For the past decade, Irwindale Speedway has played host to a variety of events including Formula Drift, the Global RallyCross Championship and NASCAR's K&N Pro Series West. The versatility of the facility also allowed for one-off events like Auto Soccer, and the 1/8 mile drag strip was one of the few places near Los Angeles that car enthusiasts could legally drag race.

It looks like Irwindale Speedway won't be hosting events any time soon, however. In a brief statement sent to the media, the motorsports facility stated that "the management of Irwindale Speedway today announced that the 2012 racing season has been cancelled." Just like that.

As ESPN reports, though, the closure was inevitable. This past summer, NASCAR cancelled the All-Star Showdown, and just a few weeks later, Toyota ended its sponsorship of the track. While the speedway has yet to confirm that they are permanently shutting down, things aren't looking good. Reports indicate that grandstands at the track have been removed and offices have been completely cleaned out. Even the track's website appears to have been shuttered. Only a driving school, L.A. Racing Experience, now remains on the property.


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      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another Southern California racing venue bites the dust. Sad.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Home Depot called and said they need the space for the next 99 years.
      j.kasza
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn-bring back the 70's. We had the #1 dirt track in the country-Ascot. Lions,Irwindale, Orange County Raceway plus Ontario for drag racing. Speedway motorcycles 4 nites a week. They tore down Ontario; probably the finest track in the world at the time. All gone. Nascar took a date from Fontana. Did you see the stands at Winternationals? Bad. What's general admission,$70? A small water $4.50 The last time I went to Irwindale in the pits a burger meal was like $8. After gas;parking;admission,food you need $200 to see a damn race. And a family? where is the good street racing in L.A. now? We used to see funny cars in Lomita back in the day....................
      Adam Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Brother said that Lucas Oil is taking over
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Adam Miller
        Most likely not. They already sponsor a track in Indianapolis.
          SPONGEZILLA
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          They sponsor a track in Indianapolis... true... but they also own multiple tracks in the U.S. including a paved oval (http://www.i10speedway.com/) in California and a dirt track (http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com/) in Wheatland, Missouri. Forrest Lucas loves auto racing. His products are heavily racing-related and it's a good marketing ground for the consumer "street" products. They also own the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series and sponsor the ASCS (American Sprint Car Series). They bought the Wheatland track because of an area racing fan's suggestion... who contacted Forrest after him and his wife built a new home down the road from the Wheatland, Missouri track. They then proceeded to buy it and turn it into a palace-like dirt track on the level of Knoxville, Iowa. I'd not at all be shocked if Forrest Lucas, hearing about the closure of Irwindale, wasn't interested in buying-in. I think Irwindale, as a facility, is a far nicer facility than the I-10 track and it's put on some epic stock car racing there (esp. with the NASCAR Elite LM's... the West series was always a joke compared to the LM events). It also is multi-purpose in capabilities including the drift scene and drag racing. For a motorsports sponsor like Lucas Oil... this facility = golden.
          bobrav
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          There's a law against sponsoring two tracks?
      Michael Daly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Irwindale proves - again - that southern California simply is not a racing demographic.
      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is bad news for car enthusiasts. hopefully though, another track can benefit from increased traffic.
      John Bennett
      • 2 Years Ago
      not another one please get some media ex poser lets try to save another short track race fans unite !!!
      Mikespeed95
      • 2 Years Ago
      C'mon Autoblog. Lets look at some FACTS -Management was all FIRES -Management said 2012 SEASON was cancelled -There are two types of drag strips, 1/4 and 1/8 mile. 1/8 is more common, 1/4 is more preffered. -The 1/8 Mile PIT grand stands were tore down -Car count at their season championships is down hardcore due to previous management. -Economy is tough Run random events like always, upgrade probably one of the busiest dragstrips in the country, get a new gameplan for oval season, and RESTRUCTURE. This is a smart, SMART move that a modern failing America forgets about. C'mon Autoblog, quit playing the 2+2=6 game, that's not good reporting.
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        arcoril
        • 2 Years Ago
        Who cares? :) I don't know you. I don't live in TX. Your opinion doesn't matter to me. People who care about your individual opinions can just read your personal Facebook page. See how that works?
          erjhe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @arcoril
          I mean this in the kindest way, Bigbrother, but you're such a dork. XD
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        fast cow
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you dont watch car racing,and you dont live in Los Angeles then what the hell are you giving your opinion for...! go back to your steer queer...
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      i live a few miles from the irwindale speedway. thank god it's shutting down. on race days, you could hear the noise from miles away. i will enjoy the peace and quiet
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Yeah let's see how much you enjoy your peace and quiet when those that try to race legally are street racing in front of your house. Your a idiot and should move to death valley and live out your life in peace and quiet by yourself away from the rest of society. You probably drive a ******* Prius, so your un-american and a tool.
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Was the speedway built before or after you moved in? Were you informed that yes, race cars are loud and that yes, there will be engine noises coming from the track?
        Manual Labor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Awe you poor thing, it kust have been soooo aweful having to listen to the sweet sound of all those AMERICAN V8's off in the distance disturbing you wonderful trees!!! You LIBTARDS are a poor excuse for humans and you should have been the one having to move since you had it oooo bad there!!! Damn tree hugging moron!!!!
        fast cow
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Its aholes like you that ruin things for the rest of us...you probably dont hear s*^t..! from your house anyways! turn down your hearing aid or turn up your television one of the two..! act like a man..! and by the way im a woman that races there....
      greenz1977
      • 2 Years Ago
      Auto Club Speedway in Fontana is likely going to benefit from this.
      Daddeekul
      • 2 Years Ago
      NHRA should refocus on the home of drag racing - Los Angeles. After all their hq is just a few miles up the road. What we need is for NHRA to stop focusing on the mid-west and the South and return to creating racing venues that are open year round! This is LOS ANGELES and we deserve this. The land is there, the desire from racers is there all we need is some leadership form the sanctioning body. They raise money and make deals to open or reopen strips all over the country, WHY NOT HERE? I am starting an e-mail campaign to refocus NHRA on it's home! Anyone going to join me? Put up or shut up, NOW!
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