ACKERMAN: St. Louis is putting itself on the map as a premier racing city

Yes, the St. Louis sports scene is about to get bigger.

Tom Ackerman
August 22, 2019 - 6:21 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Little by little, it’s grown into one of the biggest and best IndyCar races on the circuit in a very short amount of time. And everyone associated with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 seems to realize they’ve uncovered something special, a diamond in the rough. You can hear it in their voices, see it in their eyes.

And perhaps there’s more to come. A lot more.

Notice that this Saturday’s events at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway now feature a NASCAR K&N race to go along with IndyCar.

NASCAR. You might have heard of them. It’s no secret that their leadership has been eyeing World Wide’s partnership and involvement as a test track for technological advancements in the way fans consume racing... while also observing St. Louis’ position as a vibrant sports town.

That IndyCar president Jay Frye, formerly with NASCAR, has been involved in bringing the two organizations together in St. Louis for this Saturday’s showcase.

Diehard racing fans from Indianapolis and throughout the Midwest are recognizing WWT Raceway as an easily drivable venue, the only one in the country featuring NHRA, NASCAR and IndyCar events.

Connect the dots. 

And then listen to the conversations with track owner Curtis Francois, automotive giant John Bommarito, Jay Frye and other interviews conducted by our own Tom Ackerman. 

Also featured: rookie IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist gives his perspective.

It’s becoming increasingly obvious: St. Louis is putting itself on the map as one of America’s premier racing cities, culminating with this weekend’s race.

Oh, and the Stanley Cup will be there with Blues defensemen Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo... and anthem singer Charles Glenn will be there.

The Cardinals were involved, too, with a Ballpark Village/IndyCar fan fest Thursday before Cards-Rockies that carried into the weekend. This, after a week that saw MLS and XFL fans celebrating new teams.

Yes, the St. Louis sports scene is about to get bigger.

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