Chicagoland to host ARCA Racing Series over Father's Day weekend in 2015

Chicagoland to host ARCA Racing Series over Father's Day weekend in 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio – November 25, 2014) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has a long history in the Chicago area and that connection will continue next year when the series returns to Chicagoland Speedway on June 20, 2015.

The race will mark the 15th consecutive appearance for ARCA’s national tour on the 1.5-mile speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome back the ARCA Racing Series in 2015 as we shift dates and begin our summer of racing on Father’s Day weekend,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “Alongside the NASCAR XFINITY Series, some of the world’s premier, young motorsports talent will be on display as we celebrate the action on track and the dads off of it.”

In 14 previous ARCA races at Chicagoland, there have been no repeat winners among drivers. Former ARCA Chicagoland winners are Ed Berrier (2001), Chad Blount (2002), Frank Kimmel (2003), Kyle Krisiloff (2004), Dawayne Bryan (2005), Steve Wallace (2006), Michael McDowell (2007), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (2008), Justin Lofton (2009), Patrick Sheltra (2010), Ty Dillon (2011), Kevin Swindell (2012), Corey LaJoie (2013) and Mason Mitchell (2014).

LaJoie won the Ansell ActivArmr 150 with a last lap pass in 2013. Mitchell won his first ARCA race at Chicagoland in July, 2014, his only win of the season and an important piece of his 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship.

"Chicagoland Speedway is a top notch facility with a great atmosphere,” Mitchell said. “The win is something that will always stick with me in my racing career.

“The racing presents multiple grooves and presents some of the best racing we see in the ARCA Racing Series. The win was a bold statement in our run for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship. It showed us that we had what it takes to be successful in this series."

While ARCA's tenure at Chicagoland is relatively brief, the tour's Chicago connections go back more than 50 years, to 1958, when ARCA raced at Soldier Field. The 100-lap ARCA race was won by Chicago-area native Fred Lorenzen. Opened in 1924, Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, is the oldest stadium in the National Football League, and, from 1935 - 1968, also hosted auto racing.  

Soldier Field, however, is not ARCA's only connection to Chicago-area racing.

ARCA also raced on the now defunct Meadowdale International Raceway road course (Carpentersville, Ill.) in 1958, also won by Lorenzen. ARCA returned to Meadowdale in 1960 and 1964, but would not return to the Chicago-area until Chicagoland Speedway first appeared on the ARCA schedule on September 1, 2001.

The 63rd ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season is now taking shape as several race dates have been announced, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway February 14 and the closing race October 16 at Kansas Speedway.

The full 2015 racing slate will be released Wednesday at arcaracing.com.

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