IRL: Chicagoland Speedway 2006 schedule

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE Schedule Features Season-Ending IRL IndyCar Series Event on Sept. 10, along with the Return of NASCAR in July (Joliet, Ill. - September 14, 2005) Chicagoland Speedway's 2006 racing schedule again ...

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE

Schedule Features Season-Ending IRL IndyCar Series Event on Sept. 10, along with the Return of NASCAR in July

(Joliet, Ill. - September 14, 2005) Chicagoland Speedway's 2006 racing schedule again features five races spanning two event weekends, culminating in the Indy Racing League's season-ending IndyCar Series race on Sun., Sept. 10, 2006. NASCAR's Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series will once again visit Chicagoland Speedway in early July.

Chicagoland Speedway's racing season opens with the 300-mile USG Durock 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Sat., July 8, and the 400-mile USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sun., July 9. The ARCA/IRL weekend consists of the 200-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Sat., Sept. 9, and the 100-mile IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series race followed by the IRL IndyCar Series race on Sun., Sept. 10, the final race of the IRL season.

"We are just coming off another stellar, sold-out season, and we're already very excited about the next one," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "Each year, we try to improve so that we can exceed our fans' expectations, and our 2006 schedule will certainly help with that. For five years, fans have come to expect the closest finishes in IRL history to happen here, and now they'll witness the IRL crown their 2006 champion at our track. Our NASCAR event in July is always a big success, and we're proud to offer both series in Joliet again."

Alexander urges race fans to act now so they don't miss the 2006 racing action. "The popularity of motorsports is growing so fast, especially here in the Midwest. The excitement has continued to build each year, and our Track Pack has quickly become one of the hottest tickets in the area. Because of the outstanding racing, our state-of-the-art facility and the entertainment value we offer in our Track Pack, we have sold out our grandstands each year since our 2001 inaugural season. We encourage our 2005 Track Pack fans to purchase quickly for the best seats available so they are not caught looking for tickets that are not available next summer. If you did not have Track Packs for the 2005 season, we suggest you call and place your name on the 2006 Track Pack waiting list to beat the general public on-sale date."

2005 Track Pack holders will have the first option to purchase 2006 Track Packs, as well as add seats. Once 2005 Track Pack holders have been accommodated, those on the 2006 wait list will be given the opportunity to purchase a 2006 Track Pack. For a $25 deposit, which will be used towards the purchase of 2006 Track Pack, race fans can be placed on the current wait list. Wait-list fans will be accommodated before Track Packs go on sale to the general public on Mon., Feb. 20, 2006.

<pre> 2006 CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY SEASON SCHEDULE*

JULY 7-9 NASCAR WEEKEND: July 8, 2006: USG Durock 300 NASCAR Busch Series (300 Miles) July 9, 2006: USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (400 Miles)

SEPTEMBER 9-10 ARCA/IRL WEEKEND: Sept. 9, 2006: ARCA RE/MAX Series (200 Miles) Sept. 10, 2006: IRL Infiniti Pro Series (100 Miles) Sept. 10, 2006: IRL IndyCar Series (300 Miles)

*Schedule subject to change

-cs

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