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Ameren Illinois Makes Electrical Upgrades to Illinois Racetrack

Dec. 16, 2021
The utility is making major infrastructure upgrades while the World Wide Technology Raceway undergoes renovations.

To prepare for the June 5, 2022, NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway, improvements outside the venue will upgrade the driver, race and fan experience. For example, Ameren Illinois is making critical enhancements to bolster the local electric grid that serves customers in and around the racetrack, including upgrading the two circuits currently feeding the venue and adding a third circuit.

“The technology that drives modern racing, coupled with on-site attendance from broadcast media outlets and more than 60,000 fans, requires significant power, and Ameren Illinois is helping ensure we host a seamless event for all,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO, World Wide Technology Raceway.

"We know the NASCAR Cup Series race is going to have a tremendous economic impact on the region," said Richard J. Mark, chairman and president, Ameren Illinois. "This upgrade, which is part of our overall statewide plan to build a cleaner, greener, more resilient grid, plays a role in making WWTR a premier motorsports venue."

The WWTR team is managing many improvements to the venue, focusing heavily on the infield experience including premium camping sites, a large interactive fan entertainment area adjacent to the garages, and upgraded driver and team owner access. The hospitality suite tower is undergoing renovation as well with updated interiors and an enhanced VIP entrance. More than $40 million in improvements are underway for the 2022 racing season, which will include the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at WWTR.

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