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Racetracks Near Lisle, IL

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Racetracks and Racing Opportunities Near Lisle, IL

Lisle is a village in the Chicago Metropolitan area and is located about 25 miles west of downtown. Students often travel to the city to attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Lisle—a 187,000 square-foot campus that prepares aspiring technicians for careers in the transportation industry.

UTI Lisle offers programs in Auto and Diesel technology and is also located near many local race tracks for students to enjoy. If you’re looking to either watch or participate in the racing action, you have plenty of options in the Chicagoland area!

Follow along as we share a list of racing venues to check out when you need a study break:

Drag Racing

Great Lakes Dragway, known as ‘GLD’ to locals, is a quarter-mile dragstrip located in Union Grove, WI, about 90 minutes north of campus. Street legal drags, modified stock cars, funny cars, motorcycles and even snowmobile races are hosted at GLD. This track may be a bit of a drive from UTI Lisle, but it’s well worth it!

More drag racing action can be found in Byron, IL at Byron Dragway. This quarter-mile track is just over an hour’s drive to the northwest of campus. Byron hosts drag races for pro street, modified, street legal and even diesel trucks and motorcycles all summer long. The next time you find yourself without plans on a weekend, make the trip to Byron Dragway!

Go Kart Racing

Sugar River Raceway may be a two-hour drive from campus, but if you’re into go kart racing, this is the place to go. Located right across the WI state line in Brodhead, WI, Sugar River hosts walk-in kart racing as well as karting leagues. The track runs rain or shine on their outdoor road course.

Other Racing Types

If motocross and off-road racing is more your speed, check out Rocky Glen OHV park in Rockford, IL. This 120-acre OHV park has three race tracks and over 20 miles of trails and is open to motorcycles, ATV’s, side-by-sides and more.

Rockford Speedway is located about 90 minutes northeast of the UTI Lisle campus. Since its opening date in 1948, this high banked quarter-mile oval track has hosted all types of racing from stock cars to modifieds, monster trucks and more!

Right over the WI state line in Twin Lakes, WI is Wilmot Raceway. Open May through September, this 3/8th mile clay oval hosts outlaw cars, modified cars, street stocks and more and is located about 70 miles from UTI Lisle.

Chicagoland Speedway, located roughly 35 miles south of campus, hosts NASCAR racing on its 1.5-mile tri-oval track. Chicagoland Speedway is in partnership with Route 66 Raceway, and together, they host car shows, drag racing and more. More information is available on Chicagoland’s website.

That’s a wrap for our list of race tracks in the Lisle, IL area! To learn more about UTI Lisle, visit our campus page and request information to get in touch with one of our admissions representatives.

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