New low downforce packet won’t hurt racing at MIS

Published 8:16 am Monday, April 4, 2016

The new low downforce package is coming to MIS, but it is not expected to hurt the racing. (Leader photo/File)

The new low downforce package is coming to MIS, but it is not expected to hurt the racing. (Leader photo/File)

BROOKLYN —The 2016 NASCAR low downforce aerodynamics package has produced non-stop action in the first five races of the season. It has been met with rave reviews from the drivers, media and fans.

How will that same high-intensity racing transfer to Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 and the Pure Michigan 400?

Track President Roger Curtis recently traveled to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 to get the low down on what the fans can expect when the series comes to MIS. He talked to a who’s-who of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage to learn all the latest.

He met with drivers, crew chiefs, manufacturers, Goodyear and NASCAR. And they all said fans can expect racing throughout the field, passes for the lead, multiple grooves and high speeds.

Among those Curtis talked two were Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford; Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and Fox Sports analyst and former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.

“You can run all kinds of different lanes,” Keselowski, said. “Then we get down the straightaway and we can draft each other.”

Lowering the downforce on a car makes it harder to drive, which puts more emphasis on driver skill and increases the potential for more passing.

“The drivers can maneuver closer in traffic to the other cars,” Biffle said.

Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package includes more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.

“We have already seen some really spectacular finishes and I think that will transfer over to Michigan as well,” Gordon said.

Teams will try the low downforce package at Michigan International Speedway during a test on May 17. Details to come.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars onto Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016.

The first of the

track’s two

NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards

250 presented

by Valvoline on

June 11; and

the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12.

The Sprint Cup Series will wind up

its summertime stint at MIS on Aug. 28.

with the Pure Michigan 400.

The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation is on Aug. 27.

Michigan International Speedway continues to keep ticket prices low for 2016. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $44, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. You can camp all week long for one price, starting at $155.

The track will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats.