In acknowledgement of its community and charitable achievements, Michigan International Speedway has been named “Track of the Year” by the NASCAR Foundation for the second consecutive year. One of the speedway’s projects named by the NASCAR Foundation is its “Track and Explore” program which, in conjunction with Adrian College, hosts field trips for youth in the area with the emphasis on nature and conservation. The fact that in 2012 the speedway donated up to $75,000 to local charities through its MIS Cares platform was also noted in the award citation. Other programs and events organized by the Michigan International Speedway include NASCAR Unites, Racing to Read, Extreme Bus Make Over, Charity Drive, Fish Your Bass Off and the Spirit of America blood donation drive.
Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis noted in an interview that all MIS employees and volunteers are passionate about giving back to the community and making it stronger. Stating that it’s an honor to be named the NASCAR Foundation’s Track of the Year, and that receiving it for two years is incredible, Curtis also emphasized that the speedway aims to continue being a leader in giving to the community. In addition to the programs mentioned, MIS Cares supports Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation and the Ryan Newman Foundation in their charitable efforts.
Since being founded in 2006, the NASCAR Foundation has contributed over $15 million to charitable causes, and through its annual Speediatrics has been instrumental in providing medical treatment for more than 24,000 children. More than 2,000 children have had their NASCAR Dreams fulfilled, while over 1,200 special-needs children have enjoyed a summer camp experience thanks to the Foundation. More than 12,000 NASCAR fans have been recruited into the Volunteer Network which facilitates educational opportunities for students, with the emphasis on science and engineering. Clearly, the NASCAR Foundation is fulfilling its mission to embody the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.