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.