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New landmark provides race fans and history buffs with one more place to get their kicks on Route 66

Joliet, Ill. – July 7, 2015 – Route 66, the historic “Mother Road” known for its landmarks from Chicago to California, will be adding a new attraction just in time for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 9-12. Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway today debuted a 25-foot high road sign, showcasing the iconic “Christmas Tree” found on the starting lines of drag strips across the nation.

The welcome sign, located on the west side of the drag strip along Route 66 (now called Route 53), is just north of another classic Route 66 attraction. The Gemini Giant, located in Wilmington, Ill., was built as an advertisement in the 1960’s, and is approximately 15 minutes away from the new Route 66 Raceway sign.

“Historic Route 66 is quintessential Americana representing freedom, adventure and community and since Route 66 Raceway’s creation, we’ve made a concerted effort to embrace the facility’s namesake and all that it stands for by creating opportunities for fans of history and racing alike to experience all we have to offer,” said Scott Paddock, Route 66 Raceway president. “Whether you’re cruising the ‘Mother Road’ and looking to make a stop, or you’re a guest looking for a photo opportunity during a memorable day at the race track, we are hopeful everyone has a chance to visit the latest Route 66 landmark.”

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