Due to COVID-19, Gateway Kartplex was unable to run the 2020 Gateway 500 as planned. We at the Kartplex hope that this popular event will be able to return in 2021. Our primary consideration is the health and safety of drivers, staff and guests, and we will update this page when we have determined if there will be a 2021 Gateway 500. If you would like to be notified of any updates on the Gateway 500, please email the Kartplex at firstname.lastname@example.org and your name/email address will be added to a contact list.
The Gateway 500 is the premier event for area rental racers. Allowing drivers to team up and compete in a 500-lap endurance race, this annual Memorial Day event provides racers with an abundance of seat time to test their abilities and endurance on track.
- Date and time: 2021 event schedule is TBD, please see note above
- 9:30am Registration
- 10am Mandatory drivers meeting
- 10:20am 15-minute practice session
- 11am Green flag waves to start the race
- Checkered flag at approx. 5pm
- Podium celebration will be 15 minutes after checkered flag.
- Race length: 500 laps
- Entry fee: $500 (plus tax) per team, limited to 12 teams
- Drivers: 2-5 per team
- Weight classes: Light (150-189lb average driver weight) and Heavy (190lb+ average driver weight)
- Karts: Sodi GT5, supplied by Gateway Kartplex
- Trophies will be awarded for the top three teams in Light and Heavy classes. Permanent wall plaque in the SpeedCenter for the winners.
- Rolling start behind a pace kart
- $300 deposit due with entry, balance due prior to drivers meeting. If the event does not meet a minimum of 7 entries by close of business on a TBD date, all money will be refunded and the event cancelled.
TAILGATING AND SPECTATING
Spectating will be allowed along the back straight or on our deck. Teams, friends and families are encouraged to bring their EZ-ups, grills and coolers. There is no charge for spectators.