The drag racing facility at Gateway Motorsports Park in a NHRA sanctioned track and our rules/policies follow NHRA’s standards. You can obtain a copy of the NHRA rule book by visiting www.nhra.com.*

Q. What type of helmet do I need to race at Gateway Motorsports Park?

A. For drivers of cars 14.00 or slower – No helmet is required

      For drivers of cars 13.99 or quicker – Snell Rated 2005 or better

      For drivers of cars 9.99 or quicker – Full-face helmet is mandatory

      For drivers of cars 7.49 and quicker – Shield is mandatory

*Consult NHRA Rule book for additional individual class helmet requirements.

Q. What is the clothing requirement to race my CAR at Gateway Motorsports Park?

A. Helmet (for cars 13.99 or quicker), closed toe shoes, long pants, over the shoulder shirt (no nylon) are the minimum requirements.  Based upon the speed of your car, you may be required to have additional safety equipment and clothing*.

*Consult NHRA Rule book for full listing of clothing requirements

Q. What is the clothing requirement to race my MOTORCYCLE at Gateway Motorsports Park?

A. What is required depends on the speed* you will run down the drag strip.

  • Slower than 120 MPH (1/4th) Helmet, Gloves, Closed toed Shoes, long pants, leather jacket.
  • Quicker than 120 MPH (1/4th) Full leathers that zip together at the waist.

*Consult NHRA Rule book for full listing of clothing requirements

Q. Who can race during the Wednesday night Test & Tunes?

A. Wednesday night Test & Tunes are open to anyone.

Q. Are there any special rules to race during Midnight Madness?

A.  The only requirement to make runs on the drag strip or the drift pit are that you pay the racer entry fee and you pass the tech inspection.

Q. Do I have to pay to run/earn points in the Bracket Races?

A. Yes, The cost for each specific class varies. The pricing is available in the Racer Section of the Gateway Motorsports Park website.

Q. How can I stay up to date with the Bracket Points?

A. Bracket Points will be available under the Event Rules & Results Section of the Gateway Motorsports Park website.

Q. Are there payouts for your Drag Racing Events?

A.  Yes, payouts depend the class and number of cars entered into each event. Payouts are posted with the events general information in the Events Rules & Results Section of the Racer Community on the Gateway Motorsports Park Website.

Q. Do I have to race a Test & Tune or Bracket Event to race during the Manufacturer Car Show’s?

A.   No. Anyone is allowed to race during Manufacturer Car Shows as long as they are meet the requirements, pass tech inspection, and pays for the class(es) in which they choose to race.

Q. Is there special paperwork that needs to be filled out for racers under the age of 18?

A.  Yes! For racers aged 16 & 17 to be able to race at Gateway Motorsports Park, we must have a current Minor Release/Waiver of Liability form signed by BOTH parents or legal guardians (forms are available at the track) as well as a valid drivers license.

Q. Do I have to be a NHRA licensed driver to race at Gateway Motorsports Park?

A. If you are driving a car that runs 10.00 in the quarter-mile or 134 MPH or slower, we do not require that you have an NHRA license.  Competitors with a dial-in of 9.99 or quicker (4.50 to 6.39 for eight-mile) or 135 MPH or faster (excludes motorcycles) are required to have a valid NHRA Competition License and NHRA Membership.  Exceptions to this can be made for those racers who hold a competition license from another sanctioning body and who have applied for a Crossover Competition License from NHRA.  More information on these requirements can be found on the NHRA Licensing & Registration page.

Q. How do I become an NHRA licensed driver?

A.  You can obtain the full rules to become a licensed driver by visiting the NHRA Website. The requirements include: physical, and 6 licensing passes. Once complete, your paperwork will be signed off by the Gateway Motorsports Park Drag Strip Manager and two additional NHRA licensed drivers.  You can download the required paperwork on the NHRA Licensing & Registration page.

Q. What does the Tech Inspector look for when teching cars for Test & Tunes?

A.  The primary focus of our tech inspections is to check your vehicles safety equipment. This includes roll cages (if your car is fast enough to require an roll cage) & padding, ensuring that your chassis is certified and that you are wearing the proper clothing to (helmet, gloves, etc.) to be racing at our facility.

Q. What does the Tech Inspector look for when teching cars for Midnight Madness?

A. The primary focus of our tech inspections is to check your vehicles safety equipment. This includes Roll Cages & Padding, ensuring that your chassis is certified and that you are wearing the proper clothing to (helmet, gloves, etc.) to be racing at our facility.

Q. When/Where can I get my Chassis Certified to race your events?

A.  You can get your chassis certified by calling into either the NHRA Division 3 or NHRA Division 5 Main Office.  Gateway will also schedule chassis certifications for the beginning of each season, usually during March.  Please call the company office to make a reservation at 618.215.8888.

Q. Where can I obtain racing fuel for your events?

A.  For select events, Gateway Motorsports Park will have fuel available for purchase on property. Other local areas in which you can obtain racing fuel is by contacting Wick Fuels (618-887-9036) or Performance Parts Plus (618-451-8888) and setting up a delivery or pick-up.

Q. What is the rain policy for Gateway’s drag strip races?

A.  We will make every attempt to get the event completed in the day it was scheduled. If we do have to cancel an event because of weather an announcement will be made as to whether or not it will be rescheduled. You will also be able to find this information on our website www.gatewaymsp.com — select the events page.  Cancellations will be posted on the event title.  You can also subscribe to the calendar which will update your smart phone or computer as we make cancellations through the website.

Q. Who is the best person to contact if I have technical questions not addressed here?

A.  Please contact directly by using this contact link.  It is the fastest and most efficient means of getting communications back to you.