NASCAR adjusts competition procedures for Chicago

NASCAR has tweaked a couple of competition procedures ahead of its second annual Chicago street course race.

One of the most notable is a location change for the choose rule, which was moved from Turn 6 to Turn 9. It was prompted by driver feedback after last year’s race. The field will be given the “one to go” signal for a restart in Turn 5. That is a change from it being in Turn 7 last year.

There was no change made to the location of the restart zone. It remains prior to Turn 12 (the final corner leading to the frontstretch).

On restarts, drivers must stay in line until the start of the frontstretch. Once the field restarts through Turn 12, there will be a designated line on the frontstretch of where they can begin to change lanes.


The course layout remains unchanged at 2.2 miles and 12 turns. There will be multiple spotter locations around the course. And the competition footprint and logistics are the same from the first year in Chicago as far as hauler parking and garage location.

NASCAR will again have a presence at Butler Field, which is open to the public. In addition to shopping and concessions, there will be simulators, the NASCAR Experience, and driver appearances.

The festival field is open to ticket holders. The musical acts will be Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, the Black Keys, and Lauren Alania.

Beginning Friday night, July 5, the course will be closed for the weekend. All on-track activity begins Saturday, July 6.

The course map with the relevant race procedures is shown below.

Story originally appeared on Racer