Gateway Kartplex’s May 22-23 Ignite MegaWeekend a huge success

Above: Mark Schwigen photo.
Below: Ignite Senior winner Alexander Searle with a couple of famous friends. (Searle photo)


The May 22-23 Ignite Series MegaWeekend at the Gateway Kartplex in Madison, Illinois, was a huge success. The track’s event, located in the infield of World Wide Technology Raceway’s 1.25-mile oval, attracted 296 kart racers from 10 states, including Florida, Alabama and Wisconsin.

Ignite race No. 3 and the 2020 awards banquet were held on Saturday. Sunday was reserved for the first round of the Margay Ignite Regional Challenge (the first two races in a 10-race series).

Notable among the winners: Alexander Searle, of Plantation, Florida, in the first Ignite Senior race.

Ignite Rookie winners:

Race Beckman

Race Beckman

Ignite Junior winners:

Reid Sweeney

Reid Sweeney

Ignite Senior winners:

Alexander Searle

Adam Crepin

Ignite Masters winners:

Brandin Moore

Pete Vetter

Ignite Heavy winners:

Craig Loddeke

Craig Loddeke


For more information on the Gateway Kartplex, please visit or call (618) 219-8515.

WWTR is located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis. For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, 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. In 2020, WWTR received the Track Award at the annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards. The 2021 season marks the 10th year of Francois’ ownership of the facility.






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