NASCAR RETURNS TO IRWINDALE!
NASCAR RACING EXCITEMENT RETURNS TO IRWINDALE
After A Year "Dark" The NASCAR Short Track Show Is Back!
Irwindale, Calif. (March 25, 2013) The notes, e-messages, and calls from the fans have been many and friendly: "We've really missed you!", "Welcome back NASCAR at Irwindale!", "...Whole family can't wait for April 6 ... We'll all be there!"
On January 4, 2013, after a year when there was no NASCAR Home Track racing at Irwindale Speedway, the new on site management team announced that short track stock car racing would return to Southern California, and to the track that has the reputation for producing some of the most competitive, three-wide plus, exciting oval track racing on the planet.
Opening night 2013, the first of fourteen nights of renewed NASCAR Whelen All-American action, is set for April 6 with a full card of racing divisions and a fireworks show thrown in just for good measure (and to celebrate the re-opening).
First night fans will find a great line up of NASCAR divisions: Super Late Models, Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks will all go on the oval tracks; and a wild and wacky Demolition Derby will close out the night.
Veteran drivers and rookies alike will all be on hand at Irwindale Speedway that night ready to race on the track that has seen hundreds of champions run thousands of laps over the years.
On April 6, fan gates will open at 5pm and the very popular On-Track Autograph Session will start at 5:45. For fan/attendees that've never been to Irwindale, the track's signature On-Track Autograph Session is something that should not be missed. Every car, every driver, and key race team member takes their place on the track's front straight and a great "meet and greet" session takes place with autographs, photos, and a pre-race party attitude that really gets the scene set for the night's racing.
Tickets are now available for opening night and the 2013 season beyond on the track's website: www.irwindaleeventcenter.com.
And the good news is that ticket prices for a full night of NASCAR are only $15 for adults and youngsters 6-12 are $5 ... the same prices as when the Speedway opened in 1999. The best news of all is that Irwindale Speedway will host 15 nights of NASCAR from April through October. The track is back, and the fans know it!
SPECIAL PREVIEW DAY: Fans and their families are all invited to visit Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, March 30 from 11am to 4pm to watch the final open practice session before opening night ... The opportunity there to meet some drivers, get a look at the new team colors, and just get revved up for the new season. Admission and parking are both free on March 30 and the trackside pit snack bar will be open for food and refreshments.
IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER is the new and all-encompassing name for the facility at 500 Speedway Drive right on the 605 Freeway in Irwindale, California. Under that overall name (IEC for short) there are five distinct entities:
- Irwindale Speedway: The twin ring (half and third-mile ovals) graduated banking racing facility that has seen some of the very best ever NASCAR, USAC, and ASA short track racing. The Speedway is also the home to the Formula Drift season finale, as well as many other specialized uses and shows including multiple TV, feature film, magazine, and advertising shoots each year.
Irwindale Dragstrip: The place where first-timers and old-timers have it out one-on-one over an eighth-mile strip of asphalt 48 Thursday nights a year (and half a dozen Sundays) in NHRA Street Legal drag racing competition. It is also the proud home of MAVTV's new "Won & Done" reality racing show starring Rich Christensen and Morgan Lucas. Hot VWs Drag Days, Truckin' for Kids, the MoonEyes Xmas Party,
and other sell-out events also kick up large volumes of tire smoke on the quick Irwindale 'Strip.
- L. A. Racing Experience: Even when NASCAR's not here on a weekday, the thrill of stock car driving still remains at IEC. Now the most successful stock car driving school in the country, L.A. Racing puts fans of driving age directly into the seat of a 450-horsepower stock car. Some ground school, a uniform fitting, radio earbuds, helmet, and a climb through the window and into the incredible world of what it's really like out there. Not a game, not a 3-D movie, not a "maybe someday" ... This is high speed lapping on the nationally-known Irwindale half-mile with a spotter talking in your ear and a clear track out ahead. Over 250 people per week (every week) find out about real stock car racing first hand at Irwindale's L.A. Racing Experience ... Rest assured they'll all be watching races here this year with a new appreciation of what it takes.
- Advanced Driving Dynamics: This special road driving school at IEC is where young and old drivers get a real world, behind-the-wheel education that includes learning how to control a car on a rain-soaked highway, and other life-saving safety maneuvers (like using anti-lock brakes) that are not regularly taught in other (so called) "driver training" schools.
- L. A. Karting Experience: The newest 4-wheeled attraction at IEC, this one is all fun, all the time. These Honda-powered rental karts are real quick on their racing slick tires, can stop on a dime with their dual disc brakes, and are all action-packed every lap blasting around a twisting mini-road course located just inside the IEC main gates.
MAKE THIS NASCAR HOME TRACK ... YOUR HOME TRACK!