You wanted changes, NASCAR is talking changes.
The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the first time the series can truly revolutionize the schedule. The 5-year agreement signed with tracks expires after the 2020 season meaning anything and everything is in play for 2021.
Including street races.
Part of the NASCAR Fan Council questionnaire last season included a question about NASCAR races on street circuits or parking lots around football stadiums.
According to Steve Phelps, it looks like NASCAR is exploring the idea of doing just that in Chicago and Los Angeles. Essentially it’s the proposed F1 track around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Except Soldier Field in Chicago and the LA Coliseum aren’t surrounded by acres of parking lots. They’re very much in neighborhoods/dense urban areas.
Both sites seem highly unlikely for the most part. It’s a bold desire to want a race at both of these places. LA likely isn’t going to host a NASCAR race around the Coliseum. Traffic is already a nightmare, shutting down streets, racing around construction, it’d be a whole thing.
In Chicago, you could almost hold a race around Soldier Field. Ther is no way Lake Shore Drive will get shut down for it, the city won’t allow that. But there are enough auxiliary and side roads to make it work if they really want to.
Strangely enough, both of these cities are home/close to tracks that produce good racing in recent years. Fontana albeit 55 miles outside of LA has still produced solid racing. Chicagoland 45 miles outside of Chicago in Joliet has produced back to back fantastic races. So will they lose their dates? Or will the series visit the second and third largest markets four times?
All we know about the 2021 schedule so far is it will start with the Daytona 500 on February 14, 2020. Outside of that, it’s all a toss-up. The series is still standing by their desire to have the schedule out by April.
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