Danica Patrick to Appear in Checkered Flag Fan Zone During July NASCAR Weekend

Patrick will join fellow Illinois native, Justin Allgaier, and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Joliet, Ill. – June 6, 2012 – Roscoe, Ill. native and one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, Danica Danica PatrickPatrick, will kick-off her first of two NASCAR weekends of racing at Chicagoland Speedway as she takes to the track on Sunday, July 22, for the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Before she takes the green flag, Patrick will be appearing in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone for a question-and-answer session with fans.

“The addition of Danica Patrick to an already impressive July hospitality lineup is a thrill for us,” said Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock. “Not only is Danica an Illinois native, but she is also one of NASCAR’s most followed and recognizable drivers.  It is always our goal to provide our fans with access to the most compelling lineup of drivers possible during our event weekends, and we believe Danica’s presence in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone certainly helps us to achieve that objective.”

Patrick, who will run in three races at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012, will join reigning 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Riverton, Ill. Native and last year’s STP 300 Champion, Justin Allgaier, in the Checkered Flag Fan Zone over the course of the weekend. Patrick, Allgaier and Stenhouse Jr. will give fans an opportunity to get inside news from NASCAR’s up-and-coming stars while also having access to food and beverages in a race fan’s ideal social atmosphere.

The Checkered Flag Fan Zone is located just outside of the track’s main entrance and provides race fans with a unique, inside look at a few of their favorite drivers along with a hospitality opportunity. In addition to behind the scenes driver access and a full buffet meal in a climate-controlled tent with unlimited soda, water and three beer tickets, (must be 21 years of age or older) fans will also have access to self guided pit tours, music, entertainment and prizes. Tickets to the Checkered Flag Fan Zone are as low as $69 on Saturday, July 21 for the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, $115 on Sunday, July 22 for the STP 300, or special weekend pricing of $169 for both days.

For more information on fan hospitality, weekend packages and single-day race tickets for Chicagoland Speedway’s 2012 season, call 888-629-RACE (7223) or log on to www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

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