SBD/9/Facilities Venues

CART TO RUN RACE IN CHICAGO MARKET AT SPORTSMAN'S PARK

          IL-based Sportsman's Park will be "transformed into a
     dual-purpose facility" and host a CART race on Labor Day
     weekend in '99, according to Skip Myslenski of the CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE.  The $50M makeover will begin as soon as its
     current thoroughbred season closes June 30.  Track officials
     also hope to "eventually" land a NASCAR race.  The National
     Jockey Club, which owns Sportsman's, will retain ownership
     of the renovated track, but will put on the CART race in
     "equal partnership" with racing team Owner Chip Ganassi.
     Capacity will be expanded initially to between 60,000-
     70,000, before "phase two," which will expand the track to
     "approximately 90,000" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/9).
          NO TO BALTIMORE: Despite efforts to build a new
     racetrack in the Baltimore area, NASCAR VP/Competition Mike
     Helton said, "There is no interest from NASCAR to move into
     that area with any races."  He said the Baltimore-D.C.
     market "is serviced by other tracks with whom we already
     have long-standing relationships" (Baltimore SUN, 4/9).

Return to top
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug