NASCAR In Chicago

Sports, news and entertainment coverage on the 2023 NASCAR Chicago Street Race and how its presence downtown affects the city and its residents.

Impact on the city
Charges are pending against a man who allegedly drove onto the NASCAR Chicago Street Race course on Saturday night after the day’s race was canceled early…
With crowds expected to flock to the lakefront for the Fourth of July races, CPD says off-duty officers and those from other districts will be deployed to direct traffic downtown.
The Sun-Times and WBEZ’s coverage of the Grant Park 220 and NASCAR’s first race weekend in Chicago.
The closing of major thoroughfares for the stock car race in Grant Park will present challenges in getting patients quickly to area hospitals.
Whether a sporting event or an “endurance contest,” NASCAR’s first ever street race could showcase the city at its best and provide a long-term payoff.
The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium announced their hours of operation for June 28 through July 3.
NASCAR kicks off this weekend but it’s not the only show in town, proving Chicago can absorb the tourism and meeting business.
What people are saying
The Xfinity Series’ Loop 121 race never really got anywhere before being postponed due to weather. As for the main race — the Grant Park 220 — Cup Series drivers had some gripes after qualifying.
Still hard to understand why the circuit chose Chicago for its first street race.
Cars themselves are the epitome of the USA, the essence of us. Everything a car lets you do, everything you can do in a car, everything you can do to a car — it’s the stuff that makes you feel free, in control, beyond the law, fast.
Are those cars and drivers ready for us? Are we ready for them?
NASCAR is expecting Chicagoans to pay for the privilege of watching stock cars race.
Sun-Times readers sing the praises of NASCAR.
“Racing through the city streets, very narrow, I honestly don’t know how it’s all going to work out,” Bubba Wallace said.
More on the drivers
“If one of those [manhole covers] pops up a little bit,” Chase Elliott said, “you’re going to destroy something pretty bad.”
While The Loop 121 race was cut short due to lightning, the drivers have a better sense of the road conditions for completing the race tomorrow. “It’s…
“The sooner we just kind of understand the gravity of the event and not get too caught up in the on-track stuff,” Hamlin said, “the better we’re going to be.”
Denny Hamlin won the pole Saturday for the NASCAR Chicago Street Race. Hamlin, in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, 89.557 mph was the fastest time and…
Jordan is a co-owner of 23XI Racing, which will have a pair of drivers — Wallace and Tyler Reddick — in Sunday’s Grant Park 220 downtown street race.
The Chicago Street Race might be the first of its kind, but the circuit does have a rich racing history in Illinois.
Johnson’s team announced he has withdrawn from this weekend’s Chicago Street Race.
Suarez has been a barrier-breaking star as the sport’s first Mexican-born driver to win a Cup Series race and has established himself as a perennial top-20 driver.
The two-time Daytona 500 champion stopped by Chicago as other drivers offered ride-alongs on the track in an SUV. Earnhardt rated each bump, crest and imperfection.
The major concerns residents reported were significant disruptions to traffic and access to Grant Park before, during and after race weekend.
$63 for a six-pack of Busch and $28.99 for a 26-ounce “memorabilia cup” of beer. Sticker shock anyone?
Balbo Drive from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Drive was expected to reopen Thursday, but it will stay closed as the city prepares for Lollapalooza.
The three-year agreement, with a two-year renewal option, calls for the Park District to receive a $500,000 permit fee. That pales by comparison to the $8 million to $9 million Lollapalooza pays every year to rent Grant Park.
NASCAR said it invested $50 million in the festival, which debuted this year, but heavy rain curtailed activities and spending.
It was the network’s most-watched NASCAR Cup Series race in six years, since Indianapolis in 2017, which drew 5.647 million viewers.
Duane Tabinski, 53, was killed after accidental contact with electric wires during setup for the race, an autopsy shows.
We tap the brakes to look back on a historic race on downtown streets.
There were several places along the perimeter of the track where fans got a good taste of the racing spectacle without going inside.
With the completion of the Grant Park 220, roads will begin opening late Sunday. The last street to reopen will be Balbo Drive on July 13, leaving just over a week until the park shuts down again for Lollapalooza.
In his Cup debut, the New Zealander took the checkered flag in a wet, wild race that was delayed by a record-setting storm and eventually shortened from 100 to 75 laps to get to the end before darkness fell.
Shane Van Gisbergen won the Grant Park 220 to wrap up NASCAR’s first weekend in Chicago. See how Sun-Times photographers’ captured Sunday on NASCAR weekend.
The man allegedly drove through a barrier to get onto the track, which wasn’t in use at the time after the day’s second race was halted when lightning was spotted.
What does it look like when professional stock car racing takes over one of the largest cities in America? See for yourself.
Like the JC Brooks Band earlier in the day, The Black Crowes started their set late and also cut it abruptly, only offering 40 minutes of the hour they had slated for their set.
Using a cellphone app, Sun-Times reporters measured more than 110 decibels of noise at various points of NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race course, which is about as loud as having someone shout directly in your ear.
Hamlin’s time of 89.557 MPH topped the field for the fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Chicago Street Race.
Duane Tabinski, 53, had been hired to produce audio for “pre-race celebrations” at Chicago’s NASCAR race this weekend when he died of after contacting electrical wires, according to autopsy results. He’s survived by his wife, five children and seven grandchildren.
Following its “radio-style” blueprint from Watkins Glen, NBC will position commentators in four spots on the city streets, in addition to the pit reporters and studio crew.
Duane Earl Tabinski 53, suffered a medical emergency about 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive.
The bustle was palpable less than 24 hours before drivers start their engines.
The temporary 2.2-mile course around Grant Park is lined with concrete barriers built in south suburban Lynwood.