Gateway Motorsports Park owner Curtis Francois has recruited one of the industry’s highest regarded track veterans to join his team, naming 20-year racing veteran Chris Blair as senior vice president of business development and promotion for the Madison, Illinois, facility.
Blair is in charge of supervising Gateway’s overall motorsports racing operations and promotions while developing new revenue streams for the 1.25-mile Superspeedway, NHRA sanctioned drag strip, road course and venues currently under development.
Known throughout the industry for his ability to create trend-setting fan experiences, Blair is also highly regarded by racers and marketing partners. He has been recognized for his accomplishments and promotional expertise by multiple drag racing, drift and oval racing organizations.
Blair has also specialized in producing major events on multiple venues including NHRA Drag Racing, NASCAR touring series, Off-Road, Formula Drift, Supercross, Monster Jam and action sports entertainment.
Blair’s experience in motorsports includes serving as Vice President of Racing Operations for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NHRA Northwest Division Director, Director of Business Development for PACE Motorsports (now known as Feld Entertainment) and as an independent promoter and consultant for various racing teams and sanctioning bodies.
The racing season at Gateway Motorsports Park officially begins March 15, 2013. An important key to reopening Gateway in 2012 was the commitment to drag racing and the partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Francois inked a long-term deal with the NHRA in 2012, and this year’s event will be held September 27-29.