MADISON ‚Äď The annual NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito 500 weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway will start with a Racing Night at Busch Stadium Thursday, Aug. 22, which will include a free fanfest for IndyCar and NASCAR fans . The weekend activities will culminate with the Bommarito 500 IndyCar race at 7 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 24.
Fans at the will have an opportunity to meet IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers at Ballpark Village. The fanfest also will feature show cars, activities and prizes. The fanfest will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Fanfest driver autograph sessions will include:
4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West drivers.
5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 drivers.
5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NTT IndyCar Series drivers.
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Following the fanfest, the racing festivities will continue inside Busch Stadium. IndyCar star and 2017 champion Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet for Team Penske, will throw out the first pitch prior to the Cardinals-Rockies game, which is set start at 6:45 p.m.
Newgarden has dominated the 2019 IndyCar season with victories at St. Petersburg, Detroit, Texas and Iowa. In 12 races run, he has finished out of the top five only twice.
Racing Night at Busch Stadium is part of the annual St. Louis Speed Festival, which also includes a golf tournament, a charity karting event and championship bicycle races held during the week leading up to the annual Bommarito 500.
To purchase tickets or obtain more information about WWTR, those interested may phone 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com.
Friday, Aug. 23
Coors Light Pole Night Showdown
10 a.m. ‚ÄĒ Parking lots open.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. ‚ÄĒ James Hinchcliffe Red Cross Blood Drive (drag strip tower).
11:30 a.m. ‚ÄĒ Spectator gates open; Paddock pass upgrades open.
1-2 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NTT IndyCar Series practice.
2:15-2:45 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Pro 2000 practice.
3-3:45 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Lights practice.
4-5 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Vintage Indy Registry exhibition.
5:15-6:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Coors Light Pole Night NTT IndyCar Series qualifying.
6:30-7:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.
7:30-8 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Lights qualifying.
8:15-9:15 p.m. ‚Äď NTT IndyCar Series final practice.
10:30 p.m. ‚Äď Track closed.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Bommarito Automotive Group 500 race day
10 a.m. ‚ÄĒ Parking lots open.
11:30 a.m. ‚ÄĒ Spectator gates open.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Vintage Indy Registry exhibition.
12:45-2:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Vintage Indy Registry Open Wheel Icons garage party and autograph session.
12:30-1:30 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West qualifying.
1:45 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires (55 laps).
2-6 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Rumble Before the Roar pre-race party.
2 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NTT IndyCar Series paddock opens.
2:40 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Vintage Indy Registry final exhibition.
3-4 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NTT IndyCar Series driver autograph session.
3:25 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Indy Lights race (75 laps).
4:35 p.m. ‚ÄĒ NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West Monaco 125 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
6:15 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Parade laps.
6:30 p.m. ‚ÄĒ Bommarito Automotive Group 500 pre-race show.
7 p.m. ‚ÄĒ IndyCar Bommarito 500