Chicagoland Speedway, the state-of-the-art 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois that annually hosts NASCAR and the Indy Racing League, is teaming-up with Chicago Cub Legend and 2005 National Baseball Hall-of-Fame inductee, Ryne Sandberg, to promote track pack sales for the 2005 race season.

     A Track Pack for Chicagoland Speedway’s 2005 season, which ranges in price from $195.00 to $260.00, includes admission to five (5) races over two (2) event weekends. The NASCAR weekend returns with the 300-mile NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, July 9 and the 400-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, July 10. The 2005 season will conclude with the ARCA/IRL weekend, which includes the 200-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, September 10 and the Chicagoland 100 (IRL® Menards Infiniti Pro Seriesâ„¢) and 300-mile IRL® IndyCar® Series race on Sunday, September 11.

     Sandberg, who is scheduled to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 31, 2005, will promote Track Pack sales in 2005 by appearing in Chicagoland Speedway’s 2005 television commercial and narrating portions of the radio commercial. The 30-second television commercials and 60-second radio spots will begin running throughout the Chicago metropolitan area on Sunday, February 20, the day of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 47th annual Daytona 500.

     â€œIt’s been a pleasure partnering with Ryne Sandberg to help promote motorsports in Chicago,” said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. “Chicago is a town rich in sports history and motorsports is quickly growing in popularity and becoming part of the great sports tradition landscape in this city.” Sandberg’s appearance is not the first for a Chicago athlete in a Chicagoland Speedway commercial. Well-known Chicago athletes such as Chicago Bears’ Line Backer Brian Urlacher and Chicago Cub’s pitcher Kerry Wood have also appeared in past Chicagoland Speedway television commercials.

     Produced by Daytona, Fla.-based Mentor Films, the television commercial was shot on location at Phoenix International Raceway. The entire creative process was handled in-house by Chicagoland Speedway. “We definitely wanted the commercial to appeal to the Chicago sports fan,” commented Alexander. Along with Sandberg and Chicagoland Speedway’s slogan, “…Feel the Need for Speed”, the commercial features video of Chicago, as well as voices and music that Chicago sports fans will easily recognize. “The commercial is spectacular and we are very pleased with the work Mentor Films has done,” concluded Alexander.

     Sandberg made his major league debut at the end of the 1981 season with the Philadelphia Phillies where he only played in 13 games. Before the 1982 season began Sandberg was dealt to the Chicago Cubs where he solidified himself as a fan favorite over a successful, 14-year career with the north side club. Sandberg’s career as the Cub’s second baseman is highlighted by 10 consecutive All-Star game appearances (1984-1993), one Most Valuable Player award (1984) and nine consecutive Gold Glove awards (1983-1991). Most notably, Sandberg was instrumental in leading the Cubs in 1984 to its first postseason appearance since 1945, and returning the club there five seasons later, as the Cubs again captured the National League Eastern Division title in 1989.

     Track Packs for the 2005 season at Chicagoland Speedway will go on sale to the general public beginning 9:00 am (CT) on Monday, February 21, 2005. Track Packs can be purchased at the Chicagoland Speedway Ticket Office, by phone at 815-727-RACE (7223) or online at

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