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INDYCAR to race twice at World Wide Technology Raceway next month

Twin 200-lap NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in St. Louis market on August 29 and 30

July 27, 2020, 1 p.m. CDT, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, today announced yet another significant change to its August 29-30 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Weekend following schedule alterations for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. A second NTT INDYCAR SERIES race has been added to WWTR’s INDYCAR Weekend.

  • The first INDYCAR race will be held on Saturday, August 29. Central. The second INDYCAR race of the weekend will take place on Sunday, August 30.
  • The weekend will be known as the Bommarito Automotive Group Race to MEGA Savings Weekend. The  Bommarito Automotive Group will receive title sponsorship to both nationally-televised INDYCAR races.
  • Both races will consist of 200 laps – a combined total of 500 miles around the challenging 1.25-mile oval.
  • INDYCAR qualifying will take place on Saturday, August 29. The first of two laps will be used to qualify the car for the first 200, and the second lap will be used to set the field for the second 200.
  • Saturday’s INDYCAR race will be followed by the ARCA Menards Series event.
  • On Sunday, the INDYCAR race will be preceded by the NASCAR Truck Series event at 11 a.m.

“World Wide Technology Raceway has been committed to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since its return to our track in 2017,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of WWTR. “Our goal always has been to be a great partner with INDYCAR while working with the sponsors, teams and drivers to provide a safe, yet comfortable, entertainment experience for our tremendous fans. Hosting two INDYCAR races in one weekend is a dream for the St. Louis racing community. Despite the unprecedented challenges we all face, it will enable us to provide a historic event for our city in a safe environment. Safe social interaction is at the core of our event and we are doing everything possible to make sure our fans have a worry-free experience.

‘We appreciate the various stakeholders, especially the Bommarito Automotive Group, who have rallied together for what should be an epic weekend of racing. The Bommarito Automotive Group’s support of the sport of INDYCAR racing has been tremendous since coming on board as a sponsor in January of 2017. This is a tremendous win to recognize them for their efforts with not one, but two nationally-televised races for their dedication to motorsports. This will be the most historic event ever held at this venue.”

A revised schedule, which will include the two INDYCAR races, the NASCAR Truck Series race, ARCA Menards Series event and Open Wheel Icons/Vintage Indy Registry activity will be released soon.

World Wide Technology Raceway has been actively involved with some of motorsports’ leading sanctioning groups to develop standards for conducting live spectator events during the pandemic. In addition, track officials have worked with local, regional and state officials to coordinate reopening plans that have benefitted tracks throughout the industry.

A few items to note regarding the event:

  1. Due to limited seating capacity – which may change leading up to the event – fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Most likely the venue will utilize most available seating based on the adjusted seat-distancing diagrams.
  2. The Wallace Grandstand in Turns 1 and 2 will be open on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, to provide additional distancing and comfort for fans. The Wallace Grandstand features additional, permanent restroom facilities and a separate entry point from other seating areas.
  3. The WWTR ticket staff has undertaken extensive seat model research and will be working with same-household/family groups to provide safe distancing between parties.
  4. Fans will be required to have masks for entry into the venue. Attendees are strongly recommended to practice proper health recommendations prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Masks will be required while in common areas such as restrooms, midways and concession areas or anytime six (6) feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
  5. Track personnel will conduct temperature screening at all entry points.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to visit with on-site medical staff prior to entry into the venue.
  6. All food service locations will follow State of Illinois recommendations for outdoor dining. The concession area footprint will be changed to provide more distance between point-of-sale locations to enable attendees to spread out and avoid lines. Remote ordering and pick-up of food items will be available on race day. Most foods will be wrapped.
  7. Increased sanitation practices will be implemented before, during and after each event. Areas that will be cleaned throughout the event include restrooms, handrails, all entrances to permanent structures, public furniture and seating areas, all rooms prior to and immediately after use, offices and kitchen areas. Our janitorial team adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants.
  8. Print-at-home, paperless ticket transactions are preferred. This will eliminate the need to stand in line to purchase tickets and it enables us to offer contact-free entry, which will be as simple as point-and- click.
  9. Clearly-marked entry and exit pathways will be in place to maintain a clearer flow in and out of the venue.  Grandstand walkways will feature directional arrows.
  10. Permanent restrooms will have contact-free entry. All permanent restrooms will be well stocked with soap and a restroom attendant to ensure maximum cleanliness.
  11. Temporary restrooms will be placed throughout the venue with hand washing and/or sanitizing stations adjacent to each bank of restrooms.
  12. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility. These stations are mobile, which will allow us to deploy them based on event schedules and traffic patterns.
  13. Our team has been working on ways to host events properly and safely during this pandemic. All WWTR security, fire and safety, EMT and paramedic personnel have guidelines from local, regional and state public health agencies on how to recognize possible symptoms and the necessary steps to mitigate exposure to others.
  14. We are asking our customers who feel ill or believe they may be at risk to please stay home. Our track services staff will work with you on the proper steps to make sure you can come back and visit us when you are ready.
  15. Similar to the other sports and entertainment venues in the area – coupled with efforts to not rummage through personal belongings – we are moving to clear (transparent) bags (aside from coolers) for this event. It will be the fan’s responsibility to open their own coolers for inspection, but the transparent bags will help expedite entry and limit exposure during bag check.

