CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2007 SCHEDULE
Schedule Features Second Consecutive Season-Ending IndyCar Series Event on Sept. 9 and the Return of NASCAR in mid-July
(Joliet, Ill. - September 21, 2006) Chicagoland Speedway's 2007 racing schedule again features five races spanning two event weekends, culminating in the season-ending IndyCar Series race for the second consecutive year on Sun., Sept. 9, 2007. NASCAR's Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series will be moved back one weekend, visiting Chicagoland Speedway in mid-July.
Chicagoland Speedway's racing season opens with the 300-mile USG DUROCK 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Sat., July 14, and the 400-mile USG SHEETROCK 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sun., July 15. The ARCA/IndyCar Series weekend consists of the 200-mile ARCA RE/MAX Series race and the 100-mile Indy Pro Series race on Sat., Sept. 8, followed by the IndyCar Series season finale race on Sun., Sept. 9.
"We are coming off one of the best racing seasons in our six-year history, and we're already looking forward to topping it in 2007," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "Each year, we try to improve our state-of-the-art facility so that we can continue to exceed our fans' expectations, offering them the opportunity to have one of the most enjoyable weekend experiences in all of motorsports. Our 2007 schedule will once again provide fans the opportunity to witness the IndyCar Series crown its champion at our track, while drivers like three of our past champions, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, competing for the checkered flag ensures another exciting NASCAR event in July."
"We look forward to Chicagoland Speedway closing out the IndyCar Series schedule once again in 2007," said Brian Barnhart, president and COO of the Indy Racing League. "You couldn't ask for anything more than the race we had earlier this month at Chicagoland with the high-speed and close racing culminating in a championship points battle tie, two points separating first from third place and one of the fastest races in IndyCar Series history."
After recording six consecutive sold out seasons at Chicagoland Speedway, Alexander urges race fans to act now so they don't miss the 2007 racing action. "Each year, we're seeing the popularity of motorsports grow at a tremendous rate, specifically right here in the Midwest. We have successfully sold out our season tickets each year since we opened in 2001 and we're looking forward to another sold out racing season in 2007. To avoid looking for seats that are not available next summer, we encourage all of our 2006 Track Pack fans to purchase quickly to ensure that they receive the best seats available. If you did not have Track Packs in 2006, you can still beat the general public on-sale date by calling us today and placing your name on the 2007 Track Pack waiting list."
2006 Track Pack holders will have the first option to purchase 2007 Track Packs, as well as add seats during the renewal period this fall. Once 2006 Track Pack holders have been accommodated, those on the 2007 wait list will be given the opportunity to purchase a 2007 Track Pack. For a $25 deposit, which will be used towards the purchase of 2007 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 Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.
2007 CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY SEASON SCHEDULE*
JULY 14-15 USG NASCAR WEEKEND:
July 14, 2007: USG DUROCK 300 NASCAR Busch Series (300 Miles)
July 15, 2007: USG SHEETROCK 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (400 Miles)
SEPTEMBER 8-9 ARCA/INDYCAR SERIES WEEKEND:
Sept. 8, 2007: ARCA RE/MAX Series (200 Miles)
Sept. 8, 2007: Indy Pro Series (100 Miles)
Sept. 9, 2007: IndyCar Series (300 Miles)
*Schedule subject to change
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