Meadowdale Raceway was a 3.27 mile road course race track which opened for its first race on September 14, 1958, and some of the biggest names in racing have competed there. It’s still walkable, or at least a good bit of it, located within Raceway Woods near the corners of Route 31 and Huntley Road on the far Northwest Corner of Carpentersville, Illinois. A lot of guys still racing today cut their teeth on this track and the majority of the asphalt from the track still remains.
Take a close look at the photo insert below and you may recognize a few names from the Chicagoland sports car community. John Weinberger, owner Continental Autosports in Hinsdale, Il , took 1st placed in the 7th race of the day! Dr. Merv Rosen, retired M.D. of suburban Chicago, came in 5th in race number 5. Really interesting guys that were driving and winning races (and still are) long before most of us knew what a blend line was.
John Weinberger and Merv Rosen at Meadowdale
Notables in the racing community who once drove at Meadowdale are:
- Carl Haas,
- Roger Penske
- Bobby Unser
- Al Unser
- Lance Reventlow
- Augie Pabst
- Harry Heuer
- Meister Brauser Racing Team
- Fred Lorenzen – first NASCAR driver to win $100,000 in a year
- Mark Donahue
- Sam Posey
- Peter Revson
- Roger Ward
- Lloyd Ruby
- Ricardo Rodriguez
- Tony DeLorenzo
- Tony Adamawicz
Racers at Meadowdale inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America include: Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Roger Penske, Carl Haas, Fred Lorenzen, Peter Revson, Curtis Turner, Lloyd Ruby, Paul Goldsmith, Gary Nixon, and George Follmer.
Additionally, there is a Silo which once displayed the Pure Oil logo. The Silo which was on the verge of demolition has recently and thankfully been saved and completely restored. It stands at the Route 31 entrance as a notable symbol as to what once was.
Meadowdale International Raceways was home to many events: including United States Auto Club (USAC) Races, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Divisional and National Races, and Midwestern Council Car Club Races.
Check out the track in person, visit their website @ www.mirpa.org, or talk to a couple of ghost “riders” like John and Merv.
See you down the road,