500 Speedway Blvd.
Joliet, IL 60433
1.5 mile tri-oval
267 laps for 400.5 miles
18 degrees in the turns
11 degrees in the front stretch
5 degrees in the back stretch
Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
Backstretch: 1,700 feet
Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield
2013 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 125.855mph, started 10th
Race Speed Record: David Reutimann, 7/10/2010, 145.138
Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200
Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 6 months, 2 days, 7/11/2009
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 2 months, and 10 days, 7/12/2008
2013 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 189.414mph, finished 37th (engine)
Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 189.414mph, 9/13/2013
Oldest Pole Winner: Jeff Burton, 39 years, 0 months, 10 days, 7/09/2006
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 3 months, and 19 days, 9/13/2013
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002
Most Wins: 3 - Tony Stewart; 2 - Kevin Harvick
Most Poles: 2 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s: 8 - Tony Stewart; 7 - Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 10s: 10 - Tony Stewart & Jimmie Johnson
Most Lead Changes: 25 - 9/15/2013
Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/2003
Most Leaders: 16, 9/15/2013
Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/2003
Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/2001, 7/10/2005
Fewest Cautions: 4, 7/10/2010, 9/16/2012
Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/2001
Fewest Caution Laps: 21 - 7/10/2010
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 29, 7/12/2008
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/2003
Most Running at the Finish: 42, 7/9/2006
Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/2004, 7/10/2005 and 9/16/2012
Most Laps Led: 195, Mark Martin, 7/11/2009
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/2005
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 8 - Chevy; 3 - Toyota; 2 - Dodge; 0 - Ford
Races won from starting pos 1: 1 (due to weather, not pole winner)
Janssen Pharmaceuticals partners with Chicagoland for Sprint Cup race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR, as the title sponsor of this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition caused by an irregular heartbeat that impacts as many as 2.7 million Americans. AFib increases a person's risk for stroke by up to five times and is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65. Patients with AFib should ensure they talk to their doctor about lowering their risk of stroke and appropriate treatment options. Janssen became involved with NASCAR in an official capacity earlier this year, sponsoring both a NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway and Brian Vickers' #55 Toyota, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Cup ride at the Southern California facility.(Chicago Speedway)(7-30-2014)
Chicagoland Speedway's Legends Club Honors Fred Lorenzen, July 19: Chicagoland Speedway announced Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom, the daughter of NASCAR great and Elmhurst, Ill. native Fred Lorenzen, will appear in the newly created Legends Club this July to honor her father with the unveiling of his photo in the club. The elder Lorenzen was one of five new members inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this past May. "At this time, our father's health limits his ability to interact with the fans he so loves," said Gardstrom. "But sharing his NASCAR stories, history and memories has become our family's passion over the past several years, and we're excited and honored to do just that at Chicagoland Speedway."
Earning the nicknames "Fearless Freddie" and "Golden Boy," Lorenzen recorded 26 wins in his NASCAR career and remains the only NASCAR driver to win 20 races in their first 100 starts. Lorenzen became the first driver to earn more than $100,000 in winnings in a single season, claiming $113,570 driving for the legendary Holman-Moody team in 1963, where he started as a mechanic. Lorenzen's best overall season came in 1963 as he finished with six wins, 21 top fives and 23 top 10s in 29 starts. In 1965, he won two of NASCAR's major events - the Daytona 500 and the World 600. Lorenzen is a member of more than one motorsports hall of fame including the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Featuring appearances from renowned drivers and personalities, and themed with items from NASCAR's rich tradition, the Legends Club offers an intimate setting with an all-inclusive package of beer and wine, plus two meals per day. Don't wait to purchase your tickets, as the Legends Club is already sold out for the September Sprint Cup Race. Admission starts at $250.00 for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, $250.00 for the Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and $395.00 for the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE.(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-10-2014)
