JOLIET, Ill., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicagoland Speedway today announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR®, as the title sponsor of this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September.
Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition caused by an irregular heartbeat that impacts as many as 2.7 million Americans. AFib increases a person's risk for stroke by up to five times and is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65. Patients with AFib should ensure they talk to their doctor about lowering their risk of stroke and appropriate treatment options.
"The first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup provides a unique and elevated stage within the sport, one that delivers an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation with the MyAFibStory.com 400," said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway. "We are proud to be partnering with Janssen, and we have a number of events and activation opportunities planned to educate and encourage race fans on AFib, risks and warning signs and treatment for the condition."
Janssen became involved with NASCAR in an official capacity earlier this year, sponsoring both a NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway and Brian Vickers' No. 55 Toyota, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Cup ride at the Southern California facility.
"Millions of Americans are living with AFib, and could have an increased risk for an AFib-related stroke if it is not being treated properly," said Gregg Ruppersberger, Group Product Director, Janssen. "That's why we and Chicagoland Speedway are partnering to educate people about the risk factors and warning signs for AFib, stroke, blood clot prevention and treatment options. Together, we can make a difference for people who are at risk for or living with AFib."
Advance Tickets for MyAFibStory.com 400 start at just $55 with kids 12 and under receiving $25 off adult ticket prices in each section. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday-Friday 8:30am 5:00pm.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, September 12-14, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Lucas Oil 225 race under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, September 13, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, MyAFibStory.com 400 showdown, this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
The first race for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from Chicagoland Speedway will air live on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 14. The race will also be broadcast on the WatchESPN app, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
The complete 2014 NASCAR race schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, Sept. 12
Lucas Oil 225
Saturday, Sept. 13
Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola
Sunday, Sept. 14
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Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill. The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. The 2014 Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Seasons are presented by Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. Visit EnjoyIllinois.com and discover everything Illinois has to offer. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com.
About Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we develop innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people throughout the world. Please visit www.janssenpharmaceuticalsinc.com for more information.
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