Chicagoland Speedway

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Chicagoland Speedway, outside of Chicago in Joliet, Illinois, offers NASCAR fans a chance to experience some racing in America's heartland. Though the Windy City is an obvious tourist destination, don't overlook Joliet when it comes to planning your racing experience weekend. Adjacent to its sister track, Route 66 Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois is a $130 million, 1.5-mile, D-shaped tri-oval speedway that annually hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, Firestone Indy Lights and IRL IndyCar Series.


Chicagoland Speedway sits on 930 acres of land, which is large enough to accommodate 42 United Centers (Home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks).


Chicagoland Speedway provides 500 acres of free parking for over 50,000 vehicles. Racecar drivers love this racetrack because although it's a tight track, it gives them plenty of room to move around and offers them the challenges of high speeds and precision turns. A concrete track has a different feel than an asphalt track. A brand new concrete track has less grip than asphalt, but the grip increases as the track gets more rubber on it. The bumps are different on a concrete track, also. While an asphalt track can feel bumpy or wavy, bumps in concrete feel like a vibration instead. The Joliet track is considered to have one of the best shapes available in the circuit, and the turns are driven almost identically. The track's construction is excellent, and race car drivers find that it races amazingly well.


“Little did I know the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure would be such a thrill!”

Carter Hunt

Safety at Chicagoland Speedway

Safety at ChicagoLand Speedway is enhanced by Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers on all four turns, the tri-oval, and the inside retaining wall of the backstretch. With enough seats for more than 75,000 guests plus 10,000 more in the infield, ChicagoLand Speedway is equipped to handle the roaring crowds it attracts on professional race days.

Racetrack Specifications

Completed: 1999

Length: 1.5 miles

Shape: D-shaped tri-oval

Banking: 18° turns, 94° frontstretch, 5° backstretch

Frontstretch length: 2,400 feet

Backstretch length: 1,700 feet

Seating capacity: 75,000

Location:

Chicagoland Speedway

500 Speedway Blvd.

Joliet, IL 60433

815-722-5500


Driving Directions:

Chicagoland Speedway has approximately 500 acres of parkable land adjacent to our facility. Day parking on Chicagoland Speedway is always FREE. If you are paying to park, you are not on Chicagoland Speedway property.


All inbound traffic will be directed to the nearest lot. If you have a parking credential, it should be displayed at all times. Please hang your parking credential from your mirror before you arrive at the track.


Overnight parking is not allowed except in designated camping areas.


A trolley service will be available to fans at designated pick-up and drop-off locations around Loop Road.


Motorcycle parking is provided in a special lot located off Schweitzer road in Lot D.



“During my 13-year road racing career, I have driven factory-prepared Ferrari racecars, Porsche, and BMW racecars, and many others. No doubt driving an actual Nextel type racecar on a large oval is quite an experience.”

Carter Hunt

Description of Joliet, Illinois:

Joliet now has a population over 145,000 and remains one of the fastest growing cities in Illinois and in the United States. The new population numbers show that Joliet has become a destination city and now the entire country is starting to notice.


More people moving into the City creates a broader tax base for our residents…and more new homes built in Joliet creates more jobs. In addition to being a great place to live, Joliet is also a great place to play. Millions of people visit Joliet each year to check out our two casinos, NASCAR track, NHRA dragstrip, our beautiful baseball stadium, water park, library and museum.


Casino gaming revenue has allowed the city to take on projects never before thought possible. Over 90% of gaming revenue is put back into the city through our neighborhood improvement program, economic development program and other programs like those. Joliet is the trendsetter when it comes to supporting local schools. No other community in Illinois helps schools the way we do



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