A NASCAR contractor tragically died after being electrocuted while preparing for the Chicago Street Race at Grant Park 220.
Duane Tabinski, 53, the founder of an event company contracted to install audio equipment, was the man who died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. A local station, WLS-TV was the first to report.
NASCAR proceeded to issue a statement in this regard.
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«We are coordinating with local authorities on this tragic incident,» race organizers told the Associated Press. «We share our condolences to the family and loved ones.
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Tabinski was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after first responders were called to the race track. He was pronounced dead Friday morning, according to WLS-TV.
The Chicago street race will be the first in NASCAR Cup Series history, as it will take place on the streets of the famous city’s downtown.
It originally started as a virtual street race in March 2021 as part of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. However, rumors eventually surfaced that NASCAR wanted to make a real life race out of the virtual track they created.
The official announcement that the race is part of the Cup Series came on July 19, 2022.
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The race is scheduled for this Sunday at 5 pm ET.