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Post by conrail1990 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:51 pm

On Saturday, workers appeared to be closing down the Irwindale Speedway facility, which has had the biggest NASCAR short track races on the West Coast for more than a decade. Workers were dismantling the pit grandstand, which is adjacent to the first turn. They were also taking apart storage areas. The large billboard bordering the San Gabriel Valley River Freeway was not lit up for the first time in its history, barring power outages, and the track's web site was taken off the Internet. "They went out of business," said a prominent Irwindale racer who did not want to be identified. Vice president and general manager Bob DeFazio and some staff members were in the locked administration building Saturday morning, a moving truck backed up to the office's side entrance and a moving box stacked outside. DeFazio, through track operations director Bob Klein, refused to comment. Klein would only say an announcement would be made Monday. Efforts to reach DeFazio were unsuccessful. The track's eighth-mile facility remained intact on Saturday, but according to a source, workers were given a final paycheck after last Thursday's regular street legal session. The elimination of the pit grandstand is significant because teams usually put their crews in those seats so that if there is a problem on the track, they could quickly get to their pit stall and fix the car and get it racing again. L.A. Racing, a school not owned by Irwindale Speedway LLC, the consortium of owners led by Jim Williams, has 12 schools planned within the next month. "They have not said a word," L.A. Racing's Ozzie Blackwell said. "We have no idea. We're assuming it's a go. We've been told it's a go." If only the racing operation is closed, the track could still be used for filming commercials, movies and television shows, an endeavor that has been very successful. Many racing commercials, with the likes of 1969 Indianapolis 500 champion and 1978 Formula One champion Mario Andretti and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, have been shot at the facility. Recently a Hyundai commercial viewed during the Super Bowl was shot. That shoot took three nights. Rumors have swirled for months about new ownership. Lucas Oil Products and Tony Stewart, who owns tracks including famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, were rumored to be interested in buying the facility.(in part from the Los Angeles Daily News)(2-13-2012)
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Re: Irwindale closes

Post by RealRacer4 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:19 pm

I really hope someone buys the track. It's truely ashame that the track has to be shut down.

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Re: Irwindale closes

Post by PYLrulz on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:35 pm

The wrong race track in LA got shut down!!!

Had Fontana never got built, but Irwindale did, what they should of did was put a little extra banking in the track, build it like a stadium, and had Cup go there.
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Re: Irwindale closes

Post by Tanrar on Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:41 pm

> Irwindale, a decent track, closes.

> Auto Club Speedway is still open and has a NSCS date.

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Post by Vincent Giacalone on Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:44 pm

Part of me All of me just died.
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Post by rightdrive1 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:59 pm

Tony Stewart should buy the track. It's a shame the track had to close.
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Re: Irwindale closes

Post by Alta on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:20 pm

Some where in the world, Dkracer is crying.

One of the better short tracks in the US gets shut down. Damn shame.
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Post by navycook75 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:23 pm

I havn't felt this bad since USA Speedway closed back in 08, and that too was a great track.
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Re: Irwindale closes

Post by PackerMan71 on Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:00 am

If Columbus Motor Speedway ever shut down, I'd probably kill myself.

No joke.

Okay, maybe slightly, but you get my point.
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