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2017 Anthem Annual February

Historic Route 66 has Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images CHICAGOLAND always held a special place in the hearts of race fans and history buffs. A true symbol of an era of nostalgia, Historic Route 66 soon entered into another phase of history in 1997 when nine Joliet area entrepreneurs set out to create Route 66 Raceway, a state-of-the-art drag strip and dirt oval track facility, along the historic road. Several years later, the increasing popularity of auto racing and the demand from loyal fans resulted in the creation of Chicagoland Speedway. Five years of painstaking effort by Tony George, International Speedway Corporation’s William C. France and nine local Joliet entrepreneurs resulted in the 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval hosting its first race in 2001. On 930 acres of land, which is large enough to accommodate 42 United Centers (home of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls and the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks), the Speedway speedway is Illinois’ largest sporting facility. In 2007, the track installed lights, making way for night racing in 2008. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its Chicagoland debut in 2009, joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on the track’s yearly schedule. In 2011, Chicagoland Speedway saw its annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend moved from July to September, and the track now carries the unique distinction as host to the opening event of the 10-race season-ending playoff. 30 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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