The St. Louis region will be immersed in the colorful pageantry and excitement of the Verizon IndyCar Series on both sides of the Mississippi River as the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline comes to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on August 26. The weeklong St. Louis Speed Festival will kick off the INDYCAR race at various locations with many activities for fans to enjoy.
Saturday, August 19: The Speed Festival begins at Gateway Motorsports Park with the GO! St. Louis Run at the Raceway. Events include a 5k run/walk, one-mile fun run and beer relay. More than 800 runners already have registered and several thousand are expected. Event starts at 6 p.m. CDT. To register: http://gostlouis.org/events/run-at-the-raceway/. Travel advisory for August 19-20: http://www.wwtraceway.com/traffic-advisory-for-aug-19-20-st-louis-speed-festival-events/
Sunday, August 20: Cycle the Raceway with Big Shark Bicycle and Cars & Coffee St. Louis. GMP will host several hundred cyclists for the Big Shark race on the challenging 1.6-mile Circuit of St. Louis road course. The day at the track also features a special edition of Cars & Coffee St. Louis, which regularly attracts hundreds of cars of all types. Racing begins at 7 a.m. To register: http://gostlouis.org/events/run-at-the-raceway/. Travel advisory for August 19-20: http://www.wwtraceway.com/traffic-advisory-for-aug-19-20-st-louis-speed-festival-events/
Monday, August 21: Karting for Kids. The Gateway Kartplex will host the Variety Club’s corporate karting challenge in which area businesses participate in team competition as a charity fundraiser. More than 50 drivers are entered and racing starts at 3 p.m. CDT.
Tuesday, August 22: The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting an INDYCAR Theme Night presented by Gateway Motorsports at Busch Stadium on August 22. Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter will ride out onto the field in an IndyCar, throw out the first pitch and sign autographs for the fans. Fans will receive a racing-inspired Cardinals t-shirt. Racing activities are planned between innings. The St. Louis vs. San Diego MLB game begins at 7:15 p.m. CDT.
Wednesday, August 23: The long-standing American Cancer Society Golf Tournament will be held at the Gateway National Golf Links, which is adjacent to the speedway. The GOLF Scramble Collinsville Maryville Troy will start at 1 p.m. To register: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=85308.
Thursday, August 24: INDYCAR Fan Fest at Ballpark Village in St. Louis from 3-5:45 p.m. CDT. This free event features driver appearances and autographs (including J.R. Hildebrand), a pit stop competition, music and a hauler parade. Ballpark Village is located at 601 Clark Avenue in downtown St. Louis, across the street from Busch Stadium.
Friday, August 25: Coors Light Pole Night Showdown. Practice and qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights series and Pro Mazda series as well as a post-race concert on the Coors Light Main Stage at the track.
Saturday, August 26: The St. Louis Speed Festival concludes with the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline. Preliminary races include Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tires (55 laps) and St. Louis Indy Lights Oval Challenge Presented By Cooper Tires (75 laps).
BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 PRESENTED BY VALVOLINE
In addition to America’s best drivers, the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline also will draw competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Friday, August 25 — Coors Light Pole Night Showdown
1 p.m. — Parking lots open.
2 p.m. — Spectator gates, paddock and Gateway Kartplex open.
4-5 p.m. — First Verizon IndyCar Series practice.
5:15-6 p.m. — Pro Mazda series practice.
6:30 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline qualifying.
7:30-11 p.m. — Music on Coors Light Main Stage.
7:45-8:30 p.m. — Indy Lights series practice.
9-10 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series Coors Light Happy Hour final practice.
11 p.m. — Gateway Kartplex closed.
Saturday, August 26 – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline
10 a.m. — Spectator parking lots open.
11 a.m. — Spectator gates and Gateway Kartplex open.
1-1:30 p.m. — Pro Mazda Championship Presented By Cooper Tires qualifying.
1:45 p.m. — Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires qualifying.
3 p.m. — INDYCAR paddock open.
3:30-4:30 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series driver autograph session in INDYCAR Fan Village.
4:55 p.m. — Pro Mazda Championship Presented By Cooper Tires race.
6 p.m. — Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires race.
7:15 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competition.
8 p.m. — Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline.
10:30 p.m. (time approximate) — Victory lane celebration.
11:55 p.m. — Gateway Kartplex closed.
Latest update: July 18. Subject to change.
Tickets for the inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline may be purchased online at www.wwtraceway.com/indycar/ or by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888. Tickets start at just $35. Kids 15 and under are free (general admission) with a paid adult.
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.