CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY TO PROVIDE ULTIMATE DRIVER, FAN EXPERIENCE

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Fans attending major league auto races at the Chicago region?s only superspeedway will experience a level of comfort and fan friendliness that will rival any sports facility in the nation, while drivers who compete on the track will find it offers the ultimate racing environment. "Chicagoland Speedway was designed with the fans in mind ? from parking to pre-race activities to their experience during the race," said Joie Chitwood, general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "The partners in this project ? all experienced motorsports promoters ? host the largest auto racing events in the world and are experts in providing fans and drivers a great facility and exciting racing experience." When it opens next Spring, Chicagoland Speedway will be one of the country?s premiere motorsports facilities, featuring a 1.5 mile, 75,000-seat oval track, the nation?s top drag strip and a dirt oval track, along with a Midway Promenade and entertainment area, corporate hospitality village, and adequate onsite parking. The facility was designed by HNTB Sports Architecture, of Kansas City, which designed many of the country?s top arenas and stadiums for baseball, football, basketball and hockey. HNTB also designed International Speedway Corporation?s new 1.5 mile oval racetrack now under construction in Kansas City, Kansas. Joliet-based T.J. Lambrecht handled site excavation and preparation. Bovis, Inc., the construction company creating the Formula One track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is building the project. Chitwood noted that sports fans in the Chicago area are accustomed to modern sports arenas that offer comfortable seating, excellent food and beverage service, stylish surroundings, and family and corporate entertainment areas. He said that the Chicagoland Speedway was designed to deliver these same kinds of amenities. The project partners chose HNTB because the firm has designed many "stick-and-ball" sports arenas and it could bring the best of those arenas to auto racing as it becomes more of a mainstream sport. The Chicagoland Speedway incorporates the latest design innovations and fan amenities, including: Easy access from three major interstates ? I-80, I-55 and I-57; Onsite parking adequate to accommodate all race fans (no street parking required) and a camping area for fans who attend the three-to-four-day events; A festive Midway Promenade ? bordered by a scenic lake ? that connects the existing Route 66 drag strip to the front entrance of the superspeedway, where fans can gather before the race; A driver souvenir and race memorabilia area lining the Promenade, with special areas where drivers can meet the fans; Food concessions, musical entertainment and other family-oriented attractions located in entertainment zones on the Promenade; A corporate hospitality village with up to 75 tents arranged in a unique configuration and including a planned musical entertainment area. Once inside, fans will find: A D-shaped 1.5-mile race oval that affords excellent sight lines of the entire track for all fans; A warm-feeling, well-lighted and landscaped grandstand concourse Timing and scoring towers for easy visibility A pedestrian tunnel underneath the track, which affords safe passage for fans who have tickets to the infield area and must cross the track from the grandstand; Reserved long-term areas for recreational vehicles in the infield, at the second turn on the back straightaway and at the third turn; More than 30 luxury suites, each outfitted with its own restroom. "Today, auto racing attracts a wide range of fans, from the true motorsports enthusiasts to the casual observer," said Chitwood. "We are creating a facility that offers amenities that will ensure every fan has enjoyable experience." For drivers, Chicagoland Speedway offers a great racing environment and excellent atmosphere for their teams and families, including: Turns that are banked at 18 degrees, with 11-degree banking on the fron

t stretch and 5-degree banking on the back stretch Pavement width designed to accentuate side-by-side racing in both open wheel and stock car competitions Pit areas, including 44 spaces for stock cars and 34 spaces for open wheel cars Garage facilities featuring 120 bays and two inspection stations that offer easy, convenient access to drivers and teams Infield fueling station Vehicle tunnel into the infield to allow easy access for transporters and teams A special Driver?s Family RV area where drivers can park their recreational vehicles for the events, giving them more time to spend with their families rather than trying to commute back-and-forth to accommodations off the racing property. The facility also features an infield media center and grandstand press room to facilitate journalists? coverage of the racing activities. Chicagoland Speedway will host two major race weekends featuring the NASCAR Winston Cup series, the NASCAR Busch Grand National series and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. Founders P.A.S.S. season tickets go on sale this May, and general season ticket sales begin this Fall. The track is owned by Raceway Associates, LLC, which is made up of the combined interests of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation (IMS), the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and the founding owners of Route 66 Raceway, LLC. The track is located adjacent to the existing Route 66 Raceway, which opened in 1998 and will be part of the motorsports park. Route 66 includes a state-of-the-art drag strip, 3/8-mile clay oval and road-course test track, with stadium seating for 30,000 fans. It hosts the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Prestone Route 66 Nationals, which features Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, trucks and motorcycle racing

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