Exciting News: NASCAR Chicago Street Race Set to Return for 2024 Season – NBC Chicago

The highly anticipated annual Chicago NASCAR Street Race for next year is set to take place on July 6 and 7, 2024, and tickets go on sale this week to the general public, as announced by NASCAR.

President Julie Giese expressed excitement about the return of the event, highlighting the thrilling racing action and entertainment planned for the two-day extravaganza. A stellar lineup of world-class racing and A-list concert performances against the stunning backdrop of the Chicago skyline and lakefront await attendees.

For those interested in purchasing tickets, prices start at $150 for single-day tickets, and children 12 years and under enjoy free general admission to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race, known as the Loop 110. Additionally, youth prices for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Race, the Grand Park 165, start at $45.

Officials also announced that two-day general admission tickets are available from $269, with options for upgrades to reserved seating and premium experiences. The event offers a range of ticketing selections, including new suite seating, food and drink packages, and private lounge access.

Mark your calendars for the Xfinity Series race at 1:30 p.m. on July 6, followed by the NASCAR Cup Series race at 3:30 p.m. Central on July 7, both utilizing the same 2.2-mile course as the 2023 event.

Looking Back at 2023

The 2023 race attracted over 52% of out-of-state attendees and generated more than $8.3 million in state and local tax revenues. The event’s broadcast marked NBC’s most-watched NASCAR race since 2017 and the most-streamed race in the network’s history.

Despite facing challenges from heavy rainfall, the race continued, with Shane Van Gisbergen claiming victory in his NASCAR debut. The event, however, raised concerns among residents and local authorities due to disruptions to traffic and commerce.

The difficult decision-making process behind the three-year deal came under scrutiny, with critics accusing former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration of leaving the city with an unfavorable contract, prompting Mayor Brandon Johnson’s pledge to reevaluate the race.

Under the agreed-upon deal, NASCAR was slated to pay the city $2 per ticket sold and a percentage of net commissions from food and beverage sales, in addition to an annual permit fee of $500,000. In return, the city granted NASCAR control over large sections of Grant Park for various activities.

Mayor Johnson assured the public of changes to alleviate the event’s impacts, including shortened setup and tear-down windows and minimized travel disruptions for residents, addressing concerns raised by citizens and key stakeholders.

Moreover, the commitment from NASCAR to expand its investments in Chicago communities and create opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses was hailed as a “win” for the city, signaling a collaborative effort to deliver a successful Chicago Street Race weekend in 2024.

For more information and ticket purchase, visit www.nascarchicago.com.


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