What race replaces Chicago Street Track in the Cup Series schedule?
After a two-year run on the Cup Series schedule, Road America will not be in the 36-point racing series next season. The Chicago Street course will also take Road America’s place on the schedule this July 4th weekend.
In a statement on Tuesday, Road America’s Mike Kercher said: “We’ve given the Road America experience for two years and have nothing to be ashamed of or anything else. It’s out of our control. It’s been an honor to have had for two years and we’d love to come back. “.
Honestly, with Road America located just 150 miles north of Chicago, having both races on the schedule in the summer months could easily saturate the market.
Bubba Wallace, 23XI Race
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How will the Cup teams prepare for a street course that won’t be ready shortly before the race next year?
We asked this question to David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, who was present for Tuesday’s announcement.
“Do your best with tools we all have like simulation. I’m not sure we’ll be able to scan a street surface with LiDAR — I suppose we won’t,” he said. “In the end, it’s the same for everyone. We don’t have to think too much about what success will look like.”
Why did NASCAR decide on this course layout?
Let Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy, deal with this:
“I think for us, having looked at a few different sites around the city of Chicago, Grant Park was one that came to mind almost immediately. Think about how famous this park is, Buckingham Fountain, and all the special and iconic shots of the city skyline and monuments around That garden.Definitely a very special place.
“It just so happened that we were able to create an iRacing course with our partners and were able to actually test it out in the summer of last year with our Cup drivers to get feedback on the course. Fortunately the feedback was really positive from a racing perspective. I think it will offer a lot.
different traffic areas. I think it’s a perfect place for that. The city holds some amazing events in Grant Park. It’s great to be just another person on that list.”
Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, Toyota Camry
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Why does a NASCAR race make sense for Chicago?
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered this presentation: “In our view, we have been organizing big events downtown, particularly around Grant Park, on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer and fall. We know how to do it. We will work hand in hand with NASCAR to make sure that the experience Safe but also incredibly fun for the masses.
“If you know anything about the city of Chicago, you probably know our massive lakefront and icons like Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. I look forward to showing our wonderful city on a world stage. We will do everything we can to make sure this race is a letter of love to the city of Chicago. “.
What would an actual race product look like in Chicago?
With no test in the course early on, no one really has a definitive answer.
“Obviously we’re all holding our breath about the actual product that’s on the right track,” Toyota’s Wilson said. “We don’t know what that would look like, and I’ve heard it compare to Monaco, which is great. Monaco has become very creative.
“I am not sure if racing is attractive but we have to think more than just racing. That is why while we want to put on a show, we want to take advantage of this amazing market and just blow it up.”