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Formula 1® Roars into Chicago with Festival at Soldier Field on June 8

  • The Emirates F1® Chicago Festival is part of a global festival series that delivers a Grand Prix experience to the city streets
  • Festival gives unique access to F1® cars and the pageantry surrounding the sport

CHICAGO, May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Emirates F1® Chicago Festival allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1® by bringing the Grand Prix atmosphere to the heart of Chicago with a free event for fans on the historic and scenic grounds of Soldier Field on Saturday, June 8th.

From F1 driver appearances to a live driving exhibition on Museum Campus Drive, attendees will experience all that F1 has to offer, including the roar of engines, the smell of rubber and the electric atmosphere as the cars tear past.

During the festival, fans of all ages can enjoy the Canadian Grand Prix qualifying broadcast in real time, alongside exciting sponsor activities and try some of the great local food and drink there is to offer. When the sun goes down, Chicago will be treated to exciting appearances by local celebrities and a memorable musical performance from headlining act Judah & The Lion.

In the weeks leading up to the festival, an F1 car donning a unique Chicago-themed wrap will tour the city making stops at iconic locations to be announced, including Gallagher Way located adjacent to Wrigley Field, giving Chicagoans and tourists the opportunity to see the high-tech innovation of an F1 car up-close and personal.

After its stop in Chicago, the F1 Festival will make its way to Los Angeles in the fall and end the 2019 tour in Brazil. Formula 1 is working on plans to bring the festival back to the U.S. in 2020. For more information, please visit F1.com/festivals.

Sean Bratches, Managing Director of Commercial Operations – Formula 1 said: “Following the huge success of the Shanghai festival earlier this month, we are excited to be heading to Chicago - a city known to hold the most enthusiastic of sports fans.” “We know the thrill of the race will not be lost on Chicagoans and are looking forward to immersing fans in the race day atmosphere and showing the Windy City all that F1 has to offer.”

Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand for Emirates said: “Emirates takes pride in its support of global sports that connect people to what they love. We are delighted to give fans an unforgettable experience and connection to Formula 1 with the Emirates F1 Festival in Chicago, a city which we have been serving since 2014.”

About Formula 1®
Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world’s most popular annual sporting series. The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1® and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™. Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock. The F1 logo, F1 FORMULA 1 logo, FORMULA 1, F1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX, PADDOCK CLUB and related marks are trade marks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula 1 company. All rights reserved.

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