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Joliet, Ill. – March 3, 2017 – In celebration of National Anthem Day, Chicagoland Speedway today announced the return of Jim Cornelison, better known as the “Gold Standard,” who will sing the ballad to kick off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in spectacular fashion on September 17. This will mark the fifth consecutive season that Cornelison has performed his iconic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Magnificent Mile-and-a-Half.
“We are excited to welcome back Jim Cornelison as an integral part of the pre-race festivities as Chicagoland Speedway kicks off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “The pageantry and patriotism that is synonymous with the sport of NASCAR is the perfect fit for the iconic voice of Jim Cornelison.”
Cornelison has belted out the National Anthem at Chicago-area events since 1996 and brought his talents to Chicagoland Speedway beginning in 2013.
“The National Anthem is a revered tradition among Chicagoans, especially among Chicago sports fans,” said Cornelison. “For this reason, it is a great honor to sing the Star Spangled Banner on the national platform presented before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway. Every year it has become more exciting as the fans have come to embrace being involved in the anthem.”
Tickets can be purchased online at ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway’s Administrative Office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place on Sept. 17 as part our four-race weekend September 14-17. On Thursday, Sept. 14 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series showdown, the first race in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
The complete 2017 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Weekend
Thursday, Sept. 14 ARCA Racing Series
Friday, Sept. 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Saturday, Sept. 16 NASCAR XFINITY Series
Sunday, Sept. 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series