St Louis

Country:
United States
Location:
Madison, Illinois
Description

A modern oval opened on 24 May 1997 on the site of a former drag strip and road course. The circuit was masterminded by Long Beach promoter Chris Pook who later sold it to the Dover Downs Speedway. Turns 1 and 2 are banked at nine degrees and are tighter than the 11 degree Turns 3 and 4. Four Champ Car races were held before Gateway switched to the oval-only Indy Racing League in 2001 although the race continued for just another three years. Disappointing crowd figures for second-tier NASCAR events in 2010 led Dover Motorsports to announce its closure at the end of that season. However, sometime racing driver Curtis Fran├žois acquired the speedway and reversed its decline with the IndyCar Series revisiting in 2017.