(BROOKLYN) — Michigan native Brad Keselowski had the opportunity to drive the famous “Sweepstakes” race car on Friday last week at Michigan International Speedway ahead of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 race. The replica car was driven by Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford at the then fairgrounds in Grosse Pointe back on October 10, 1901. That day, Ford was victorious over Alexander Winton. The car averaged 30 miles per hour on Keselowski’s second lap. Dressed in period clothing, Keselowski turned into victory lane and accepted the Michigan Heritage Manufacturers Trophy from MIS President Roger Curtis. Ford Motor Company took the trophy at the June race at MIS. The original “Sweepstakes” car is on display at the Henry Ford Museum.
PICTURED: Brad Keselowski and NBC pit reporter Kelli Stavast. PHOTOS BY ROBERT BENKO