Go Green For Spring Festival presented by Julie to be held Saturday, April 30

R.A.C.E. to Offer Track Laps and Family-Fun Activities with All Proceeds Going to Charity


Joliet, Ill. – March 22, 2016 – Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway are inviting families to kick-off an eventful season of racing action by attending its inaugural “Go Green for Spring” event Presented by JULIE, Inc. on Saturday, April 30. This year’s Go Green for Spring event takes the place of the Easter Egg Dash typically held the week before Easter.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with guests entering the facility through Gate 4 off Laraway Road and continuing to follow all appropriate signage leading to the infield. A $10 donation per vehicle will be required upon entry to benefit  R.A.C.E., Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s nonprofit foundation. 

Starting at 10 a.m., a rare, event-exclusive offer will be available to all participants: contributors can take their own vehicles onto Chicagoland Speedway for two parade laps around the 1.5-mile oval that the stars of NASCAR will race on during the Sprint Cup weekend September 15-18. This opportunity is available for only an additional $10! For safety reasons, the track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, attendees on motorcycles or in oversized vehicles will not be able to participate in track laps.

In addition to the on-track opportunity, Go Green for Spring will feature a variety of guests in and around the Media Center, including:

  • JULIE, Inc. will sponsor a ‘Design a Pot” craft for the first 500 children in attendance and will feature special prizes for children while presenting an opportunity to learn more about safely beginning any digging project
  • The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education in Crest Hill will host bird feeder building with the first 100 children who visit their display
  • NASCAR Green and the Arbor Day Foundation will supply saplings (young trees) to the first 500 children in attendance
  • Nicor Gas’ Energy Efficiency program will present ideas and tools to help attendees save energy and money
  • The Greater Joliet Area YMCA will offer the opportunity for families to enroll their children in summer camp while providing opportunities for kids to participate in various games
  • The Joliet Fire Department will be present with their Touch-A-Truck program from 11 a.m. – Noon
  • The Joliet Slammers will bring along the mischievous JL Bird, a fast pitch for kids to see how just how quick they can throw and 2016 season schedules highlighting their Opening Day on May 17
  • Men in Black DJ Entertainment will supply the tunes throughout the day
  • Chicagoland Speedway mascot, Dash, will pose alongside the Chicagoland Speedway show car for pictures in Gatorade Victory Lane
  • And much more!

Simply by participating in the event, attendees will help support local community organizations –all proceeds collected from this event will benefit R.A.C.E., Chicagoland Speedway’s 501c3 charitable entity. Funds accumulated throughout the year will allow the organization to donate upwards of $40,000 in grants to Chicagoland community agencies at the year-end luncheon. The 2016 Grant Application process is now open and accepting submissions here.

Outside of the Go Green for Spring event, fans can support the local community through their favorite racing venue with the click of a button by visiting www.chicagolandspeedway.com/Track-Info/RACE.aspx. Now you too can support invaluable organizations such as 100 Club of Chicago, Armed Forces Foundation, Bolingbrook Explorers, G.W. Buck Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission and many, many more.


The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 15-18, will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the 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.

The complete 2016 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend

Thursday, Sept. 15        ARCA Racing Series

Friday, Sept. 16            NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 17        NASCAR XFINITY Series

Sunday, Sept. 18          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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