After years of uncertainty whether racing would continue at Irwindale Speedway, operators said Wednesday the racetrack will close in January 2018.
In an emailed statement, Jim Cohan, CEO of Team 211 Entertainment, which runs the Irwindale Event Center housing the speedway, expressed surprise at receiving word this week from the property’s owners notifying him they would shut down the facility.
“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,” Cohan said in the statement. “All that made this news very difficult for me to hear, and very hard on our whole team.”
The property was sold in 2013 to developer Lindom Properties, two years after Iwrindale Speedway LLC declared bankruptcy.
In 2015, Irwindale Outlet Partners LLC pushed forward plans to demolish the racetrack facilities to make way for a 700,000-sqaure-foot, open-air mall.
The developer said they would allow racing to continue until construction on the mall began.
The property that houses the racetrack has had many uses throughout its history.
The 63-acre site was once mined for sand and gravel by Pacific Rock. When mining operations ceased in the 1970s, the property was converted to serve as a landfill.
Irwindale Speedway is the city’s fifth racing facility — two other tracks were built within a mile of the current property.
Irwindale Raceway operated for nine years at Irwindale Avenue and the Foothill Freeway and Go-Kart Raceway, the first purpose-built go-kart track in the nation, operated for 21 seasons until 1978, the same time the…
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