NASCAR in Chicago: Course map and turn-by-turn breakdown originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
For the first time, NASCAR will bring stock car racing to the streets of Chicago in 2023, setting up a 2.2-mile circuit that will take drivers past some of the most iconic landmarks in the city.
From Buckingham Fountain to Grant Park to Michigan Avenue, the drivers will make their way through a track that will also include views of Lake Michigan and several other Chicago attractions.
Here is a full map of the track, as provided by NASCAR:
Here is a turn-by-turn breakdown of the 12-turn street race, which is set to take place on July 2, 2023:
The front straightaway and pit road will be housed on South Columbus Drive, running along a two-block stretch that will take the race past the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
The drivers will hang a left onto East Balbo Drive, heading toward Lake Michigan.
Drivers will then turn right onto the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive, hurtling toward the Museum Campus with the Field Museum ahead of them and with the softball fields at Grant Park on their right.
The slow right-hand curve in front of the Field Museum will mark the third turn on the track.
Drivers will hang a 90-degree turn onto East Roosevelt Road at the southernmost point of the circuit.
Drivers will then turn back onto South Columbus Drive, heading northward down a long straightaway.
At one of the most interesting parts of the race-track, the drivers will hang a left onto East Balbo Drive, coming close to where Turn One is located.
A right-hand turn onto South Michigan Avenue will send the drivers heading back toward the north and into a chicane, representing one of the most challenging spots on the track.
Drivers will follow the curve of Congress Plaza to the right, beginning a sweeping chicane that will take drivers across Ida B. Wells Drive.
This turn will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain, and will send drivers back toward the left and back toward Michigan Avenue.
This turn will put drivers briefly back onto Michigan Avenue, heading northward as they make another quick right-hand turn.
This turn represents the most northerly portion of the course, with drivers hanging another right onto East Jackson Drive. The famous lions of the Art Institute of Chicago will also be near this turn at the intersection of Michigan and Jackson.
This turn will put drivers back on the front straightaway, sending them to the right and back down Columbus Drive for a long straightaway.
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