Friday’s Midnight Madness Fueled By Monster Energy at Gateway Motorsports Park’s Dragplex in Madison, Illinois will start one hour later due to higher-than-normal temperatures and heat indices. Everything on Friday’s scheduled (with the exception of the 10 o’clock t-shirt toss) now will take place one hour later.
Friday, July 14 adjusted schedule:
7 p.m. — Gates open, tech inspection begins.
8 p.m. — Racing begins.
9:30 p.m. — Midway activities, entertainment begins.
10 p.m. — T-shirt toss.
12:30 a.m. — Tech card sales conclude.
12:45 a.m. — Tech inspection concludes.
2 a.m. — Back of staging lanes closed, wrap-up of remaining runs.
2:15 a.m. — Track closed.
Midnight Madness Fueled by Monster Energy: Midnight Madness is GMP’s street-legal drag racing and drifting program. Midnight Madness offers a safe alternative to illegal street racing and an opportunity for drivers to race each other in their street-legal cars on the Dragplex’s quarter-mile drag strip in an informal atmosphere.
Gates will open at 7 p.m. with racing and drifting at 8 p.m. Admission is only $15 for spectators and $25 to race. Spectators age 12 and under are admitted free.
PARTICIPANTS: 1) Pants are required. 2) Driver must wear approved helmet if car goes 13.99 sec. or faster.
It’s affordable social entertainment: Not just a street-legal drag race, each Friday night Midnight Madness is a lifestyle event, complete with special themes, DJs, a drifting pit, attractions and social activities. The concession stand offers discounted prices on popular food items. Admission: $15 for spectators, $25 to race. Spectators age 12 and under are admitted free.
Play on a big-league field: Midnight Madness participants are welcome to race their street-legal cars on the same track used by the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at speeds in excess of 320 miles per hour.
It’s safe and legal: Midnight Madness is open to all licensed drivers and any street-legal car or motorcycle. All vehicles must be self-starting and no race cars are allowed. All vehicles must pass a safety inspection before being allowed to compete. All drivers must present a valid driver’s license at the time of technical inspection. Participants 16 and 17 years of age must have a parental consent form completed prior to competition. A complete fire and safety crew is on duty at all times during Midnight Madness.
SAFETY GUIDELINES: All motorcycle riders must wear a helmet and a riding jacket of some sort with jeans. Motorcycles racing in excess of 135 mph need full leathers. Cars do not have to be completely street-legal but must be self-starting and able to drive through the staging lanes. Driver needs a helmet (Snell certification 2015 or newer) if car is quicker than 13.99 seconds. Go-Karts, ATVs, or any other vehicles not approved by NHRA are prohibited. Cars running 11.49 sec. or quicker (or 135 mph+) need a roll bar — or better — depending how fast car is. Any built Chevrolet or GMC diesel whose driver plans on running in 4wd needs tie-rod sleeves.
2017 MIDNIGHT MADNESS FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY SCHEDULE: July 14, August 11, September 1, September 22, October 27, November 10.
For more information, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, the state-of-the-art Gateway Kartplex and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.