By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
The Bommarito Auto Group, the largest auto dealer in St. Louis, will sponsor the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Gateway Motorsports Park.
The company has signed a two-year deal, $1,000,000 deal to serve as the entitlement sponsor of the race. The now titled Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is set for a Saturday night running on August 26 and will be the first IndyCar race held at the 1.25-mile oval in nearby Madison, Illinois since 2003.
“This is a tremendous event for the St. Louis region and no one knows our town better than the folks at Bommarito,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park.
The Bommarito Auto Group operates 20 auto franchises in the greater St. Louis area with makes ranging from Audi to Volkswagon.
“We are excited to partner with Gateway Motorsports Park and the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said John Bommarito, president of the Bommarito Automotive Group, which operates 20 franchises in the St. Louis region.
“When approached by Gateway 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.”
Joining the Verizon IndyCar Series will be the top two levels of the Mazda Road to Indy – Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.