Chicago Fan Zone Pit Pass holders get garage access: On Saturday, July 19, race fans with a Fan Zone Pit Pass, and accompanying grandstand or infield camping admission, will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the working NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menard's garages prior to the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 and Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. This highly sought after experience for entry into the garages at Chicagoland Speedway will feature designated pathways and viewing areas inside both garages so that fans may receive up-close and personal views while race teams continue their preparation for the day's events. As each guest enters the garages they will receive a hot sheet with a garage guide, map of garage stalls and a detailed explanation of the NASCAR inspection process ensuring that this is an entertaining and educational experience. Entry into the garages is open to all ticket purchasers that have an accompanying Fan Zone Pit Pass. The NASCAR Nationwide Series garage will be open from 12:00-3:00pm/ct, while the ARCA Racing Series garages will be open from 12:00-1:00pm, and 3:00-4:00pm/ct. In addition to the garage experience, the Fan Zone Pit Pass also gets you a view of the drivers' red carpet walk, entrance to NASCAR personality question-and-answer sessions, pre-race Gatorade Victory Lane access and a front-row seat to infield entertainment.(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-2-2014)
Austin Mahone to hold pre-race concert at Chicago: Chicagoland Speedway announced 18-year-old pop sensation Austin Mahone as the Grand Marshal and pre-race entertainment for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 14. In addition to Mahone's hour-long concert, race fans at Chicagoland Speedway can catch live musical entertainment throughout the entire weekend in Champions Park, which also features sponsor displays, delicious food and beverage offerings and the Kids Zone for racing's youngest fans. Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September - the first of ten 'playoff' style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2014 championship. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-23-2014)
July Nationwide race at Chicago becomes EnjoyIllinois.com 300: As part of a longstanding partnership, Chicagoland Speedway announced the Illinois Office of Tourism as the title sponsor of its July NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The EnjoyIllinois.com 300 will run under the lights on Saturday, July 19, during a rare off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, providing a national platform for Illinois' flourishing tourism industry. Tickets for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, Chicagoland's only Saturday night race of the season, start at just $30 for adults and $5 for kids, while Fan Zone Pit Passes are only $25. A race ticket also includes access to the Ansell ActivArmr 150 ARCA Racing Series race, running on the same day.(Chicagoland Speedway)(5-6-2014)
Lucas Oil to sponsor Chicagoland truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this September. The Lucas Oil 225 will hit the track for a night race on Friday, Sept. 12, as part of a triple-header weekend to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. In recent years Lucas Oil has produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. "Lucas Oil has made good racing oil for a very long time that really works," Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said. "We are very excited to be the title sponsor for the Lucas Oil 225 in September and look forward to presenting thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing for the enjoyment of the Chicagoland fans."(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-15-2014)
Jimmy John's to sponsor Chicago Nationwide race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will serve as the precursor for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Champaign, Ill., based sandwich company, which will also sponsor Kevin Harvick for 12 races in the Sprint Cup Series, has made a visible commitment to the NASCAR Industry. Founded in Charleston, Ill., and based in Champaign, Ill., Jimmy John's has over 1,800 locations. What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's good, it's fast, at a decent price.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-2-2014)
Chicagoland Tickets on sale: Tickets for the 2014 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway are on sale. To purchase tickets, call 888-629-RACE (7223) or visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will return for a fourth consecutive year in 2014, Sept. 12-14, with a triple-header weekend of action. The Speedway will also welcome back Saturday night racing with the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, July 19. Tickets for the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup start at just $50 with advanced pricing and flexible payment plans are available to all fans. Chicagoland Speedway fans will not only have access to the best prices of the year beginning on February 23rd, but customers will also have the opportunity to explore the greater variety of pricing options now available. Those options will be available with ticket renewal information, which will be mailed out to 2013 customers by early January. Advanced pricing ends on April 1st, so be sure to check your mailboxes and take advantage of the lowest prices of the season. Additional details around the two summer weekends of NASCAR racing at Chicagoland Speedway in 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks and months.(Chicagoland Speedway)(3-14-2014)
