Michigan Int'l Speedway

Track Length: 2 miles
Race Length:400 Miles
First Race:June 15, 1969 - Motor State 500
Banking:18° (Corners); 12° (Frontstretch); 5° (Backstretch)
Lengths:3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)

Track History

Mailing Address
12626 US Hwy 121
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Michigan International Speedway - home of the state's largest single-day, paid-admission sporting events since 1992 - is a track rich in racing tradition. The track is nestled on more than 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan.

The inaugural race was a 250-mile Indy car competition that took place on October 13, 1968. Michigan Speedway hosted its first NASCAR race on June 15, 1969. Many legendary drivers, including Richard Petty, Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Gordon Johncock, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, Bruce McLaren, Jeff Gordon, Neil Bonnett, Davey Allison, and Rick Mears have all celebrated victories in Winner's Circle at Michigan International Speedway.

Groundbreaking took place on September 28, 1967. More than 2.5 million yards of dirt were moved to form the D-shaped oval. The two-mile venue resembles Richmond International Raceway's 3/4-mile design as both tracks were designed by Charles Moneypenny, the same man who designed Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Michigan International Speedway has gone through three distinctive eras in its history; the LoPatin Era, Penske Era and ISC Era.

Lawrence H. LoPatin, a Detroit-area land developer, built the speedway at an estimated cost of $4 million to $6 million. LoPatin has been called a visionary and a man well ahead of his time, who dreamed of owning speedways in Michigan, Georgia, Texas, California and New Jersey. His company, though, went bankrupt, which made way for the Penske Era.

After buying MIS in 1973, Penske invested millions of dollars in renovations to the speedway, making it into a premier motorsports facility which exceeded all his expectations. In 1999, Penske Motorsports Inc. merged with International Speedway Corp. ISC has owned the track since that time.

Directions & Parking

Michigan International Speedway is located on U.S. Highway 12 in Brooklyn, Michigan, one mile west of M-50.
  • 18 miles southeast of Jackson, Michigan
  • 38 miles from U.S. 23 and I-94
  • 55 miles from I-96 Interchange at Lansing, Michigan
  • 58 miles from I-75 Interchange at Toledo, Ohio
  • 67 miles southwest of Detroit, Michigan


    SUNDAY ONLY: Pattern goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. Michigan International Speedway works with local and state law enforcement officials to facilitate traffic flow to the Speedway. Familiarize yourself with our traffic patterns and select the appropriate route to enter the Speedway. Note: Your exit route will be determined by your parking location. Key roadways leading to the Speedway (U.S.12, M-50 and Vicary/Taylor Road) will be ONE-WAY in and out of the Speedway on race days. Use all designated lanes. Please be patient and courteous to all law enforcement officers and your fellow motorists.


    SOUTHBOUND: M-50 will become two lanes south of Wampler's Lake Rd. (M- 124). M-50 traffic will enter the M-50 Gate on the east side of the track or Gate 121 depending on the traffic volume, race traffic will not be allowed to continue southbound past the M-50 entrance.
    NORTHBOUND:M-50 traffic will be directed west on to U.S. 12 and must use Gate 101. Race traffic will not be allowed to continue northbound on M-50 past U.S. 12.

    U.S. 127
    SOUTHBOUND: Race traffic will be directed east onto Vicary/Taylor Rd. with the exception of guests with parking credentials and charter buses. Depending on traffic volume, traffic may be directed to use M-50. Credential holders and charter buses will proceed to U.S. 12 eastbound.

    NORTHBOUND: Traffic north on U.S. 127 will use U.S. 12 eastbound to enter the track.

    U.S. 12
    WESTBOUND: U.S.12 will become one-way at M-50. Use all lanes. All westbound U.S. 12 traffic will be directed in to Gate 8. Buses and vehicles with parking credentials should use the center lane. You will be directed to your designated parking area once you enter the property. Those needing to pick-up credentials will be directed to the credential office.

    EASTBOUND: U.S. 12 eastbound will be one-way from U.S. 127 to the Speedway. Two lanes start at U.S. 127, with third lane starting at Round Lake Hwy. The left two lanes will enter Gates 11E and 11W. The right lane will enter Gate 10. Vehicles with parking credentials should use the right lane. Those needing to pick up credentials at the credential office should enter through Gate 10.

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