ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOURISM ANNOUNCED AS EVENT TITLE SPONSOR FOR NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Kicks Off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend

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Joliet, Ill. – August 28, 2013 – Chicagoland Speedway today announced the Illinois Office of Tourism as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race this September. The EnjoyIllinois.com 225 will run under the lights on Friday, Sept. 13 as part of a triple-header weekend that kicks off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway.

Illinois hosted more than 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, a 6.1 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents who visited Illinois in 2011. It marked the second year in a row that Illinois’ visitor numbers broke records and outpaced the national average of 5.4 percent.

 “Visitors to Chicagoland Speedway know the thrill of experiencing the track in Joliet as well as the wealth of attractions, restaurants and entertainment options that surround them on a visit to our state,” said Jen Hoelzle, deputy director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism  “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Speedway and Illinois in September as the title sponsor for EnjoyIllinois.com 225 to kick off the NASCAR weekend.”

The EnjoyIlinois.com 225 falls on the same day as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying for the GEICO 400 and will also mark Family Fun Night at the track, with post-race fireworks.  Advance Tickets for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 start at just $25 and kids 12 and under are free in certain sections.

“As a destination, we all know Illinois has a great deal to offer. That has become increasingly evident given the record breaking number of people visiting over the past two years, and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend is yet another opportunity to demonstrate one of our state’s great assets,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “As we look to the start of NASCAR’s playoffs, we’re hopeful race fans from near and far join us to Enjoy Illinois with a thrilling night race.”

For the third consecutive year, Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2013 championship. The EnjoyIllinois.com 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 13 along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series returns with the GEICO 400 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup concluding the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 15.

For tickets to the GEICO 400, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, or the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 click here or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

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