The biggest racing event on the calendar is certainly the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Every year, around mid-September, the area gets swept clean of all the summer clothes and into a full-blown racing environment.
The track is open from mid-June until late October, and even then the weather is often beautiful enough for the drivers to enjoy a sneak peak at the season ahead. However, if you’re looking for a quick fix for your mid-September racing fix, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick guide to when is the Michigan International Speedway race and what you need to know.
The 2019 Schedule
The first thing you’ll want to do is check the upcoming race schedule for the year. As mentioned above, the track is open from mid-June until late October, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t put a timeframe on your visit. It’s also a good idea to call the race office to confirm the dates of the next race or festival you might want to attend. For example, the festival at the track this year is on Sunday, September 16th and the next race is on Sunday, October 22nd. You’ll want to make sure you don’t get a ticket for the wrong race.
One of the things that make MI Speedway unique is the fact that it is the only NASCAR track that doesn’t have any sort of separation between the races. The entire season is considered to be one massive race, with around 12 or 13 tracks being visited over the course of the season. This means that if you don’t have a driver that’s been entered in the specific race you’re trying to attend, you’ll have to look elsewhere for the event you want to go to.
Early Bird Deals And Specials
One of the best things about MI Speedway is the fact that they offer a variety of early bird specials if you know what you’re looking for. You’ll often find great deals if you book your hotel rooms and make your travel plans early in the season. Of course, prices will go up as the season progresses, but it’s still possible to find a great price if you know where to look. You may also consider checking the local newspaper for flyers and other promotions from the track. Knowing where to look is vital as there are several travel restrictions that apply to the event if you don’t want to end up in a bit of a pickle.
Health & Safety
It’s always a good idea to check with the local health department before you travel to a place like MI Speedway. In most cases, the areas surrounding the track are considered to be at high risk for mosquito-borne illnesses. You may also want to consider getting a preventative medication before you go as well. While it’s not always the case, there are still plenty of mosquitoes at the track this time of year, so a little bit of prevention never hurt anyone. Another thing you may want to do is to avoid eating food at the track if you can. Yes, it’s tempting to stop off at one of the numerous food stalls that operate around the track, but take a look at how unhealthy most of these foods are. You may be tempted by some of the exotic looking dishes, but chances are you’ll come back with a heart attack. On that note…
Visiting The Track
One of the best things about MI Speedway is the fact that it’s such a convenient place to visit. There’s not too much to do in the area outside of enjoying a bit of a drive around the track, but if you want more, you can always head for downtown, which is only a couple of miles away. You may also want to consider taking a walk around the track, which is adjacent to the motel where you’ll stay. You’ll have a great view of the track and it’ll give you a chance to take a break from your busy day and catch your breath.
If you’re a car fan, then MI Speedway is a must-see track. It’ll give you a good look at some of the legendary cars of the past and the sport’s most modern rides. The diverse community that gathers around the track each weekend is a bonus too, with people from all over the world coming together to support their favorite drivers. If you’re looking for a unique experience, then traveling to MI Speedway is a must for your bucket list.