JOLIET, Ill. –Gerber Collision & Glass, the national auto collision and glass repair company founded and based in Chicago, has signed on as local presenting sponsor of PINKS™ All Out at Route 66 Raceway®.

SPEED’s grassroots drag racing event known for its all-out racing and arm-dropping host comes to Route 66 Raceway for the first time June 25-26, 2010.

“Gerber Collision & Glass is very excited about partnering with Route 66 Raceway to bring the PINKS All Out event to the Chicago area,” said Jim Maliszewski, Director - Program Management and Centralized Support, Gerber Collision & Glass. “This will definitely be one of the more exciting motorsports events of the season.”

Approximately 500 racers from around the country – many of whom are from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan – will face off on June 26 with $10,000 and the chance to be on National television on the line. The anticipation surrounding the event’s first trip to Chicagoland has been building since its coming was announced last year.

“Racers in PINKS All Out show tremendous passion and dedication to their sport,” said Bob Welch, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales, Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway. “To many, their cars are their lives. We’re happy to bring on a local business that has that same passion for their customers.”

Gerber Collision & Glass has provided quality auto collision and glass repair in the Chicagoland market for more than 70 years.  What started as a single auto glass and trim shop in Chicago has grown to one of the largest auto collision and glass repair companies in the United States. The Gerber colors will be displayed prominently at the track during PINKS All Out at Route 66 Raceway – most prominently over the right-hand lane of the dragstrip.

Spectator tickets are still available by phone, (888) 629-RACE (7223), online at, or in person at the Route 66 Raceway Ticket Office, 500 Speedway Boulevard, Joliet, IL 60433.

Gerber currently has 23 Chicagoland locations and 31 additional Repair Centers in other U.S. markets including Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma and Washington.  Gerber has nearly 1,000 U.S. employees helping restore damaged vehicles.  All Gerber Collision & Glass locations have obtained I-CAR Gold Glass Certification and are equipped with the most innovative repair technology. With an overall Customer Satisfaction rating of 97%, prompt and quality repairs, and the ability to help consumers finance their high insurance deductibles or total repair cost, Gerber Collision & Glass comes Highly Wreck-commended!

Route 66 Raceway is the first True Stadium of drag racing. Founded in 1998 by nine local entrepreneurs, the NHRA-affiliated, quarter-mile drag strip is now fully owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation and is sister track to Chicagoland Speedway®, a 1.5-mile, D-shaped tri-oval that annually plays host to the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR® Nationwide Series and NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series, Firestone Indy Lights® and ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX® and Menards® events. Route 66 Raceway annually hosts ET Bracket Series, NHRA Jr. Drag Racing, NHRA Lucas Oil Series and NHRA Full Throttle Series professional drag racing events. The Route 66 Raceway property also includes a half-mile dirt oval track.

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