June 19, 2011 on TNT
improvement projects nearing completion as 2011 race season
approaches at MIS
$3 million worth of facility improvements will provide
fans with better race experience
the new tram road
the new scoreboard
Mich. -- Construction crews around the Michigan
International Speedway facility are working tirelessly
in an effort to complete nearly $3 million worth of capital
improvement projects before the June 17-19 NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend.
Despite the unusual Michigan weather this spring, tremendous
progress has been made in many areas of the speedway,
most notably the redesign of the infield scoreboard and
new tram road/stop on the south side of the facility.
The expansion of the pedestrian tunnel under the start-finish
line, the tearing down of three grandstands in turns 3
and 4 and renovation of the Champions Club presented by
CP Federal Credit Union have already been completed in
time for the race season.
“We commend Clark Construction, Slusarski Paving
and the many other Michigan-based contractors for their
efforts in making sure these projects are completed in
time for the 2011 race season,” MIS President Roger
“Don Bell Signs has also worked around the clock
to make sure our redesigned scoreboard is fully installed
and operational before the races. Despite a cold, rainy
spring here in Michigan, these construction crews are
putting their best foot forward in an effort to finish
these projects, which will enhance the guest experience
this season,” Curtis continued.
The scoreboard, the first of its kind in motorsports when
it was installed in 2008, is receiving a makeover. One
of the most noticeable changes is the increase in the
overall height of the scoreboard from 108-feet tall to
nearly 155-feet tall, a difference of 47 feet.
The LED display that shows the running order of the race,
various sponsor advertisements and track messaging, is
also increasing from 57 feet tall to 85 feet tall. Because
of the size of MIS and the size numbers used so all spectators
could see, the former scoreboard only listed running order
positions in groups of three. The new board will show
the top-14 competitors at one time and include a lap counter.
“These enhancements are necessary to give fans an
even better viewing experience of our scoreboard,”
Curtis said. “We were the first race track in NASCAR
to get an LED scoreboard and other tracks over the last
couple of years have followed suit. We have now looked
at other tracks and discovered things from their scoreboards
that could make ours even better and are implementing
some of those changes.”
Crews are currently paving a new tram route from the speedway’s
Lot 10 to the frontstretch area of the New Holland Fan
Plaza. A tram drop-off point to service the Fan Plaza
is next to the Chalet Village hospitality area near the
tunnel entrance to the track. The new route now gives
the speedway the ability to tram fans from one end of
the facility to the other, including to the frontstretch.
Trams are an integral part of transporting vast amounts
of fans to and from locations around the speedway. In
all, MIS has 40 trams, which can transport up to 2,000
fans in any given moment on Sprint Cup Series race days.
“This is an important capital improvement project,”
MIS Director of Guest Services Tim Booth said. “Being
able to also access the frontstretch and New Holland Fan
Plaza via tram will give fans an easier time getting to
those destinations. It’s something we look forward
to providing to our guests in 2011.”
The pedestrian tunnel project, which began in 2010 when
the track rebuilt its Pit Road Suites and Media Center
building, was completed just recently. The project called
for the widening of the section of tunnel located directly
under the center grandstands and near the start-finish
line of the track. A small patch of track was repaved
next to the start-finish line, which completed the project.
Back in the winter of 2011, MIS recycled three of its
general admission grandstands and relocated the steel
and aluminum to Watkins Glen International so the nation’s
top road course could be able to add permanent grandstand
seating for its race weekends. The removal of seats lowered
MIS’ seating capacity to 106,000 for NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series events.
Although sharing resources among tracks in the International
Speedway Corporation family is nothing new, this project
was unique in that it recycled a staggering 300 tons of
steel and 105 tons of aluminum that benefited Watkins
Glen for its events. Each grandstand was comprised of
100 tons of steel and 35 tons of aluminum.
Overall, MIS has spent about $60 million over the past
five years improving the facility, allowing fans, media
and corporate partners to get the most out of a race weekend
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan,
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get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie.
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time for guests and drivers alike.
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