CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Motor Speedway Update 98-11-17

The Chicago Motor Speedway Continues Progress On The New 67,000 Seat Race Track Chicago, IL (November 16, 1998) -- Construction at the new Chicago Motor Speedway continues on a fast track for the inaugural race at the new ...

The Chicago Motor Speedway Continues Progress On The New 67,000 Seat Race Track

Chicago, IL (November 16, 1998) -- Construction at the new Chicago Motor Speedway continues on a fast track for the inaugural race at the new race facility when the FedEx Championship Series visits the Windy City for the first time on Aug. 22, 1999.

After breaking ground on July 1st, construction crews have worked day in and day out on this great new addition to the Chicago sports scene.

The 70 -year old existing structure at the racetrack has experienced a massive facelift in efforts to convert the long-time horseracing track into a dual purpose horse and auto racing facility. The entire roof and seating surfaces have been removed to construct a grandstand that will feature indoor air-conditioned chalets, outdoor VIP club seating and a patio deck with outdoor concessions and food courts.

Construction is also well underway on the new two-tiered grandstand. The state-of-the-art grandstand design will allow fans an unequaled view of the entire track. Atop the new grandstand, 42 luxury skyboxes will provide fans with a variety of corporate and private amenities.

The track side work also continues with the completion of the 2 underground tunnels that will allow fans and race team vehicles access to the track infield. The vehicle tunnel itself is nearly one football field long. The outer crash walls are also circling the track as the front stretch and turn one wall is nearly complete.

"Between the cooperative weather, hard work and dedication of the many workers and laborers at the site, we are on schedule for our first CART race in 1999. As each day passes, everyone involved in the project becomes increasingly excited about our inaugural season of auto racing in 1999." said Ed Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Motor Speedway.

The reconfigured facility at the new Chicago Motor Speedway will feature a one-mile oval track for auto racing and a seven-furlong horseracing track.. Construction will be completed in time for the inaugural FedEx Championship Series race in August.

Quick Facts About The New Chicago Motor Speedway

Construction at the new Chicago Motor Speedway continues on a fast track during the Fall of 1999. After breaking ground on July 1st, construction crews have been hard at work on this new addition to the Chicago sports scene.

Here are some interesting numbers about the Chicago Motor Speedway, and the key players driving its development, to keep in mind:

1 - One mile asphalt oval race track

2 - Second track in the country featuring both auto and horse racing tracks

3 - Number of consecutive CART World Championships won by the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team (Chip Ganassi is a partner in the development of CMS).

4 - Super Bowl's won by Target Chip Ganassi Racing team partner Joe Montana

7 - Seven furlong horseracing track (7/8 of a mile)

20 - The inaugural Champ Car race on August 22 at Chicago Motor Speedway pushes the number of events in the CART Fed Ex Championship Series to this unprecedented level.

42 - Luxury Skyboxes at the Chicago Motor Speedway

195 - CART races are broadcasted in 195 languages

200 - Cars at Chicago Motor Speedway will travel at speeds near 200 MPH

1425 - Total jobs supported by speedway

1999 - Marks the year that Chicago Motor Speedway opens its gates for racing

4,000 - Private Chalet Seats featuring state-of-the-art hospitality amenities

67,000 - Seats at the Chicago Motor Speedway

$6.9 Million - In total tax revenues into state and local economies

$93.2 Million - In total economic output

1 Billion - Total number of fans who watched broadcasts of Champ Car races in 1997.

The Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park is located at 3301 South Laramie in Cicero, IL 60804. (773) 242-2277.

Source: CART Online/Chicago Motor Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing