NASCAR’s vice president of strategic initiatives, Ben Kennedy, announces the iRacing Pro Invitational Series will add a Chicago Street Course to the list of races.
This will be NASCAR’s fifth iRacing Pro Invitational series race of the year, building upon the success with this format when in-person racing was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The 2.2-mile street course in downtown Chicago’s loop was newly scanned-in to the iRacing platform and combines the exciting street racing aspect of Indycar with the stock car racing of NASCAR.
“Definitely not a traditional scan, and credit to Steve Myers and the group out at iRacing for being able to pull this off,” said Kennedy. “But it was one Sunday night in October at about 12:30 in the morning that they sent a scanner out there in the middle of the night and just made laps around the course. They were there for a little bit, captured some pictures and videos and some of the data that’s necessary to build that out.”
“On behalf of the City of Chicago, I am thrilled to work with NASCAR and iRacing to showcase our great city to NASCAR fans who will be watching this cutting-edge event from around the country,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said.
The race will take place on June 2nd, at 8pm EST and will be televised on FoxSports 1 (FS1).