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CART TO RUN RACE IN CHICAGO MARKET AT SPORTSMAN'S PARK
Published April 9, 1998
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).