Chicagoland announced 2014 NASCAR schedule: Chicagoland Speedway announced the return of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for a fourth consecutive year, Sept. 12-14, with a triple-header weekend of action. The Speedway will also welcome back Saturday night racing with the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, July 19. Additional details, including on-sale dates and season ticket holder renewal information, will be made public as information becomes available. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 12-14, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 13, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. July's NASCAR weekend features a rare-off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, with the Nationwide Series taking center stage in the world of motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(10-14-2013)
Cast of "Chicago Fire" serving as Chicago Grand Marshals: In honor of the 12th Anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001, Chicagoland Speedway announced cast members of NBC's hit television series "Chicago Fire" and representatives from the Chicago Police Department, Joliet Police Department and Joliet Fire Department as the collective Grand Marshals for the GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sunday, Sept. 15. The cast members of "Chicago Fire," including Jesse Spencer (Lieutenant Matthew Casey), Taylor Kinney (Lieutenant Kelly Severide), Eamonn Walker (Battalion Chief Wallace Boden), David Eigenberg (Firefighter Christopher Herrmann) and Randy Flagler (Capp), will deliver the most famous line in motorsports, "Drivers, start your engines," prior to the green flag of the GEICO 400. The NBC drama, "Chicago Fire," provides an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's most noble professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-13-2013)
Hauler parade at Joliet: For the third consecutive year, NASCAR and Chicagoland Speedway will team up to bring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade to Downtown Joliet on Thursday, Sept. 12. More than 30 haulers, from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Jimmie Johnson to Matt Kenseth, will thunder through the streets of Joliet for fans to enjoy as the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to Chicagoland Speedway. Race fans are invited to gather at Hollywood Casino Joliet at 4:00 pm (trucks depart at 4:30 pm), to get up close to the haulers and take photos prior to the start of the Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm. The parade will stage west of the river bridge on Jefferson Street before heading east bound on Jefferson and making a left on Scott Street. The Chicagoland Speedway pace car and fire safety vehicles will lead the parade north on Scott Street, before making a left onto Jackson, and then a left on Ottawa to head south en route to Chicagoland Speedway.
Fans can watch the Hauler Parade from anywhere along the route (including the start at Hollywood Casino), but are encouraged to attend designated viewing areas at McBrody's Bar and Grill (73 W. Jefferson St.), The Joliet Historical Museum (201 N. Ottawa) and the Joliet Public Library (150 N. Ottawa). The Hauler Parade is part of Joliet's Race Fan Rally, taking place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sept. 12. Race Fan Rally is celebrating its 12th anniversary and features games, a classic car show, driver appearances, live music and fun for the entire family. Chicagoland Speedway campers already on-site will also have a designated viewing area in the Gate 5 reserved parking lot, located on the north side of the facility. The Hauler Parade is estimated to arrive at The Speedway by 6:00 pm. The lot will not be open to the public.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-10-2013)
Train-to-Track Shuttle service program at Chicago: Chicagoland Speedway has reintroduced its Train-to-Track program, providing Chicago-area race fans an easy, direct and affordable route to the race track on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the GEICO 400. The Train-to-Track service will provide shuttle transportation to those fans arriving to Joliet Union Station in downtown Joliet, from the Metra Rock Island Line departing Chicago's LaSalle Street Station, and stations along the Route. Tickets for the shuttle transportation between Joliet Union Station and Chicagoland Speedway are $3 per person each way ($6 round trip) and must be purchased in advance at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or by calling Chicagoland Speedway's administrative offices at 815-722-550 (during regular business hours). Train tickets must be purchased separately through Metra. Guests utilizing the Train-to-Track program will be receive print-at-home tickets upon purchase and must reserve a specific time of departure to the race track. Upon arrival at Joliet Union Station, a Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will greet fans outside and direct fans to a shuttle transporting fans directly to the track. The Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will be available to answer questions throughout the short trip to the track. Train times, bus times and more info are available at chicagolandspeedway.com. For tickets to the GEICO 400, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-10-2013)
