NASCAR has arrange a digital iRacing occasion on the streets of Chicago, the newest indication that the sanctioning physique needs to ultimately run a real-life race within the coronary heart of the Windy Metropolis.
The sanctioning physique introduced on Wednesday that it labored with iRacing, the Metropolis of Chicago, the Chicago Sports activities Fee and the Specialised Advertising and marketing Group to have sure streets scanned by iRacing’s proprietary know-how. The tech permits the corporate, which is owned by John Henry, to show real-life roads or programs into precise digital replicas which are used on the sim racing platform.
On this case, NASCAR will place the occasion because the fifth and remaining Professional Invitational Sequence race that may air this season on FS1, with it set to air June 2. The two.2-mile digital course will run previous town’s iconic skyline, Lake Shore Drive and round Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park.
NASCAR obtained Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to touch upon the transfer, exhibiting the seriousness of the enterprise. SBJ first reported in February of final yr that NASCAR had discussions with Soldier Subject and the L.A. Coliseum about presumably operating a real-life race round their venues, and the iRacing experiment seems to counsel that NASCAR is getting nearer to creating such a metropolis avenue occasion occur.
NASCAR has by no means run a Cup Sequence race on a avenue circuit in its 73-year historical past. NASCAR stopped operating at its Chicagoland Speedway in close by Joliet, In poor health., this season, in order that market is presently with no race.
Lightfoot, within the ready assertion, wrote that she is “thrilled to work with NASCAR and iRacing to showcase our nice metropolis to NASCAR followers who can be watching this cutting-edge occasion from across the nation.”
iRacing will ultimately make the course out there to its prospects. The primary race of the 2021 Professional Invitational Sequence begins tonight on FS1 from the digital Bristol grime observe.