Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. The speedway opened in 2001 and currently hosts NASCAR racing including the opening event in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Until 2011, the speedway also hosted the IZOD IndyCar Series, recording numerous close finishes including the closest finish in IndyCar history. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and located adjacent to Route 66 Raceway.
First discussions of building a major speedway near Chicago took place in an informal meeting between Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George and International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Bill France, Jr. in late 1995. Together they formed The Motorsports Alliance, a joint company owned by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation and International Speedway Corporation. By 1995, a major racing facility had been built or was near completion near Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The track has seen little expansion since its construction, with the only major addition being the installation of lights around the track in 2008.The Indycar Series ran at the track since 2001, recording three of the top five closest finishes in Indycar history, including the closest in 2002.Despite the close finishes, the speedway announced IndyCar would not return to the track for the 2011 season.The speedway also announced changes to the NASCAR schedule for 2011, with the Sprint Cup Series race moving to September 16–18 as the first race in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will also race the same weekend, in addition, the Nationwide Series will have a stand-alone race day on June 4.
Length: 1.500 mi (2.414 km),
Turns: 18° Banking
Front Stretch: 11° Banking
Backstretch: 5° Banking
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,
NASCAR Nationwide Series,
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series