Ron Drager visits MIS to view renovations

ARCA EXCITED ABOUT MIS RENOVATIONS AND SCHEDULE ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2005 BROOKLYN, Mich. -- ARCA President Ron Drager has seen plenty of changes to Michigan International Speedway since the series began running at the track in July of 1980,...

ARCA EXCITED ABOUT MIS RENOVATIONS AND SCHEDULE ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2005

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- ARCA President Ron Drager has seen plenty of changes to Michigan International Speedway since the series began running at the track in July of 1980, but 2005 may hold the most exciting year for the series at the 2-mile oval based just an hour from ARCA headquarters in Temperance, Michigan.

Drager and his staff visited MIS yesterday to get a close up look at the progress of the largest renovation project in the history of MIS and in particular the new race control area ARCA will use during their two events at MIS, the June 17 and August 19 Hantz Group 200.

They also visited MIS to discuss the new schedule that will allow the stock car racing series to kick off both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend tripleheaders in 2005. It will be the first time the ARCA RE/MAX Series will run two races in one season at MIS since the 2001 racing season. It will be the sixth time the series has run twice at MIS in one season, with the 1980, 1991, 1996, 1997 and the aforementioned 2001 season.

"No doubt, quite a lot of positive things have transpired at Michigan International Speedway since the first appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series back in 1980," said Drager. "Certainly, this is the most broad and sweeping, fan-oriented, capital improvement we've seen in a single off-season over that time. What's great about it is that the classic personality of MIS is still evident; it's still the same friendly place with an impressive facelift."

Along with the mass improvements, Drager also believes the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule and pricing make both Fridays a great value for fans, with tickets just $15. Both June 17 and August 19 include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice preceding the Hantz Group 200 in June and August.

"I'm also very excited about the aggressive scheduling for the NASCAR weekends in June and August, which we're proud to be part of with Friday afternoon ARCA RE/MAX Series race events both weekends following NEXTEL Cup Series practice which is certainly a value added ticket for race fans," Drager said.

Tickets to all 2005 events at MIS are on sale now, including the season-opening Father's Day weekend, which includes exciting enhancements to the weekend schedule, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on June 17, the MIS June debut of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on June 18 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on June 19. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.

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