September 14, 2022 (St. Louis) – World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) solidified its standing as a premier motorsports venue as NASCAR officials today confirmed the 1.25-mile oval’s second year as a host track on the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The second annual Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2023. WWTR’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200 is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2023.
“Our inaugural race in June delivered a sold-out crowd and fantastic racing,” said Curtis Francois, WWTR owner and CEO. “We are thrilled to have the NASCAR Cup Series return, along with our title and presenting sponsors – the Illinois Department of Tourism and TicketSmarter – to deliver another epic weekend of racing.”
Start times and TV networks will be announced at a later date.
“The 2022 Enjoy Illinois 300 welcomed thousands of fans to the state, encouraging tourism and exploration of what this great state has to offer,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The power of NASCAR’s Cup Series holds incredible potential for the Metro East to prosper and continue to host America’s best racing fans for years to come.”
The sold-out 2022 race confirmed TicketSmarter’s interest in serving as presenting sponsor. “We want to be with fans who appreciate live events, and the incredibly loyal NASCAR following provides an ideal venue for our brand,” said Jeff Goodman, CEO of Kansas-based TicketSmarter.
Hosting the prestigious NASCAR Cup Series further heightens St. Louis and the Metro East’s status as a motorsports destination. WWTR is the only venue in the U.S. to host the premier series for each of the three preeminent racing organizations: NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA.
The NASCAR Cup Series is consumed by millions of viewers – at track, on television and through various digital platforms – on a weekly basis for 10 months a year around the globe. These races are credited with delivering millions of dollars each year to host communities.
Since acquiring the track in 2011, Francois has mobilized millions of dollars of private investment to expand the facility and have it certified as one of the top racing venues in the country. By 2025, he will have committed $100 million in property growth and improvement.