When Joe Troha?s eight-year-old son Tyler convinced him to purchase a raffle ticket for the Chicagoland Speedway Ceremonial Car during the Tropicana 400, he never dreamed they would actually win the car. On Tuesday, October 2, Joe, along with his wife Linda and his son Tyler who live in Plainfield, Illinois, drove away as the grand prize winners of the Chicagoland Speedway Ceremonial Car. ?I was shocked when I was told I won the car. I honestly never thought we would win,? said Joe. His wife Linda added, ?Winning the car is just an added bonus. Being able to contribute to helping out a local charity is what it?s all about.? After a trip around the track in the Ceremonial Car, the family took pictures on the Start/Finish Line with Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway, and Stephen Corrao, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet. ?Being on the track was an experience of a lifetime for our family. Everyone at Chicagoland Speedway was very gracious. We will never forget that day,? said Linda. The Ceremonial Car Raffle was one of several fundraisers Chicagoland Speedway took part in this year to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet. ?This was another way we felt we could help benefit the vital work the Boys and Girls Club does for the youth in Joliet,? said Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. ?We were very pleased to be part of this raffle and we look forward to our continuing relationship with Chicagoland Speedway,? said Corrao. ?Over the past year, Chicagoland Speedway has assisted in fundraisers, donated clothing and given our kids opportunities they would have never had,? Corrao added. The 2001 Chicagoland Speedway Ceremonial Car was unveiled at the Daley Center in Chicago earlier this year. It took 230 man-hours to paint and was designed by Steve Heyman, a local Chicago artist. Dupont Automotive Finishes and Cars Collision Center of Naperville donated the time and paint for the car. Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon, a Certified Public Accounting Firm from Joliet, conducted the grand prize drawing. There were also ten runner-ups who each received a Limited Edition Chicagoland Speedway Tropicana 400 Inaugural Event 1/24-Scale Die-Cast.
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