Michigan International Speedway Marks 50 Years
LoPatin Made His Dream A Reality
Fifty years ago on Oct. 13, 1968, a major sports milestone was being celebrated in Brooklyn … Brooklyn, Michigan, that is.
It was the opening of the Michigan International Speedway (MIS), the brainchild of Detroit entrepreneur and a true visionary the late Lawrence LoPatin. Before a sold-out crowd, the innovative new track hosted the Michigan Inaugural 250.
Imagine a race so long ago there was no sponsorship tacked onto its name; unlike the race this past Aug. 12 that commemorated the golden anniversary of the track: Consumers Energy 400, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
See Contributing Writer Alan Muskovitz’s full story in the Oct. 18 Jewish News.