Gateway Motorsports Park announces title sponsor for 2017 INDYCAR race

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

The Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Gateway Motorsports Park has earned a title sponsor, and it’s a company that locals may recognize.

The Bommarito Automotive Group, a St. Louis, Mo.-based retailer of used and new street cars, has been announced as the official title sponsor of the upcoming IndyCar race at nearby Gateway, located near Madison, Ill.

The race, now unveiled as the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, will be the first IndyCar event hosted at the 1.25-mile oval since 2003.

“We are pleased to announce that Bommarito Automotive Group will join Gateway Motorsports Park in the production of our inaugural INDYCAR event as the title sponsor,”Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO said. “This is a tremendous event for the St. Louis region and no one knows our town better than the folks at Bommarito. They are a progressive group, known for a high standard of quality and excellence. It’s the same standard of on-track action and family-friendly experience that we look forward to delivering with our landmark event.”

“We are excited to partner with Gateway Motorsports Park and the Verizon IndyCar Series,” John Bommarito, Bommarito Automotive Group president said. “When approached by Curtis Francois about the return of INDYCAR to St. Louis, we felt it was important to have a major St. Louis company step forward and support the return of open wheel racing to the region. We are extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.”

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26. The race will serve as the final oval event of the season, and the 15th round of the 17-race 2017 schedule.


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