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Monday, February 27, 2006
Updated: August 16, 7:01 PM ET
Michigan International Speedway

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Michigan International Speedway
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Located between Detroit and Chicago, Michigan International Speedway is an important stop on the NASCAR circuit, as it is the home track for most automotive manufacturers.

It's a 2-mile D-shaped oval in the Irish Hills of southern Michigan. The first 2011 race here was the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19, the 15th race of the season. The circuit is back just two months later for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, the circuit's 23rd race.

The track demands a lot from engines, so attrition is always a factor at Michigan. But drivers love it because there is a lot of room to pass.

12626 U.S. Highway 12
Brooklyn, MI 49230
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Notable Events

Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Weekend
Friday, Aug. 19
• NCWTS practice, 11 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS practice, noon
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NCWTS final practice, 1:40 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS qualifying, 3:40 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20
• NCWTS qualifying, 9:10 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS final practice, 10:10 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• VFW 200, 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21
• Pure Michigan 400, 1 p.m.
Gates open at 8 a.m.

• Ticket office: 800-354-1010
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: $50 apiece; contact track ticket office for further information.
• Fan hospitality & special packages: Call the track ticket office for details.

Track Specs
• Track length: 2 miles
• Banking: Corners -- 18 degrees; frontstretch -- 12 degrees; backstretch -- 5 degrees
• Frontstretch: 3,600 feet
• Backstretch: 2,242 feet
• Race length: 400 miles
• Grandstand seating capacity: 106,000
• Opened: 1968

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: One soft-sided allowed (limit of 14x14x14 inches; one backpack, limit of 18x18x4 inches.) See for details.
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Allowed; must fit in soft-sided cooler specified here.
• Cameras/recording devices: Allowed, must be worn separately.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.

Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
• Shirts: Required.
• Shoes: Required.
• Shorts/capri pants: Allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.

Reserved: Available; for additional information, visit the track site.

Associated Driving Schools
Richard Petty Driving Experience

Fast Track High Performance Driving School

Getting There
• From Detroit:
Go west on I-94 to Highway 12 (Exit 181A).
Take Highway 12 West.
Track is located 1 mile west on Highway 12 and M-50.

• Free parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available; permit required.