Wanna drive a NASCAR-style car! Well than don’t be a spectator and come to Chicagoland Speedway! With 1.5 mile (2.4 km) tri-oval track, 75,000 seating capacity, made with $130 million, spanning over 1300-acres, Joliet’s world-class motorsports complex and Illinois largest sporting facility, Chicagoland Speedway is all for you! It is host to NASCAR, IZOD IndyCar Series, ARCA Re/Max Series, Firestone Indy Lights and IROC.
The state of the art Speedway came about when nine businessmen from Joliet, Illinois, along with Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George, and International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Bill France, decided to create Route 66 Raceway. It was built along the historic Route 66. Originally the Speedway was to be ¼ mile drag strip with ½ mile dirt oval track facility. But as its popularity and demands from the fans grew, it was extended to a 1.5 mile Speedway.
There had always been a nation-wide demand and especially from the residents of Chicago area to have a race car facility in the area. It seemed unfair to them that while new tracks were being built in Las Vegas, Texas and Los Angeles, the Chicago area remained unnoticed. Hence, it was no surprise that when this project finally started it had a huge backing by the local councils. Since it was a mega project with large economic dividends for the people of the host county, many communities contacted the project-developers. Joliet was however selected and finalized for this grand project.
Chicagoland Speedway has been a blessing for the people of Joliet. It has had a booming economy ever since. The Speedway has generated over 3,400 jobs. The project has also generated an economic activity of $300 million in Joliet and its adjacent areas.
A world class architecture and engineering firm, HNTB was given the crucial job of designing. It was the same firm which had designed the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. They had also designed Arizona Cardinals Stadium, RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana; Arrowhead stadium, Los Angeles Coliseum, Giants Stadium and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The Speedway finally opened in 2001. It has had some of the most momentous moments of race car history. It has recorded several close finishes, which includes the closest finish in the history of IndyCar. This project has given a permanent place to Chicago area race fans in the history, providing them with an opportunity and environment to enjoy their favorite event along with family and friends.
At the Speedway, you could actually get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR-style car and have the ride of your life. The driving schools at the Speedway, namely Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience, give you this very unique opportunity.
Race car fans, this one is for you! The Speedway is one of the best in the world and hosts the very best races as well. So do be a part of this best of the very best by buying your Chicagoland Speedway Tickets now!