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Gateway Motorsports Park’s inaugural INDYCAR event receives prestigious 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association

Gateway Motorsports Park’s inaugural INDYCAR event receives prestigious

2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association

  

January 17, 2018, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, today received the prestigious and coveted 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award for its inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The Spirit of St. Louis Award is a nominated program, activity or event that has contributed to the St. Louis region in that it has raised public awareness, increased visitorship, or in general had a positive impact on the tourism and hospitality industry.

“I would like to say thank you on behalf of Gateway Motorsports Park and our staff,” said owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “There were so many people involved. Our staff worked tirelessly to make the event a success. We reached out and tried to educate the community as to what this event means to St. Louis. It was a community effort to make this work.

“We’re looking forward to the future. This was the first of a five-year deal. We’ve been asked to go to different areas and tell them what we did to promote this. It was pretty simple: We got the community involved.

“To know we were in competition for this award with so many other events last year in the St. Louis area makes it truly gratifying.”

The award was presented by SLAA president Jennifer Hollenkamp.

Last November, Gateway Motorsports Park received the Outstanding Facility of the Year Award at the annual Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.

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A.J. Foyt’s historic 1971 Coyote/Ford Indy car to be displayed in Gateway Motorsports Park booth at St. Louis Auto Show

January 16, 2018, St. Louis Region – A.J. Foyt’s historic 1971 Coyote/Ford Indy car will be on display in the Gateway Motorsports Park booth at the 2018 St. Louis Auto Show. The show runs from January 25-28 at the Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. The car is on loan to GMP from the Vintage Indy…

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Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden to meet fans in Gateway Motorsports Park booth at St. Louis Auto Show

January 11, 2018, St. Louis Region – Verizon IndyCar Series champion and inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 winner Josef Newgarden will greet fans and sign autographs in the Gateway Motorsports Park booth at the St. Louis Auto Show at the Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis.  Newgarden, who won four INDYCAR races in 2017…

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Gateway Motorsports Park receives Outstanding Facility of the Year Award at Race Track Business Conference at PRI trade show in Indianapolis

December 7, 2017, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, received the prestigious and coveted Outstanding Facility of the Year Award Wednesday evening at the annual Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis. The annual award recipient is determined by leaders in the motorsports industry, media and…

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Gateway Motorsports Park announces 2018 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Verizon IndyCar Series date and schedule

 Bigger and better with more entertainment for fans September 12, 2017, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park’s 2018 Bommarito Automotive 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018. The race is in its second year of a multi-year agreement with INDYCAR. The 2018 edition of the INDYCAR race at GMP promises to be…

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee to serve as grand marshal for Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline

August 15, 2017, St. Louis Region – An Olympic champion has been selected to give the command to start engines for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline comes to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on August 26. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, will serve as the grand…

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Inaugural St. Louis Speed Festival will kick off the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline

August 15, 2017, St. Louis Region – The St. Louis region will be immersed in the colorful pageantry and excitement of the Verizon IndyCar Series on both sides of the Mississippi River as the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline comes to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on August 26. The weeklong St. Louis Speed Festival…

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Gateway Motorsports Park’s new pavement is a hit with INDYCAR drivers

Gateway Motorsports Park’s new pavement is a hit with INDYCAR drivers

Castroneves: “The track is outstanding.”

August 3, 2017, St. Louis Region — Although Charlie Kimball took the ceremonial first lap on Gateway Motorsports Park’s new pavement in a street-legal Honda on July 20, today was the first time Verizon IndyCar Series cars hit the fresh blacktop in full race trim on the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois.

Eight Verizon IndyCar Series teams tested today on the new pavement in preparation for the August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline.

The new track surface was a big hit with the drivers.

“It’s smooth like a baby’s bottom. The track is outstanding,” said Brazil’s Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Penske Racing Chevrolet. “Such a huge job in a short period of time. Congratulations to everyone involved. I compare this place now with Indianapolis or Phoenix, they are so smooth. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more races and I’m happy to be part of it.”

“I think Gateway is going to be one of my favorite (tracks) again,” said Florida’s Ryan Hunter-Reay. “The track is perfectly smooth and it only took me a couple of laps to get up to speed. I really felt comfortable with the car. We were able to go testing right away. We got a lot done this afternoon. I’m very happy with the new surface, absolutely, it’s great. Hopefully it’ll make for some great racing.”

Graham Rahal told Indycar.com, “Not a lot of people would put in the commitment to help us put in an Indy car race, so we’re really appreciative of (track owner and CEO) Curtis (Francois) and (GMP Executive General Manager and Vice President) Chris Blair and everyone. It will be the best short oval race of the year. There will be good drafting and a lot of passing in this one.”

The fastest timed lap was 24.4 seconds, in excess of 200 miles per hour.

The test was scheduled to run from 4-9 p.m. CDT but started at 2 p.m. due to weather concerns. The eight teams tested from 2-4:30 p.m. without incident and it began to rain during the break. Thanks to persistent showers, the session was called complete.

The Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires Series will test at GMP on August 10.

Revised schedule for the August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park

July 18, 2017, St. Louis Region – Revised, updated schedule for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline for the Verizon IndyCar Series to be held August 26 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Please discard previously-released schedules. Thursday, August 24 — Ballpark Village INDYCAR Fan Fest 3-6 p.m. — At Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri,…

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INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball coming to Gateway Motorsports Park Thursday to take ceremonial first lap on new pavement on the 1.25-mile oval

INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball coming to Gateway Motorsports Park Thursday to take ceremonial first lap on new pavement on the 1.25-mile oval July 18, 2017, St. Louis Region – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball is coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois Thursday at noon to take the ceremonial first lap on the new pavement on the 1.25-mile oval….

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