Last Hurrah Proponents Beware: Irwindale is Scheduling 2017!


Despite all the naysayers and journalists who write about “the last hurrah,” Irwindale Event Center President/CEO Jim Cohan announced today that the track is actively scheduling events for 2017.

Irwindale Event Center, one of the best short track facilities in North America, which includes the LA Racing Experience, Irwindale Speedway (NASCAR), Advanced Driving Dynamics, and the Irwindale Dragstrip (NHRA), has once again extended its lifespan despite the land being sold to a shopping center developer two years ago.

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“Everyone here on the IEC Team is very pleased that we’ve been able to make this announcement today,” said a very pleased Cohan. “We will be continuing with our Thursday Night Drags, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Nights of Destruction, along with special events such as K&N Pro Series West, HotVW’s Drag Day, the NHRA Summit Series, Thursday Night Drift, Truckin’ for Kids, Formula Drift Championship, and ‘MoonEyes’ all being presented on their traditional calendar dates.”

The track had been under threat of the wrecking ball when the track was sold with plans of an outlet mall, backed by the city fathers of Irwindale. Despite attendance of all events being significant, the city politicians felt the outlet mall might stimulate local employment.

Opposition of the proposed development see Irwindale Event Center as a “haven” to keep racers from settling their quarrels on the street. Street racing is a leading cause of injury, death and property damage to the general public. The half-mile and third mile ovals and an eighth mile drag strip on the property provide access to many for competition and test and tune dates.

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“We’d like to invite all of our great fans, sponsors, teams, and competitors to join us on our continuing journey. We truly appreciate everyone’s participation and support,” Cohan concluded, “Thank you all!”

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Tom Stahler

At eight months of age, Tom Stahler sat in a baby stroller in Thunder Valley and watched Chuck Parsons and Skip Scott win the 1968 Road America 500. He has had the car bug ever since. He has won several awards, including the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and the International Motor Press Association's Gold Medal for his writing and photography. When not chasing the next story, Tom drives in vintage road racing events and spends time with his wife and three daughters in Orange County, California.
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