February 5, 2023

The broadly speculated grew to become official Tuesday afternoon, as NASCAR introduced their plan to carry the first-ever avenue course race going down in Chicago, Illinois over the weekend of July 1-2 subsequent yr.NASCAR President Steve Phelps, Senior VP of Racing Improvement and Technique Ben Kennedy, 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace and metropolis mayor Lori Lightfoot had been among the many quite a few people available to disclose the information publicly on the famed NBC Tower, simply north of the Chicago River.

“Just like the Busch Mild Conflict on the Coliseum, we seized an unbelievable alternative so as to add an unprecedented factor to our schedule and take heart stage within the coronary heart of one other main metropolitan market,” Kennedy stated in a launch. “That is the perfect setting for the first-ever NASCAR Cup Collection avenue race. The NASCAR Cup Collection Subsequent Gen vehicles and the IMSA machines will race alongside the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago, marking a really historic second for our sport. We’re very appreciative of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her workforce, together with your complete Metropolis of Chicago for working with us to make this idea a actuality.”

The race will happen on Sunday, July 2 and could be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90), with IMSA previous the Cup occasion on Saturday, July 1.

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Chicago Street Course

Photograph by Chris Graythen/Getty Pictures

The Chicago avenue course concept was first born on iRacing within the fall of 2020, utilized extensively within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to assist hold NASCAR, its groups and tv networks afloat in the course of the shutdown. The course was used within the eNASCAR iRacing Professional Invitational Collection

“Chicago’s streets are as iconic as our skyline and our fame as a world class sports activities metropolis is indeniable,” mayor Lightfoot stated within the launch. “I’m thrilled to welcome our companions at NASCAR to Chicago for an occasion that may entice 1000’s of individuals to our metropolis. Chicago’s world class leisure and hospitality industries, coupled with our metropolis’s historical past as a conduit for sports activities expertise, make us the right hosts for this distinctive occasion.”

This isn’t NASCAR’s first foray into racing within the Windy Metropolis, as Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval, hosted the Cup Collection from 2001-2019 earlier than falling off the schedule as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

NASCAR has not been afraid to be daring and modern in recent times with regards to shaking up the as soon as maligned and stagnant schedule. New venues corresponding to Nashville Superspeedway, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Worldwide Expertise Raceway in St. Louis and placing grime on Bristol Motor Speedway have been broadly profitable highlights during the last two years.

A transfer that was additionally a primary of its form was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which held the “Busch Mild Conflict” exhibition race earlier this February. Placing inventory vehicles inside a stick-and-ball stadium in the course of town was a wholly new idea for the sanctioning physique, as is that this avenue race in Chicago.

However given The Conflict’s overwhelming success (and renewal for 2023 and past), placing one other first of its form race in a serious metropolitan space appeared like a no brainer for NASCAR.

One other venue that was added help the shakeups was Street America, which Ben Kennedy confirmed is not going to be on the 2023 schedule partially as a result of this announcement.

Regardless of the nice attendance at RA, the impartial possession of the monitor falling outdoors the 2 main corporations (NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports) that make up the vast majority of NASCAR venues places it on the chopping block. Although no formal announcement has been made, the 2023 Cup Collection schedule is anticipated to be launched within the subsequent few weeks.

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