Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway Announce Creation of R.A.C.E., 501 (C)(3) Nonprofit Foundation

R.A.C.E. will benefit the greater Chicagoland area

Joliet, Ill. – May 8, 2012 – Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway today announced the Buy Tickets Nowcreation of R.A.C.E., Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment, at Joliet Central High School. The 501 (C)(3) foundation will provide financial support to charitable causes in the Chicagoland area beginning in 2012.

“It is with a great deal of excitement that we launch R.A.C.E. here today,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway president. “We are more committed than ever to improving the community we are a part of, and we believe R.A.C.E. will be vital to that process.”

With a focus on youth, safe driving and the military, R.A.C.E. will raise funds over the course of the year through various events. The three principles will guide the R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee, which will be responsible for evaluating grant applications throughout the year.

Along with Joliet Township High School Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, and Mayor Thomas Giarrante, the Illinois Department of Transportation was also on hand to provide a distracted driving presentation to Joliet Central students in attendance. After the presentation, students had an opportunity to sign a “Don’t drive in-text-icated” pledge after the presentation for two tickets to the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

"IDOT remains committed to the fight against distracted driving, and applauds the strategic efforts of Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and safety advocates to create R.A.C.E.," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "We recognize the importance of educating and encouraging young motorists to drive responsibly and safely. The implementation of R.A.C.E. and IDOT's popular Operation Teen Safe Driving program can collectively boost awareness of distracted driving and positively shape motorist behavior on Illinois roadways."

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants by visiting and filling out the necessary paperwork. Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, May 8, and the process will remain open through September 1. Grant applications will be reviewed by the R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee immediately following the deadline and distributed accordingly by December. For more information on R.A.C.E., visit


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