‘All options’ remain open for Chicago Street Race – Sportscar365

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IMSA continues to consider “all options” to fill the weekend at NASCAR Chicago Street Race with one of its series according to John Donnan, who has not ruled out any of his championships allowed at this time despite the majority of 2023 dates being released on Friday.

The inaugural event featuring the NASCAR Cup Series was announced last month to include the IMSA-certified Series race on July 1, 2023, in a one-day show.

While an announcement was expected during Road America’s State of Sport speech, Chicago was notably absent from the schedule announcements, although Doonan reiterated that discussions were still ongoing.

“We’re looking at all options,” Dunant said. “Obviously it will be a first-time event, an event promoted by the NASCAR family. So we are looking at all options for what we can open there.”

Among the six series schedules announced, there were dates to be announced listed for both the new 2023 VP Racing SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, although one of these series is expected. To be added to the Lime Rock Park event.

Meanwhile, the 2023 schedule for the North American Porsche Carrera Cup presented by the Cayman Islands has yet to be released.

When asked if the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship or the Michelin Pilot Challenge were still in competition for the Chicago event, Doonan didn’t rule them out completely despite noting the already packed summer schedule for both series.

He said, “Given the fact that Six Hours of The Glen in Sahlen is the last weekend in June, Chicago is the next weekend right away. We’re back at CTMP again. We’ve got [one-week] Gap and then there’s Lime Rock.

“We have to be sensitive that teams, cars and people don’t leak onto the ground. So we have to work on a matrix.

“I think 2023 is unique in that respect with so many consecutive races.”

John Daggis He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports reporter for FOXSports.com and the SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications around the world. Contact John

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