Weekend of Firsts on Tap for August Race Weekend
In just a few short weeks, fans will be treated to not one, but two inaugural events at Chicagoland Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make a stop at the 1.5-mile oval for the very first time and the IndyCar Series, which is known for its side-by-side racing, high speeds and exciting finishes will make its debut under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/IndyCar Series race weekend August 28-29.
This year’s action at Chicagoland Speedway will begin on Friday, August 28, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, along with Patrick Sheltra, Justin Lofton, Bryan Silas and other stars of the ARCA RE/MAX Series, will race head-to-head in the ninth running of the Ansell Cut Protection 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
Later in the evening, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make its debut under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine and others will add to all of the non-stop action and excitement taking place on the track throughout the weekend.
The side-by-side, 220 mph heart-pumping action of the IndyCar Series will take place Saturday, August 29, when drivers from the Firestone Indy Lights Series kick off an action-packed day with the Chicagoland 100. In 2007, the Firestone Indy Lights race at Chicagoland Speedway was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the closest margin of victory in a car race. The 67-lap, 100-mile race was decided by 0.0005 of a second, as Logan Gomez crossed the finish line first, edging out Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Alex Lloyd by 1.65 inches at 190 mph for the win.
Following this year’s Firestone Indy Lights race, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon and the rest of the stars of the IndyCar Series will take to the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval to battle it out under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway to see who will take the checkered flag during the track’s inaugural IndyCar Series night race on Saturday evening. Fans should expect close side-by-side racing from start to finish, as three of the top-five closest finishes in IndyCar Series history (including the closest finish ever) have taken place at Chicagoland Speedway. Last year, Castroneves’ photo-finish victory over Dixon by 0.0033 seconds marked the second closest finish in IndyCar Series history. However, Dixon’s second place finish was good enough for him to be crowned 2008 IndyCar Series Champion.