It’s race number 15, but to fans it seems like so much more.
There is a track, 2-miles of asphalt in southern Michigan. It is nestled in the Irish Hills just south of Brooklyn.
People come from there, but also the automotive cities surrounding it like Fort Wayne, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio, Flint, Michigan and, of course, the biggest of all – Detroit.
Perhaps they stop at the Beach Bar in Brooklyn or grab a six-pack and a bottle of wine at Woodstock Wine and Cheese before grilling burgers or enjoying some pasta selections.
Maybe they’ll wait out two days of rain and watch the race on a Tuesday like back in 2007.
They stay up late and tell old bench racing stories with daylight lasting until after 10 p.m.
People will come to watch 43 drivers navigate the 2 miles of asphalt and use multiple lanes to figure out the fastest way for their car. They will see Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, try to make history.
Race fans will hope they can see her lead five laps and finish seventh, like she did in the 2007 IndyCar race, or go from 39th to 13th like she did in the June 2013 Sprint Cup race.
Overall, they will hope to see a good, competitive, safe race.
It’s the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Pure racing. Pure Michigan.