NASCAR road course coming to the streets of Chicago

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NASCAR will maintain a race on the streets of Chicago in July 2023, collection officers and the town introduced Tuesday.

What’s billed as NASCAR Chicago Avenue Race Weekend is scheduled for July 1-2 of subsequent yr. It’s going to include races for each NASCAR’s high Cup Collection and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which can also be managed by NASCAR. The IMSA race is scheduled for Saturday July 1, with the Cup Collection race following on Sunday July 2.

Races will probably be run on a brief 12-turn, 2.2-mile course in downtown Chicago. The beginning/end line and pit lane will probably be on South Columbus Drive, with the course operating by way of Grant Park and adjoining to Soldier Area, house of the Chicago Bears. It’s going to use a part of South Lake Shore Drive, Balbo Drive, East Congress Plaza Drive, East Roosevelt Street, and East Jackson Drive. The structure mirrors one used for a digital eNASCAR iRacing Professional Invitational Collection race from June 2021, Racer famous.

Proposed layout for 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Chicago street race.

Proposed structure for 2023 NASCAR Cup Collection Chicago avenue race.

 

NASCAR has added extra street programs in recent times to complement its conventional ovals, however to this point all have been on everlasting circuits, not non permanent avenue programs. Together with a race on the Los Angeles Coliseum that kicked off the 2022 season, and dust races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Chicago race is one other instance of organizers attempting out a brand new format.

The road race additionally retains NASCAR within the beneficial Windy Metropolis market. Chicagloand Speedway in close by Joliet, Illinois, misplaced its race after 2019. The Chicago avenue race may also change Street America on NASCAR’s calendar. The race at that Wisconsin street course was held the identical weekend the final two years and drew massive crowds on a historic observe.

Will a avenue course in downtown Chicago present higher racing than these two extra conventional venues? Keep tuned.

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