Revving up for Michigan International Speedway race weekend

The FireKeepers Casino 400 is this Sunday, June 12. It is the first of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that will take place this year at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

As we get ready for the race, the Michigan Senate Republicans would like to remind residents of the tremendous impact to the state economy and the local community that MIS makes every year.

The racing weekends are more than just about racing cars. They are about supporting Michigan jobs, attracting tourists, increasing the state’ visibility and giving a financial boost to the region and state.

MIS generates more than $414 million in economic activity each year. It also pays more than $10.5 million in state sales taxes, use taxes and local property taxes.

Roughly 385,000 people visit the track on an annual basis — with more than half of the attendees at NASCAR events coming from outside the state.

In addition to the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, the speedway will host the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

MIS has expanded beyond auto racing to become a year-round destination with the addition of automotive research and development programs and non-motorsports events, including a Tough Mudder obstacle course and the Faster Horses three-day-long country music festival.

MIS is also active in the community, such as hosting the state’s largest single-day blood drive. Recently, the track’s charitable arm MIS Cares, awarded scholarships to 14 local high school seniors and improvement grants to six area school districts.

As residents watch this weekend’s race at NASCAR’s fastest track, let’s remember that the cars revving up for a thrilling showdown are the latest of 48 years of racing action at MIS, which contributes a great amount to the state economy, its local community and our way of life.

For more information about MIS and its upcoming events, visit www.mispeedway.com.