Trevor Bayne - NASCAR's Newest Star to Come to Chicago
With the wave of the checkered flag, Trevor Bayne made NASCAR history and forever changed his young but promising career. In only his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and just one day after his 20th birthday, Bayne became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history. The rookie driver made his trek to the finish line like a seasoned veteran but finding his way into Daytona International Speedway’s victory lane seemed his most challenging drive of the day.
A statisticians’ dream race, the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 set many records and reached several milestones. Bayne’s victory was team owner Wood Brothers’ fifth Daytona 500 victory; their 98th series win overall and Ford’s 600th win. The freshly resurfaced track welcomed a new breed of draft racing, with a record setting 74 lead changes, 22 different leaders and 16 cautions. Bayne joins a select but elite group of seven racers who earned their first career point earning race win in the Daytona 500, joining the likes of Mario Andretti and Michael Waltrip.
Fans are invited to welcome the newly crowned winner of the Great American Race to Chicago at a special fan party set to begin at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 22, at the Navy Pier Harry Caray’s location. ESPN personality John “Jurko” Jurkovic will host the hour-long fan event, along with Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock.
Fans will have a chance to get an inside look at the Daytona 500 from Trevor’s perspective during a live interview. Following the interview, race fans will be invited to participate in a question and answer session with the youngest Daytona 500 winner in history. Fans will enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and prize giveaways, including the chance to win tickets to Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, September 18.
Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and capacity is limited. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Fans who have renewed their Chicagoland Speedway tickets for 2011 or buy tickets on February 20 will receive preferred seating while available.
Following the Navy Pier event, the Daytona 500 winner will be part of a “Lunch with a Legend” event at Morton’s the Steakhouse (65 East Wacker Place), hosted by ESPN’s Waddle & Silvy. The Lunch with a Legend broadcast starts at noon. To reserve your seat for lunch and to be part of the unique broadcast event, call Morton’s at (312) 201-0410.
Tickets for the 10th Anniversary season at Chicagoland Speedway go on sale this Sunday, February 20, to coincide with the launch of the NASCAR season. On September 18, Chicagoland Speedway will host the kickoff of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, one of a number of major changes taking place at the track this season.
For the first time ever, all race tickets can be purchased on a single-day basis, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. With tickets starting as low as $55 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, there are more value options available to all levels of race fans. Additionally, Chicagoland Speedway now allows soft-sided six-pack coolers to be brought in to the race for free.
For ticket information and to learn more about events on Tuesday, February 22, visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com or call (888) 629-RACE.