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Experts available to discuss NASCAR street race in Chicago

DePaul University scholars in transportation, hospitality, sports marketing offer insights

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CHICAGO — The Grant Park 220 — a 100-lap, 220-mile NASCAR street race set to take place near Chicago’s Loop neighborhood July 2 — has been the talk of the town since it was first announced. Now, with the race under two weeks away, conversations on the event’s economic impact, tourism and the future are heating up. DePaul University experts in business, tourism, transportation and more are available to provide context and insight into the first NASCAR street race in the organization’s history.

Contact experts directly via email or for assistance arranging interviews email or call 312-241-9856.

Director, Sports Business Program
Clinical Professor, Driehaus College of Business

A 30+-year veteran in sports management and marketing, Clark can discuss why Chicago lobbied to host this event, why NASCAR wanted to hold a road race in Chicago, and the economic impact of this and other sporting events.

Professional Lecturer, College of Communication

A corporate and public relations veteran, Ingle can discuss the impact of major sports choosing a new venue to break into major markets, the impact the event will have on the city and especially Loop tourists and residents, and NASCAR's intention to reach consumers and fans.

Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development
Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

A nationally renowned scholar on transportation systems, Schwieterman can discuss how the race will affect traffic, whether it will lead to better roads along the course, and any long-term benefits of hosting this race.

Director, School of Hospitality Leadership
Associate Professor, Driehaus College of Business
A 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Young researches the impact large events have on hotels and a city’s tourism industry, including Formula 1 international races as well as the World Series and major concerts.


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