Monaco Cocktails to sponsor Gateway

Monaco Cocktails
Monaco Cocktails

Monaco Cocktails, the United States’ leading purveyor of premium canned cocktails, has been named as the title sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race on August 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

The race will be titled the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

Gateway Motorsports Park is bringing more NASCAR to the Saint Louis region by introducing the popular NASCAR K&N Pro Series to the St. Louis region this year. This rare East-versus-West combo race will be only one of two contested in the United States in 2018 and is part of GMP’s August 24-25 INDYCAR Weekend.

The K&N Pro Series has been a launching pad for young racers to showcase their talent in front of large audiences, important team owners and sponsors. Now in its 31st year, the K&N Pro Series evolved from the NASCAR North Series that competed in New England and Canada in the 1980s and the famed Winston West Series that ruled the western states for decades.

The K&N Pro Series features America’s best short track drivers as well as racers from Mexico and from as far away as Japan. Some of the drivers who recently graduated from the K&N Pro Series into NASCAR’s major ranks include: Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Cole Custer.

Please note: An official entry list has not been filed for this event, but the following drivers are among the top 10 in their division and many are expected to compete in the St. Louis-Metro East region race.

Top K&N Pro Series East drivers

04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

2 Ryan Vargas La Mirada, California

4 Chase Cabre Tampa, Florida

6 Ruben Garcia Jr. Mexico City, Mexico

17 Tyler Ankrum San Bernardino, California

18 Colin Garrett Elmo, Virginia

30 Tyler Dippel Wallkill, New York

40 Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, Connecticut

44 Dillon Bassett Winston-Salem, North Carolina

82 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, Georgia

Top K&N Pro Series West drivers

6 Derek Thorn Lakeport, California

7 Will Rodgers Solvang, California

9 Ryan Partridge Rancho Cucamonga, California

10 Matt Levin Tucson, Arizona

11 Takuma Koga Nagoya, Japan

16 Derek Kraus Stratford, Wisconsin

19 Hailie Deegan Temecula, California

22 Trevor Huddleston Agoura Hills, California

34 Cody Vanderwal LaSalle. Colorado

99 Cole Rouse Fort Smith, Arkansas

INDYCAR truly is an international event. In addition to America's best drivers, the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline also draws competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Tickets for the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline may be purchased online at www.gatewaymsp.com or by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888. Tickets start at just $35. Kids 15 and under are free (general admission) with a paid adult. Support races include Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Series. New this year is the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Friday.

Friday, August 24

8 a.m. — Parking lots open.

9a.m. — Spectator gates open.

9:15 a.m. — INDYCAR garage open.

9-10 a.m. – Vintage Indy Registry Open Wheel Icons practice.

10:15-11:15 a.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series practice.

11:30 a.m.-Noon — Pro Mazda practice.

Noon – Kartplex opens.

12:15-1:15 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series practice.

1:30-3 p.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series final practice.

3:15-4 p.m. — Indy Lights practice.

4 p.m. — Coors Light Pole Night opening ceremonies.

4:15-5:15 p.m. — INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 qualifying.

5:30-6 p.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series qualifying.

6:15-7 p.m. — Pro Mazda qualifying.

7:15-7:45 p.m. — Indy Lights qualifying.

8-9 p.m. — Final INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 practice.

9 p.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver introductions.

9:15 p.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

10 p.m. – Kartplex closed.

Midnight — INDYCAR garage closed.

Saturday, August 25

10 a.m. — Parking lots open.

11 a.m. — Spectator gates open; Kartplex open.

Noon-1 p.m. – Vintage Indy Registry Open Wheel Icons.

2 p.m. — Verizon IndyCar Series garage opens.

2:45-3:30 p.m. — Vintage Indy Registry Open Wheel Icons.

3-7 p.m. — Rumble Before the Roar pre-race party.

3-4 p.m. — INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 driver autograph session.

3:45 p.m. — Pro Mazda Championship Presented By Cooper Tires race (55 laps).

4:45 p.m. — Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires Series race (60 laps).

6 p.m. — INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 warm-ups.

7 p.m. — INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 pre-race activities.

7:35 p.m. — Command to start engines.

7:40 p.m. — Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline (248 laps, 310 miles, 500k)

9:40 p.m. — Post-race fan invasion and track scavenger hunt.

10 p.m. – Kartplex closed.

Schedule is subject to change.

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