MADISON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will make their NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2022!
The 1.25-mile oval will join the Cup Series schedule with a June 5 event. Start times for the 2022 Cup Series has not been released by Curtis Francois, the track’s owner, anticipates a start for race-day Sunday.
The Metro East track has hosted NASCAR national series races in the past. From 1997-2010 it was home to The Xfinity Series, and from 1998-2010 the Camping World Truck Series competed at Gateway.
The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is comprised of 39 total events.
Following the announcement, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker released a statement welcoming NASCAR back to Illinois:
"I’m delighted to welcome NASCAR back to Illinois next summer for the first-ever Cup Series race at St. Clair County’s own World Wide Technology Raceway – establishing WWT as the country’s standout track for stock car, open-wheel, and drag racing alike. From our record-level infrastructure investments in Rebuild Illinois to our commitment to support the latest in auto manufacturing, Illinois is a state that cares deeply about our roads and the machines we drive on them. My administration is committed to continuing to support WWT and NASCAR in our future endeavors, and I want to personally thank Lesa France Kennedy and the entire NASCAR board, Leader Jay Hoffman, Mayor John Hamm, Madison, and Curtis Francois for betting on Illinois."