World Wide Technology Raceway officials have unveiled the completion of its road course expansion. The multi-purpose motorsports venue is located five miles from downtown St Louis in Madison, IL. The expansion, which was designed by Tony Cotman of NZR Consulting, expands the track from 1.6 miles to 2.0 miles in total distance. Additionally, the track enhancement creates a dynamic course configuration for the Formula DRIFT Series.
“This is a tremendous step to the next level for the future of road racing and drift events in the St Louis region,” said WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “The additional track length, as well as its unique configuration, will enable our venue to attract higher-level, spectator-driven road racing events. For the sport of drifting, our track will now host the series with the best grandstands, the largest suite structure, an expanded pit-and-paddock area, and multiple configurations to provide the most entertaining events.”
The first event to be held on the new, expanded configuration will be the Formula DRIFT Series on August 8-10. The success of the WWTR debut during the 2018 FD season, which filled the venue’s infield paddock, was the motivation for the facility management and the sanctioning body to work together to invest in the future of the sport in the Midwest.
“Formula DRIFT is committed to WWTR and the St Louis region for many years to come,” said Jim Liaw, Formula DRIFT president. “We are excited to be part of the new course configuration as it will provide fans with more seating, our partners with world class hospitality options, a bigger paddock for the teams, a dynamic festival area, as well as a challenging competition course layout. I’m sure that the incorporation of the oval track banking along with the other enhancements will make this event the most highly-anticipated Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship and Link ECU PRO2 Championship events of the season.”
Formula DRIFT will provide more details about the track configuration ahead of Round 6 of its Black Magic PRO Championship and Link ECU PRO2 Championship events, which takes place on August 8-10. For more details visit formulad.com
Upon completion of the August drift event, the track will begin working with existing and new road racing sanctioning groups on schedules and configurations. WWTR will continue to offer events on the traditional 1.6-mile course as well as the enhanced 2-mile configuration.
“This addition is already well-received by the local road racing community as well as the karting community,” continued Blair. “This will enable our Gateway Kartplex to expand for multiple Super Track configurations, provide motorcycle groups the opportunity to host novice and pro configurations, and enables St Louis and the Metro East area to host major international road racing events. It’s an exciting time to be a motorsports enthusiast in our area.”