CHICAGO (WLS) — It's the last day of NASCAR street racing.
Saturday's race that was postponed to Sunday due to the current weather will not resume on Sunday due to the unprecedented circumstances, NASCAR said in a statement. statement.
NASCAR also issued the following statement:
“With waterlogging and flooding being a significant problem on the racetrack and throughout the city, there was no option to return to racing prior to transitioning to NASCAR Cup Series race operations. Throughout the entire planning process for Chicago Street Race, our relationship with the City of Chicago was strong and one of the most valuable assets in getting to this historic weekend.In the spirit of that partnership, returning Monday to finish the NASCAR Xfinity Series event two rounds before halfway was an option we chose not to exercise.Based on some unprecedented circumstances , NASCAR has made the decision to declare Cole Custer the race winner.”
The NASCAR XFinity Series was racing on The Loop 121 on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before weather caused a delay around 5:30 p.m. The drivers had completed 24 laps and were on lap 25. Cole Custer was in first place and was declared the race winner by NASCAR.
“We're having an amazing time. We're really disappointed it's raining, because we can't come tomorrow,” said Gail Montenegro.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Sunday morning for Cook County.
Pit road had a lot of wear and tear after only part of the first race.
Drivers navigate some very tight turns, while picking up speed on the straights. Race cars are expected to reach speeds above 100 mph.
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The trail begins and ends at Buckingham Fountain, and loops through major city arteries such as DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, and selects surrounding streets to form a 12 loop, 2.2 mile trail.
And with more rain in Sunday's forecast, it will make an already challenging race track that much more difficult.
Drivers say the margin for error on this course is even smaller than on the regular oval track they race on.
Two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano says there are a lot of walls to break here.
“You overcook your entry a bit and you go in there too hard, you slide into the wall, so it's more of a risk,” he said.
The biggest names in NASCAR take to the track for the Cup Series race at 4:05 p.m
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The weather also canceled the Chainsmokers concert, which was supposed to take place after the race.
The concert will not be rescheduled.
“Too bad. I wanted to see The Chainsmokers. We saw the Black Crowes before. They are amazing. If you come tomorrow, come. Hope this clears up,” said Konstantinos Linverakis.
NASCAR issued a statement, saying, “Due to the continued potential for lightning strikes and in the interest of public safety and caution, the facility will need to be evacuated. NASCAR looks forward to resuming activity, but not until city officials allow fans to return to the grandstands. Lightning forecasting continues until the next few hours, forcing NASCAR to postpone the completion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race until tomorrow morning.”
Sunday's concert lineup has also been canceled due to flooding at Lower Hutchinson Field, NASCAR announced. Charley Crockett and Miranda Lambert were originally due to appear on Sunday afternoon. It is currently unknown whether they will be rescheduled.
Despite being one of the most popular racing sports in the United States, NASCAR has seen attendance decline. This weekend's extravaganza helps celebrate NASCAR's 75th anniversary, and comes as the organization seeks to reinvent itself by addressing changing fan demographics and economic challenges.
“We're really new to NASCAR, so it's our first time coming,” said April Chambers. “We came because of Bubba Wallace. He's having an event at DuSable, so that's why we're here.”
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