Over the weekend there were numerous reports speculating that California's Irwindale Speedway had been closed. Sadly, those rumours appear to be true. This afternoon, the management of Irwindale Speedway released a one sentence statement confirming that the 2012 racing season has been cancelled. No further details regarding the long term future of the famous 1/2- and 1/3-mile oval have been released.
- Charles Kha
Photo by Linhbergh
You may refer to the statement Formula DRIFT sent out recently. We are not cancelling our event nor do we have plans to move it from Irwindale Speedway. The venue is NOT closed, just the "Race" season is cancelled. We are not the "Race" season. Lots up in the air right now, but also tons of misinformation out there.
Irwindale appears to be changing hands and given the schedule they run I wouldnt be suprised to see them back online next year after some changes are made to improve income.
Following the recent announcement that Irwindale has cancelled its 2012 racing calendar, I couldn't help but draw similarities from when we lost our own House of Drift back in 2008. Although its official title is Tipperary Motor Speedway, it has always
The real reason for the closing is do to Toyota pulling out as the tracks main sponsor. We can only hope that someone will come in and replace them soon.
Toyota backed out as the main sponsor of the track, that and low attendance for normal saturday night races caused the track to cancel its normal season, private events and FD are still happening at Irwindale.
Hahaha, too bad for 'murricans. They won't be able to see LS1 NASCARs drifting around a parking lot.
Lawyers. This is why we can't have nice things. Lawyers. Someone probably slipped on a corndog or inhaled too much tire smoke and sued the track. Settlement reached probably called for the immediate closure of the track and no public explanation.
2012 season is cancelled?!?! does that mean no formula 1 or wrc or btcc or gt1 or gt500/300?!?!??!?!?!?
Formula D is not cancelled, irwindale was only a track they use. there is a small update on the formula D site. google search is your friend.
Wow...So where is the FD final round gonna be? This is kind of upsetting, I always looked forward to irwindale but Formula Drift will find something 100 times better.
super wack its closing down .. but can we get some high resolution photos of shots like this of irwindale ?
Oh no!! Hopefully, its only for renovations. I remember seeing my very first professional drifting exhibition at Irwindale. It was an exhibition sponsored by D1GP (japanese) where all these Japanese pros brought their cars over to America to give a show and to try and expose americans to drifting. Legendary place!
How do some of you read that Irwindale Speedway closes for 2012 and then come up with no Formula D? I guess if FD only had events at this track that would be true but since that's not the case, there is still FD. Reading and comprehension definitely owns some of you.
Formula D is not ending. All the 2012 events at Irwindale are, including the final round of Formula D, which is a shame since it does have a place in drifting.
Phoenix international raceway is just for NASCAR faggots. Firebird international raceway doesn't have the quality and high speed that makes formula D epic.
The racing season would include Formula D. :( Lets officially make the final FD event at the docks like the Red Bull event.
New owners? Who cancels an entire racing season at a track like this..? With a one sentence statement at that. FD and all other series will find a better circuit elsewhere!
At Louis, you seriously think they will renovate the place? It's obvious they couldn't even afford to maintain it and pay the staff in this economy.
I hope i can still do my NASCAR Experience next month, are they closed all together or just no events going on???
That's a bummer. The speedway here closed too (Nashville), with only a bit of NASCAR testing going on.
Phoenix international and Firebird Raceway is only a short drive away and the weather is perfect all year. Arizona needs a drift event. Formula D's announcer lives out here maybe he can help to make that happen.
is this where Speedhunters swoops in, buys the place and calls it Speedhunters Hunting Ground speedway?