. Our sport is committed to continuous improvement and we’re thrilled to share it with you.”

The North American International Auto Show is the premier show in the world as it brings car manufacturers and enthusiasts together from around the globe. The show features numerous car reveals for the upcoming year and allows fans to get an up-close to look at the latest innovations.  Cobo Center is transformed into a dream come true for car lovers as hundreds of vehicles are displayed from all the manufacturers.

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