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Joliet, Ill. – July 30, 2015 – Returning for the third consecutive year, Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer and better known as the “Golden Standard,” will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 20.

Cornelison, who has belted out the anthem for the current Stanley Cup Champions on a full-time basis since 2007, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University’s Masters of Music program has also performed at numerous Chicago Bears games and at Medinah Country Club for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

“We are thrilled to have Jim Cornelison as a part of the pre-race festivities to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “The patriotism and pageantry during a NASCAR weekend is unrivaled and to have the iconic voice of Mr. Cornelison perform the national anthem adds to the specialness of the weekend.”

Cornelison moved to Chicago in 1995 at the invitation of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recognized globally for world-class artistic excellence, and after a successful stint, left to pursue his career as a professional opera singer. As a leading tenor, Cornelison’s talents took him around the world while performing for various opera companies in places such as London, Brussels, Bordeaux, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Hawaii.

Fans can enjoy the pageantry of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race from the infield with the Fan Zone Pass. The Fan Zone Pit Pass brings race fans into the action, including access to the Infield Fan Zone for music and entertainment, pre-race Brett Eldredge concert access, NASCAR personality Q-and-A sessions, tech inspection viewing areas and an up-close look at driver introductions. On Sunday of the Sprint Cup series race, fans also have access onto pit road to view their favorite drivers and cars.


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 Administrative office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 18-20, will begin with I-Cash Pole Qualifying followed by the American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In addition to the racing action, fans can enjoy live musical entertainment including country music star Brett Eldredge, Champions Park, tailgating and more. Tickets start at just $25 with kids tickets (12 and under) $25 OFF, and parking is always FREE at Chicagoland Speedway.

The remaining 2015 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

Date                             Event

Friday, Sept. 18            I-Cash Pole Qualifying and American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping

                                       World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 19        Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race

Sunday, Sept. 20          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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