Chicago Nationwide race National Anthem singer announced: Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer, will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Chicagoland Speedway. Cornelison, who has belted out the anthem for the current Stanley Cup Champions on a full-time basis since 2007, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University's Masters of Music program has also performed at numerous Chicago Bears games and at Medinah Country Club for the 2012 Ryder Cup. Cornelison moved to Chicago in 1995 at the invitation of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recognized globally for world-class artistic excellence, and after a successful stint, left to pursue his career as a professional opera singer. As a leading tenor, Cornelison's talents took him around the world while performing for various opera companies in places such as London, Brussels, Bordeaux, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Hawaii.(Chicagoland PR)(9-1-2013)
Kurt Busch to appear in Checkered Flag Zone at Chicago: #78-Kurt Busch will join fans for a question-and-answer session inside the Checkered Flag Fan Zone on Sunday, Sept. 15. The question-and-answer session will take place prior to the green flag of the GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. Also appearing on Sunday in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. On Saturday, Sept. 14, NASCAR legends - and brothers - Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison will host the Checkered Flag Fan Zone, before the start of the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Located just outside the main entrance, the Checkered Flag Fan Zone provides race fans with a unique hospitality opportunity to enhance their race day experience. In addition to behind the scenes driver access and a full buffet meal in a climate-controlled tent with unlimited soda, water and three beer tickets, fans will also have access to music, entertainment and prizes. Tickets to the Checkered Flag Fan Zone are as low as $99 on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, $129 on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup GEICO 400, or special weekend pricing of $210 for both days.(Chicagoland PR)(8-31-2013)
EnjoyIllinois.com title sponsor of Chicagoland Truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced the Illinois Office of Tourism as the title sponsor of its Camping World Truck Series Race this September. The EnjoyIllinois.com 225 will run under the lights on Friday, September 13. Illinois hosted more than 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, a 6.1 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents who visited Illinois in 2011. It marked the second year in a row that Illinois' visitor numbers broke records and outpaced the national average of 5.4 percent. The EnjoyIlinois.com 225 falls on the same day as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying for the GEICO 400 and will also mark Family Fun Night at the track, with post-race fireworks. Advance Tickets for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 start at just $25 and kids 12 and under are free in certain sections.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(8-29-2013)
Brantley Gilbert in concert at Chicagoland: Country music star Brantley Gilbert will perform a pre-race concert in Chicagoland Speedway's infield prior to the GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. While all fans with a Sunday race ticket will be able to enjoy the concert from the grandstands, Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience pass holders will be able to walk down to the infield to enjoy No. 1 hits such as "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." Though season ticket holders receive complimentary Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience passes, they will also be available for purchase to non-season ticket holders. For $50, fans can purchase the pass for Sunday's GEICO 400 that will put them close to the stage as Brantley performs.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-5-2013)
Drivers joining fans at Chicagoland Checkered Flag Fan Zone: Danica Patrick, driver of the # 10 Go Daddy for Stewart-Haas Racing, will join fans for a question-and-answer session inside the Checkered Flag Fan Zone on Sunday, Sept. 15. The question-and-answer session will take place prior to the green flag of the GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. Also appearing on Sunday in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone will be Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR's NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for a record tying 10 consecutive years. On Saturday, Sept. 14, NASCAR legends - and brothers - Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison will host the Checkered Flag Fan Zone, before the start of the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Located just outside the main entrance, the Checkered Flag Fan Zone provides race fans with a unique hospitality opportunity to enhance their race day experience. In addition to behind the scenes driver access and a full buffet meal in a climate-controlled tent with unlimited soda, water and three beer tickets, fans will also have access to music, entertainment and prizes.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-4-2013)
