- Chicago Motor Speedway
Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park Location Cicero, Illinois Capacity 67,000 Owner Charles W. Bidwill III and Chip Ganassi Broke ground 1997 Opened 1999 Closed 2003 Construction cost $70 million USD Former names Sportsman's Park Major events CART (1999-2002)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sears Craftsman 175 (2000-2001)
American Speed Association(dates N/A)
Oval Length 1.656 km (1.029 mi)
The Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park located in Cicero, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, was built in 1999 by a group including Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. In 2002 the 1.029-mile (1.656 km) oval shaped track suspended operations due to financial conditions in the motorsports industry. The track was also the site of horse races, when the track was called "Sportsman's Park". The track was one of two racetracks that hosted both auto and horse races (the other is Dover International Speedway).
Portions of the motion picture Driven were shot at Chicago Motor Speedway.
In 2003 the town of Cicero purchased the track for $18 million. During 2005 the main grandstands were torn down but the track itself remained.
On October 31, 2008 it was reported that contracts for the demolition of the remaining structures and track had been awarded.
Demolition of the remaining Sportsman's Park structures and the track itself began January 5, 2009.
CART Champ Car history
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history
- ^ "Sportsman's Park site nears long-awaited redevelopment". http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/const/loireg/p1t1-1.html. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- ^ Ruzich, Joseph (October 31, 2008). "Cicero racetrack will be razed to make way for mall". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-sportsmans-31oct31,0,1842050.story.
- Retro Racing article about Chicago Motor Speedway on NASCAR.com
- NASCAR CTS track history at racing-reference.info
- Aerial image from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps
- Track statistics
- Cicero racetrack will be razed to make way for mall
- So Long Sportsmans - Good Riddance
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