- Gateway International Raceway
Name = Gateway International Raceway | Location = Madison,
Image_caption = Gateway International Raceway Logo
Layout1 = Oval
Length_mi = 1.25
Length_km = 2
Banking = Turns 1 & 2 - 11°
Turns 3 & 4 - 9°
Straights - 3°
Events = NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series,
National Hot Rod Association
Capacity = 65,000
Address = 700 Raceway Blvd, Madison, IL 62060
Gateway International Raceway is a race track in
Madison, Illinois, USA, just minutes from Downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It hosts a NASCAR Nationwide Seriesevent and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Seriesrace on a 1.25 mile (2 kilometer) oval, a 1.5 mile infield Road Course used by SCCAand various car clubs, and also has a quarter-mile drag strip that hosts an annual National Hot Rod Associationevent. The facilities are owned by Dover Motorsports, a group that also owns Memphis Motorsports Park, Dover International Speedwayand the Nashville Superspeedwayamong others.
The first major event held at the facility was a CART series held on Saturday May 24, 1997, the day before the Indy Racing League's
Indianapolis 500. Rather than scheduling a race directly opposite the Indy 500 (as they had done in 1996 with the U.S. 500), CART scheduled Gateway the day before to serve as their Memorial Dayweekend open-wheel alternative without direct conflict. After a couple years, track management grew increasingly dissatisfied with its apparent use, as seen by some, as a political pawn by CART, and its poor attendance as fans generally chose to travel to the Indy 500 for the weekend instead. For 2000, the race was moved to the fall. In 2001, its was dropped from the CART series schedule, and switched to the Indy Racing League. After mediocre attendance, the event was dropped altogether after 2003.
The 1.25-mile oval is a favorite of many of the drivers who race there due to the unique shape and different degrees of banking in each corner. Turns 1 & 2 have characteristics similar to
New Hampshire Motor Speedwaywhile Turns 3 & 4 are similar to Phoenix International Racewayand the track's egg shape mimics the legendary Darlington Raceway. Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Seriesteams test at GIR in preparation for these events.
There is also an 1.6 mile infield road course used by sports car clubs and motorcycle organizations through the warmer months. This roadcourse hosted a round of the AMA Superbike Championship in 1995. Canadian Miguel Duhamel won the superbike class in blistering hot conditions.
In late 2006, Lenny Batycki took over as the vice president and general manager of the track. Unlike most of his predecessors, Batycki brought with him extensive marketing and PR knowledge of motorsports, having been a vice president at the
North Carolina Speedwayin Rockingham, NC and a vice president at Richard Childress Racingfor a number of years, working with the late Dale Earnhardtfor the last years of the seven-time champion's career. Many in the St. Louis area feel the track is now on an upswing with GIR being run by individuals with actual racing ties and knowledge rather than mainstream businessmen.
In early January 2008, it was announced that the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers would move their sponsorship from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The July 19 Nationwide Series will now be called the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers such as
Carl Edwards, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, and defending race winner Reed Sorensonare scheduled to race in the event. St. Louis native and fan favorite Kenny Wallacewill race his #36 Fitz Motorsports Dodgeat Gateway that night as well.
CART & IRL Results
See main article
Emerson Indy 250
Nationwide Series race history
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
*1999 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
*2001 - Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex, Jr.
Craftsman Truck Series race history
NASCAR Nationwide SeriesQualifying: Scott Wimmer, 33.246 sec. (135.355 mph), 2007
NASCAR Nationwide SeriesRace: Carl Edwards, 2 hr. 5 min. 54 sec. (119.142 mph), July 29, 2006
NASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesQualifying: Ted Musgrave, 33.294 sec. (135.159 mph), 2005
NASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesRace: Jack Sprague, 1 hr. 45 min. 31 sec.
NASCAR Nationwide Series- Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 (Announced Jan. 25 by Kenny Wallace.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series- Camping World 200
* Miss Gateway International 2008, is Carissa Dawn Biele.
Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour of 2000 made a stop at Gateway on July 3, 2000. Other artist featured at the concert were Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, System of a Down.
List of NASCAR race tracks
* [http://www.gatewayraceway.com/ Gateway International Raceway Official Site]
* [http://www.nascar.com/races/tracks/gat/index.html Gateway International Raceway Page] on [http://www.nascar.com NASCAR.com]
* [http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Gateway_International_Raceway Trackpedia guide to driving this track]
*High Resolution image from [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.650804,-90.135376&spn=0.013325,0.018110&t=k&hl=en Google Maps]
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