LANSING -- The Michigan Senate has named August as "Michigan International Speedway Month." Senator Cameron Brown introduced the legislation, and it passed unanimously on Wednesday.
The resolution recognizes MIS as one of the premier speedways in the country, and the role that it plays in the local and state economy.
"With the Firestone Indy 400, the Carfax 250, and the 3M Performance 400 all this month, August is truly Michigan International Speedway Month in Michigan," said Brown in a prepared statement. "Those of us in the 16th Senate District are proud that this first class organization calls our community home."
According to Brown, the two annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races hosted by MIS are the biggest single-day sporting events in the state, attracting fans from 13 countries and all 50 states.
The bill also recognizes MIS' extensive charitable work, which totals approximately $500,000 annually and includes the Spirit of America 800, the state's largest single-day blood drive.
"This is a tremendous honor to be recognized by our state leaders in this regard," track president Roger Curtis said in a prepared statement. "August is one of our busiest months as we host some of the world's most popular racing."
"We appreciate everything the state has done for us and we will continue to move forward in our efforts to help grow the economy of Michigan," Curtis added.