Gateway International Raceway
Gateway International Raceway is a race track in Madison, Illinois. It hosts a NASCAR Busch Series event and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on a 1.25 mile oval, and also has a quarter-mile drag strip that hosts an annual National Hot Rod Association event. The facilities are owned by Dover Motorsports.
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 Day weekend 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 politcal pawn by CART, and its poor attendance as local fans generally chose to travel to the Indy 500 for the weekend. In 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.
While the track is a fairly short track (1.25 miles) by modern NASCAR standards, it does not compensate for this with high banking. Rather, it is unique in that the turns are banked differently, and are also of different radii.
Gateway has been linked with a Nextel Cup race often in recent years. However, many people believe that the track must be expanded (it currently seats only about 60,000) for such a race to occur.
700 Raceway Blvd.
P.O. Box 200
Madison, IL 62060
Phone (618) 482-2400
Fax (618) 482-3919
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