The Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the Gateway Motorsports Park was met with rave reviews last August as an estimate crowd of 40k attended the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. Now, ahead of the series’ second consecutive trip to the St. Louis area track, Gateway has spent an estimate $1-million on upgrades to the facility.
Gateway 1.25-mile oval’s pit road received some fresh pavement in preparation for the August 24-25 INDYCAR Weekend, as paving included the entrance to pit road as well as pit exit.
That wasn’t the only part of the facility getting new blacktop. So are road around the track too.
Last year, some fans complained about the parking and the traffic flow in and out of the facility during the race weekend. The track heard you and spent some hard earned money on alleviating those pains for the race weekend this year.
Paving on the GMP property will include wider and longer access roads to and from the parking lots to better accommodate traffic flow.
This is just another huge reason as to why Gateway and their team of people get it. They spent $2-million on repaving the track ahead of last year’s INDYCAR race and are adding some new rubber from a tire dragon on it this year. They’ve been around $3-million already in trying to make the INDYCAR race a staple on the schedule for years to come. Add that to knocking it out of the park with their marketing and it’s no wonder they’re seeing the success that they are.