Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale

4.8
#5528 of 9,016 in Things to do in California
Auto Race Track · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Irwindale Speedway & Event Center (a.k.a. Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale Dragstrip, or "The House of Drift") is a motorsports facility located in Irwindale, California, United States. It opened on March 27, 1999 under the official name Irwindale Speedway. Toyota purchased the naming rights to the facility in 2008, and from that time until 2011 it was also known as the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
The speedway features banked, paved 1/2- and 1/3-mile oval tracks and a 1/8-mile drag strip. The property is primarily used for NASCAR races such as ARCA Menards Series West and Whelen All-American Series events. In late 2011, NASCAR announced it was dropping Toyota Speedway from its schedule. The company that manages the track, Irwindale Speedway LLC, filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on February 13, 2012.
In January 2013, it was announced that the track would be re-opening as the Irwindale Event Center, and would operate as a Whelen All-American Series venue for the 2013 season. For the past decade, the Formula D Championship Series has featured sold out events at the venue.

In 2015, plans were made to demolish Irwindale Speedway and build an outlet mall on the site of the track. As of 2016, the track is still open for business. On August 9, 2017 it was officially announced that Jim Cohan, CEO of Team 211 Entertainment, who operates the track under the name of Irwindale Event Center, would cease operation. On December 29, 2017 it was announced that the track would not close in January 2018 as former Irwindale Late Model driver and track champion Tim Huddleston, along with K&N West owner Bob Bruncatti, bought the speedway to have it remain open for another 5 years.
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  • We have been going to Irwindale Speedway for years. It's good clean Family fun for everyone and Saturday night always has great entertainment. Everyone that's goes has a blast. It's a must do for a.....  more »
  • since new owners took over they stumbled at the start they have greatly improved their previous missteps very exciting time very good experience for the money very reasonable and very well done  more »
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  • Fun place to visit. Definitely needs some love and improvements but as soon as I came here I felt like this was right out of my childhood. Parking was pretty easy. Felt pretty safe. We walked in, grabbed a beer and headed to the VIP to watch some good old fashioned demolition derby. It was a lot of fun. Irwindale is a bit far for me but I would definitely come back again
  • Wonderful atmosphere. Great food. Amazing shows. All around a fun time for everyone. Night of destruction is the absolute best.

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