A.J. Foyt’s historic 1971 Coyote/Ford Indy car will be on display in the Gateway Motorsports Park booth at the 2018 St. Louis Auto Show. The show runs from January 25-28 at the Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. The car is on loan to GMP from the Vintage Indy Registry (www.vintageindyregistry.com).
When A.J. Foyt drove a car with a rear wing on it for the first time at the Indianapolis 500 in 1971, the primary instigator was Bruce McLaren. The McLaren M16 showed up that year with a rear wing that was integrated to the bodywork by a strip of metal that ran across the engine at the back and thus satisfied the rules. An incensed Foyt turned to his car designer, Bob Riley, and said he wanted a rear wing, too. By the next day, he had one. Thus began the ever-escalating battle of incredible jumps in speed at Indianapolis that continued throughout the 1970s. In 1971, this stunning Coyote qualified sixth fastest and finished third behind winner Al Unser and runner-up Peter Revson. The car was restored last year and made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Legends Day in May of 2017.
MEET THE DRIVERS
Verizon IndyCar Series champion and inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 winner Josef Newgarden will greet fans and sign autographs in Gateway Motorsports Park’s booth. Newgarden, who won four INDYCAR races in 2017 en route to the championship, will greet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, January 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Josef also will give away a brand-new vehicle on the evening of Friday, January 26 — live on FOX2 KTVI-TV — at the Spirit of St. Louis charity drawing courtesy of the Bommarito Automotive Group. For a donation of $10, fans can participate in the “Pick Your Charity, Pick Your Car” drawing to win a new car, truck or SUV. Proceeds will benefit Backstoppers, Variety and the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Robert Hight, the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world champion, will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, in the AAA Missouri booth adjacent to the GMP display.
GATEWAY’S BOOTH AND KARTPLEX INDOOR TRACK
Gateway Motorsports Park’s sizeable display will be located inside the stadium area of the facility. The Gateway Kartplex will bring its full-on racing karts to the Dome and show attendees will have the opportunity to race on the challenging, high-speed indoor road course.
Kartplex hours of operation and pricing at the St. Louis Auto Show:
Thursday — 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday — 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday — 9am-10 p.m.
Sunday — 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Saint Louis Auto Show fueled by Phillips 66 runs from January 25-28 and features more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs and luxury vehicles from more than 25 manufacturers all under one roof.
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park 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, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s 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.