Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
Big time open wheel racing is returning to the St. Louis area in 2017. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
A return to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for a night race after a 13-year absence, and a multiyear agreement with historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, highlight the “16-plus-one” Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2017.
Stressing continuity, the calendar released Thursday in St. Louis includes a return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and features a total of six events on ovals, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits.
“I think it’s fair to say that all of the existing races have contracts for more than 2017, so I expect they’ll be back not just for ’17 but in the future, as well,” Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said during a media teleconference. “The release of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues to build upon the success INDYCAR has experienced the last three years and establishes continuity and consistency in our event calendar.
“As a series we are working diligently to create long-term relationships with our promoters to establish date equity and to provide them with the opportunity to initiate ticket renewals and event promotions earlier, which is pivotal to continuing the increase in attendance at our events.” Read the full story »