Chicago has been an important city to the racing community ever since 1895, when the first automobile race around the Chicago lakefront was held. So it’s no surprise that the Chicagoland Speedway, a 75,000 seat, $130 million facility that sits on 1,300 acres, would become a favored spot for racers all across the country.
You can’t be a racing fan without having a little love for Route 66. In 1997, the concept for a racing track known as the Route 66 Raceway made the historic road even more important. Upon its completion, it was dubbed the Chicagoland Speedway, and it’s been a playground for adrenaline junkies ever since, with 1.5 miles of tar to cross over at record speeds.