Faster Horses, which traditionally draws 40,000-plus daily attendance and is Michigans biggest country music festival and was launched by Live Nation in 2013.
The festival got its name from a quote tied to a 1908 quote attributed to Henry Ford where he allegedly said “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” or some variation. Regardless of exactly what Ford said or if he said it at all, founder Brian O’Connell thought the “faster horses” term was a perfect tie-in for a country music fest in the state where Ford built his empire.
Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, boasts a proud, 50-year history of hosting America’s best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic Irish Hills. With 18 degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three and four grooves to run around the two-mile speedway.
Michigan is the fastest track in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners, long straightaways, and lack of a restrictor plate requirement; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) and corner entry speeds are anywhere from 215 to 220 mph (346 to 354 km/h) after the 2012 repaving of the track.