New Zealand born Shane van Gisbergen, three time Australian Supercars champion, speaks to the press after his historic win in the inaugural NASCAR Chicago Street Race Sunday June 2, 2023. He reflects on how he handled the rain and the unusual race track created from Chicago streets. Lightening and flash flood warnings marked the two-day event and resulted in cancelled concerts and an abrupt ending of the Xfinity race on Saturday June 1st.
Shane Van Gisbergen, driving car number 91 sponsored by Enhance Health speeds across the finish line in First Place. Photo by John L. Alexander
Among celebrities attending the NASCAR Chicago Street Races was a Justin Fields., who gained fame from his stellar performances as Chicago Bears‘ quarterback. He noted similarities between the sports of football and car racing, in that both sports require speed and strategy, but also observed that race car driving requires different kinds of skills.
Navigating wet pavement, changes from asphalt to concrete and unusual twists and turns, drivers in the NASCAR Chicago Street Races held Sunday June 2, 2023 spun around the curves at high speeds with a roar from powerful engines, trying to avoid hitting walls. There were a few crashes during the race but no injuries to the drivers reported.
Bubba Wallace, driving car #23 for McDonald’s, attracted new fans to the sport of auto racing with a big block party held at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center at 740 E. 56th Place on Wednesday June 28, 2023. Music and entertainment drew crowds of admirers and gave Chicagoans a chance to meet race car driver Bubba Wallace and learn more about the sport. Community leaders and black owned businesses joined with DuSable Black History Museum President and CEO Perri Irmer, Esq. to promote the two day NASCAR Chicago Street Racing Event held Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2, 2023. The NASCAR Cup Series Race, held Sunday, called the "Grant Park 220" and the Xfinity Series Race, held Saturday, named the "Loop 121" were run along the specially sectioned off streets of downtown Chicago past some of the city's most notable landmarks. Drivers sped along Columbus Drive, Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive with the Start and Finish line along South Columbus Drive directly in front of Buckingham Fountain. The event, which attracted fans from around the world, once again promotes Chicago as a tourist city that benefits greatly from its summer festivals and special events. Bubba's Block Party was another effort to bring positive attention as well as a piece of the NASCAR Street Race revenue to the Chicago's South Side. Photo Credit -Crystal Wiley-Brown/via CAAAP
As many fans who came out to BUbba's Block Party observed, the sport of auto racing also creates jobs and career opportunities, not just as race car drivers but as mechanics who work on cars. Each car has a crew prepared to quickly handle repairs during the race. When drivers experiece a crash or fee that the car is malfunctioning, they must exit the race track and enter the Pit, where a crew rapidly accesses and fixes the problem so the driver can return to the track. Members of the automotive crew for car #23 demonstrated the speed and skill with which they can change all four tires. Video Credit - Crystal Wiley-Brown/via CAAAP
Friday June 30th was a last day of preparation for the big weekend. Automotive crews carefully wheeled each automobile to the work areas where the cars were carefully inspected to insure all parts were in working order and there were no vehicle malfunctions. Stacks of tires were available for antipated tire changes. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Pre-credentialed members of the media boarded a specially commissioned Chicago Tour Bus on Friday June 30, which provided a guided tour of the street race route so that photographers and videographers could plan where to stand and capture the historic event, conducted in picturesque downtown Chicago. Photo by John L. Alexander
Saturday’s highly anticipated Xfinity Race of 55 laps around the track was abruptly stopped at lap 25 when lightening appeared in the sky. Torrential rains on Sunday prompted officials to just declare Cole Matthew Custer driving the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas the winner, with 60 points. Photo by John L. Alexander
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Terry Lee "T.J." Friedl stretches to catch a fly ball to try and stop a home run hit in the Saturday May 27th game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Photo by John L. Alexander
Although Chicago was the first to score a run, their 4 to 2 lead at the bottom of the 4th inning was wiped away when Cincinnati scored three runs in the 5th inning, taking a 5-4 lead over the Cubs. Another run scored in the sixth inning and two in the seventh widened the Reds' lead over the Cubs and despite a Cubs seventh inning score, Chicago was unable to make a comeback. Cincinnati's Jonathan India hit two home runs and drove in five runs, helping his team snatch victory from the Cubs, who remained scoreless in the 8th and 9th innings. Chicago's Mayor Brandon Johnson threw out the first pitch of the game, hoping to toss a little luck Chicago's way, but the Reds overcame a Cubs early lead and held on to win the game 8-5. Photo by John L. Alexander
