GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK OFFERS PREMIUM PIT PARKING SALES FOR 2013 SEASON
Reserved pit spots go on sale Wednesday, March 27 for 2012 space holders. Space sales open for general sale on Friday, March 29.
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March 25, 2013
Madison, Illinois – At the request of the racing community, Gateway Motorsports Park will once again offer reserved, premium pit spaces for the 2013 season at the NHRA sanctioned drag strip. The reserved space program will provide racers with the opportunity to secure their favorite pit spot for all ten bracket points events, all 28 Wide-Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tunes and the majority of Gateway special events such as Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, Mega Mopar Weekend, The All American Hot Rod Showdown, and both Megabucks weekends.
The Gateway Motorsports Park pit area was recently resurfaced and striped. These improvements and layout changes will greatly enhance the racing experience. Each space is 75’ x 24’ unless otherwise designated.
Reserved spot holders from the 2012 season will receive the first opportunity to secure a spot from the new pit layout for the 2013 season. Exclusive renewal sales for 2012 holders will go on sale Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.
Following the exclusive renewal purchase period, the remaining spots will go on sale Friday, March 29 and will continue through the 2013 season. Despite the pit area and facility improvements, there is no increase in the price of reserved spot. All spaces will be sold for $150.
Racers are encouraged to review the attach map prior to calling the Gateway Motorsports Park ticket office to make their purchase. Spaces can also be purchased in-person at the Gateway ticket office during normal business hours.
NEW EQUIPMENT AND IMPROVED RACING SURFACE GREETS GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS TRACK CREW AS THEY PREPARE FOR 2013 SEASON
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gateway Motorsports Park Public Relations
March 23, 2013
Madison, Illinois – There’s a new level excitement for the racing operations staff of Gateway Motorsports Park. A recent track surface enhancement program and the acquisition of additional track preparation and maintenance equipment has the facility in excellent condition for the start of the 2013 season.
“During the off-season Penhall Concrete did a grind of the racing surface and we then followed that with a surface polish by Freeburn Track Grinding,” said Gateway Motorsports Park Senior Vice President Chris Blair. “Both groups did an incredible job and the finished product is one of the smoothest in drag racing.”
Also during the off-season, the track continued on it’s quest to be one of the best equipped tracks in racing. The most recent addition to the Gateway fleet is a Powerboss brand ‘Track-Boss” track scrubber to greatly reduce track clean-up times.
“I’m very impressed with the commitment of Gateway owner Curtis Francois to provide our team with the best tools,’ continued Blair. “The Powerboss compliments a new rotary drag, a new John Deere tractor, a specially designed Tymco vacuum truck, two Buffalo Turbine blowers, a fleet of ATVs and the best spray rig on the market. “
In an effort to properly train the racing operations team, and to prepare an all new racing surface for the season ahead, Gateway Motorsports Park enlisted the help of NHRA Safety Safari team member Rollie Miller for a special prep and training school. Miller conducted two days of hands-on training with the crew on the proper use of the equipment and the latest techniques in drag strip preparation.
“We’ve given our team the best surface and the best tools to work with, so it was only natural that we bring in an expert like Rollie to help get the track to National Event standards,” said Blair. “Through the course of the season our plan is to bring in other professionals to offer their expertise and fine-tune our operation. We have expectations to be the best racing facility and we are going to work with the best people to make that happen.”
The next scheduled event for Gateway Motorsports Park is the Saturday, March 30 Test ‘n’ Tune. The regular season kicks off on Wednesday, April 3 with the first of 28 scheduled Wide-Open Wednesday events.
Featured Drifter: Andrew Lewis Just In Time For Midnight Madness
Just in time for Midnight Madness – Gateway Motorsports Park caught up with PRO AM KMS Drifting Champion, Andrew Lewis.
Andrew has been drifting for four years now. It all started in 2011 when he built an RB20DET. He kept the engine in for about five months before realizing it wasn’t enough power to compete with. Andrew did a ground up rebuild of the entire chassis. He built the cage, tubed the front end and slapped an LS1 into it.
