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2017 Anthem Annual February

Nestled on more than International Speedway 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a track rich in racing tradition. The inaugural race was a 250-mile USAC Championship competition that took place October 13, 1968. Michigan International Speedway hosted its first NASCAR race on June 15, 1969. Many legendary drivers, including Richard Petty, Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Gordon Johncock, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, Bruce McLaren, Jeff Gordon, Neil Bonnett, Davey Allison, and Rick Mears have all celebrated victories in Gatorade Victory Lane at the track. More than 2.5 million yards of dirt were moved to form the D-shaped oval when the track was being built. The two-mile venue was designed by Charles Moneypenny, the same man who designed Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Michigan International Speedway has gone through three distinctive eras in its history: The LoPatin Era, Penske Era and ISC Era. MICHIGAN Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images Lawrence H. LoPatin, a Detroit-area land developer, built the speedway at an estimated cost of $4-6 million. LoPatin has been called a visionary and a man well ahead of his time, who dreamed of owning speedways in Michigan, Georgia, Texas, California and New Jersey. His company, though, went bankrupt, which made way for the Penske Era. After buying MIS in 1973, Roger Penske invested millions of dollars in renovations to the speedway, making it into a premier motorsports facility that exceeded all his expectations. In 1999, Penske Motorsports Inc. merged with International Speedway Corporation. ISC has owned the track since that time. The two-mile oval was repaved in August 2011 and Jeff Gordon set a new track qualifying record at 206.558 mph in August 2014. 90 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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