Robert Chanick, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — The soundtrack to the inaugural NASCAR Chicago Avenue Race, which is ready to show Grant Park right into a pop-up racetrack over the Fourth of July weekend, may have greater than screeching tires and roaring engines.
Along with 200-mile-per-hour racing vehicles, the two-day occasion will function full-fledged live shows starting from nation to digital dance, headlined by Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers and the Black Cruisers, NASCAR introduced Wednesday.
NASCAR expects 100,000 attendees to participate in a Lollapalooza-like pageant designed to “reimagine the NASCAR expertise within the coronary heart of downtown Chicago,” Julie Geese, president of Chicago Avenue Race, stated in a press launch.
Scheduled for July 2, the televised Cup Sequence occasion will function a 12-turn, 2.2-mile racetrack, with prime NASCAR drivers weaving in and round Grant Park on enclosed streets lined with non permanent fences, grandstands and hospitality pavilions. Texas singer-songwriter Charlie Crockett will open for nation star Lambert earlier than the race.
A separate race of the Xfinity Sequence, the second degree of NASCAR competitors, is scheduled for July 1. Southern rock band The Black Crowes, finest identified for his or her 1990 covers of “Onerous to Deal with,” will take to the stage after the qualifying rounds, whereas The Chainsmokers, an digital dance music duo, will play after the primary day’s race run.
Two-day common admission tickets, which embody races and live shows, begin at $269 and go on sale February 2.
In November, NASCAR started promoting tickets reserved for 2 days beginning at $465. The premium membership seats are a lot greater. Prime of the checklist are makeshift hospitality suites perched above pit street, with President’s Paddock Membership tickets costing greater than $3,000 every.
NASCAR has signed a three-year deal to show the suburbs of Grant Park right into a racetrack. Below the phrases of the settlement, NASCAR can pay the Chicago Park District allow charges of $500,000 this yr, $550,000 in 2024 and $605,000 in 2025, with an choice to renew for 2 years. As well as, NASCAR can pay the Park District a $2 per ticket admission payment, and progressive fee beginning at 15% for meals, drinks, and merchandise bought on the occasion.
The course will begin on Columbus Drive in entrance of Buckingham Fountain, an space that may also function pit street. From there, drivers will flip south on Balbo Drive after which flip east on DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Drivers head south alongside the lake, flip west on Roosevelt Highway, and return north on Columbus Highway in a tough figure-eight that takes a chunk of South Michigan Avenue earlier than reaching the beginning/end line.
NASCAR has full entry to the racetrack space for the 9 days earlier than the occasion and three days after the occasion. However the whole beginning window — the method of constructing and dismantling non permanent services — lasts a full month, beginning three weeks earlier than the race weekend, in keeping with the settlement.