IRL: Michigan announces "Fan Experience"

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Thousands of race fans throughout the area will get to experience what its like to drive an IRL car around Michigan International Speedway at 230 mph, change tires or refuel, as the Indy Racing League Fan Experience is set to ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Thousands of race fans throughout the area will get to experience what its like to drive an IRL car around Michigan International Speedway at 230 mph, change tires or refuel, as the Indy Racing League Fan Experience is set to visit Detroit, Toledo and Lansing, July 21-25 leading up to the Firestone Indy 400 at MIS on July 27.

The IRL Fan Experience is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on mobile entertainment venue with three interactive Indy Racing League-themed displays. Since debuting in February, more than 1.1 million fans have experienced the IRL Fan experience in numerous cities. Fans will have an opportunity to drive the Indy Racing Challenge simulator, a high-performance mobile racing simulator using real IRL IndyCar Series cars. Also, the IRL experience features a tire change competition and re-fueling station where fans can simulate what the IRL crews have to go through to make a ten-second pit stop.

The IRL Fan Experience is not only for adults, but kids as well. Kids will be able to visit the Indy Racing Kids Zone, which includes a workshop where kids can design their own helmet or car, or investigate an oversized IRL IndyCar Series engine. A Gaming Kiosk with video game stations will also be available, allowing kids to drive their favorite IRL track.

"I would encourage race fans in the Detroit, Lansing, Toledo and Jackson areas to come out and see what the IRL experience is all about," said MIS Director of Public Relations Steve Shunck. "I saw it in Indy and Daytona earlier this year and it was a very neat way to attract fans to open-wheel racing. Personally, the driving simulator is my favorite part of the IRL experience."

The IRL Fan Experience will kick off on Monday July 21 outside of the Conant Street Meijer store in Maumee, Ohio. On Tuesday July 22, it will appear outside the Sears store in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, Michigan. On Wednesday July 23, the IRL experience will move on to the Jackson Michigan Avenue Meijer store. On Thursday July 24 it will make its way to the Meijer store off of Haggerty Road in Northville, MI. On Friday July 25, it will be back in Jackson, this time at Jackson's Pit Row Autograph session, during the last night of the Jackson RaceWeek Festival. During the race weekend, fans will be able to visit the experience in the MIS infield on Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27. The experience will be a part of weekend festivities in the infield that include the ACDelco Corvettes at MIS presented by Autoweek Corvette Show, carnival rides and live music.

Fans can see all the stars of the IRL IndyCar Series in the Firestone Indy 400 on July 27. All seats are just $40, or fans can purchase a combination ticket for both Saturday and Sunday for just $50. The combo ticket includes the Saturday, July 26 Sears 200 along with the IRL IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 400 and the Infiniti Pro Series races on Sunday July 27. Children 12 and under are free all weekend. For ticket information, visit MIS' official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at (800) 354-1010.

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