In an effort to help children lead happier, healthier lives, Chicagoland Speedway will team up with the Greater Joliet Area YMCA to host its second annual Car Wash for Kids on Friday, Oct. 5. New to the car wash experience this year, participants will be able to “dry” their cars by taking a guided lap around Chicagoland Speedway’s track.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be located in the Speedway’s infield off Laraway Road (enter through Gate 5). For a $20 donation, which will be split between the YMCA and Chicagoland Speedway’s 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, R.A.C.E., attendees will receive a car wash, a photo of their car in Gatorade Victory Lane and a track lap.

“We have put a great deal of emphasis in recent years on creating charitable programming to benefit Joliet and Will County,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway. “Car Wash for Kids is an ideal fit for us, because it gives race fans and members of the community an opportunity to enjoy and experience our world class venue while also raising money for a worthwhile local cause.”

Funds raised through the Car Wash for Kids event will benefit children, families and adults served by the YMCA who require a financial program or membership scholarship to participate. The Greater Joliet Area YMCA is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that has been serving Will County and its surrounding areas for 84 consecutive years. The Y provides programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. These programs and services are built on the Christian character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. As a result, healthy relationships are developed among children, adults and families to strengthen the community. Out of nearly 20,000 participants, the YMCA provides financial assistance to 1 out of 5 individuals. 

“The YMCA is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Chicagoland Speedway in their second annual car wash event. The Y and R.A.C.E. share a common mission of striving to improve the quality of life in our local community,” said James Watts, President and CEO of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.”

Armor All and STP have partnered with Chicagoland Speedway to make sure all of the vehicles at the event are protected from outdoor elements as we head into Fall by donating Armor All® Extreme Shield Wax, Armor All ® Ultra Shine Wash and Wax, Armor All Tire Foam and Armor All Cleaning Sponges for the Car Wash for Kids, along with take home items including iconic STP® stickers, pens, phone grips, and temporary tattoos.

“Everyone at Armor All® and STP® is proud to be partnering with Chicagoland Speedway for such an important cause,” said Guy Andrysick, EVP of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of AAG North America. “Anytime we have the opportunity to give back to communities that have been so supportive of our brands, it is great.”

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Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. The 2012 Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Seasons are presented by Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.  Visit and discover everything Illinois has to offer.  For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit


R.A.C.E., racing advocates for community enrichment, was established in 2012 providing support to nonprofit organizations and charitable causes while volunteering to cultivate community growth. A Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway foundation, R.A.C.E. aims to improve the quality of life for the greater Chicagoland area. We are a 501-c3 non-profit entity under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation.


The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice by developing relationships among all persons and providing programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body. It is one of the nation’s leading non-profits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families - regardless of age, income or background - from throughout Will County and its surrounding areas for 84 years. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. Through our three full-service branches, our Central City ‘Y without Walls,” and our Morris Community YMCA programs, thousands of area residents participate in exceptional year-round programming, including before and after school child care, summer camps, youth sports, group fitness classes and swim lessons, among others.

ArmoredAuto Group

Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., is primarily comprised of the Armor All® and STP® brands. The current Armor All product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and washes is designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. The STP product line of oil and fuel additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products has a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and "Do-it-Yourselfers".


Armored AutoGroup has a diversified geographic footprint with direct operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. and distributor relationships in approximately 50 countries.


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