St. Louis (KSDK) -- A section of Washington Avenue will be closed for the Gateway Motorsports Park NHRA Fanfest.
The free event will be on Washington Avenue between Tucker and 14th Street. It begins at 11 a.m. Thursday and continues until 7 p.m.
During the course of the day, fans can get up close with Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Series racecars, interactive displays, Spencer Massey Fram Top Fuel Dragster, Robert Hight AAA Funny Car and U.S. Army Top Fuel Car, and some of the baddest hot rods from the St. Louis area.
Hot Rod Happy Hour will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.
An autograph session will conclude the event from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Among the drivers scheduled to appear include Patron Funny Car racer Alexis DeJoria, Top Fuel pilot Terry McMillen, Lincolnshire, IL, native TJ Zizzo, Hector Arana, Hector Arana, Jr., Shawn Langdon, Khalid AlBalooshi. Todd Lesenko, and Allen Johnson.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing event will be at the Gateway Motorsports Parks in Madison, Illinois for the inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this weekend. The event will feature all four Professional categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
• SCHEDULE: The qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 28. Qualifying continues at 11:30 am. and 2:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29. Final eliminations begin at 11:00 am on Sunday, Sept. 30.
• TICKETS: Tickets are available for the inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Call 1-855-RACETIK for ticket information, or check online at WWW.GATEWAYMSP.COM
• ON TV: ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise 90 minutes of qualifying highlights at 10:30 pm (ET) on Saturday, Sept. 29. ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of eliminations at 8:00 pm (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 30.
• ON THE WEB: For complete online coverage of the inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, please visit www.nhra.com.