Gateway Motorsports Park, formerly known as Gateway International Raceway, opens its doors at 8:00am Saturday morning to kick off the 2012 season, after the park closed in November 2010. Spectator tickets can be purchased at the track for $10.00 each, kids under 12 are free. Opening day events will be focused on the drag strip. Vehicles of all shapes, makes, models, sizes, sounds and colors will be on hand to run the new drag strip for the first time. Participation tickets are $25.00
Last weekend, more than 1,000 people came out for the NHRA Chassis Certification, and NHRA ticket sales for the September event are selling at a faster rate than expected.
Gateway has three world-class tracks including the NHRA sanctioned drag strip, oval track and road course. Plans are underway to build a nationally-sanctioned Karting track within the next 12 months.
The vision for the new Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and street-car lovers of all kinds by harnessing the grassroots momentum, energy and passion of the thousands of racing enthusiasts and fans in the area.
An important key to reopening Gateway is the commitment to drag racing and the partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Francois inked a long-term deal with the NHRA, starting with a signature event September 28 – 30, 2012. Tickets for this premiere event are on sale now.
There are currently more than 125 events scheduled for 2012 including events for the largest top fuel drag racing schedule in the history of Gateway. Gateway is the largest outdoor sporting and entertainment facility in the region.