Meadowdale International Raceway was built in 1958 to promote growth in the Carpentersville area, 40 miles northwest of Chicago. The original track was 3.27 miles long with a variety of turns and elevation changes. Its signature feature was the Monza Wall, a 180 degree steeply banked turn that led onto the 4,000 foot main straight.

The last major event at Meadowdale was an SCCA Trans-Am race July 6-7, 1968. A few sports car club races followed, but for all practical purposes, the track closed that season. Plans to revive it were announced periodically, but none were successful.