The St. Louis region’s own World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) has solidified its standing as a premier motorsports venue. NASCAR officials today awarded the 1.25-mile oval a highly coveted date on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The raceway is the only one in the U.S. to host major events from the three preeminent racing organizations: NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA.
In late May, Greater St. Louis, Inc. organized a coalition of regional civic and professional sports leaders at Ballpark Village to introduce NASCAR officials to the region. This group presented a passionate “pitch” to members of the France Family and NASCAR executives about the competitive advantages of the St. Louis metro. We spoke with one voice and as one region — and St. Louis won.
Today’s announcement would have been impossible but for the long-term vision of the Steward Family and WWTR owner, Curtis Francois. Their dedication to raising the bar in St. Louis is inspiring. Since acquiring the track in 2011, Francois has mobilized millions of dollars of private investment to expand the facility and have it certified as one of the top racing venues in the country. The NASCAR Cup Series is consumed by millions of fans worldwide, and the races are credited with delivering millions of dollars of economic impact to host communities.
The win is a significant one for WWTR — and for the entire St. Louis region. Adding the prestigious NASCAR Cup Series to WWTR’s portfolio further heightens St. Louis’ status as a premier motorsports destination and further emphasizes our reputation as the greatest sports city in America.
This news comes right on the heels of another incredible sports accomplishment. This past weekend’s inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson brought record-breaking attendance of 51,000 golf fans to North St. Louis County over four days. Passionate St. Louis fans show up, and the world is taking notice.
We are thrilled to welcome the NASCAR Cup Series to St. Louis and have even more NASCAR fans experience what it means to be STLMade.