Ace Racing of Sullivan, Missouri, to sponsor WWTR NHRA Lucas Oil doubleheader

September 23, 2020, St. Louis Region – A local company – Ace Racing of Sullivan, Missouri – will sponsor this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The company is the high performance division of Ace Manufacturing & Parts Company, a family-owned business founded by Carl Ijames in 1967.

“ Ace Racing Clutches make driving fun,” said manager Kevin Ijames Jr. “As a local manufacturer of high performance clutches we felt like this was a great opportunity to start working with WWTR. Be sure to contact Ace Racing for all your clutch, flywheel or friction needs.”

Due to the pandemic, WWTR’s popular NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event, originally scheduled for October, moved to the weekend of September 26-27, following the addition of a Lucas Oil Series divisional event on September 24-25.

“The many changes taking place with venues throughout the country presented this unique opportunity,” said Chris Blair, World Wide Technology Raceway’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “One of the biggest expenses faced by the sportsman racer is the cost of getting to and from the track. This schedule adjustment provides racers with the opportunity to make one haul to the St. Louis area, compete in two Lucas Oil Series events and remain on-site for the following weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals.”

For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow WWTR on Facebook, Parler, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


About World Wide Technology Raceway

World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 600 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility, a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue and the Gateway Drive-In Theater at World Wide Technology Raceway (a drive-in entertainment venue able to accommodate 3,000 cars). WWTR acquired Gateway National Golf Links, adjacent to the speedway property, in 2019. WWTR was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.


About Ace Racing

Ace Racing ( is the high performance division of Ace Manufacturing & Parts Company, which is located in Sullivan, MO. Ace Manufacturing has been manufacturing clutches for many different industries for over 50 years since being founded by Carl Ijames in 1967. Ace continues to be a family run business with three generations of the Ijames family involved in day to day operations. Ace is one of the last, if not the last, complete clutch manufacture in the United States producing nearly every component, including friction material, in house.





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