NASCAR came to Philadelphia Tuesday meaning street closures and photo opportunities around town.
The NASCAR Xfinity Philly Takeover brought seven race cars to city streets to promote upcoming race weekends at Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway in June.
To set up for the drive around town, Spring Garden Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Eakins Oval – near the Philadelphia Museum of Art where NFL Draft closures just ended – was closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
From the art museum area, the cars drove to the Comcast Center along Arch Street in Center City for a 10 a.m. rally. The race car parade continued from there south on 17th Street to Market Street, east on Market to City Hall and around the south side of City Hall to Juniper Street.
Once the parade stopped on South Penn Square, a ceremony and demonstration took place with city representatives. After the ceremony, three vehicles proceeded onto the 1300 block of market Street for a photo op. The processional then departed City Hall and traveled north on Juniper to JFK Boulevard and west on JFK Boulevard to Broad Street where they stopped for another brief demonstration. The parade then continued west on JFK Boulevard, stopping along the north curb lane in front of the Comcast Center for a final photo opportunity.
Police were present along the route to ensure safety and divert traffic.
Xfinity is part of Comcast, the parent company of NBC10.