Daytona 500 Winner Comes to Chicago


Joliet, Ill. (February 17, 2011) – With a Daytona 500 victory still close in his rear-view mirror, the winning driver of the 53rd running of the Great American Race will be in Chicago, Tuesday, February 22, to greet race fans in downtown Chicago.


Harry Caray’s will transform into an impromptu winner’s circle as the 2011 Daytona 500 champion celebrates winning NASCAR’s most prestigious race with the Windy City.  Fans are invited to welcome the newly crowned winner of the Great American Race to Chicago at a special fan party set to begin at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 22, at the Navy Pier Harry Caray’s location.  ESPN personality John “Jurko” Jurkovic will host the hour-long fan event, along with Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock.


Fans will have a chance to get an inside look at the Daytona 500 from the winner’s perspective during a live interview.  Following the interview, race fans will be invited to participate in a question and answer session with the NASCAR driver.  Fans will enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and prize giveaways, including the chance to win tickets to Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, September 18.


Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and capacity is limited.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Fans who have renewed their Chicagoland Speedway tickets for 2011 or buy tickets on February 20 will receive preferred seating while available.


Following the Navy Pier event, the Daytona 500 winner will be part of a “Lunch with a Legend” event at Morton’s the Steakhouse (65 East Wacker Place), hosted by ESPN’s Waddle & Silvy.  The Lunch with a Legend broadcast starts at noon.  To reserve your seat for lunch and to be part of the unique broadcast event, call Morton’s at (312) 201-0410.


Tickets for the 10th Anniversary season at Chicagoland Speedway go on sale this Sunday, February 20, to coincide with the launch of the NASCAR season.  On September 18, Chicagoland Speedway will host the kickoff of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, one of a number of major changes taking place at the track this season.


For the first time ever, all race tickets can be purchased on a single-day basis, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  With tickets starting as low as $55 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, there are more value options available to all levels of race fans.  Additionally, Chicagoland Speedway now allows soft-sided six-pack coolers to be brought in to the race for free.


For ticket information and to learn more about events on Tuesday, February 22, visit or call (888) 629-RACE.

Daytona 500 Winner Comes to Chicago

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