Michigan International Speedway History
Michigan International Speedway is one of the most beloved venues in NASCAR,
with its wide racing surface and 18 degree banking. Opening its doors in October 1968, Michigan International Speedway has
been the home of many of the sports most exciting races, including victories by legends like David Pearson, Cale Yarborough
and many more. The track has an illustrious history and was designed by Charles Moneypenny, who had also created Daytona International
Speedway, home of the Daytona 500. Michigan International Speedway is a 2 mile, D Shaped track that was the brainchild of
Lawrence LoPatin, a Detroit developer. The venue thrived from day one, with the great Cale Yarborough winning a thrilling
inaugural race. After LoPatin's American Raceway's Inc. went bankrupt, the raceway was owned by racer Roger Penske, who took
the venue to new heights in the 1970's with the dream of making Michigan International Speedway one of the premier racing
venues in the country. Penske succeeded, thanks to his hard work and financial contributions, adding 100,000 seats to its
grandstands and adding new tickets offices, administrative offices and many other capital improvements. Penske added new events
to the speedway's lineups and made sure that Michigan International Speedway became the very best for the racers and fans
Michigan International Speedway Events
On the NASCAR circuit, Michigan International Speedway is
always one of the best stops, with over 125,ooo screaming fans enjoying the thrill of a lifetime. Set in the picturesque Irish
Hills region of southeastern Michigan,Michigan International Speedway hosts many events every year, welcoming over a million
spectators. It's annual events include theNASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 andNASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan
400, two of the most exciting races on the NASCAR schedule. The races are a just a part of the weekends events, with camping
and practice and qualifying races keeping fans busy all weekend long. Racers like Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony
Stewart, and Jeff Gordon serve as just a few of the 43 racers onsite, the NASCAR weekend event is something that you will
never forget. Michigan International Speedway also hosts non racing events like the popular Michigan Beer and Wine Festival
in May and the Faster Horses Festival in July, one of country music's biggest summer events. This year's lineup features big
stars like Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw.
like many homes of popular racing speedways, is a small town, who opens its doors throughout racing season to hundreds of
thousands of racing fans every weekend. Set in the rolling green hills of the of the Irish Hills region of Michigan, the small
community is the proud home of one of the most beloved race tracks in all of NASCAR.
Michigan International Speedway
With two sets of grandstands that follow the curve of Michigan International Speedway, fans are always
given a great seat to witness the speed an excitement of their favorite NASCAR event. Over 120,000 screaming fans are able
to witness every lap of the most exciting sport around, feeling the speed of the cars in their bones. Whether you are in the
grandstands or enjoying the comfort of the suites, there is never a bad seat at Michigan International Speedway.
International Speedway Trivia
What racer owns the track record for most wins at Michigan International Speedway?
David Pearson has won a record nine races at the beloved speedway.