In May of 2015, an article was published in the Pasadena-Star News titled “Irwindale Speedway Likely to Demolish for Outlet Mall.” Nearly a year and a half later, it has been announced by facility officials that racing will continue at the California track in 2017.
Irwindale Event Center President/CEO Jim Cohan made the announcement Wednesday that the facility is in the process of actively scheduling events for all of its operations, including Irwindale Speedway, for the 2017 season.
“Everyone here on the IEC Team is very pleased that we’ve been able to make this announcement today,” Cohan said in a track press release. “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.”
More information regarding the 2017 racing schedule at Irwindale Speedway is expected to be released soon. Despite rumors of uncertainty surrounding the track’s future, Irwindale hosted a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events in 2016.
In the original story posted in the Pasadena-Star News included a comment from Community Development Director Gustavo Romo who told the paper that, “the existing lease will continue until the owner secures at least 65 percent of outlet tenants.”
The story also indicated that construction may begin as early as January 2016, but a date hasn’t been finalized. It then further said that it wasn’t clear if the lease would be renewed for 2016.
For now, the track remains committed and focused on bringing race fans a quality on-track product in 2017. Cohan said he looks forward to hosting another year of stock car racing at the facility.
“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. Thank you all!”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51