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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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee to serve as grand marshal for Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline
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…
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,…
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….
Multimillion-dollar capital improvement project at Gateway Motorsports Park includes repaving, new campground
July 7, 2017, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has launched a major capital improvement project designed to improve the race day experience for fans and provide an enhanced competition environment for race teams. This is the third phase of a plan implemented in 2012 to completely update and upgrade the venue. The primary focus of this phase is to replace the track’s 20-year-old asphalt and dramatically improve GMP’s parking capacity.
“This project demonstrates our commitment to the future of motorsports in the St. Louis region,” said Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “We want to ensure that our fans, the teams and the sanctioning bodies have the best experience possible when they visit Gateway Motorsports Park. This is another major investment in not only our venue, but also in the ability of the St. Louis region to host additional major league sporting events.”
Fans attending the ARCA Midwest Tour and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in June witnessed incredible racing action, lots of passing and relatively caution-free events. The venue is being rejuvenated to ensure that Gateway can maintain the high quality of racing that fans come to expect. With a busy schedule of more than 300 event days per year, the optimal timing and conditions for paving placed the project in late June.
“We’ve been in conversations with the top asphalt consultants who have worked closely with INDYCAR and NASCAR and their host venues,” said Chris Blair, GMP’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The asphalt blends, the polymers used and the application process were crafted specifically for Gateway and the types of racing that will take place on the track. All of the stakeholders in the sport, from tire companies to team owners, were included in the decision-making process. Both sanctioning bodies (NASCAR and INDYCAR) fully supported the resurfacing project.”
The project began immediately following the completion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 on June 17. The track will be undergo a race conditioning process used at other venues in mid-July. This process will condition the track to be race-ready. The new surface will be used for an INDYCAR test in early August and an Indy Lights test on August 10.
“The resurfacing has been planned for some time but we wanted to make sure the timing was right and we had the support of everyone involved in the sport,” Francois said. “We had a great NASCAR event on the old surface and we will have a great race on the new one with INDYCAR on August 26.”
In addition to the new pavement, GMP also upgraded catch fences, paved a substantial part of the inside track and added additional SAFER Barrier. All of the on-track improvements are part of a continued process of positioning the venue for additional major events for 2018 and beyond.
GMP also has reached a long-term agreement with the ownership group that owns the adjacent property. This additional property, slated for development of parking and a year-round campground, will triple GMP’s parking capacity. Two lots, known as the “North 40s,” will be utilized at the INDYCAR event as well as the upcoming AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 PRESENTED BY VALVOLINE AND ST. LOUIS SPEED FESTIVAL
In addition to America’s best drivers, the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline also will draw competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Tickets for the inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline may be purchased online at www.gatewaymsp.com/indycar/ or by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888. Tickets start at just $35. Kids 15 and under are free (general admission) with a paid adult.
St. Louis Speed Festival calendar:
Saturday, August 19 — The Speed Festival begins at Gateway Motorsports Park with the GO! St. Louis Run at the Raceway. Events include a 5k run/walk, one-mile fun run and beer relay. The Run is expected to attract several thousand runners.
Sunday, August 20 — Cycle the Raceway with Big Shark Bicycle and Cars & Coffee St. Louis. GMP will host several hundred cyclists for the Big Shark race as well as a special edition of Cars & Coffee St. Louis that regularly attracts more than 700 cars and thousands of spectators.
Monday, August 21 — Karting for Kids. The Gateway Kartplex will host a corporate karting challenge in which area businesses participate in team competition as a charity fundraiser.
Tuesday, August 22 — The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting an INDYCAR Theme Night presented by Gateway Motorsports at Busch Stadium on August 22. Includes fan giveaways, driver appearances and on-field racing activity between innings.
Wednesday, August 23 — The long-standing American Cancer Society Golf Tournament. Conducted on two courses, including Gateway National, which is adjacent to the speedway.
Thursday, August 24 — INDYCAR Fan Fest will feature driver appearances, a pit stop competition and hauler parade.
Friday, August 25 — Coors Light Pole Night Showdown. Practice and qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Series as well as a post-race concert at the track and nearby Ballpark Village.
Saturday, August 26 — The St. Louis Speed Festival concludes with the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline. Support races include the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Series.
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
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Valvoline™ named presenting sponsor of August 26 INDYCAR event at Gateway Motorsports Park
Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline
March 14, 2017, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park today announced a new, multi-year agreement with ValvolineTM as a presenting sponsor of its inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 26. The new race title will be the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline.
“We are proud to announce Valvoline is partnering with Gateway Motorsports Park. Valvoline is an iconic and respected brand in motorsports and the automotive industry with a rich tradition of excellence and winning,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park’s Executive Vice President and General Manager.
“Valvoline has a long and storied history in racing at all levels, dating back to the winner of the first race in 1895,” said Jamal Muashsher, Valvoline vice president of marketing. “Valvoline is excited to be part of another first by partnering with the Bommarito Automotive Group to support the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park.”
Locally owned and operated since 2012, Gateway Motorsports Park has grown into a respected, nationally-recognized entertainment facility with diverse events. Gateway Motorsports Park will be one of only two facilities in the United States to host events by all three major sanctioning bodies — INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA — in 2017.
Truly an international event, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline for the first time will bring to Gateway all of the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500. In addition to America’s best drivers, the race also will draw competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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