Ward, Lauer, Spangler, Krug team wins Gateway 500 kart race by two laps

Winning Light class team. (John Bisci)

Each year, in the spirit of the Indianapolis 500 and the Memorial Day holiday, the Gateway Kartplex at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, hosts its annual 500-lap kart race on Memorial Day. Teams race for 500 laps on the Kartplex’s challenging road course circuit.

Team 12 (Kart No. 23) finished two laps ahead of the field. (John Bisci)


This year, the winning Light class (150-189 lbs.) team of Adam Ward, Brendan Lauer, Jake Spangler and Bobby Krug decimated the record-entry field by taking the checkered flag a full two laps ahead of the second-place team. The race took five hours and 30 minutes to complete.

Winning Heavy class team. (John Bisci)

The winning Heavy class (190 lbs.+) team was Micah Floretta, Taylor Bowman, Dillon Emerson and Mark Schwigen.

Gateway Kartplex manager Keith Scharf win the Light (L) and Heavy (R) winners.


The race karts were Sodi GT5s, supplied by Gateway Kartplex.


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 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. World Wide Technology Raceway’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. World Wide Technology Raceway 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 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.

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