NBC 5 to provide live coverage of NASCAR Chicago Street Race

Coming off of last year’s historic NASCAR Chicago Street Race, the most-watched NASCAR event of 2023, NBCU Local Chicago will once again be THE home for everything NASCAR beginning this Friday, July 5, as the world’s most popular auto racers make their triumphant return to the Windy City.

Featuring live event preview and pre-race specials, live on-site reports, interviews with NASCAR drivers/executives/fans, downtown sights & sounds, along with massive digital & social media coverage, the properties of NBCUniversal Local Chicago will have it all for NASCAR fans this coming weekend.

“The City of Chicago experienced a history-making sporting event last summer with the inaugural NASCAR Chicago Street Race, said John Schippman, VP of Sports Content, NBCUniversal Local Chicago. “We couldn’t be prouder to once again provide our viewers with extensive, multi-platform coverage of this year’s event, as we’ll take fans onto the racecourse and inside the cars as they speed down the streets of Chicago this weekend.”

Please note NBCUniversal Local Chicago’s NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend multi-platform coverage details below (all times are Central Time):

FRIDAY, JULY 5

  • 4:00-7:00 AM & 11:00-11:30 AM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO 

NBC 5 News will start up NBCU Local Chicago’s live NASCAR Chicago Street Race coverage with the latest race weekend details from the network’s Buckingham Foundation location. In addition, NBC 5 News will prepare race spectators and upcoming downtown visitors with a full weekend weather and traffic forecast.

  • 4:00-5:30 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO

NBC 5’s afternoon newscasts will continue the station’s NASCAR weekend coverage with live coverage from Buckingham Fountain featuring interviews with race officials and NASCAR fans celebrating the weekend’s events. 

NOTE: Noticiero Telemundo Chicago will also provide extensive NASCAR Chicago Street Race coverage in its morning/afternoon/evening newscasts throughout the weekend.

  • 6:30 PM (LIVE) – NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS (+) & the NBC 5 Chicago News 24/7 live streaming channel

“Race by the Lake” – Featuring NBC 5 Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago anchor & host Leila Rahimi, along with the latest NASCAR race feature reports via Ruthie Polinsky, this LIVE half-hour special from Buckingham Fountain will deliver an in-depth preview of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series “The Loop 110” race and the weekend’s primary event, Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series “Grant Park 165.” In addition to special guest interviews and an in-depth look at the 12-turn, 2.2-mile course, “Race by the Lake” will also take viewers behind-the-scenes with a NASCAR team, highlighting the physical and mental focus on how drivers prepare for this unique NASCAR race.  

NOTES: NBC 5 Chicago News live streaming channel can also be viewed on Peacock, Roku, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon Fire TV, Pluto TV, Xumo Play, Google Play, Freevee, TCLtv+ and Local Now … Viewers can check their on-screen channel guide for NBC Sports Chicago PLUS (+) availability and channel position in their area.

SATURDAY, JULY 6

  • 2:00 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO & PEACOCK

NASCAR Xfinity Series “The Loop 110” – Event coverage begins at 2:00 PM; race scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM. (Broadcast team – Booth: PBP Rick Allen; Analyst, Steve Letarte Intersection of Columbus and Balbo, Turn 1 and Turn 6: Mike Bagley; Intersection of Lake Shore and Roosevelt, Turn 4: Dillon Welch; Intersection of Michigan and Jackson, Turn 11: Jeff Burton … Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kim Coon)

  • 5:00 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO 

NBC 5 News will provide live reports from Buckingham Fountain featuring the latest NASCAR event day news, interviews, opening race day festivity highlights and a preview of Sunday’s primary NASCAR Cup Series battle.

SUNDAY, JULY 7

  • 8:00-9:00 AM & 10:00-10:30 AM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO 

NBC 5 News morning newscasts will provide the latest race day updates surrounding the highly-anticipated NASCAR Cup Series “Grant Park 165,” along with preparing race spectators with the latest weather and event-related traffic details.

  • 2:30 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 Chicago News 24/7 live streaming channel

“Start Your Engines: NASCAR Chicago Street Race” – Hosted by Leila Rahimi with race day feature reports provided by Ruthie Polinsky, this LIVE, ONE-HOUR race day special from Buckingham Fountain will preview the highly-anticipated NASCAR Cup Series “Grant Park 165.” Featuring driver interviews and special guest interviews, viewers can also look forward to lively on-site fan interaction segments featuring NBC 5 Chicago’s popular, Emmy-winning Chicago Todayhosts Cortney Hall and Matt Rodrigues.

  • 3:00 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO & PEACOCK

NASCAR Cup Series “Grant Park 165” – Event coverage begins at 3:00 PM; race scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM. (Broadcast team – Booth: PBP Rick Allen; Analyst, Steve Letarte Intersection of Columbus and Balbo, Turn 1 and Turn 6: Mike Bagley; Intersection of Lake Shore and Roosevelt, Turn 4: Dillon Welch; Intersection of Michigan and Jackson, Turn 11: Jeff Burton … Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kim Coon)

  • 10:30 PM (LIVE) – NBC 5 CHICAGO 

Sports Sunday featuring Leila Rahimi, Mike Berman and Ruthie Polinsky will provide viewers with a full NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend recap, featuring race highlights, driver interviews, a highlight reel showcasing the city’s event festivities and much more.

Additional NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend coverage…

  • DIGITAL — NBCChicago.com/NASCAR is the one-stop digital destination for the most comprehensive coverage of “NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend,” featuring detailed event location and times, course route layouts, downtown road closures, safety information for patrons and pets, interviews with NASCAR drivers/execs, city officials, fans, and much more.

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