Passes offer up-close view of pre-race action at MISWritten by Gail Burkhardt | | email@example.com
Visitors to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) have the chance to get a closer view of the NASCAR race and the drivers.
The speedway offers pre-race Pit passes, which allow fans to visit the Pit before the races and, for the first time this year, fans can walk near the Pit to watch the race at ground level.
The passes, which cost $50 for adults, cover from qualifying rounds Aug. 13 to the official race Aug. 15, said Dennis Worden, public relations manager for the speedway.
Junior passes are $25 for those 17 and younger. Those passes only cover Sundays because of safety regulations, he said.
With the passes, fans can enter the Pit area, take photos with the trophy, walk on the track to get their picture taken at the start/finish line, write on Pit wall and visit the box of their favorite driver during nonrace times, Worden said.
The speedway added new Pit Road Suites, Media Center and extended the pedestrian tunnel under the track. Now pass holders can go into the tunnel during the race and come up past Pit Road, but near the track onto Pit Patio, which has concessions and merchandise, Worden said.
“That new patio, it gives them the ability to watch the event from the Pit area,” he said.
Fans also can attend the drivers’ meeting in the new building before the race. When drivers come down the hallway after the meeting, they usually sign autographs, Worden said.
“You have tickets to the race, you can sit in the stands and watch the race, but this gives the fans a lot more to do,” he said.
The Pit passes have been available for years, Worden said, but fans were able to take stock of the new Pit Patio during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 weekend in June and also will be able to use the new amenities from Aug. 13 to 15 during the Show Me the CARFAX race weekend.
NASCAR fan Scott Jasinkowski from Martin, Ohio, used a Pit Pass during the June weekend.
“It’s nice kind of being able to get close and personal with the drivers and crews and see what work they’re doing on the cars,” he said.
Jasinkowski, who has gotten Pit passes in previous years at MIS, also took advantage of the new additions to the speedway. He and friends stood in one of the new areas near the Pit to get autographs from drivers, he said, adding that the speedway has “nice, new additions.”
Fans can purchase the passes at ticket booths during the race weekend or in advance by calling 800-354-1010.
On the web: visit www.mispeedway.com and click on links for more information.