It's time to say goodbye to one of California's most iconic racing circuits, Irwindale Speedway. By January 31, 2018, the historic track will be shutting its doors permanently. The decision was made after a string of unforunate events, including bankruptcy and property tranfsers, led to the demise of Irwindale.
Problems began in 2011, when the track was shut down due to bankruptcy. It was soon reopened in 2013 after the land was sold to developer Lindon Properties. With the track's future already uncertain, it was left to Jim Cohan, CEO of Team 211 Entertainment, and his team to keep the facility up and running. Soon after re-opening, Irwindale continued to host a wide variety of motorsports events, even if the track's future was up in the air.
In 2016, it was announced that Iriwndale would remain open for the 2017 season. Sadly however, that will be its last after property owners abruptly notified Cohan that the speedway will be closing at the end of January. Once closed, the racetrack will be demolished to make way for a brand new shopping mall.
"In all honesty, we were here and in it for the long haul, in fact we were in the process of putting out our complete schedule for the 2018 season. All that made this news very difficult for me to hear, and very hard on our whole team,” said Cohan.
Since it opened in 1999, Irwindale Speedway been the home to some of the most popular motorsports events in the United States. More popularly, it is where professional drifting, such as D1 Grand Prix and Formula Drift, started in the US back in 2003; hence Irwindale being nicknamed the “House of Drift”.
If you happen to find yourself in California, do visit this historic venue one last time before it finally closes its door this coming January.