NASCAR Is Considering Holding a Street Race in Chicago

As NASCAR continues to scope out new locations to host future races, officials have confirmed that they are considering the possibility of holding a street race in Chicago. The driving charge behind this venture is none other than Ben Kennedy, the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.

Kennedy has risen to the role of Senior Vice President regarding racing development and strategy, and was at the helm for NASCAR’s decision to move the Clash preseason race from the Daytona International Speedway to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The success of this change has prompted the organization to explore other non-traditional venues to host future races, including the city of Chicago.

“We’re definitely continuing to consider all options from a scheduling standpoint,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Chicago has been one of them. Nothing to confirm at this point. We’re still looking at a handful of different options, not only thinking about 2023 but 2024 and beyond.”

NASCAR previously held a race at the Chicagoland Speedway in 2019, and is not likely to hold one there again. But the idea of a street race has become a popular topic being discussed at NASCAR HQ as of late.

Another concept on the table would be an all-electric series, now that EVs have become gradually more mainstream among everyday drivers. But with sound and noise being central to the live NASCAR experience, Kennedy may have to do some extra legwork to get fans on board. “Our fans love noise. They love the sound and feel of racing. If we get into an electric place, I promise you it will be entertaining.”

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