NASCAR: Cup cars to race with Mufflers in Chicago

–by Mark Cipolloni–

At a Wednesday night community meeting for the NASCAR Chicago Street race, concerned residents were told that to combat high noise levels, race cars will be retrofitted with special mufflers that are expected to decrease noise by 10 decibels, according to Julie Giese, President of the NASCAR Chicago Street Course.

Griese led a virtual meeting Wednesday where she and other city promoters promised a positive economic impact from the race, with Griese saying the race is expected to generate more than $113 million for the local economy.

“The people that are coming to this race are going to be eating in our restaurants, riding in our taxi cabs, landing at our airports,” said Michael Jacobs, President of the Illinois Hotel and Lobby Association. “And all of that helps to benefit the downtown area, helps benefit the city.”

NASCAR also expects festivities to be completed by 10 p.m. each night, with the likeliness of things concluding before that on July 2. RVs and camping out will also be prohibited.

“We’ve been really diligent and trying to be as thoughtful as possible on the track schedule… keeping … less than 10 hours of track time,” Giese said.

“NASCAR has been testing mufflers for the NASCAR cup series cars, and we will be running those mufflers on the race here in Chicago,” Giese said.

“We are committed to being a good partner in this city,” said Julie Griese, President of the NASCAR Chicago Street Course. “To working alongside all of you to ensure everyone has a good idea of what to expect.”

On Twitter local residents were brutal about the NASCAR race:


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