The 2019 season of World Wide Technology Raceway’s Wide Open Wednesday presented by AAA Insurance (WOW) launched on Wednesday, May 1. World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region and is located in Madison, Illinois – just five minutes from downtown St. Louis.
WOW is designed as a Test ‘n’ Tune night for local racers and also includes the High School drag racing series and new Jr. Street class.
There are no minimum number of guaranteed runs. Number of runs are dependent on car count and other circumstances. All racers will receive a .5 full tree, ¼-mile time (unless racer designates a different tree and the clock operator in the tower can see it on their car).
All times will be 1/4 mile, except for Jr. Dragsters. If you only want an eighth-mile time, simply look at those numbers on your slip.
All NHRA rules apply. See www.nhraracer.com for complete list of all safety requirements.
Proceed to staging lanes 1 and 2 for tech inspection. You must bring your car or motorcycle and all appropriate safety equipment to tech. After passing tech, you have two options: You can either wait in the staging lanes for the track to open; or go back to your pit.
Getting people their first run will be a priority over people who have already made a run. After you have made your first pass, you can come back to staging lanes 3 and 4 when you are ready for another. The number of runs that you get is up to you and how fast you return to the lanes.
All cars and motorcycles must wait their turn in their lanes and run in order as designated by staging officials.
Lane designations for all WOW events (subject to change):
Lanes 1 and 2 – Tech inspection, first time run.
Lanes 3 and 4 – WOW time runs.
Lanes 5 and 6 – High School class.
Lane 7 – Junior Street (new for 2019).
Lane 8 – Jr. Dragster (tech and time runs).
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
The High School class will be contested on the following dates (subject to change):
May 1, May 8, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 26, July 3, July 17, July 24, August 14 and September 4.
See www.wwtraceway.com or contact Paul Hagen for more information about the high
SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
5 p.m. — Gates open.
5:30 p.m. — Tech inspection (lanes 1 and 2).
6 p.m. — Track opens.
10:45 p.m. — Last call.
11 p.m. – Track closed.
Midnight — Pit sweep.
SPECTATOR ADMISSION AND ENTRY FEES:
Adult spectators: $15.
Kids 15 and under: free.
For more information, please call World Wide Technology Raceway at (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
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, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. World Wide Technology Raceway’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. World Wide Technology Raceway was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.