NASCAR’s decision to add a new race format in the 2023 season has not gone down well with many of the fans.
Earlier in July, NASCAR announced that they will add a street course race in Chicago for the 2023 season which will be the first of its kind for the series. The race is set to take place on Sunday, July 2.
“Like the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, we seized an incredible opportunity to add an unprecedented element to our schedule and take center stage in the heart of another major metropolitan market,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing development and strategy, in a statement back in July.
“This is the ideal setting for the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race. The NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen cars and the IMSA machines will race along the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago, marking a truly historic moment for our sport.”
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While the idea to add a different race format seems innovative and exciting, not all fans are happy with NASCAR’s decision. In fact, some seem very critical of the decision.
One of the major concerns is that the Next Gen car is not well equipped for the street race. Not only that, one fan wrote that this race will lead to “incalculable losses”.
Heading into Chicago itself would only provoke further shootings in the stands and lead to incalculable losses. NASCAR doesn't know what they're doing.
And the people who approved of this? They're making a big mistake.@DGodfatherMoody@IceTitan80@MRNRadio@NASCARonNBC
— Joshua (The Bowtie) Boston (@JoshuapBoston1) November 9, 2022
They've been hosting the Lollapalooza music festival there — not to mention every other major league professional sport — for decades. Has the death toll been incalculable?
— Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) November 9, 2022
I’m not opposed to a street race, but this layout looks like hammered ass tbh
— Dustin Babb (@BabbDustin) November 9, 2022
This is gonna stink. Looks terrible for passing. So many other great tracks out there. Street courses are awful.
— Jason Wolfe 🐺 (@Zenwolfe74) November 10, 2022
More like y’all ready. Most absurd thing. Crime ridden place. Race tracks there in Joliet. Oh wait. They didn’t show up there either. 🏴🏴🏴
— DelusionalDriverReference (@DriverReference) November 9, 2022
I've gotten lots of emails from multiple tracks saying tickets are on sale. NASCAR is begging people to come to this lol.
— Willie Horton Jr (@WillieRoyH) November 9, 2022
Ready for a shit show hell u might as well add the Nashville street race hahaha
— Dusty Sircy (@dusty_sircy) November 10, 2022
I’m so layout expert but that layout looks TERRIBLE for a stock car. Going to be either a snooze fest or a dive bomb fest
— JaymoACP (@JaymoACP) November 10, 2022
No thanks, this is going to be a fail, I believe
— Aaron (@NascarDoubleAA) November 10, 2022
Many are already expecting the race to be a failure, long before the time it is set to take place. Well, it certainly takes some risks if one wants to get a better reward, but it remains to be seen how well-thought-out plan this is from NASCAR.