Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Faster Than The Speed Of Life...

From the archives

Way back in 1997, we had a new racetrack open in St.Louis:  Gateway International Raceway, in Madison, IL.  It was going to be BIG STUFF!  They would have CART racing, Nascar Truck Series and Nationwide Series....  And inevitably a future Sprint Cup race!!  Sadly, it didn't work out that way.  CART merged back with IRL, and then bigger and better tacks opened in Chicago and Kansas City and nabbed filled NASCAR's appetite for top series venues in the midwest.  Gateway failed to thrive, and finally closed in November of 2010.

Anyway, the first event at Gateway was a CART series race held on May 24, 1997.  The day before the Indy 500 (somebody actually thought that was a good idea).  Regardless, I was there, and had a great time.  Even though I'm not a huge fan of open-wheel racing.  I also went to the CART race in 1998.  We went to the Nationwide race in 2008, and both Nascar events in 2009.  This is from the 1997 race, the #24 of Hiro Matsushita headed out after a green flag pit stop.  Matsushita finished in 15th place that day. 
The post tile is borrowed from a Steppenwolf song from their 2nd album.

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