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Indianapolis honored Scott Dixon this past week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Scott Dixon talking to fans 2013 photo By OmahaMH at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Mayor Hogsett proclaims ‘Scott Dixon Day’ in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Sept. 24, 2018) – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett earlier this week, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, “Scott Dixon Day” in the city to honor the INDYCAR driver’s great accomplishments.

According to the proclamation, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m., Dixon, an Indianapolis resident, is being honored for his legendary racing career, which includes winning the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and five Verizon IndyCar Series championships. Dixon won his fifth championship on Sept. 16 at Sonoma Raceway in California. With that fifth title, the 38-year-old New Zealand native is second in total number of Indy car championships behind only A.J. Foyt.

The proclamation honors Dixon on the same day as the world premiere of the documentary, “BORN RACER,” at the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum. The film, which takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Dixon’s 2017 racing season, will be available nationwide on DVD and digital download on Oct. 2. For more information about “BORN RACER,” visit bornracermovie.com.

INDYCAR is using the hashtags #DixonDay and #BornRacerMovie on its social platforms to highlight the landmark day for the five-time champion.

The proclamation of “Scott Dixon Day” from Mayor Hogsett reads:

TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS MAY COME, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, Scott Dixon, a native of New Zealand, brought his racing talents to Indianapolis 20 years ago, where he still lives with his wife, Emma, and their two daughters Poppy and Tilly; and

WHEREAS, in 2008, Scott won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 from pole position, and throughout his impressive career, he has won 44 IndyCar races, placing him third on the all-time IndyCar wins list; and

WHEREAS, on September 16, 2018 in Sonoma, California, Scott made history when he won his fifth IndyCar championship, becoming the runner-up for total number of IndyCar championships behind the legendary A.J. Foyt. He is also the longest-tenured driver to compete for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, completing his 17th season with the team in 2018; and

WHEREAS, today, the City of Indianapolis celebrates Scott Dixon’s growing list of racing accomplishments with the world premiere of “Born Racer,” a documentary about his career and the Chip Ganassi Racing team, at the Indiana State Museum, and we honor Scott for his incomparable accomplishments in racing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH H. HOGSETT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 TO BE:

SCOTT DIXON DAY

in the City of Indianapolis, and I ask all citizens to join me in this observation.

 

IndyCar legend Al Unser Jr., & Ben Wallace talked to the media covering the Consumers Energy 400 race Sunday morning

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brad Kulbander; COURTESY MIS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Al Unser Jr. told the media he wishes IndyCar would come back to MIS (photo by Stuart Mason)

Ben Wallace said the Pistons made a great hire in Dwane Casey (photo by Stuart Mason)

 

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH AL UNSER JR. & BEN WALLACE

 

Al Unser Jr and Ben Wallace 2018 Pace Car drivers for Michigan 400 8 12 2018

 

 

 

 

 

NBA Legend Ben Wallace to drive pace car for the Consumers Energy 400

Teacher of the Year named grand marshal, and lifesaving employee named honorary starter

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 8, 2018) – The start of the Consumers Energy 400 will showcase three individuals who know about the adrenaline of being in high energy moments. NBA Legend Ben Wallace will be the pace car driver; Tom Hunt, the Jackson County Teacher of the Year, will serve as the grand marshal; and Michigan hero Jason Potter will drop the green flag as the honorary starter.

Hunt will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines,” when the Consumers Energy 400 gets underway on Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway. Potter will give the field the green flag as they come roaring under him to start the race. Wallace will experience the thrill of leading the field to the green flag. The race begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

“I am excited to drive the pace car for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway,” Wallace said. “I have followed racing for a long time and have always wanted to attend a NASCAR race after hearing so much about it during my time with the Pistons. I am looking forward to experiencing all NASCAR has to offer.”

The White Hall, AL native starred in the NBA for 16 seasons with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. Known for his defense and rebounding, Wallace won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times in nine seasons with the Detroit Pistons. Wallace made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances (2004 and 2005) and won the NBA Championship with Detroit in 2004.He retired from the NBA after his final season with the Pistons in 2012. The Pistons retired his No. 3 jersey in 2016.

“We are excited to have three individuals who have achieved so much success in their careers to start the Consumers Energy 400,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “The fans eagerly wait for the start of the race as the engines roar. The Consumers Energy 400 race is the pinnacle of everything we have planned for our guests all week at MIS.”

“Consumers Energy is committed to the Michigan communities we serve. We are thrilled to recognize Tom Hunt and Jason Potter — two Michigan residents who have given so much to their communities — at this weekend’s world-class race that showcases our state for a national audience,” said Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience.