In an effort to accommodate fans who previously purchased tickets and need seating adjustments, the following ticketing schedule will take place:

• Now-August 2: Single-day and weekend Checkered Flag, Red Reserved and Wallace Grandstand tickets at early-bird pricing.

• August 3-28: Checkered Flag, Red Reserved, Wallace Grandstand and Gray Level seating (weekend or single-day) on sale at advance price.

• August 29-30: Gate pricing on all remaining available tickets.

For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Parler, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

NASCAR, INDYCAR to race on August 30 at World Wide Technology Raceway

ARCA Menards Series 150 will open NASCAR-INDYCAR Weekend on August 29

July 8, 2020, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, today announced a significant change to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Weekend following schedule alterations for the NTT Data IndyCar Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Under this new format, the INDYCAR and NASCAR races both will take place on Sunday, August 30. Originally, the two groups were scheduled to compete one week earlier on separate dates. WWTR officials were able to combine both races  for one action-packed day.

“Pulling it all together has taken three months of work with our sponsors, sanctioning bodies, local officials and staff,” said Curtis Francois, President and CEO of World Wide Technology Raceway. “We know that we will still be working lots of pieces of this logistical puzzle as we prepare for the event. We are blessed with a huge outdoor grandstand capacity and open-air midways that will enable us to social distance and provide a safe, responsible and comfortable event experience for the fans who are able to attend. Every possible effort will be made to ensure that our fans will enjoy another great racing experience at WWTR.”

The race weekend now will offer a full schedule of activity on Saturday, August 29, including INDYCAR practice and pole qualifying. The ARCA Menards Series race, originally scheduled for August 2, has moved to INDYCAR-NASCAR Weekend and will feature practice, qualifying and then the 150-mile race at 6 p.m. Both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Vintage Indy Registry cars are on tap throughout the day.

Sunday, August 30, will kick off with early morning racing activity for the Indy Pro 2000 Series. The Gateway 200 powered by CK Power NASCAR Truck Series event will take place at noon. Following a brief intermission,  the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR race will begin at 2 p.m.

“Our loyal race fans are well aware that our goal is to provide the best racing action, and value, for their entertainment dollar,” Francois added. “Despite the challenges we’ve all faced, we want to make sure that those fans who are able to attend will get the best race day experience possible in a safe environment. As technology, screening practices and sanitation to mitigate the spread continues to evolve, we will be leaders in the reopening process.  Clearly, there will be fewer fans in the stands due to social distancing, but those that are able to attend will see the greatest day of racing in WWTR history.”

World Wide Technology Raceway has been actively involved with some of motorsports’ leading sanctioning groups to develop standards for conducting live spectator events during the pandemic. In addition, track officials have worked with local, regional and state officials to coordinate reopening plans that have benefitted tracks throughout the industry.

A few items to note regarding the event:

  1. Due to limited seating capacity – which may change leading up to the event – fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Most likely the venue will utilize most available seating based on the adjusted seat-distancing diagrams.
  2. The Wallace Grandstand in Turns 1 and 2 will be open on Sunday, August 30, to provide additional distancing and comfort for fans. The Wallace Grandstand features additional, permanent restroom facilities and a separate entry point from other seating areas.
  3. WWTR ticket staff has undertaken extensive seat model research and will be working with same-household/family groups to provide safe distancing between parties.
  4. Fans will be required to have masks for entry into the venue. Attendees are strongly recommended to practice proper health recommendations prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Masks will be required while in common areas such as restrooms, midways and concession areas or anytime six (6) feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
  5. Track personnel will conduct temperature screening at all entry points.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to visit with on-site medical staff prior to entry into the venue.
  6. All food service locations will follow State of Illinois recommendations for outdoor dining. The concession area footprint will be changed to provide more distance between point-of-sale locations to enable attendees to spread out and avoid lines. Remote ordering and pick-up of food items will be available on race day.
  7. Increased sanitation practices will be implemented before, during and after each event. Areas that will be cleaned throughout the event include restrooms, handrails, all entrances to permanent structures, public furniture and seating areas, all rooms prior to and immediately after use, offices and kitchen areas. Our janitorial team adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants.
  8. Print-at-home, paperless ticket transactions are preferred. This will eliminate the need to stand in line to purchase tickets and it enables us to offer contact-free entry, which will be as simple as point-and- click.
  9. Clearly marked entry and exit pathways will be in place to maintain a clearer flow in and out of the venue.  Grandstand walkways will feature directional arrows.
  10. Permanent restrooms will have contact-free entry. All permanent restrooms will be well stocked with soap and a restroom attendant to ensure maximum cleanliness.
  11. Temporary restrooms will be placed throughout the venue with hand washing and/or sanitizing stations adjacent to each bank of restrooms.
  12. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility. These stations are mobile, which will allow us to deploy them based on event schedules and traffic patterns.
  13. Our team has been working on ways to host events properly and safely during this pandemic. All WWTR security, fire and safety, EMT and paramedic personnel have guidelines from local, regional and state public health agencies on how to recognize possible symptoms and the necessary steps to mitigate exposure to others.
  14. We are asking our customers who feel ill or believe they may be at risk to please stay home. Our track services staff will work with you on the proper steps to make sure you can come back and visit us when you are ready.
  15. Similar to the other sports and entertainment venues in the area – coupled with efforts to not rummage through personal belongings – we are moving to clear (transparent) bags (aside from coolers) for this event. It will be the fan’s responsibility to open their own coolers for inspection, but the transparent bags will help expedite entry and limit exposure during bag check.

In an effort to accommodate fans who previously purchased tickets and need seating adjustments, the following ticketing schedule will take place:

• July 6-12: Ticket staff will contact existing ticketholders to re-arrange seating locations and offer credits for those unable to attend.

• July 13-26: Checkered Flag, Red Reserved and Wallace Grandstand Weekend ticket packages will go on sale at early-bird pricing.

• July 27-August 2: Single-day Checkered Flag, Red Reserved and Wallace Grandstand tickets at early-bird pricing.

• August 3-28: Checkered Flag, Red Reserved, Wallace Grandstand and Gray Level seating (weekend or single) on sale at advance price.

• August 29-30: Gate pricing on all remaining available tickets.

For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Parler, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

World Wide Technology Raceway and Jimmy John’s to deliver 200 lunches May 6 to front-line medical personnel at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois

World Wide Technology Raceway and Jimmy John’s to deliver 200 lunches May 6 to front-line medical personnel at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois

Round 2 of Partners Helping Partners expresses appreciation for front-line health workers

April 30, 2020, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, and Jimmy John’s in Granite City, Illinois, will deliver 200 lunches to front-line medical personnel at Gateway Regional Medical Center at 2100 Madison Avenue in Granite City. The delivery will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. Central at the hospital’s side entrance on 21stStreet.

This is the second round of WWTR’s Partners Helping Partners outreach, which expresses appreciation to doctors, nurses and all front-line medical personnel at the hospital during this health emergency. Jimmy John’s is the Official Sandwich Delivery Partner of WWTR.

“We are continuing to express our gratitude to the doctors, nurses and all of the medical personnel who are working ‘round the clock during this health emergency,” said WWTR Owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their selfless efforts and sacrifices.”

“Granite City Jimmy John’s is proud to partner with WWTR to provide food for the staff at Gateway Regional Medical Center,” said Steve Levey, owner of Jimmy John’s Granite City. “We sincerely appreciate everything they do for the community – not only during this health emergency, but every day.”

