JOLIET – Race Fan Rally is coming Sept. 13, marking one last September festival for NASCAR racing in Joliet.
The NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway moves to midsummer next year.
Race Fan Rally, the pre-race party in downtown Joliet, presumably will move with it. The event resembles a summertime festival with live entertainment plus a distinctive NASCAR flavor.
“It’s a chance for fans to come out and kick off the race weekend,” said Mike Blaszczyk, community marketing manager for Chicagoland Speedway.
Blaszczyk was among a group announcing plans for this year’s Race Fan Rally at a press conference Tuesday.
Race Fan Rally will run from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Joliet. There is no admission charge.
The City Center Partnership is the group that organizes Race Fan Rally, basically a downtown street party that caters to NASCAR fans while also making the racing world easily accessible to anyone who wants to stop by.
Richard Fredrickson with the partnership summed up the event: “Vendors, food, entertainment, show cars, classic cars, racing cars.”
There’s also race car drivers, bounce houses for kids, and a big fireworks show downtown to cap off the night.
Fireworks this year will include special fireworks glasses handed out to people at the rally.
“We’re going to have a thousand of these glasses where you look at the fireworks, and you get like a rainbow, kaleidoscope effect,” said Lauren Las, marketing manager for the City Center Partnership.
The band M&R Rush will play on the main stage.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup will be on display in the rotunda of the Rialto Square Theatre.
Blaszczyk said that while the Joliet races move next year to June 28-July 1, the races were held at Chicagoland Speedway in midsummer for the first 11 years of the track’s existence.
“We’re returning to our roots,” he said.
Chicagoland Speedway hosts four days of racing this year from Sept. 14-17 culminating with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 on the last day.
If you go...
What: Race Fan Rally
When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 13
Where: Downtown Joliet
How much: No admission charge