2017 INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden to throw out first pitch at Cardinals-Rockies game


The annual NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline at World Wide Technology Raceway always is a home run with motorsports fans, but this year the track is hitting it out of the park with a grand slam.

Racing Night at Busch Stadium on Thursday, August 22, will include:

A free fanfest. Fans will meet their favorite NTT IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West drivers at Ballpark Village, located across the street from Busch Stadium. The fanfest also will feature show cars, activities and prizes. The fanfest will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. INDYCAR drivers scheduled to appear include James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson, Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot.

Driver autograph sessions:

NTT IndyCar Series drivers scheduled to appear from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. include: Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson, Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers (4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.): Derek Kraus, Hailie Deeganand Brittney Zamora from Bill McAnally Racing.

Indy Lights drivers (5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.): Oliver Askew, Ryan Norman, Robert Megennis, Toby Sowery, David Malukas, Dalton Kellett, Rinus VeeKay.

Indy Pro 2000 drivers (5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.): Parker Thompson, Jacob Abel, Sting Ray Robb, Rasmus Lindh, Nikita Lastochkin, Danial Frost, Moises de la Vara, Kory Enders.


Following the fanfest, the racing festivities then will continue inside Busch Stadium. INDYCAR star and 2017 champion Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske, will throw out the first pitch. Newgarden has dominated the 2019 INDYCAR season with four victories to date (St. Petersburg, Detroit, Texas and Iowa). He is the INDYCAR points leader and in 12 races run so far, he has finished out of the top five only twice.

The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Colorado Rockies at 6:45 p.m. CDT. Fans who purchase their Racing Night at Busch Stadium game tickets at www.Cardinals.com/theme will receive a Harrison Bader race car bobblehead.

Racing Night at Busch Stadium is part of the annual St. Louis Speed Festival, which also includes a golf tournament, a charity karting event and championship bicycle races held during the week leading up to the annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (#Bommarito500).

To purchase tickets or obtain more information about WWTR, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.




Friday, August 23 – Coors Light Pole Night Showdown

10 a.m. — Parking lots open.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. — James Hinchcliffe Red Cross Blood Drive (drag strip tower).

11:30 a.m. — Spectator gates open; Paddock pass upgrades open.

1-2 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series practice.

2:15-2:45 p.m. — Indy Pro 2000 practice.

3-3:45 p.m. — Indy Lights practice.

4-5 p.m. — Vintage Indy Registry exhibition.

5:15-6:15 p.m. — Coors Light Pole Night NTT IndyCar Series qualifying.

6:30-7:15 p.m. — Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.

7:30-8 p.m. — Indy Lights qualifying.

8:15-9:15 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series final practice.

10:30 p.m. – Track closed.


Saturday, August 24 – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline race day

10 a.m. — Parking lots open.

11:30 a.m. — Spectator gates open.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Vintage Indy Registry exhibition.

12:45-2:15 p.m. — Vintage Indy Registry Open Wheel Icons garage party and autograph session.

12:30-1:30 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 pre-race party.

2 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series paddock opens.

2:40 p.m. — Vintage Indy Registry final exhibition.

3-4 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series driver autograph session.

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.

6:15 p.m. — Parade laps.

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.


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.