Concord, NC  (June xx, 2015) – Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the world-wide leader in stock car drive and ride entertainment, will be back to Gateway Motorsports Park in 2015, bringing authentic NASCAR race car ride and drive experiences to the St. Louis market with track dates available year round.

Richard Petty Driving Experience offers real life NASCAR racing thrills, putting drivers as close to being in the race as they could ever get. The program at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) will include driving experiences from eight to 30 laps, where participants have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel, put their foot on the gas and experience the power of 600 horses in what has been called ‘North America’s Best Sports City.’ Just outside of St. Louis, in Madison, Ill. GMP is a 1.25 mile oval and is a longtime favorite on the NASCAR Series circuit.

“We are excited to bring the experience to the St. Louis market going forward,” said Chris Kirby, Petty Holdings director of marketing. “We’ve had great success at Gateway Motorsports Park in previous years and are thrilled to be back permanently.”

“We are very pleased with our new partnership, and that people will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel year-round and experience the rush of the Richard Petty Driving Experience whenever their travels bring them to our area,” said Curtis Francois, CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park.

The eight-lap experience starts at $449, plus a $39 driver release fee, three-lap ride-alongs will be available for $99.

The St. Louis region’s largest outdoor entertainment facility, GMP recently completed an $11.5 million renovation and is considered one of the up-and-coming motorsports facilities in the United States.

Find out more information about the program offerings at Gateway Motorsports Park, other participating tracks, dates and times by visiting Drivepetty.com or calling 800-237-3889.

 

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About Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE):

Owned and operated by Petty Holdings, LLC, RPDE is the worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, available at more than 14 major speedways in the U.S. It has base locations in Las Vegas, Concord N.C. and Kansas City. RPDE also produces and facilitates auto manufacturer drive and ride programs, safe driving programs, mobile marketing events and motorsports-related production services for the television and film industry. For track locations, dates of operation, or to book an experience visit DrivePetty.com or call 800-237-3889, or stay up-to-date with Facebook, Twitter@DrivePetty or YouTube.

 

About Petty Holdings, LLC:

Petty Holdings, LLC owns and operates Richard Petty Driving Experience, Exotic Driving Experience and American Muscle Car Challenge. It markets other Petty and Richard Petty branded and licensed ventures including Richard Petty’s Driver Search, Petty Safe Driving and Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp. It also provides motorsports support services to the commercial and film industries, mobile marketing event services and designs and executes ride and drive events for automobile manufacturers.

Headquartered in Concord, NC, Petty Holdings is a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm, investing in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.

 

Media Contact:      Lauren Swoboda

 

About Gateway Motorsports Park:

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. Follow Gateway Motorsports Park on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @gatewaymsp or visit Gatewaymsp.com