Earnhardt Jr. to appear at Chicagoland's Fan Zone: National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR's NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for a record-tying 10 consecutive years, will join fans to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September. Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to appear in Chicagoland Speedway's Checkered Flag Fan Zone for a question-and-answer session with fans on Sunday, Sept. 15, prior to the GEICO 400. Located just outside the main entrance, the Checkered Flag Fan Zone provides race fans with a unique hospitality opportunity to enhance their race day experience. In addition to behind the scenes driver access and a full buffet meal in a climate-controlled tent with unlimited soda, water and three beer tickets, (must be 21 years of age or older) fans will also have access to music, entertainment and prizes.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-13-2013)
Miller Lite continues partnership with Chicagoland Speedway: Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and MillerCoors announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal that will keep Miller Lite as the Official Beer of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. MillerCoors, with its corporate headquarters located in downtown Chicago, will continue to support all events across both facilities including the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the start of NASCAR's playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway. As the official beer of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Miller Lite will receive exclusive marketing rights, including what have become fan-favorites such as the Miller Lite Pit Stop, a widely popular beer garden in Chicagoland Speedway's midway area known as Champions Park, and the Miller Lite Turn 1 Party Deck along with signage and other on-site benefits.(Chicagoland Speedway)(3-13-2013)
Chicagoland hosting Rally, Rock, and Race weekend: Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway will present a weekend of NASCAR action, music, off-road racing and car shows as part of the Rally, Rock and Race Weekend, July 19-21. Headlined by the STP 300 Nationwide Series on Sunday, July 21, a rare off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, Rally, Rock and Race will also feature two nights of the Traxxas TORC Series Baja-style off-road racing at Route 66 Raceway's dirt oval in addition to entertainment including live music and car shows all weekend long. With three exhilarating forms of motorsports to go along with entertainment for the whole family, Rally, Rock and Race weekend is more than just a day at the races.(Chicagoland PR)(1-7-2013)
Track Presidents make wager for BCS National Championship Game: It just so happens that this year's BCS National Championship game has important ties to two of NASCAR's finest tracks. When The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on Alabama's Crimson Tide on January 7th, Chicagoland's President Scott Paddock and Talladega Superspeedway's Chairman Grant Lynch will be playing close attention. A bet has been placed on the game and the stakes are high: the loser buys lunch for the entire staff of the winning track and has to pose for a video in the winning team's colors. Scott Paddock, who played basketball for Notre Dame, has placed his bet on his Alma Mater, while Grant Lynch will be betting on Alabama-his team's biggest rival. If the Tide is to win the BCS Championship, Scott Paddock will have to purchase Chicago-style deep dish pizza for the Talladega Superspeedway staff. And if the Fighting Irish pull off a victory, Grant Lynch owes the staff of Chicagoland Speedway Alabama's famous Dreamland Barbecue. The loser will also be forced to film himself wearing the opponent's team gear, and the video will be shown on the Sprint Vision screens at the winner's next race.(Talladega PR)(12-19-2012)
Chicagoland's foundation, R.A.C.E. donates over $70k in 2012: Chicagoland Speedway's 501c3 foundation, R.A.C.E., awarded $25,000 in grants to five Chicago-area charities at a luncheon on Thursday, raising its total charitable gifts for 2012 to $70,370.
"When we launched R.A.C.E. seven months ago, we knew it had the ability to benefit those in the community and we are seeing that come to fruition," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "What we accomplished in our first year exceeded our expectations, but we are committed to growing our charitable arm to new heights in 2013. This process has given us a wonderful opportunity to see how many remarkable local projects are in need of support and we are ready to step up and assist in filling that void going forward."
The Bridge Teen Center, Greater Joliet YMCA, George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club, Nathan C. Splant Foundation and Will County Children's Advocacy Center were selected and recognized for their notable contributions to the community and were awarded cash donations through the R.A.C.E. grant process.
- The Bridge Teen Center received a $5,000 donation for their after school programs.
- R.A.C.E. provided Joliet's Central City YMCA, part of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, with $5,000 to support Project SOAR and Central City YMCA's youth basketball and cheerleading leagues.
- George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club received a donation of $6,500 to assist with their Memorable Male Mentors program with aims to counteract the gang recruitment of young males in the Joliet community.
- In addition, the Nathan C. Splant Foundation received a $2,000 for the Halo Project which provides HALO SleepSacks for babies in the NICU of Munster Community Hospital.
- The Will County Children's Advocacy Center received a donation of $6,500 to aid the Forensic Child Interview Program.
