CHICAGO (CBS)– As the city prepares to crack down on amateur street racing, it is reportedly preparing to welcome professional riders with open arms.
According to a letter obtained by The Athletic, Chicago is working with NASCAR to host a one-of-a-kind street race downtown.
The city would host the race for three years from 2023.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to announce the partnership Tuesday afternoon.
The mayor’s political opponents are already criticizing this decision. Reference to a recent street racing incident. Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas tweeted “no need for the mayor of Chicago to bring NASCAR to downtown Chicago. It’s already there.”
Lightfoot will make the announcement around 2:30 p.m.