NASCAR held its annual events.”sport caseOn Friday, November 4, Steve Phelps and Steve O’Donnell discussed a variety of different topics.
However, one topic stood out, in particular, as it could be an indication of what will happen in the future of the sport.
NASCAR is receiving interest in racing outside the US
NASCAR currently holds 38 events across the Cup Series season, the most notable being the Daytona 500 that takes place at the beginning of each year. However, could another notable event join the list sometime soon?
Phelps discussed the possibility of racing internationally last week.
We certainly have nothing to announce here. Do we think that there is an interest north and south of the border specifically? Yes, there is interest. You’re talking about the Chicago Street Course. Ben Kennedy and Steve O’Donnell, their phones are ringing from cities across the country like, We’d like to host a NASCAR race in our city. We have calls coming in, like I said, north and south of the border.”
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Definite interest in places outside the USA that would like to host NASCAR events is a very significant position. This means that the sport is growing as new regions want to see the racing show on their soil.
As noted above, currently every race on the NASCAR calendar is held in the United States. The truck chain recently participated in Canada but disappeared with the COVID-19 pandemic.
With interest growing from north and south of the border, could this scenario pay off for the 2024 season?
Whether that happens in 2024 or not, I don’t know. What I do know is that we will continue to change the schedule in 2024.”
Steve Phelps talked about when the sport can race internationally
The sport has been bold with its schedule over the past few seasons and that won’t change for the 2023 season. NASCAR will hold a street cycle event in Chicago, Illinois while North Wilkesboro Speedway returns to race the All-Star.
However, as Phelps said, it is not known whether an international event can return to the schedule for the 2024 season. This does not mean that it cannot happen, but so far, there are no answers to this question.
The future of NASCAR is incredibly bright as interest in the sport grows
NASCAR was bold to take the Busch Light Clash to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 2022 season and it didn’t disappoint. It was a great event going back to the 2023 season.
The sport has an incredibly bright future due to bold decisions like Busch Light Clash. For years, hardly any changes were made to the schedule but that mindset changed a few years ago.
Now, the Chicago Street course will be the sport’s next big investment as it is expected to be like any other race in the history of the sport when it comes to development and hospitality this weekend.
Officials think the best sports days lie ahead, and why do we doubt that? Responsible people make bold decisions and really work to create a better environment.
The idea of returning to international venues is another step in the right direction. Great interest in this sport has grown over time after years of struggle and questioning why it hasn’t worked.
Admittedly, the NASCAR hype had begun to wane in earlier years. The spark wasn’t there but it changed. The best days are 100% ahead and it will be amazing to see what happens next.