Michigan Speedway

Pro-Tips: Driving a Supercar at MIS

Are you ready for your Supercar Track Xperience at Michigan International Speedway?

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, MIS boasts a proud, 43-year history of hosting America’s best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic mid-west. The 1.4 mile long west infield loop features sections of the racetrack used in NASCAR races, making for an exciting road course through the central lawn.

This track is guaranteed to give you a high-speed rush of adrenaline, and also challenge your skills as a driver. This is Xtreme’s first time at MIS (Oct. 2015), and we’re REALLY excited to be here! What that also means, is we get the chance to meet many of you future supercar drivers for the first time, and we can’t wait to hear you say, “That was awesome”! 

Xtreme’s Guide to a Successful Track Day at MIS

*Please note that this is general information in an effort to help you have the best track day in our exotic supercars. As every track facility and layout is different some of this information may not be exact. We recommend reviewing additional details on the racetrack’s website, here.

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Michigan International Speedway is located at 12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230.  Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience Check-In time. Please be at our Check-In area at the time you reserved, and have your driver’s license and confirmation out and ready. We will accept your confirmation via paper form or on your mobile device. Reminder: MIS is in Eastern Daylight Time.

For XX Guests, there are no fees to park at MIS. Guests will enter through tunnel via Brooklyn Highway, and sign a waiver at the Guard Shack upon entering. THIS TUNNEL HAS A 9FT CLEARANCE – any participants with vehicles larger than this must use a separate entrance located off of U.S. 12. 

All participants will be required to sign in at the Check-in post, prior to entering the facility. You will need to go through the tunnel to reach customer parking. Please follow our flags and parking signs and remember not to block in other guests. 

Any XX branded area after Check-In is considered the “Pit Area” and adults will need a spectator pass. VIP Pit Pass access ($10 per adult) provides closer spectator viewing in the pit area (kids 12 under are FREE but must be with an adult). Tented seating, bleachers, close photo opportunities, and waters are included in the Pit Pass, but cannot be promised for free spectator areas.

Drone usage/ aerial footage is not permitted at Michigan International Speedway.

After checking in you will attend a driver’s briefing which lasts around 25 minutes.

Classroom will be held inside the main building, adjacent to Check-in.

As our program is always evolving and safety is always strengthening, it is required that every driver (no matter how many times you have enjoyed our program) attend the driver’s briefing. No exceptions.

There are no concessions but we welcome you to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic). Complimentary waters are provided to Pit Pass holders. 

Drivers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or heels). This event is outdoors (no covered pit). Though we provide tented areas we ALWAYS encourage that you dress for weather possibilities (heat, cold, or rain).

We are a rain or shine experience so on average, our experiences are not postponed and refunds are not provided due to inclement weather (as long as track conditions remain safe). A day-of reschedule request is a $100 fee, unless we have postponed.

If we postpone an event you will be alerted via Email and text message, and we have up to 12 months to provide a reschedule date at a track location close to you. Please visit our FAQ for more information on postponements or cancellations.

Turn by Turn Guide of MIS

image MIS infield Test Track and Facility Layout

MIS infield Test Track and Facility Layout

Michigan International Speedway, known as MIS, is one of the few tracks we visit yearly that is known as a “Roval”. This is because it is actually an oval track that has a road course connected to it. The terrific speed on the straight, and precision turns on the infield, combine to offer a unique driving experience. There are several configurations offered, and we use the layout known as, “The Internal Course”.

Learn the track before you drive! If you’ve never driven a high-performance vehicle on the track, you can learn how it’s done by hopping into our lead car, while a pro takes you for a Thrill-Ride!

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  • Starting in Pit Lane, you enter the track right after Turn 1. This will start you off on the infield section of the track, and one of the slowest sections of the track.
  • Your first challenge will be Turn 4, a sharp left-hander, that is deceiving, to say the least. Approaching this turn, you will be trying to hold the car on the right side of the track, as you are making a slight right turn. This makes braking for this turn a little tricky, as you are not completely straight. Once you turn in, which is a little late, you want to be sure to avoid the curbing on the inside. As you track out, you will not be going all the way to your right, but rather keep it left for the next turn.
  • This quick right hand turn immediately after T4 is Turn 5, and is rather quick when done correctly. This turn leads onto the only straight in the infield and therefore is important to get right if you want to be fast. Your eyes will be key, and looking far down track will help keep your hands from making any abrupt movements. Slow, steady hands on turn in, and smooth throttle application from apex out. This is a turn that you can improve on easily. Do so, by starting slow, and building up.
  • From there, you have a couple left turns before you are on one of the fastest straights we go to all year! You have now entered the oval portion of the track, and you are riding the banking (roval section) like a pro. Your eyes need to be way down the track here. Since your speed is so high, this means everything will be coming at you very quickly.
  • After you cross the start-finish line, start looking for your brake markers before returning to Turn 1. Be sure to get all of your braking done before you start your turn in for T1, as the transition from the oval to road course, is very harsh. On track out, stay left, as turn 2 comes very quickly and brings you back to where you started.

Be sure to always listen to your instructor, and keep in mind, each of our cars drive differently. Just because you can do one thing in one car, does not mean it will work in all of them. Remember to keep your eyes up, soft inputs in the wheel, and steady throttle application. These are all keys to being successful at MIS.

Watch: 3 laps in a Supercar at Michigan International Speedway

 


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