DESCRIPTION: Home to the nation’s top professional auto racing since 2001, Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval racetrack in the booming Village West district in Kansas City, Kan. The 73,000 plus-seat speedway hosts big-league racing events for NASCAR and ARCA.
ADDRESS: 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. 66111
LOCATION: 15 minutes west from downtown Kansas City, Mo., at the intersection of I-70 and I-435.
WEB SITE: www.kansasspeedway.com
HOURS: Ticket office: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
ADMISSION: Prices vary. Tickets can be purchased in person, online or by calling 866-460-RACE during regular business hours.
HISTORY: Construction on the $225 million speedway began in 1999 in Kansas’ Wyandotte County. Shortly after, NASCAR and the Indy Racing League announced they would both bring a slate of events to Kansas Speedway for its inaugural racing season. On June 2, 2001, the grandstand gates opened for the speedway’s first races—the NASCAR Winston West Series Kansas 150 and the ARCA RE/MAX Series BPU 200.
DID YOU KNOW: According to a study completed by the Kansas City Sports Commission, events at the Kansas Speedway contribute approximately $247 million annually to the area economy, with 70 percent of the spending coming from tourists who live outside the Kansas City metropolitan area.
WHAT’S NEW: Located overlooking turn two of the speedway, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway provides a unique way to enjoy a view of the racetrack.
DON’T FORGET: Arrive early. The busiest hours at Kansas Speedway are 8 a.m.-noon on race days, and noon-4 p.m. for night races. The Speedway also permits coolers, so be sure to bring your own refreshments.
From the north: Travel south on I-435 and exit at State Avenue West and turn right. Kansas Speedway is half a mile ahead.
From the south: Travel north on I-435 and exit at State Avenue West. Kansas Speedway is half a mile ahead.
From the east: Travel westbound on I-70, pass I-435 and exit at 110th Street. Turn right at the end of the ramp and enter Kansas Speedway.
From the west: Travel eastbound on I-70 and exit at 110th Street. Turn left at the end of the ramp and enter Kansas Speedway.
PARKING: Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free. Check the website for parking lot opening times.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kelly Hale, public relations director, 913-328-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.