CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Track Ground Breaking

Groundbreaking For Chicago Motor Speedway Cicero, IL -- Officials from Sportsman's Park, in Cicero, Ill., and Target/Chip Ganassi Racing officially broke ground Tuesday on construction of the Chicago Motor Speedway, a state-of-the-art ...

Groundbreaking For Chicago Motor Speedway

Cicero, IL -- Officials from Sportsman's Park, in Cicero, Ill., and Target/Chip Ganassi Racing officially broke ground Tuesday on construction of the Chicago Motor Speedway, a state-of-the-art facility for both horse and auto racing as well as family entertainment events.

The reconfigured facility will feature a one-mile oval track for auto racing and a seven-furlong horse racing track. Construction will be completed in time for a fall 1999 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) FedEx Championship Series race, the first motorsports event at the new facility.

"We are excited to bring world-class auto racing to the Chicago-area," said Ed Duffy, chief operating officer of Sportsman's Park. "Plans for the new facility will allow us to make significant improvement in the existing horse track, paving the way for us to make Sportsman's Park an even more successful horse racing venue."

Representatives from both the horse and auto racing industries helped usher in this new era in Sportsman's history, scooping the first chunks of dirt out of Sportsman's infield Tuesday to clear ground for the new auto racing track.

"We think the Chicago Motor Speedway is going to be an instant hit with people in the Chicago area as well as with the drivers on the CART FedEx Championship Series," said Chip Ganassi, owner of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. "This track will be wider and flatter than most others tracks, allowing for more wheel-to-wheel racing and passing, and it will have an innovative safety wall system to protect drivers in the turns."

"This is a historic day for Sportsman's Park," said Charles Bidwill III, president of Sportsman's Park, at Tuesday's event. "This groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new era of horse racing and now auto racing."

After the groundbreaking, Chicago Motor Speedway and Target Stores joined with the community to celebrate with a free concert featuring Ides of March and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chip Ganassi
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