DRIVE AMERICAN: Bommarito hosting Verizon INDYCAR Series Aug. 23-24 at World Wide Technology Raceway

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By KEVIN WEAKS

It has become a tradition. The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Verizon INDYCAR Series race is in its third year at World Wide Technology Raceway, and is already the third-most attended race on the INDYCAR series.

“We are extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500,” said John Bommarito, president. On Aug. 23 and 24, INDYCAR racers will be hitting the 1.25-mile oval. Coors Light Pole Night qualifying laps will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

INDY RACERS zoom around the 1.25-mile oval track at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Tickets start at $40 on Saturday, Aug. 24, for a full day of INDYCAR. Events include Open Wheel Icons, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and NASCAR K&N Series. “Rumble Before the Roar,” a pre-race party for ages 21 and over, runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features DJs, food trucks, prizes, “Bar Olympics”, The Gateway Girls and more. The $20 ticket upgrade to attend includes beer and soft drinks for your souvenir mug.

INDY LIGHTS RACERS round a turn. Indy Lights is a series sanctioned by IndyCar and will hit the World Wide Technology Raceway track on Saturday, Aug. 23., preceding the Bommarito 500 that evening.

Will Power was the winner of the 2018 Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The 2018 edition of the Bommarito 500 featured more entries from new race teams — competing in exciting, redesigned cars — and the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. It has become a challenge to top the previous year’s event, a challenge which WWT Raceway owner and CEO Curtis Francois and Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair readily accepted.

A RACING DOUBLEHEADER
“Our slogan for 2019 is ‘Action is the attraction’ and this doubleheader will be the second of our 2019 season,” Blair said. “The combination of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combo race – two races on the same track on the same day – delivers on our promise. We are offering more racing than ever before on our INDYCAR Weekend.”

VINTAGE RACERS from the Indianapolis 500 will be on display at the Open Wheel Icons pavilion.

“INDYCAR truly is an international event,” proclaims the event’s website. In addition to America’s best drivers, the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline also draws competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

“All of the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 have come from around the world to showcase the best open-wheel racing in the country,” Curtis Francois told the Labor Tribune. “The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 marks the biggest motorsports event of any kind in the history of the St. Louis region.”

THE STARTING LINEUP at a past Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, which has marked the return of INDYCAR racing to St. Louis.

World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, it is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Tickets for the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 may be purchased online at metrotix.com/events/detail/INDYCAR, at wwtraceway.com/tickets or by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888.

The Bommarito 500 is the climax of a full week of racing-related activities starting Saturday, Aug. 17, through Thursday, Aug. 22. For a comprehensive list of all of the 2019 Speed Festival events and race times, visit wwtraceway.com/august-24-INDYCAR-bommarito-automotive-group-500.

GETTING THERE
From downtown St. Louis:

  • Take I-70/I-64 east and merge onto I-55 north/I-70 east.
  • Take the IL 203 north exit to the first stoplight at Ohio and turn left into the track.

From south St. Louis:

  • Take I-55 north or I-44 east.
  • Take I-55 north/I-64 north I-70 east U.S. 40 exit toward Illinois and merge onto I-55 north/I-70 east.
  • Take the IL 203 north exit to the first stoplight at Ohio and turn left into the track.

From southern Illinois:

  • Take I-64 west to I-55 north then the IL 203 north exit to the first stoplight at Ohio and turn left into the track.

Event parking is $20 (cash only) per car.

Race weekend calendar of events

Thursday, Aug. 22
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Free fanfest at Ballpark Village.
• 6:45 p.m. – Racing Night at Busch Stadium. St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies.

Friday, Aug. 23
• 5:15 p.m. – Coors Light Pole Night qualifying.
• 6:30 p.m. – Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.
• 7:30 p.m. – Indy Lights qualifying.

Saturday, Aug. 24
• 12:30 p.m. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West qualifying.
• 1:45 p.m. – Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires (55 laps).
• 2-6 p.m. – Rumble Before the Roar presented by Southern Comfort pre-race party.
• 3:25 p.m. – Indy Lights race (75 laps).
• 4:35 p.m. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West Monaco 125 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
• 6:30 p.m. – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 pre-race show.
• 7 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline.

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