R.A.C.E. Check Presentation from Joliet Township High School Banner Project

Joliet, Ill. – May 14, 2013 – On Monday, Route 66 Raceway and Joliet Township High School unveiled the result of a seven-month long partnership designed to provide students with hands-on business experience while also benefiting Joliet Area Community Hospice. This partnership, labeled The Route 66 Raceway 15th Anniversary Banner Project, engaged students in design, marketing and sales resulting in a total of eight banners being sold. Students from both Joliet Central and Joliet West designed banners and were on hand for their debut Monday afternoon at the drag strip.

All totaled, the partnership raised $10,000 for the hospice, which has served Joliet since 1982. The125 students from Joliet West and Joliet Central that participated in the project voted to select the hospice as their charity of choice after learning about its mission and the service it provides the community.

“On the heels of last year’s successful BenchMark Project, the students of Joliet Township High School continue to produce at a level that is well beyond their years,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway president. “Beyond showcasing their abilities, the project also allows students to gain valuable business experience while impacting a charitable organization located in their backyard. Along with our staff, the students and faculty from both Joliet Central and Joliet West should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished.”

Route 66 Raceway provided materials for the 25-by-15 foot banners as well as guided students throughout the project with raceway staff members serving as mentors. The students and their teachers were responsible for the design and sale of the banners while local businesses provided sponsorship. The banners feature students’ art work, which showcases themes of both drag racing and the historic Route 66 roadway.

In addition to the money generated for charity, Route 66 Raceway also provided a $2,500 scholarship to Hector Zavala Jr., who was selected among dozens of applicants that participated in the project. Applicants also had to hold a grade point average of over 3.0 and write an essay detailing their experience. Zavala Jr. will be attending Joliet Junior College this fall and plans to study marketing.

The banners will be on display during the 2013 season at Route 66 Raceway this summer, including the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Raceway NHRA Nationals.

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