MADISON — Curtis Francois, owner of Gateway Motorsports Park, is seeking a few good men and women to bolster the local track.
He’s aiming to hire 60-to-100 full- and part-time employees over the next several months. Positions include marketing, maintenance, ticketing, security, event operations, promotions and hospitality, among others.
“We are going to need quality people who are as committed to this community as we are to help us achieve the aggressive vision we have for this racetrack,” Francois said of the 200-acre facility.
He added, “The success of the revitalization of this racetrack and the interest we are seeing from national sanctioning bodies like NASCAR, NHRA and Indycar, are a testament to how diverse and strong our fans are and how much they love sports of all kinds.”
A variety of positions are available for the NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 1.25-mile NASCAR speedway, the 1.6-mile road course and the new Gateway Kartplex and off-road racing venue. Gateway Motorsports Park will be holding a job fair in February for all interested in open positions at the track. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to submit a resumé.
Just three years ago, the St. Louis native Francois took the reins at Gateway Motorsports Park with a fan-focused vision and implemented one of the most ambitious racing schedules in the track’s history.
It included a $15 million capital improvement campaign that has increased attendance and positioned Gateway Motorsports Park as a viable racing venue.
Last year, nearly 1 million fans crossed through the Gateway gates to see professional and amateur racing.
Francois’ goal of bringing world-class racing back to the track, including NHRA, NASCAR, USAC, karting, off-road racing — along with a variety of local and regional programs — is progressing.
He indicated it’s all part of the plan.
“Those who can must step up as a community when the need arises and save our precious assets and encourage growth so we can retain our status as a top-tier city,” Francois said of the region.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal recognized St. Louis as the Best City to be a Fan in 2015. Francois seconded that notion.
“I concur with the Wall Street Journal that St. Louis is the best sports town in the country,” he said. “That’s a big reason why I’ve invested so heavily in the restoration of Gateway Motorsports Park.”
Francois added, “Our region needs significant sporting, entertainment and cultural venues to remain relevant, and Gateway Motorsports Park is among the finest venues in the country. I also believe St. Louis is a great place for people who want a career in the sporting industry.”
And with the announcement that the St. Louis Rams are returning to Los Angeles, he is reaching out to Rams’ employees who won’t be moving to California.
“I firmly believe we have the best fans in the nation, and that transcends a specific sports team,” Francois said. “Also, to have a first-class facility in a first-class town, you need top-notch people.
“So I think it’s important to keep talented people in town. I know there are many smart people who work for the Rams that want to stay in St. Louis. I’d like to talk with those folks and see if there are opportunities for them at Gateway Motorsports Park to help us realize our vision.”
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