NASCAR on Lake Shore Drive? | National sports


Imagine a NASCAR event on the streets of Chicago – cars racing down Lake Shore Drive, framed by the skyline and shimmering Lake Michigan.

NASCAR apparently has.

According to a Sports Business Journal report on Tuesday, the racing organization is exploring the idea of ​​street racing in Chicago with a virtual racing event in June serving as a dry run, though NASCAR has refrained from publicly confirming it.

An actual race would take place in 2022 at the earliest, but SBJ said NASCAR “is still early or in the middle of setting up the project and it’s possible the project could be delayed.”

The first event is the virtual iRacing event on June 2 which takes place on a simulated street circuit in Chicago. Broadcast by FS1, this is the fifth and final Pro Invitational Series competition of the spring.

NASCAR and John Henry’s iRacing reportedly worked with the City of Chicago, the Specialized Marketing Group and the Chicago Sports Commission to get a 2.19-mile virtual course scanned using iRacing’s proprietary technology.

Its 12-turn simulated circuit includes Lake Shore Drive and other streets, Grant Park and the city skyline, with the finish line at Buckingham Fountain.

NASCAR stopped using Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, leaving the Chicago area without a sanctioned event. Never in its 73-year history has it held a Cup Series race on a street course, SBJ reported.

Organizing street races can be difficult and expensive, but there has been a surge of enthusiasm for them lately. IndyCar’s first Music City Grand Prix is ​​scheduled for August in Nashville, and F1 has a new street event in Miami scheduled for next year.


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