NASCAR has announced that Julie Giese—the current President of Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona—has been appointed to oversee operations for the NASCAR Cup Series’ first-ever Chicago Street Course, which will take place July 1–2, 2023.
While Giese will immediately begin work on several key initiatives in Chicago, she will also continue to oversee all day-to-day operations at Phoenix Raceway through NASCAR Championship Weekend in November. After, Giese will help open a NASCAR office in Chicago and help build a “fully dedicated in-market team” ahead of the event.
Giese will also help lead all efforts for the event, including NASCAR’s commitment to delivering benefits to Chicago’s residents, engagement with youth programs and support for the local business community.
“Julie brings a long history of driving results and managing high profile initiatives at NASCAR venues—from her work in promoting the $400 million redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway to her leadership role as president of a thriving Phoenix Raceway,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR senior vice president and chief track properties officer. “Most importantly, Julie understands the importance of diversity and prioritizing the local communities in which we race. As such, she will work with local, diverse business owners to partner on all aspects of the event weekend—from philanthropic efforts to suppliers, caterers and hoteliers.”
For more information, visit nascarchicago.com.