NASCAR Chicago Street Race: An Open Letter

Dear NASCAR, Your urban street race in Chicago thrilled fans. Let's drive change: reduce noise, embrace eco-tech, pledge net-zero by 2035, and foster diversity. Together, we accelerate towards a more inclusive, sustainable, and exciting future.


We hope this letter finds you well. As avid fans of the thrilling world of auto racing, we wanted to take a moment to express our excitement and appreciation for the recent NASCAR street race in Chicago. The event was a spectacular display of speed, skill, and determination, leaving fans on the edge of their seats throughout the entire race. We commend NASCAR for bringing the excitement of the sport directly to the heart of the city, allowing fans from all walks of life to experience the thrill of NASCAR firsthand.

However, as we celebrate this incredible event, we must also address some important topics that are crucial for the future of motor sports and auto racing. One such topic is the noise and environmental impact of NASCAR races in inner-cities. We recognize that the loud roar of engines and the accompanying noise pollution can be a concern for residents in urban areas. It is essential to work towards finding innovative solutions that balance the excitement of the sport with the well-being and comfort of the local communities.

In this regard, we were thrilled to learn about NASCAR’s commitment to achieving net-zero operating emissions by 2035. This ambitious goal is a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of NASCAR races and ensuring a sustainable future for the sport. We commend NASCAR for recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship and taking proactive measures to minimize its carbon footprint. By embracing cleaner technologies, sustainable fuels, and eco-friendly practices, NASCAR is leading the way in demonstrating that auto racing can coexist harmoniously with our environment.

Moreover, we would like to express our appreciation for NASCAR’s continued efforts to foster diversity and inclusivity within the sport. It is heartening to witness the sport’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for drivers, regardless of their background. NASCAR has made tremendous strides in promoting diversity both on and off the track, and this commitment has been a catalyst for positive change within the industry.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not only moral imperatives, but also essential for the future success and growth of motor sports. Embracing diversity brings fresh perspectives, unique talents, and new fans into the fold. By creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive, NASCAR is broadening its appeal and reaching a more diverse audience. This inclusivity has the potential to unlock untapped talent, further elevating the level of competition and making auto racing even more captivating for fans worldwide.

As we look to the future of motor sports and auto racing, we envision a landscape that reflects the rich tapestry of our society. We see a sport that not only thrills us with breathtaking races but also serves as a platform for positive social change. NASCAR, with its deep-rooted history and massive fan base, has an incredible opportunity to lead the way in shaping this future. By embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, NASCAR can set an example for the entire industry and create a lasting legacy of progress and unity.

In conclusion, we want to express our gratitude for NASCAR’s continued dedication to pushing the boundaries and exploring new horizons. The recent street race in Chicago was a testament to the sport’s ability to adapt and innovate, bringing excitement to fans in a whole new way. As we move forward, let us continue to champion sustainability, inclusivity, and equality within the sport, making NASCAR a shining beacon of progress and inspiration for the world of motor sports.

Thank you for your time and for your commitment to a better future.


Daniel Blackman