Kurt Busch Announces New Fan Initiatives as President of the Day
Chicagoland Speedway today announced that it has named NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and former Sprint Cup Series Champion, Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), interim president for a day. Busch joins the track three months after it announced that its NASCAR Sprint Cup series race will move to the first race in the Chase in 2011.
"This is a very exciting time for Chicagoland Speedway, as the track begins to prepare for its 10 year anniversary celebration,” said Busch. “There are many things fans can look forward to for next season, including Chicagoland Speedway kicking off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, as well as some of the new changes put in place that will hopefully build up a great deal of excitement and ultimately, help out the fans financially.”
For the first time ever, fans may purchase single-day tickets to all of Chicagoland Speedway’s events throughout the season, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, September 18, with tickets starting as low as $55 for that day.
Fans may also bring one soft-sided cooler per person sized 6 x 6 x 12 inches into the grandstands. This is a reversal of the speedway’s prior carry-in policy and is intended to help enhance the race day experience for Chicagoland’s guests.
Next season, fans will also have more room in the grandstands, as the track will begin widening the space of its entire bench-seating area next spring.
“It’s great to have Kurt on hand to assist Chicagoland Speedway in announcing some very exciting, fan friendly initiatives for 2011,” said Ken Kohrs, vice president of operations. “The track continues to listen to feedback from its fans, and we feel the changes implemented at Chicagoland will directly address what they’ve been asking for.”
In honor of Chicagoland Speedway’s 10th anniversary, fans can be the first to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public by logging onto www.chicagolandspeedway.com and placing a $10 deposit down from Nov. 8, 2010 through Jan. 30, 2011. Fans who place a $10 deposit can secure their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets from Feb. 7 – 15, 2011 by calling 888-629-RACE. The $10 deposit is non-refundable but can be used toward the ticket purchase of any 2011 event at Chicagoland Speedway.
Tickets to the September 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series night race start at only $25 and tickets for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, September 17 start at $40. For Chicagoland Speedway’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series event on June 4, tickets start at $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger.
A season Track Pack, which will include admission to five (5) races over two (2) event weekends, are still available and will offer fans the best value. Season tickets start as low as $140.
For more information regarding ticket pricing, new policy changes or next season’s schedule at Chicagoland Speedway, call 815-722-5500 or log on to www.chicagolandspeedway.com. Tickets for the 2011 season go on sale to the general public Monday, February 21.
*NOTE: Busch will donate compensation received for acting as interim track president for a day to the Kurt Busch Foundation. The Foundation provides support to organizations that are positively involved in the areas of health care, education, career training, and rehabilitation.
2011 CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY SEASON SCHEDULE*
JUNE 4 ARCA / NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES WEEKEND:
Saturday, June 4: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Saturday, June 4: NASCAR Nationwide Series (night race)
SEPTEMBER 16 – 18 NASCAR RACE WEEKEND:
Friday, September 16: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (night race)
Saturday, September 17: NASCAR Nationwide SeriesSunday, September 18: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup)