The Street Car Super Nationals will host the second annual Anarchy at the Arch Aug. 20-23 at the 200-acre Gateway Motorsports Parkway near St. Louis.
Formerly known as Gateway International Raceway, the track has been revived and revitalized by area retired race car driver/businessman Curtis Francois after being “mothballed” by.previous owner Dover Motorsports in 2010 after running two NASCAR Nationwide Series events following the after closing of Memphis Motorsports Park. At the time, Dover stated that they were unable to run the operations with “acceptable returns.”
According to Francois, “the key to reopening Gateway MSP was the commitment to drag racing and the partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA),” as well the return of the NASCAR Camping Truck Series this season. Today, Gateway Motorsports Park “is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region,” boasting a ¼ mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 1.25 mile NASCAR oval track, 1.6 mile road course, a newly built world class karting facility, improved grandstands and a recently completed fan pavilion. To increase its presence in the world of motorsports. Plans are also currently being made to construct a multi-use dirt facility that will feature off-road, sand drag and tractor pulling events.
"It was a shame that Gateway shut down," said PSCA President Mel Roth. "To have car builders like Tim McAmis, Jerry Haas and Jerry Bickel in that area without a track was, to me, criminal. So we were stoked to hear what Curtis Francois has been able to do there. "It's also going to be great for us to be reunited with Chris Blair (former executive of Las Vegas Motor Speedway). He really played a major part in getting the ball rolling with SCSN at Vegas so it made sense to us to bring the next one to his new track."
"Gateway Motorsports Park has always been one of my favorite venues," Lyle said. "It's a The Street Car Super Nationals hosted by the Pacific Street Car Association will kick off fast racing surface, very fan friendly seating, and a staff second to none. I can't wait for some action under the lights. Anarchy at the Arch should have those great St Louis fans going nuts and it should be an awesome event,” exclaimed Mark Lyle, chief starter for the NHRA Mello Yello Series. Lyle is on tap to help run the show, while ProTrac Traction Services’ David Cook is slated to get the track ready for action.
"Gateway Motorsports Park has always been one of my favorite venues," Lyle said. "It's a fast racing surface, very fan friendly seating, and a staff second to none. I can't wait for some action under the lights. Anarchy at the Arch should have those great St Louis fans going nuts and it should be an awesome event as some of the best drag racers from both coasts converge. In addition, there's a very good chance I'm going to get to hit the lights on the quickest doorslammer pass ever at some point in the weekend. To have an opportunity to be part of drag racing history is pretty cool."
For more information on the St. Louis Street Car Super Nationals: Anarchy at the Arch including a full list of scheduled events visit http://www.streetcarsupernationals.com