USAC Silver Crown To Make Triumphant Return To Gateway
April 2, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gateway Motorsports Park Public Relations
USAC SILVER CROWN TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO GATEWAY
Madison, Illinois - The legends of open wheel racing return to Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 1 as the United States Auto Club (USAC) Traxxas Silver Crown Series headlines the Gateway 100. The event will mark the first USAC Silver Crown event at Gateway since the 2001 race and the first event on the 1.25 mile oval since the 2010 season.
“The Silver Crown series has a tremendous tradition in this region and we’re extremely excited to have them re-open the Superspeedway in this historic event,’ said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park Senior Vice-President. “The stars of USAC produced some incredible events here between 1997 and 2001 that were some of the most talked about in the long history of this incredible series.”
Gateway Motorsports Park produces a tremendous challenge for drivers with it’s long straightaways, sweeping high banks through turns 1 and 2 and a tight configuration through turns 3 and 4. The cars will be capable of circling the track at over 180 miles per hour. It’s anticipated that all-time USAC speed records will be shattered as the cars come to the fastest Silver Crown venue ever.
“Gateway is truly a driver’s track and this series is known for producing the stars of tomorrow,’ continued Blair. “Thanks to USAC and Traxxas, the excitement is building and the series is growing. This event could go down in the books as one of the greatest in the long history of asphalt champ car racing.”
In addition to the modern, high-speed marvels of the Silver Crown Series, the event will also feature historical racing from Can-Am Limited of St. Louis. The group will feature classic Indy cars on display and exhibition racing throughout the afternoon.
“The Gateway 100 will become a must attend event for race fans of all generations,” continued Blair. “We want the older fans to relive the glory of seeing former USAC champions such as Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman as they became champions behind the wheel of these beautiful machines. At the same time, we are working with the historical groups to provide younger fans with the opportunity to marvel at the machines from the past and see how the sport has evolved.”
Tickets are now on sale by calling the Gateway Motorsports Park ticket office at 618-215-8888 or by visiting www.gatewaymsp.com. Advance adult tickets are only $25 and kids 6-12 are just $5. All tickets are $5 more day of show. Children 5 and under are free.
The Gateway 100 caps off a spectacular weekend of USAC national events in the St Louis Metro Area. On Friday, May 31 the USAC National Midget Series will be in competition at nearby Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois.
GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK OFFERS TWO UNIQUE PROGRAMS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL STREET RACING
Gateway Motorsports Park offers two programs to combat the problem of illegal street racing in the St. Louis Metro area. Instead of racing illegally on the roads, Wide-Open Wednesday and Midnight Madness provide car enthusiasts with the opportunity to operate their cars on the safe confines of Gateway’s NHRA sanctioned drag strip.
Both programs are open to any licensed driver with proof of insurance and any street-legal car or motorcycle. Minors must present a signed parental consent form, which may be obtained by calling the track’s office at (618) 215-8888.
All cars are required to pass a basic NHRA safety inspection (seat belts, battery mounts, properly-inflated tires, etc.). All cars are subject to security search as coolers, outside alcohol and weapons are not allowed.
Entry fee for each is $25 to race and $15 admission for spectators.
Gates open for Wide-Open Wednesday at 5 p.m. with racing from 6 – 10:30 p.m. In addition to street and grudge racing, the event features an open test ‘n’ tune, bracket gambler race and trophy class eliminations.
Gates open for Midnight Madness at 7 p.m. with drag racing, drifting, music and special attractions from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
For more information, please call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.GatewayMSP.com. Follow Gateway Motorsports Park on Facebook and Twitter.