 

Potter received a prestigious award from the American Gas Association for his actions in 2017. He saw a vehicle get clipped by another car traveling at a high rate of speed. It spun out of control and rolled over several times – finally coming to rest on the driver’s side door.

To block oncoming traffic, Potter parked in the slow lane on I-75, put his flashers on and ran toward the vehicle. The unconscious woman had her arm pinned between the vehicle’s roof and the ground.

Potter noticed the woman’s bleeding arm so he ripped his shirt and tied it as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding as another driver called 9-1-1. Potter was unable to get the bleeding to stop, so he used his hands to squeeze the artery under her armpit.

Potter calmed the woman down when she regained consciousness and held pressure on the woman’s artery until paramedics arrived.

Hunt was named by Jackson Magazine this year as Jackson County’s top teacher. Hunt has over 30 years of teaching experience and teaches chemistry at Jackson High School. Known for his rainbow tie-dye lab coats, Hunt has focused his teaching career on providing hands-on experiences for his students.

“The heart of my teaching is building students up and showing their potential,” Hunt has said. “To borrow a slogan from the Army, I want them to be all they can be. I love my students, and I find that if you grab them by the heart, the rest follows.”

Tickets start at $35 for the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 12. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $170. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223.

Children 12 and under are free on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.

NASCAR’s most entertaining track is providing memorable experiences for fans during the Consumers Energy 400 in August. The entertainment starts early in the week and will go right through the checkered flag for the Consumers Energy 400. On Saturday, fans can enjoy a special post-race concert featuring The Cadillac Three and Logan Mize. The concert is free to anybody with an admission to the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday.

In the campgrounds, fans can experience a Medium, play bingo, partake in a variety of fitness programs and watch a movie under the stars. The track will even have face painters, crafts, outdoor games, a magician and a DJ for the kids. The party goes late into the night with NightCap on The Club Z “ed” Party Deck.

The fan plaza will feature live music entertainment and strolling street performers for guests to enjoy as they prepare for the race. In addition, guests can enjoy a wood carving show.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

 

Michigan International Speedway to host hockey tournament in January 2019

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brad Kulbander; COURTESY MIS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Hockey Coming to the Tri-Oval at Michigan International Speedway

Portion of the proceeds benefit youth hockey in Jackson, Mich.

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 10, 2018) – Michigan International Speedway has created a unique experience for everyone. During two weekends in January, the track will host the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament and Winter Festival in the tri-oval.

The three-on-three and four-on-four hockey tournament will take place on Jan. 4 – 6 and Jan. 11 – 13. The backyard hockey rinks will be set up right on the tri-oval at Michigan International Speedway as fans will be able to enjoy a winter festival that will include food, beverages, and winter activities on pit road or enjoy the action from a suite.

The event’s first marketing partner, the Detroit Red Wings, are thrilled to support the event and Michigan youth and adult hockey. “Backyard hockey rinks dot the state of Michigan from down river to the east and west sides and in the U.P.,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We’re proud to support these fun and competitive weekends on the racetrack rinks.”

The Jackson Area Hockey Association will assist in running the event.

The first weekend will see action from the following divisions: 8U, Squirt (10U), Pee Wee (12U), Bantam, Midget A, combine Midget AA and college age up to 20 years of age. The second weekend of the tournament will feature adult leagues.

“We are excited to host the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “This unique experience is another opportunity to contribute to the facilities economic impact in Michigan. We look forward to celebrating the game of hockey right here at NASCAR’s most entertaining track.”

Teams can sign up at www.mispeedway.com/hockey beginning August 15 to participate in all the action in January. The tournament is $450 per team. The deadline to register is October 15. Each team is guaranteed five games over the course of the weekend and up to eight games for the champion. Teams will be given a special ticket offer courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings.

An additional announcement will be made this fall about open skates and rink rental opportunities.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

 

Denny Hamlin gains Pole for Michigan 400 race

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brad Kuhbander; COURTESY MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Denny Hamlin wins Busch Pole Award for Consumers Energy 400 (courtesy Getty Images)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series holds two practices for the Corrigan Oil 200

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Friday was a full day of action at Michigan International Speedway as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were both on the track. Denny Hamlin claimed the pole position for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.

Hamlin swept all three rounds of qualifying, including running his fastest speed in the final round at 202.794 MPH. In the opening round, Hamlin laid down a lap of 201.590 MPH to beat Kurt Busch. The top 24 advanced to the second round where once again Hamlin was out front. This time he topped the speed charts at 202.224 MPH. He led the 12 drivers in the final round to win his first pole position at Michigan International Speedway. He’ll go for his third career Michigan win on Sunday.

