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(DETROIT, Mich.) -- The 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix generated $46.3 million in total spending for the Metropolitan Detroit region, according to information released today.

The total represents an increase of $1 million in spending from the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, according to a report conducted by sports consulting firm Sportsimpacts, which also provided an analysis report of the 2012 Grand Prix.

Of the 2013 total spending number affecting Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, $17 million represents new spending to the region as a result of non-local sources that will be retained long term as new income for Detroit-area households, businesses and government. This represents a total economic impact increase of $1.3 million over the 2012 Grand Prix according to Sportsimpacts, which has conducted over 75 studies since 2000, including numerous sporting events in Metro Detroit such as Super Bowl XL, the Ryder Cup and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

"The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix continues to be a very positive force for Detroit and Southeast Michigan," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "We know that the event shines the light on Detroit and Belle Isle on an international level with race broadcasts seen around the world and it’s also great to see how much of an impact the Grand Prix has on the local economy. We’re very excited to report economic growth from the 2012 event and to generate $46.3 million in spending for the region this year."

The direct spending impact, which refers to all spending by local and non-local spectators, participants, and other expenditures towards event operations and infrastructure for the Grand Prix in 2013 was estimated at $28.8 million. Accounting for regional spending multipliers produced, Sportsimpacts projected the total spending impact of this year’s Grand Prix to be $17 million.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:24

MIS and Americrown donate $606,469 in 2013

(BROOKLYN, Mich.) -- The spirit of giving isn't just a seasonal belief at Michigan International Speedway; it's the racetrack's way of doing business, providing a valuable fund-raising platform for the community year-round.

MIS and its sister company Americrown combined donated a total of $606,469 to local service groups and organizations through cash donations, work programs, grants and sponsorships, as well as tickets and merchandise that clubs raffle to raise money.

"We are very proud of all the effort we put into our community," Manager of Fan Services Jayme Bicknell said. "Many of us live in the area and are an active part of the community. We strive to give back to the different programs to provide memorable experiences for the community members."

In 2013 alone, Michigan International Speedway and its catering and concession partner Americrown donated or paid out more than $470,000 to local charities and service groups through cash donations and work programs.

MIS created The Michigan Heritage, a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR, in 2013. Each manufacturer and MIS donated $10,000 to be given to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan. The Michigan Science Center received a check for $40,000 to assist in its educational programs.

Additionally, MIS Cares, the speedway's charity arm, awarded $76,469 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program during an annual Community Luncheon at the racetrack on Tuesday. Representatives from all the charities attended, picking up their "big" checks.

· MIS Cares provided $5,451 to Therapeutic Riding's Adopt-A-Horse Program to pay for food, bedding, daily care, veterinary care, fuel and maintenance and farrier care. MIS Cares has adopted Maizy every year since 2010.

· Onsted Elementary School was provided a $10,000 grant for a playground project. This project will benefit not only the elementary students, but also the entire community of Onsted.

· The Daily Bread of Lenawee Inc received a grant for $3,000 to assist the organization with the Hot Meals Program.

· Napoleon Community Schools received a grant for $5,000 for their reading program at Ezra Eby Elementary School. The program is designed for first and second graders, but is available for all ages.

· The Shop Rat Foundation's C0Z Dragster Engineering Project received a grant for $4,995. This program allows Jackson County sixth grade students to design and build a car using science, math and engineering.

· MIS Cares donated $5,000 to the Associated Charities of Lenawee County for their Back to School Program, which provides clothing, school supplies, and hygiene products. The goal of the program is to help with a child's self esteem while at school.

· A $2,500 grant allows nearly 2,000 students from Hillsdale and Lenawee to be engaged in music education with the Lenawee Symphony Orchestra.

· With a $5,000 grant, beginning and struggling readers in kindergarten through second grade in Chelsea, Mich. will benefit from the Friends of Chelsea District Library leveled reading packets.

· The Onsted Community High School received a grant for $5,523 for a new guitar class. The grant will provide the school enough funding to purchase 25 brand new guitars.

· House of New Beginnings received a grant for $4,600 to purchase three new computers as well as an educational curriculum program for the teens that are sheltered there.

· Hospice of Lenawee Inc received a grant for $4,900 for a Family Gathering Spot area. It will be a space for families to gather privately to enjoy nature and create special memories.

· Adrian College and MIS have developed a first-of-its kind science center and science-related field trips to benefit area middle school students. MIS Cares donated $7,500 to the program, which Walmart generously matched, bringing the total to $15,000.

· The Columbia Middle School PTO received an $8,000 donation for the 2013 Circus of the Kids project, a program that provides the opportunity for students to experience social and academic growth through the participation and public presentation of a circus.

· MIS Cares awarded $5,000 to the Ryan Newman Foundation, a national charity fronted by NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie.

MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501 © (3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares' mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life.

Another $60,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets those groups raffle off, also to raise money.

"We provide many annual opportunities for local clubs to earn some money for their groups," speedway President Roger Curtis said. "We couldn't run our business without the help of these clubs; but they certainly couldn't raise the money they need without us, either."

Service groups interested in assisting at MIS for future events may call Tim Booth, director of Guest Services, at (517) 592-6666 to place your service group on a list.

The speedway and Americrown annually work with service groups, church groups, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs, masons, high school sporting clubs and a host of other non-profit organizations to provide a platform for those groups to earn money for their causes and programs during the racetrack's events.

Imagine how long it would take a high school cheerleading team to generate more than a half-million dollars. That's a lot of bake sales, car washes and lemonade stands.

Service groups annually and frequently assist MIS in a number of ways including tram drivers, car parkers, ticket stubbers, program sellers, T-shirt folders, gate staffers, hamburger flippers and soda jerkers.

MIS Cares raises funds through a number of events, online auctions and donations and Extreme Bus Makeover, a fun event where race fans bid to have their camping/school bus painted.

PHOTO: MIS Cares grant recipients received their big checks on Tuesday at Michigan International Speedway's annual community luncheon. In all, about $70,000 was awarded. First row (left to right): Nancy Evanson (Ezra Eby Elementary), Rhonda Clark (The Daily Bread of Lenawee Inc.), Ann Zalek (Therapeutic Riding Center), Delight Creech (Associated Charities of Lenawee County), Robin Linkowski (Friends of Chelsea District Library), Lynsey Redman (Onsted Elementary School) and Frances Keane and Mike McGuire (House of New Beginnings). Second Row: (L to R): Christy O'Neil (Columbia Middle School), Cindy Farnham (Lenawee Symphony Orchestra), Melissa Marks (Onsted Community Schools), Susan Turner (Hospice of Lenawee, Inc.) and Agnes Caldwell (Adrian College).

(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in October 2013 indicated an increase in sales of 10.6% of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 226,402 with an increase of 15.7% from 2012
Ford sold 191,267 with an increase of 13.9% from 2012
Toyota sold 168,976 with an increase of 8.8% from 2012
Honda sold 114,538 with an increase of 7.1% from 2012
Chrysler sold 140,083 with an increase of 11% from 2012
Hyundai sold 53,555 with an increase of 6.5% from 2012
Nissan sold 91,018 with an increase of 6.5% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 46.2% of all car sales in October 2012. Compared total for 2013 with 2012 total sales through October--the increase was 8.9% more vehicles sold. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic automakers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (Nov. 4, 2013) - Now is the time for all children to show off their artistic skills in the Holiday Card Kids Club Coloring Contest. Michigan International Speedway is inviting all youth to submit a design for the track's 2013 holiday card.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the MIS holiday e-card that is sent to race fans around the world. And your name will even be displayed with the design.

And we have helped to get you started. You can download the official template and rules at www.miskidsclub.com/coloring

"We have a lot of creative youth who are fans of NASCAR," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "I am excited to see the entries and what the children design. It will be special to have the winning artwork sent to all of our fans."

Now is your chance to design your favorite holiday card. What a better way to get in the holiday spirit than drawing a photo.

The designs will be judged on creativity and the tie between the holidays and MIS. The color picture needs to fit a predetermined space that incorporates the MIS logo and Happy Holidays. A panel of judges will pick the winner.

All children who are 12 years or under are eligible to enter the Holiday Card Kids Club Coloring Contest. The artists can use a wide range of creativity to make their entry the winning selection.

All entries must be postmarked by Nov. 27 and received by Dec. 3. The entries can be mailed to Michigan International Speedway.

The track has prided itself in making the race a family affair and the New Holland Fan Plaza allows youth of all ages to learn about the sport of NASCAR as well as enjoy activities in the Kids Zone.

MIS has offered several ticket packages in addition to its kids 12 and under free seating program. These have been instrumental in the increase of youth coming with their families to the racetrack.

The track has several ticket packages available for families of any size to enjoy a weekend of racing. The Jimmie Johnson Experience gets you one adult ticket and one kids 12 and under ticket for Sunday, access to Johnson's Q&A and a one-day scanner rental. You can celebrate Father's Day at MIS with Danica Patrick's Father's Day Getaway. This family package includes two adult tickets and two kids 12 and under tickets for the Quicken Loans 400, special access to a Patrick Q&A and a $20 souvenir voucher.

The Walmart Family Four Pack is always great. You will receive four Sunday tickets, four hotdogs and four Coca-Colas.

Youth ages 13-16 are half price all weekend. In addition, MIS is offering a pre-race pit and paddock pass for youth 16 and under in 2014.