IndyCar returning to St. Louis area

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MADISON, IL (KPLR) – For the first time in many years, IndyCar racing will be returning to the St. Louis area at the Gateway Motorsports Park.

Organizers are calling the move to bring open-wheel racing back to Gateway “monumental.” The last IndyCar race to be held at Gateway was back in August 2003.Gateway officials said the Gateway track will now become the site for the 17th race in the IndyCar series starting next year.

IndyCar and Gateway have agreed to a multi-year deal.

The IndyCar series is the same open wheel racing circuit that has the historic Indianapolis 500. Of the 16 races in the IndyCar series this year, five are on oval tracks.

Gateway will become the sixth oval track on the IndyCar series schedule. The Gateway track is one-and-a-quarter miles long.

There is some substantial history at Gateway with open-wheel racing. The first major race ever held at Gateway was an open-wheel race back in 1997.

With the IndyCar addition, Gateway will now be one of only two tracks next year that will host events in IndyCar, NASCAR and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

We`re told capacity for the IndyCar race will be 40,000 people so lots of fans will be able to see IndyCar races at Gateway in the future.