CHICAGO — Tickets to Chicago’s first NASCAR race will go on sale Thursday morning.
The tickets are expected to go on sale 10 a.m. on the race’s website, according to ABC7. People will be able to reserve seats, suites and specialty packages that will give them a view of the race and access to other benefits, including post-race concerts, according to the website.
The race is scheduled for July 1-2 on a 2.2-mile, 12-turn course that starts in Grant Park and includes Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive and surrounding streets. The start and finish line will be in front of Buckingham Fountain.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the race in July, saying excitement about racing in Chicago is “off the charts.”
“This is a huge, huge sports town … the opportunity to bring something so unique as NASCAR to the city of Chicago, I think it’s going to be one of the most iconic race courses maybe every,” Lightfoot said at the time. “We couldn’t pass up that opportunity.”
The races will be accompanied by concerts and others events.
The race has faced some backlash, though, with Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) saying the mayor didn’t speak to aldermen whose wards would be affected.
Transportation advocates also questioned the optics of hosting a major race Downtown when street racing has become a significant issue and the numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists killed by drivers has gone up in recent years.
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