Multi-Track venue prepares for future growth with addition of Veteran Motorsports Husband and Wife Team
Gateway Motorsports Park welcomes Dave Allison as Operations Director and Sarah Allison as Special Events/Contracts Finance Coordinator
St. Louis Region, April 22 – Gateway Motorsports Park announced the addition of motorsports and entertainment industry veterans Dave and Sarah Allison to its growing staff. Dave Allison will serve as the Director of Operations for the entire complex and manage the promotions of Gateway’s new Dirtplex, a versatile off-road entertainment venue. Dave Allison joins the Gateway team after 11 years with Aurora, Illinois-based Feld Motor Sports.
“We’re very excited to have Dave leading the facility operations of Gateway Motorsports Park,” said Chris Blair, Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The Operations Director position requires a strong work ethic, attention to detail and a thorough knowledge of event production. Dave has produced events both domestically and internationally from small arenas to NFL stadiums and NASCAR Super Speedways. His understanding of event logistics and risk management will be well served with our wide array of entertainment.
“Dave is also experienced as an event director and talent booking manager which will be crucial in our development of events for the Dirtplex Off-Road venue,” continued Blair. “Our goal is to create five to six dirt events per year in the coming seasons ranging from our TORC Off-Road event to sanctioned tractor pulls, mud drags, monster trucks and thrill shows. Dave’s experience with production and venue construction will prove extremely valuable.”
Blair also announced the hiring of Sarah Allison in the role of Special Events, Contracts and Finance Coordinator. Since 2007 Sarah Allison has been a key part of the operations team at Feld Motor Sports assisting the VP of Operations, Fleet Operations Director and Fleet Booking Director. While at Feld, Sarah was responsible for booking logistics and travel for large scale special events such as the Monster Jam World Finals.
“We have a great deal of respect for the management of Feld Motor Sports. They produce quality events and employ great people,” said Blair. When Feld announced that they were moving their headquarters from the Chicago area to Florida later this year, Blair knew that some people with Midwest ties would be unable to relocate. Dave and Sarah wanted to stay in the Midwest, and then received incredible recommendations from numerous people in the industry. Blair knew this would be a tremendous opportunity for all involved.
“Working in the motorsports entertainment industry is not a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job. It requires proper advance planning, long hours and dedication to producing the best shows and fan experiences possible. Both Dave and Sarah understand that need and we look forward to having them on our team,” explained Blair.
Both Dave and Sarah Allison will join the Gateway Motorsports Park team on Monday, May 4. They are relocating from the Chicago area to Shiloh, Illinois.
The vision for the new Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and car lovers by harnessing the energy and passion of the thousands of racing fans in the heart of the Midwest.
Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering nearly 200 acres, Gateway is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼ mile NHRA-sectioned drag strip, 1.25 mile NASCAR Speedway, 1.6 mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.