Chicagoland Speedway Celebrates April Earth Month with Tree Planting and Volunteerism


Chicagoland Speedway to donate proceeds from NASCAR ticket sales – April 22-28 – to the Forest Preserve of Will County

Joliet, Ill. – April 4, 2012 – This Arbor Day, Thursday, April 26, Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock will join City of Joliet officials and students from River View Elementary in a ceremonial tree planting.  In support of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air initiative, 70 trees will be planted throughout Joliet and Will County.

“At a time when budgets are tight and our ash trees are being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer, we are extremely appreciative of the donation of 70 trees to our city forest,” said Rita Renwick, Chairperson for the City of Joliet Tree Advisory Board. “The planting of trees at River View School, in commemoration of Arbor Day, is a fine example of a cooperative partnership and is, literally, a breath of fresh air for the City of Joliet.  These trees will improve our neighborhoods by producing oxygen and keeping our air clean. The gift of trees will benefit our citizens far into the future!”

The ceremony, to be held at River View Elementary school, is part of a NASCAR program to help capture carbon emissions produced by racing. Chicagoland Speedway, one of the first 11 tracks to participate in the project in 2009, has worked on the NASCAR Green Clean Air initiative for the past four years.

“Like any organization and as citizens of the world, we are well aware of our responsibilities to help protect our environment,” said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. “Through our collective efforts in conjunction with the Forest Preserve of Will County, we are celebrating April Earth Month by making a positive environmental impact and giving back to our local community.”

In addition to the tree-planting ceremony on April 26, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway employees will also volunteer with the Forest Preserve District of Will County on Saturday, April 21 for a Community Work Day. Participants will assist in various trail maintenance, including brush removal and wood chipping, to celebrate Earth Day Weekend. The contributions will benefit native plants and wildlife, in addition to preparing the district for its annual family bicycle ride in May.

Further supporting the Forest Preserve of Will County and Earth Month, Chicagoland Speedway will donate $5 from every NASCAR event ticket purchased from Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28 to the Forest Preserve of Will County. Fans must use the promo code EARTHDAY2012. To purchase tickets, visit or call (888) 629-RACE.


The 2012 Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR schedule of events are as follows:

Date                Event

July 21              NASCAR Camping World Truck Series & ARCA Racing presented by Menards
July 22              STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series

Sept. 15            Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sept. 16            GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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