Oct. 28 — Gateway Motorsports Park’s Dragplex has added a special edition of Midnight Madness Presented By Road Rage Fuel Booster to its 2016 calendar. The street-legal-only Midnight Madness will take place on Friday, November 11.
”We are doing this based on the fact we’ve had a warmer-than-expected autumn so far,” said GMP Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “It gives us one more opportunity this year to offer the community a safer alternative to illegal street racing.”
The event will feature drifting, street-legal drag racing and music by D.J. Frizzy.
“This will be a street-legal-only Midnight Madness,” Blair added. “The drag racing portion of the event is open only to street-legal vehicles. Drag racers must drive their cars into the track and no trailered vehicles will be allowed. The only exception will be for drifting participants. We will start earlier due to the switch from daylight saving time to standard time.”
Admission is $15 for spectators and crew members and $25 to race. Spectators ages 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing from 6 p.m. to (approximately) 12 a.m.
Gateway Motorsport Park’s Dragplex offers a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The 2016 season of GMP’s Midnight Madness presented by Road Rage Fuel Booster street legal program will continue through the end of October. Midnight Madness is open to any street-legal (registered, plated) vehicle and any licensed driver or rider. The cost to participate is reasonable and the program’s purpose is to attract illegal street racers to the safer confines of the GMP drag strip in an informal atmosphere. Unlike city streets, the Dragplex offers a clean strip of asphalt, free of oncoming motorists, intersections, curbs, pedestrians, animals and uneven pavement. Another feature is that Midnight Madness participants are racing on the same track used annually by the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour.
All vehicles must be self-starting and no race cars (i.e. dragsters, Altereds) are allowed. All vehicles must pass a safety inspection before being allowed to compete. All drivers must present a valid driver’s license at the time of tech inspection. Participants 16 and 17 years of age must have a parental consent form completed prior to competition. A fire-and-safety team always is on duty.
NOVEMBER 11 — SPECIAL MIDNIGHT MADNESS PRESENTED BY ROAD RAGE FUEL BOOSTER
5 p.m. — Gates open, tech inspection begins.
6 p.m. — Racing begins.
9 p.m. — Tech card sales conclude.
11 p.m. — Tech inspection concludes.
Midnight (approximate) — Event concludes.
Midnight Madness admission and entry fees:
Racer tech card: $25 (car and driver).
Spectator admission or crew pass: $15.
Kids 12 and under: Free.