Chicagoland Speedway

Updated: September 13, 2011, 10:33 AM ET
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Chicagoland Speedway
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Overview
Chicago is the Windy City, and the cars speeding around Chicagoland Speedway make it more so. A 1.5-mile track located west of the big city in Joliet, Ill., Chicagoland is one of the newer tracks in NASCAR.

It hosts one NASCAR race, on Sunday, which is the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Because of the track's late arrival on the scene, younger drivers tend to outperform many of the old favorites here, generally speaking.

Drivers like Chicagoland because it allows for a lot of passing and it's very fast for its size. Turn 2 is a bear; crashes tend to occur moreso there as it's where many racers try to make the pass.

Address
500 Speedway Blvd.
Joliet, IL 60433
chicagolandspeedway.com
More track news is available through jayski.com.

Notable Events

NASCAR Weekend
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
• NCWTS practice, 9 a.m.; final practice, 10:30 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NNS practice, 11:40 a.m.; final practice, 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS practice, 1 p.m.; final practice, 5 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NCWTS qualifying, 2:40 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• Fast Five 225, 7 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
• NNS qualifying, 11:10 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS qualifying, 12:40 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Dollar General 300, 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
• GEICO 400, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Tickets
• Ticket office: 888-629-RACE
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Available anyone who purchases a Track Pack or NASCAR Race Weekend Package. Call the track ticket office for additional details.
• Fan hospitality: Call the track ticket office for further information.
• Special packages: Several different packages available, including Track Packs, NASCAR Race weekend Packages and single event NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tickets. Call the track ticket office for further information.

Track Specs
• Track length: 1.5 miles
• Banking: Turns -- 18 degrees; tri-oval -- 11 degrees; backstretch -- 5 degrees
• Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
• Backstretch: 1,700 feet
• Race length: 400 miles
• Grandstand seating capacity: 75,000
• Opened: 2001

Carry-In Items
Call the track ticket office for further information.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.

Autographs
Check local newspapers, TV and chicagolandspeedway.com; drivers are rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Rules
• Shirts: Required. Sleeveless shirts not allowed.
• Shoes: Required. Open-toed shoes not allowed.
• Shorts/skirts: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.

Camping
Corporate trackside (Skyline Terrace) and fan RV camping available.
    Call the track ticket office for further information.

Associated Driving Schools
Richard Petty Driving Experience
800 BE-PETTY
Website

Getting There
• Southbound:
East on I-80 to Illinois Route 53.
South on Illinois Route 53 to track.

• Northbound:
North on I-55 to North River Road, take exit 241.
East on River Road to Illinois Route 53.
North on Illinois Route 53 to speedway.

• I-80 Eastbound:
Continue east on I-80 to Illinois Route 53.
Drive south on Illinois Route 53 to the speedway.

• I-80 Westbound:
Follow directions on the electronic message boards on I-80 just west of I-355 to exit
     at either U.S. Route 30 or Briggs Street.
Proceed southbound to Laraway Road.
Drive west on Laraway to the speedway.

• I-57 Northbound:
Drive north on I-57 to Wilmington-Peotone Road (Exit 327).
Travel west on Wilmington-Peotone Road to U.S. Route 45.
Go north on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 52.
Follow U.S. Route 52 through the Village of Manhattan to Schweitzer Road.
Take Schweitzer Road west to the speedway.

Parking
Free parking: Available.

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