Joliet, Ill. — December 6, 2018 — Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s charitable entity, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), donated $52,809 in grants to 31 deserving Chicagoland  community organizations in 2018 at today’s seventh annual luncheon to honor those  organizations.

In addition to the gifts mentioned above, $148,532 distributed by Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway through contributions to 23 local service groups for their work during the NHRA and NASCAR event weekends. Beyond that, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s food and beverage partner, Levy Restaurants, contributed another $97,923 as it staffed its concession locations with yet another collection of charitable groups. In the end, the four entities provided a total of $299,264 in donations to deserving organizations within the region in 2018.

“It is incredibly humbling to reflect upon the impact Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway, R.A.C.E. and Levy Restaurants has had in the local community through R.A.C.E.,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. “Since R.A.C.E.’s inception in 2012, we have collectively presented $2.1 million to deserving charitable organizations, athletic teams and clubs.”

R.A.C.E. developed integral partnerships with a multitude of organizations which activated during major event weekends, including the NASCAR Stars and Stripes Weekend, the Route 66 NHRA Nationals and the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic.

The following 21 organizations were awarded grants Thursday and photos from the event can be found here:

•The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad is a group of men and women who provide military honors for veterans buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The grant awarded for $1,000 will aid in the continuation of honoring our veterans.


•The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Support Committee is a registered nonprofit organization founded by military veterans, family members and interested citizens to provide support for the maintenance, improvement and continued development of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The grant awarded for $1,000 will assist with maintenance of this regional landmark.


•Cheers to the Warriors is a nonprofit organization that does business as Warrior Vodka. Eighty percent of all Warrior Vodka sales made through an alcohol distribution company is deposited into a Cheers to the Warriors bank account with the only checks written out of that account going directly to combat injured veterans.

•Easterseals was selected by former Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton to benefit from his participation in the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches. Easterseals received $1,000 to help children and adults with disabilities and special needs find the highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs.


•GHQ Military Preservation Group provides a way to preserve United States of America military history and heritage. The group is challenged to offer all Americans, young and old, the opportunity to view, experience and learn about the nation’s military services during peace time, war or conflict around the world. GHQ wants all of America to understand, appreciate, and respect all that have served our country and protected our freedom. One thousand dollars was presented to the organization for this purpose.


•Grundy County Community Foundation was selected by Grundy County Executive Chris Balkema to benefit from his participation in the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches. The Community Foundation of Grundy County was presented with $2,000 to bridge people who care with causes that matter by facilitating grants, providing unique donor services and convening the community around issues of concern to develop plans of action.


•Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity was awarded $2,000 as a result of Grundy County States Attorney Jason Helland’s participation in the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches to assist in the elimination of substandard housing locally.


•The Illinois Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% volunteer, federally registered non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders and honorably discharged veterans. The Illinois Patriot Guard Riders received $1,000.



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