Gift on behalf of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.
Michigan International Speedway, on behalf of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, donated $40,000 to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on Thursday as part of the speedway’s Michigan Heritage trophy.
The Michigan Heritage trophy is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. As part of the Michigan Heritage, each contending manufacturer and MIS annually commit $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan.
The trophy is presented to the winning manufacturer in each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
At the end of the year, the winning manufacturer can select a charity of its choice to donate the $40,000.
Chevy takes two races
Chevy won both NASCAR Sprint Cup events at MIS this summer and chose the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) as this year’s recipient. The Science Center received $40,000 to assist in its educational programs on Thursday.
Jimmie Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400 while Jeff Gordon was victorious in the Pure Michigan 400.
“We are thrilled to accept this generous donation from Michigan International Speedway, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company and Toyota,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO, Michigan Science Center. “These are the kinds of partnerships that allow MiSci to expose and inspire young people with STEM throughout greater Detroit and Michigan. We are dedicated to driving the next generation of STEM professionals to their future. Support like this – from the makers and racers of fantastically engineered fast cars – helps us get them there faster!”