During Andrew’s rookie year he competed in the MDU Pro AM competition and finished strong taking 10th and received ‘The Most Smoke Award’. Andrew also ran in the PRO AM KMS competition in Atlanta taking first place at the championship.
Adam Reed of DriftSTL had a lot to say about Andrew’s drifting talent – “Andrew is a great guy and a fantastic driver…even for an LSx guy *chuckle*. He takes his driving seriously enough to compete in multiple pro ams and that dedication is what we like to see. And he still hangs out and throws down at all the local events, just to let us know it isn’t going to his head. I wish him luck in the coming season and hope he finishes at the top in MDU,” said Reed.
When asked about his drifting experience at Gateway Motorsports Park Andrew gave us the low down – “I can’t forget all the Gateway events I enjoy so much. Midnight Madness is always a blast, sliding around with my buddies. But the Road Course is my favorite track by far. That’s where the real fun is – Not to mention, my V8 really likes it too,” said Lewis.
For the 2013 season, Andrew decided to build a new car from the ground up. He chose a Silvia Coupe S13 and painted it bright red. He explained that he wanted something ‘flashier and classier to slide around in’.
This year Andrew will be running the MDU PRO AM and you can catch him at all of the local drifting events. Don’t miss Andrew and DriftSTL this Friday, March 15 at Gateway Motorsports Park’s first Midnight Madness of the 2013 Season.
Midnight Madness Opening Night – Tech & First Run Procedures
NEW TECH AND FIRST RUN PROCEDURES FOR MIDNIGHT MADNESS OPENING NIGHT
In an effort to streamline the tech inspection and initial run process for Midnight Madness at Gateway Motorsports Park. Officials have announced the following entry and staging lane procedures for opening night on Friday, March 15, 2013.
Facility entry:All participants will enter Gateway Motorsports Park from Collinsville Road. Participants are to follow the orange/west road and loop around the oval. Gateway Motorsports Park will have 3 ticket windows open. Please note that the ticket window closest to Highway 203 is designated as cash only).
Tech Inspection: Upon purchasing tech cards and credentials, racers will proceed to staging lanes 1 & 3 for tech inspection and waiver signing. Once your vehicle has passed tech inspection and you have received your participant wristband, your vehicle will be pulled from staging lanes 1 & 3 for your first run of the evening. After completing the first run, racers will return to staging lanes 4-5-6-7 for additional runs.
Staging Lane Assignments:
Lane 0: Open access lane
Lane 1: Tech Inspection (left lane for first time run)
Lane 2: Pull through lane for tech
Lane 3: Tech Inspection (right lane for first time run)
Lane 4: Open Staging
Lane 5: Open Staging
Lane 6: Grudge Staging (for racers with a pre-determined opponents)
Lane 7: Grudge Staging (for racers with a pre-determined opponents)
Lane 8: Open access lane
Schedule of Events
Gates Open: 7 p.m.
Racing: 8 p.m.
Tech Inspection: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Conclude: 2 a.m.
E.T. Championship Racing Season Schedule and Class Information
GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK RELEASES 2013 E.T. CHAMPIONSHIP RACING SEASON SCHEDULE AND CLASS INFORMATION
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2013
MADISON, IL – Officials of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois have released the 2013 E.T. Drag Racing schedule for the St. Louis area NHRA sanctioned facility. The 2013 Championship season features 11 points events with the first race in conjunction with the NHRA Division 3 National Open on Saturday, April 13.
“Following our organizational meeting with the Gateway Motorsports Park racer council, we expanded the series to provide ten points opportunities for our E.T. racers,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park Senior Vice President of Business Development and Promotion. “This schedule provides a nice balance of racing to determine a track champion and also showcases our local racers with several special events.”
The 2013 Gateway Motorsports Park event schedule is still evolving and being modified as new racing opportunities are developing. The track will host another racer council meeting before April 1 to review show enhancements, special programs and support classes to run in conjunction with the series.
“Racers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area have a tremendous number of racing opportunities here at Gateway Motorsports Park,” continued Blair. ”We are fine-tuning our program to offer a great program of local, regional and national level events and each week more information will be coming as we prepare for the 2013 opening.”
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