Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) welcomes and appreciates coverage from members of the media. However, application for credentials does not guarantee approval. Members of the media are responsible for confirming their credentials before the event.
GMP grants photo credentials only to photographers who are on assignment with a recognized media outlet (television, newspaper, magazine, news or motorsports website). GMP has the sole discretion to determine who is or is not GMP-recognized.
Freelancers and hobbyists are not granted credentials and are not allowed in restricted areas.
All photo credential requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the event date.
All photo credential requests must be submitted to:
John Bisci, Director of Public Relations
Gateway Motorsports Park
700 Raceway Blvd. (P.O. Box 200)
Madison, Illinois 62060
(618) 215-8888 ext. 119
Credential Requests For National Events
Photo credential requests for NASCAR and INDYCAR events must be made through GMP but may be subject to NASCAR’s and INDYCAR’s approval.
The NHRA grants photo credentials for its Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events. Requests for NHRA national events must be submitted to:
Scott Smith, NHRA Communications Department, 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA 91741, email@example.com, Fax: (626) 914-1491.
Credential Requests For Track Rentals
GMP only grants photo credentials for GMP events. GMP does not grant photo or media credentials for track rentals (i.e. Gateway Carerra Cup, Midwest Drift Union Series, Championship Enduro Series, Music 5k).
If you are granted a restricted-area photo pass you may enter the restricted photo area. The pass must be easily visible at all times and is not transferable. You must sign a GMP release and waiver of liability to receive a pass. GMP reserves the right to approve or deny all credential requests, and revoke credentials, prior to or during any event.
The restricted photo area will be designated by GMP at each event, and may vary on various event days and throughout a given day. At all times, the following minimum standards shall apply in the designated restricted photo area:
Stay Behind the Retaining Wall
Photographers must stay behind the retaining wall at all times. Photographers are not permitted over the track wall at any time during the event. No leaning against or over the retaining wall at any time. Cameras and equipment cannot be mounted on or placed against the retaining wall. Photographers are not permitted in the starter’s box (at the drag strip) or on the racing surface (track, burnout area, starting line) at ANY time.
Please respect our spectators. No ladders, stepstools or other devices are allowed. The exception to this rule is use of a designated photo platform, if available.
Crossing To Other Side Of Track (Drag Strip)
If crossing to the other side of the track, walk cautiously well behind the burnout area. Do not cross the track while cars are in the process of “burning out.”
200-Ft. Limit (Drag Strip)
The beginning of the photo area shall be from a point designated by GMP to no more than 200 feet down track. The photo area shall be marked on the wall and/or by an orange cone or as otherwise indicated by GMP. You are not permitted beyond 200 feet down track at any time.
Top End (Drag Strip)
Photo access to the top end is not automatically included with a photo credential.
No Airborne Devices
No airborne devices of any kind (e.g., remote-controlled helicopter or quadcopter, “drone,” or any other airborne device) are allowed. Ejection from the facility and/or confiscation of the device may result.
Compliance With GMP Officials
Do not interfere or impede any spectators, other media personnel, or the conduct of the race or any part of the event. Follow all instructions of GMP officials.
If you do not comply with this photo policy your privileges may be revoked. This photo policy is subject to change and compliance with the photo policy as in effect at each event is required.