Chicagoland dropped from 2021 NASCAR schedule
Chicagoland Speedway has confirmed it won’t host a NASCAR race in 2021.
NASCAR is anticipated to launch the 2021 schedule tomorrow, nonetheless, a publish on the Chicagoland web site by observe president Scott Paddock confirmed the 1.5-mile facility won’t be included:
“With the 2021 NASCAR Cup Collection schedule unveiling, got here the unlucky information that Chicagoland Speedway won’t be a part of that lineup,” it learn. “As well as, the NASCAR Xfinity Collection, Gander Vans and ARCA will even not be returning to Chicagoland Speedway in 2021.
“The transfer away from NASCAR racing at Chicagoland Speedway is one in all many modifications mirrored within the 2021 schedule, and not at all a mirrored image of the assist our followers have demonstrated. Relatively, it’s a need and an vital step for the business to include new markets and new programs into the schedule, and develop the number of competitors.
“All of our followers have exhibited an amazing quantity of allegiance and persistence over the previous 12 months, throughout which period all of us have skilled important challenges. Whereas we share your disappointment round this information, we really admire and worth your dedication to the game and to the observe.
“Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway has been a central member of the Joliet/Better Chicagoland space for 20 years, and we’ll proceed to function as an integral a part of our neighborhood.
“So far as NASCAR racing on the Chicagoland Speedway, it’s troublesome at the moment to take a position on what 2022 may deliver. We’ll proceed to work with NASCAR on potential future alternatives past 2021 and can preserve you up to date.
“Lastly, because of the corresponding affect on the shared sources between Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, and the long run uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Route 66 Raceway will sadly not be internet hosting drag racing occasions in 2021.
“We hope you and your loved ones proceed to remain protected and wholesome. Thanks in your continued assist.”
Chicagoland first started internet hosting NASCAR and ARCA races in 2001. It has hosted one Cup Collection race every year and held two Xfinity Collection races from 2011-15. From 2011-17, Chicagoland served as the primary race within the NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs.
The observe misplaced its race dates this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.