A day after NASCAR confirmed that the Gateway Motorsports Park would host the opening round of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series playoffs, track officials confirmed that the NTT IndyCar Series race not only will return in 2020, but will run on the very same weekend.
The Truck Series stop moves from June to August in 2020 which could have created a potential conflict with the Indy Car race weekend. Instead of moving the Indy Car race, why not run a doubleheader?
They already do this in June at the Texas Motor Speedway, so why not in Gateway?
That’s exactly what they’re going to do.
The seventh annual Gateway Truck Series event will take place on Friday, August 21, 2020. The fourth annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
“As soon as NASCAR released the Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule on Wednesday, we were deluged with calls and messages from fans regarding the two events,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “With the many changes affecting the overall Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors schedules, we appreciate the cooperation between INDYCAR and NASCAR to allow us to produce this great weekend of racing. Our fans will be treated to two action-packed days and we are working to provide entertaining content both on and off the track all weekend long.”
While the final schedules have yet to be determined, the single-day NASCAR Truck Series 200 will run in conjunction with INDYCAR practice and qualifying throughout the day on Friday. In addition, GMP officials are working closely with the Indy Lights Series, Indy Pro 2000 Series and Vintage Indy Registry’s Icons of Open Wheel program.
“Our event will continue to evolve so that we are never presenting the same show twice,” Blair added. “We want to keep things fresh and exciting for our fans and we believe this is a major step forward in our goal of growing our St. Louis Speed Festival. We are working with more racing series and sanctioning bodies than ever before and are fully engaged on a very diverse schedule for the future.”