NASCAR announces 2024 Chicago Street Race weekend dates

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
NASCAR announces 2024 Chicago Street Race dates
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The Chicago NASCAR race will return in 2024 for the second annual Chicago Street Race in Downtown.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- NASCAR has announced the dates for the 2024 Chicago Street Race.

The second annual event will take place July 6-7, 2024, NASCAR Chicago announced on social media Wednesday.

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"We knew there were probably going to be some efficiencies," said Julie Giese, President of NASCAR Chicago Street Course. "We were going to learn... and we did."

The 2023 race weekend was the first in a multi-year partnership between former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration and NASCAR.

Mayor Brandon Johnson's office released a statement on the announcement Wednesday, saying that they plan to reduce the amount of days for set up and tear down of the race.

"It's a better deal than what I inherited and were going to continue to have conversations with people who have questions about NASCAR," Johnson said in a post-city

"At the conclusion of this year's race, the Johnson Administration began conversations with NASCAR with the goal of addressing concerns raised by residents, alderpeople and other stakeholders, while acknowledging NASCAR's contributions to the City's economy and communities," the statement read. "As a result of these conversations, NASCAR has agreed to shorten the event's set up and tear down windows, reducing travel disruption for impacted communities and other residents. NASCAR has also committed to addressing costs incurred by City departments and agencies in facilitating and securing the event as consistent with other large-scale events. This is a win for Chicago taxpayers, as the original agreement did not include provisions for such costs."

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The race this past summer proved to be beneficial for the city economically, as Choose Chicago released some of its data from the event in July. They said the event supported 750 jobs and generated more than $8 million in local and state taxes.

NASCAR said it's a win-win scenario, utilizing cities like Chicago for the street race series.

"It's something we've said since day one. It's an amazing backdrop for a street race like us, but also showcase Chicago, drive tourism to the city," Giese said.