July 13, 2019, St. Louis Region – The ARX Rallycross series made its St. Louis-region debut today at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, as the first part of a two-day, two-race program. The ARX Rallycross drivers talked about the brand-new rallycross track located inside the 1.25-mile oval during the post-race press conference and gave it high marks.
Patrik Sandell (Sweden) – Subaru Motorsports USA
“It’s the best track in the United States. It’s so much fun to drive. It’s fast and flowing – the track is absolutely stunning. It’s so much fun to drive. Actually, passing opportunities are more or less everywhere, with the faster corners. I had a blast all day.”
Steve Arpin (Canada) – Loenbro Motorsports
“This is probably the best race track. Best design, best layout. I am so excited to come back here next year. These guys at World Wide Technology Raceway, they did it right. They had some changes to make and they stepped right up to the plate and fixed it. Just excited to be here.”
Cole Keatts (USA) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
“The track is definitely the best one in America. I really love it. It’s really flowing. It’s super-fast. It’s more of a driver’s track. It’s fun out there and I love how fast we can go.”
Veteran INDYCAR driver J.R. Hildebrand (USA) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
“We’re enjoying the track a lot and look forward to getting back on it tomorrow.”
Australia’s Chris Atkinson scored the win today in the closest finish in ARX Rallycross history over Steve Arpin and Patrik Sandell.
The second and final day of ARX Rallycross racing will take place tomorrow (Sunday, July 14). The first round of qualifying begins at 9:20 a.m. CDT.
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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, recently-enlarged 2.0-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.