The Gronkowski Family Makes Their First Visit to Chicagoland Speedway on June 20th for the NASCAR XFINITY Series

Rob Gronkowski

Joliet, Ill. – June 1, 2015 – New England Patriots All-Pro tight end and Super Bowl Champion, Rob Gronkowski, will kick off Father’s Day Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 20. Alongside his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan, Glenn and their father, Gordy Sr., it will be a family affair as Rob and his four brothers serve as co-Grand Marshals and Gordy Sr. serves as the Honorary Starter.  Rob will then lead the field of drivers onto the track as the official pace car driver prior to kick-off the NASCAR XFINITY Series race under the lights.

Gronkowski, 26, recently became the first tight end in NFL history to have four consecutive seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions, and owns an NFL record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single season with 17 in 2011. “Gronk’s” most recent touchdown reception came in Super Bowl XLIX, as his New England Patriots emerged victorious over the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.

“I’m stoked to spend Father’s Day weekend with my family at Chicagoland Speedway.  Not only are we coming from all over the country to celebrate the best dad in the world, but I get the ultimate adrenaline rush of getting behind the wheel and driving the pace car to kick-off the NASCAR race,” said Rob Gronkowski. “My brothers and I get to say the most famous words in racing, ‘Drivers Start Your Engines,” and my dad gets to wave the green flag to start the race. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

In addition to appearing in Chicagoland Speedway’s Infield Fan Zone for a free Q-and-A with fans, the Gronkowski’s will also meet with several families from the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation as part of the family’s “Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.” The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation is an organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting youth to reach their maximum potential by empowering them to be positively involved in sports, community activities, education and fitness.


Tickets for the XFINITY Series Race at Chicagoland Speedway start at just $30 for adults and $5 for kids, while Fan Zone Pit Passes are just $25. A race ticket also includes entry to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, running on the same day. Tickets can be purchased now at, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.


Father’s Day Weekend begins at Chicagoland Speedway with a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 20. In addition to the XFINITY Series race, the June weekend will welcome back the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and two nights of TORC: The Off Road Championship Series Presented by Amsoil at Route 66 Raceway. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will return to Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, Sept. 18-20, with a triple-header weekend of action.  

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