“I actually wasn’t that confident – I didn’t get all of it for sure, but the team gave me a great driving car and one that was just easily and consistently able to back-up times and time after time we got faster on the race track today,” Hamlin said. “Proud of this whole FedEx Toyota team. These guys are really stepping up and we’re starting to make a little hay now.”

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series got the day started with a practice session as all 40 drivers took to the track in preparation for the Consumers Energy 400. Hamlin led the way with a speed of 202.230 MPH. Kurt Busch posted a speed of 201.901 MPH for the second-best speed while Daniel Suarez was third at 201.850 MPH. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five on the speed charts. Michigan natives Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones were 15th and 16threspectively in practice.

On Saturday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will hold two more practice sessions. The Consumers Energy 400 begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had two practice sessions on Friday. Noah Gragson led the opening practice session with a speed of 187.227 MPH. His teammate, Todd Gilliland, was third on the speed charts at 185.581 MPH. Matt Crafton split the teammates with a speed of 185.763 MPH.

Dalton Sargeant paced the field at 186.466 MPH in second practice while Brett Moffitt was second at 186.331 MPH. Crafton, Spencer Davis and Myatt Snider rounded out the top five.

The Corrigan Oil 200 starts at 1p.m. on Saturday and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Tickets start at $35 for the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 12. Fans can purchase tickets at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223. Children 12 and under are free on Saturday. On Sunday, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.

NASCAR’s most entertaining track is providing memorable experiences for fans during the Consumers Energy 400 in August. On Saturday, fans can enjoy a special post-race concert featuring The Cadillac Three and Logan Mize. The concert is free to anybody with an admission to the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday.

The fan plaza features live music entertainment and strolling street performers for guests to enjoy as they prepare for the race. In addition, guests can enjoy a wood carving show.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

 

Brett Moffitt wins Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan on last lap

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Brad Kuhbander; COURTESY MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Brett Moffitt edges Johnny Sauter to win race (courtesy Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 11, 2018) – The racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series at Michigan International Speedway is known for its exciting action and late race passes for the lead. The Corrigan Oil 200 lived up to expectations as Brett Moffitt used a last-lap pass to earn the victory.

Moffitt trailed Johnny Sauter with five laps remaining, but used a unique strategy to pull off the win. He backed up to the third-place truck. The trucks were able to use the draft to their advantage today and Moffitt used it to perfection at the end of the race. Moffitt used a push from John Hunter Nemechek to gain the momentum to track Sauter back down.

“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit,” Moffitt said. “I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

As Sauter and Moffitt took the white flag, it was Sauter still out front. Sauter led all the through turn three. In turn four, Moffitt stuck the nose of his truck under Sauter and from there it was a drag race to the finish. At the finish line, it was Moffitt by 0.025 seconds.

The victory was the second win for Moffitt at Michigan International Speedway. In 2016, Moffitt went three-wide into Turn 1 on the last lap in order to capture the top spot and his first-ever win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He used a similar move Saturday to return to Gatorade Victory Lane.

Nemechek started on the pole position for the Corrigan Oil 200 after posting a speed of 184.044 MPH during qualifying earlier in the day. He garnered the top starting position by 0.004 MPH over Todd Gilliland who rolled off second.

Nemechek grabbed the early lead and paced the field for the first four laps. The 20-lap first stage saw four leaders in the early going as the drivers battled for the front. But Stewart Friesen showed his mettle by leading the final seven laps of the stage. He took the checkered green and white flag to claim the stage.

The second stage had more side-by-side racing as the intensity continued to increase throughout. Matt Mills brought out the caution when he got loose and hit the wall. Then Justin Fontaine scraped the wall to set up a one-lap shootout. It was teammates Grant Enfinger and Myatt Snider battling to earn the stage win. Enfinger got the front of his truck to the line first to win the second stage.

Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday. Hamlin swept all three stages in qualifying to win his first pole at Michigan International Speedway. Michigan natives Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski will start fourth and 18th, respectively. Hamlin will go for his third career Michigan win on Sunday while Keselowski and Jones are looking for their first victory at MIS.

Tickets start at $35 for the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 12. Fans can purchase tickets at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223. On Sunday, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.

The fan plaza features live music entertainment and strolling street performers for guests to enjoy as they prepare for the race. In addition, guests can enjoy a wood carving show.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

 

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