In addition to the $25,000 in grants, the Speedway also awarded another $45,000 through scholarships, silent auctions, partnerships and raffles. As an Advisory Committee member, Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante was on-site for the presentation. "Joliet and Will County are home to some of the most incredible charities and programs in the state of Illinois and it is great to see them receiving the support they deserve," said Giarrante. "Chicagoland Speedway is committed to changing our community for the better and as a R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee member I am excited to be a part of that process going forward." With a focus on youth, safe driving and the military, R.A.C.E. raised funds over the course of the year through community events, raffles and auctions. The three principles guided the seven-member R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee, which was responsible for evaluating grant applications throughout the year.(Chicagoland Speedway)(12-15-2012)
Chase to start in Chicago again in 2013: NASCAR will open the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway for the third consecutive year in 2013. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of race operations, said before Sunday's Chase opener that the 1½-mile track will host the first of the 10 playoff races again. The 2013 Sprint Cup schedule is expected to be released in about two weeks.(ESPN)(9-17-2012)
Chicago to open gates for practice day: Chicagoland Speedway will open a portion of the south grandstands on Friday, September 14 for viewing of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series practice sessions. For a $10 donation to R.A.C.E., Chicagoland Speedway's 501(c)(3) foundation, fans will have access to general admission seating in the stands. Tickets are only available for purchase on September 14 at the south gate. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Fans can enter through Gate 2 off of Schweitzer road and park in Lot P. Parking lots will open at 10:00 am with gates opening at 11:00 am.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-16-2012)
Danica Patrick to appear at Chicagoloand Checkered Flag Fan Zone: Roscoe, Ill. native and one of NASCAR's most popular drivers, Danica Patrick, will kick-off her first of two NASCAR weekends of racing at Chicagoland Speedway as she takes to the track on Sunday, July 22, for the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Before she takes the green flag, Patrick will be appearing in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone for a question-and-answer session with fans. Patrick, who will run in three races at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012, will join reigning 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Riverton, Ill. Native and last year's STP 300 Champion, Justin Allgaier, in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone over the course of the weekend. Patrick, Allgaier and Stenhouse Jr. will give fans an opportunity to get inside news from NASCAR's up-and-coming stars while also having access to food and beverages in a race fan's ideal social atmosphere. The Checkered Flag Fan Zone is located just outside of the track's main entrance and provides race fans with a unique, inside look at a few of their favorite drivers along with a hospitality opportunity.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-11-2012)
American Ethanol to sponsor Chicagoland truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have partnered to become the event title sponsor of its 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The American Ethanol 225 on Saturday, July 21, represents the return of summer night racing to Chicagoland Speedway. Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and others. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100% petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(6-5-2012)
Chicagoland Speedway announces new president...for a day: Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock is relinquishing his seat at the helm of the Speedway while Comcast SportsNet's Chicago Tribune Live host, David Kaplan, proudly steps in to serve as Chicagoland Speedway's president for the day. In what originally started off as a friendly bet between Paddock and Kaplan on their weekly Comcast SportsNet show, quickly turned into a season-long point's competition for bragging rights and a day that will turn out to be one of the best days for NASCAR fans in the Chicagoland area.
"Sure, Scott Paddock has made many steps in the right direction since taking over last year, but it's not every day I get to be president of the state's largest sporting facility," said Kaplan, the only broadcaster in Chicago to host a daily radio show, TV show and write a regular column in a major newspaper simultaneously. "As president of Chicagoland Speedway for the day, I want to do something that really gives back to race fans and helps them enjoy their favorite sport up-close-and-personal. That's why I'm implementing special advance ticket pricing so fans that purchase early will have access to even more affordable pricing. And for the first time ever, I'm also going to allow every fan that purchases a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to experience the banking of Chicagoland Speedway first hand by allowing all fans on the track for a post-race track walk."
With Kaplan's announcement, for the first time in Chicagoland Speedway history the track will offer advanced ticket pricing. From February 26-April 28, fans can purchase tickets to the two 2012 NASCAR race weekends in advance for the lowest rate of the season-guaranteed-with single day tickets starting at $25 for the July race weekend and $45 for the September Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend. Also, for the first time in the track's history fans will have the opportunity to walk the race track immediately following September's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
In addition to Kaplan's fan first-ever fan initiatives he's implementing, he also has changes for the staff at Chicagoland Speedway, "To my loyal Chicagoland Speedway employees, please leave the office by 3:00 p.m. and enjoy the rest of your afternoon!" Catch Kaplan on Comcast SportNet's Chicago Tribune Live to see his day at Chicagoland Speedway.(more info on contests and tickets at Chicagoland Speedway webiste)(12-15-2011)
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