“Through this pandemic, the support from our community has been unbelievable,” said Patrick Garvey, Interim Chief Executive Officer Gateway Regional Medical Center. “Thank you to World Wide Technology Raceway and the Granite City Jimmy John’s for thinking of our team during this unprecedented time.  Southern Illinois is standing strong and we will continue to fight this virus together.” 

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World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Domino’s Pizza to donate 100 pizzas Thursday to front-line medical personnel at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Domino’s Pizza to donate 100 pizzas Thursday

to front-line medical personnel at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Partners Helping Partners expresses appreciation for front-line health workers

April 21, 2020, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, and Domino’s Pizza  will donate and drop off 100 pizzas on Thursday to front-line medical personnel at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The pizzas will be delivered at 5 p.m. Thursday to the hospital’s side entrance at 3610 Rutger Street in St. Louis.

The Partners Helping Partners outreach expresses appreciation to doctors, nurses and all front-line medical personnel at the hospital during this health emergency. SSM Health is the Official Hospital Partner of WWTR and Domino’s is the Official Pizza of WWTR.

“This is a way to express our appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses and all of the medical personnel who are working around the clock during this health emergency,” said WWTR Owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “These front-line health care workers are heroes and the least we can do is offer them a brief break with one of America’s favorite foods. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and sacrifices.”

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of our partners at World Wide Technology Raceway. The community has been incredibly supportive of our health care heroes and these donations really do make a difference for our caregivers,” said Jason Merrill, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital public relations manager.

“We realize that there is a great deal of hardship and uncertainty at this time,” said Mark Ratterman, a St. Louis-area Domino’s franchisee. “Domino’s wants to do whatever it can to help, and that means spreading a little bit of joy through pizza.”

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Statement from World Wide Technology Raceway regarding today’s announced sale of IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Roger Penske

November 4, 2019, St. Louis Region – “Roger Penske and his management team have been tremendous supporters of our efforts to improve our facility and grow motorsports at World Wide Technology Raceway,” said WWTR owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “Roger is a respected visionary and has been a significant part of the past, present and now future of INDYCAR racing. Our team looks forward to working with Mr. Penske and the entire Penske Entertainment organization as we plan for the future.

 “We also want to thank everyone at Hulman & Company for believing in us and providing St. Louis with the opportunity to host the greatest Saturday-night event of the season.”

 WWTR’s annual INDYCAR event, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline, is slated for August 21-22, 2020. For 2020, WWTR’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series joins the INDYCAR race to create and exciting doubleheader weekend.

 For more information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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Dawson Hollow to perform at Rumble Before the Roar presented by Southern Comfort pre-race party at World Wide Technology Raceway’s Bommarito 500

August 20, 2019, St. Louis Region – Dawson Hollow will perform at the Rumble Before the Roar presented by Southern Comfort pre-race party zone at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, during Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR race.  Missouri native Dawson Hollow is an indie-folk band based out of the Ozark Mountains. Their music…

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NHL’s Stanley Cup, St. Louis Blues players coming to World Wide Technology Raceway for Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500  

August 19, 2019, St. Louis Region – It is the most coveted prize in the history of professional ice hockey. Born in 1893, the NHL’s Stanley Cup is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise and in 2019 it was presented for the first time to the St. Louis Blues. And…

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Newgarden: “When it feels like a big deal, it is a big deal.”

Inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 winner talks about the incredible energy at World Wide Technology Raceway August 15, 2019, St. Louis Region – Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden won the inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline INDYCAR race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois,  in 2017 with a memorable late-race pass…

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Charles Glenn to sing the National Anthem at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR race

August 14, 2019, St. Louis Region – He is a beloved St. Louis icon. He sang the National Anthem prior to the opening puck drop at St. Louis Blues home games for 19 years. And now Charles Glenn is coming to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, on August 24 to sing “The Star Spangled…

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Open Wheel Icons and Vintage Indy Registry bring the sport’s history to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway

August 13, 2019, St. Louis Region – The largest assembly of vintage Indy Cars outside of the Indianapolis 500 will take place at the annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series on August 23-24 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The Open Wheel Icons exhibit is…

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