CHICAGOs - A fourth quarter surge clinched the victory for the Chicago Bulls, Sunday April 9, 2023 at the United Center. The Bulls hustled to widen the gap in a game that went neck and neck for three quarters, with Detroit matching Chicago nearly basket for basket. Top scorer for the Bulls in Sunday's game was small forward Zach Lavine, who scored 17 points. Here, Chicago Bulls small forward DeMar DeRozan (11), who scored 16 points in the game, uses his ball handling skills to maneuver past Detroit Pistons center James Wiseman (13) who attempts to block a pass or shot. Photo by John L. Alexander
Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) and Bulls guard Alex Caruso (6) surround Pistons point guard Jaden Ivy (23) to prevent a score. Chicago increased its narrow three point lead in the fourth quarter, with several well executed plays that widened the gap to a 22 point lead, clinching a win for the Bulls. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Ohio State Buckeyes beat James Madison Dukes 80-66 on March 18, 2023 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH.Photo by John L. Alexander
Ohio State Buckeyes beat James Madison Dukes 80-66 on March 18, 2023 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Photo by John L. Alexander
St. John's forward Danielle Cosgrove (13) stretches over the reach of Purdue guard Cassidy Hardin (5) to make a shot. Photo by John L. Alexander
The Purdue team celebrates after a hard fought victory against Penn State to win the Big Ten Men's Basketball Championship at the United Center in Chicago March 12, 2023. Photo by John L. Alexander
Northwestern guard Chase Audige (1) hustles down the court, pursued by Penn State guard/forward Myles Dread (2). Photo by John L. Alexander.
Ohio State forward Justice Sueing (14) dribbles past Iowa forward Connor McCaffery (30) and Iowa guard Ahron Ulis on day 2 of March Madness. BigTen-Ohio State beat Iowa 73-69 on March 09, 2023 at United Center in Chicago, IL Photo by John L. Alexander
MARCH MADNESS 2023 LINEUP
In this five day basketball tournament held at the United Center in Chicago from Wednesday March 8 to Sunday March 12, teams play elimination rounds until the championship game.
The world’s best bull riders competed in this 2 day PBR Tractor Supply Co. Invitational at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Illinois, Friday January 13 and Saturday January 14, 2023. Amidst the cheers from a full house, 40 Professional Bull Riders sought to qualify for the championship by staying on top of a wildly bucking bull for at least 8 seconds. During the 2023 season, the PBR will celebrate the 30th anniversary since 20 cowboys broke away from the traditional rodeo with the belief that bull riding could be a standalone sport. Since their trailblazing initiative, the PBR has grown into a global phenomenon awarding nearly $300 million in prize money.
Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington), riding Back Jack (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) took an early lead in the competition with 86 points, , and was soon tied with Dakota Louis (Browning Montana), riding Simon (K-C Bucking Bulls/Daniels Cattle Co.) who also scored 86 points. A total of 22 bull riders reached the requisite 8 seconds and scored points on Day 1 of the PBR Event.
With more than half of the 40 competing riders logging a score in front of Friday night’s enthusiastic crowd at Allstate Arena, 22 year old Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) rode a cut above the rest, winning Round 1 of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast Tractor Supply Co. Invitational, with an 87.5 score. Matched up with WSM’s Sun Country (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) his perfect timing earned him the top spot going into Day 2 of the competition and the championship round on Saturday January 14th.
In the contest between man and beast, the beasts won nearly half of the battles in Day 1 of Unleash The Beast PBR Bull Riders Competition. A total of 22 of the 40 contenders had qualifying times with 8 or more seconds on the bull. Leading is 22 year old Mason Taylor with a score of 87.5
Day 1 of the PBR Competition ended with no significant injuries to the riders, bulls, or men on horseback. A total of 22 out of 40 contenders qualified to compete on Day 2 of the PBR Event to be held Saturday January 14, 2023 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
What does it take to stay on top of a bucking bull? We’ll find out tonight at the Professional Bull Riders Competition ay the Allstate Arena.
Professional Bull Riders strive to stay on top of a bull for at least 8 seconds in order to score points.