Chicagoland Speedway is the newest member of the NASCAR speedway circuit next to the Kansas Speedway, having hosted its first stock car race -- the Tropicana 400 -- in July 2001. Located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Joliet, Illinois, it is unusual in that the backstretch of this tri-oval isn't straight but instead has a noticeable curve to it. Chicagoland was the 2006 venue for the USG Sheetrock 400.
Chicagoland Speedway Visitor Information
Chicagoland Speedway contact information: Chicagoland Speedway. 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet, IL (60433). Phone 815/727-RACE (7223). www.chicagolandspeedway.com.
Chicagoland Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Chicagoland Speedway layout.
Chicagoland Speedway security: Coolers of any kind or any food or beverages are prohibited. The only exception: ticket holders may bring a single, plastic, factory-sealed bottle of water. You may also carry in purses, backpacks, camera bags, and other bags smaller than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, subject to security search. Other prohibited items: glass containers, strollers, bicycles, wagons, in-line skates, scooters, folding chairs, flag poles, signs of any kind, umbrellas, and any items deemed to be an obstruction to other spectators.
Chicagoland Speedway parking: The track sits in the middle of farmland surrounded by 500 acres of free parking. If someone asks you for money to park, you are not on Chicagoland Speedway property. The lots, with space for 50,000 vehicles, open at 7 a.m., and tailgating is welcome. Overnight parking is not allowed except in designated camping areas. Spectators who park in Lot G behind the backstretch can catch a tram to Turn 1 near the south turnstile gate entrance, otherwise, expect to walk.
Chicagoland Speedway first aid: First-aid stations are located under the grandstands on the main level at Sections 111 and 411. A fully staffed Infield Care Center is located in the infield between Turns 3 and 4. Misting stations are located under the grandstands. Windy City Raceway Ministries provides first aid for the soul with Sunday services on the infield and outside the raceway. Silver Cross Hospital (1200 Maple Rd., phone 815/740-1100) is located about 5 miles away.
Chicagoland Speedway concessions: Carnivores will drool at the choices: turkey legs, grilled pork chops, Italian beef and sausage, and the old standbys -- burgers, brats, and hot dogs -- to name a few. On the beverage side: water, beer, margaritas, and frozen daiquiris.