New Name, New Venue: ARX Ready for Debut at WWT Raceway at Gateway
(April 18, 2019) – Newly renamed World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, located just outside St. Louis, Missouri is one of two new circuits to join Americas Rallycross (ARX) for the first time in 2019.
Rounds 2 and 3 of the championship will be held at the circuit, July 13-14, when for the first time in ARX history, ARX Supercar ARX2 will race in a doubleheader event. With the start of the 2019 season coming up fast, Gateway’s management team is working towards breaking ground on the new permanent rallycross course.
“We are working together with USAC, Tony Cotman and the ARX team to build a rallycross track that will be fast, challenging and entertaining. In one of the first visits to the venue, ARX Series Director Jordan Martindale said that our layout was perfect for ARX. Track owner Curtis Francois and I have been out driving the various layouts and troubleshooting, and our next step is waiting for the rain to stop and having the ground stabilized,” explained Executive Vice President, General Manager Gateway Motorsports Park, Chris Blair. “Our goal is to begin moving dirt in late April and early May with testing getting underway in June.”
The famous Gateway circuit, best known for hosting NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA events, became interested in creating a unique rallycross course after witnessing the change in direction for rallycross in the U.S. last year. “We became interested in hosting ARX after seeing that IMG was now a part of the process,” said Blair. “I’ve followed the sport closely since 2010 and 2011 and also attended many of the events that were hosted by another organization. I’ve worked with IMG and their other divisions and knew they would bring a fresh perspective on how the events are run. When we first started talking the conversations were very open and honest, we really drilled down on the numbers and what it takes to make it work. Both sides are very realistic and understand that this is something that needs to be built from the ground up to have sustainability.”
Located within a hotbed region for Motorsports in North America, Blair thinks rallycross will be a welcome addition to the local roster of track and rally events for fans. “We have a very diverse fan base here in St. Louis and they are very open to all forms of racing,” he commented. “We see a lot of the same faces at our NHRA National event that we also see at our INDYCAR event and Formula Drift. Our local SCCA Chapter has a very strong rallycross program with lots of grassroots support and the 100 Acre Woods Rally is a short drive from here. There’s a lot of gear heads around here and they are already excited about this.”