Irwindale Event Center started off life on March 29, 1999 as "Irwindale Speedway" a "twin ring" (one-third and one-half mile) NASCAR-sanctioned, progressively-banked, oval track withjust over 6,000 seats, state-of-the-art lighting, 12 sky-box suites, great close-in parking, up-to-date accommodations for our guests, and some of the best short track racing that anyone has ever seen. (In the May 2003 issue of Speedway illustrated, well-known TV racing analyst, Doctor Dick Berggren, called Irwindale, "America's Nicest Track" and we've always strived to live up to the Doc's assessment.)
Over the years Irwindale has been the site of hundreds of motorsports events (national,regional and local), was one of the venues for the Los Angeles 2013 X GAMES and the Formula Drift championshipfinale, as well as numerous concerts, fairs, car shows, special sales, expos, community and corporate events, and more.
Our eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned Drag Strip was christened in the latter half of 2000 and has provided a place for fans to have fun and for drivers of all ages to "exercise" their cars in full-out drag racing competition, and in safety, both for them and the people watching. It's very difficult to prove a negative, but we know from talking to the people (drivers, fans, and law enforcement) who come to take part in our regular Thursday night "Test and Tune" events at the drag stripthat this facility has helped greatly to reduce illegal and oft times deadly street racing.
Of course, by now almost everyone has seen the Speedway used as part of an advertising campaign, TV show, or feature film. Hundreds of "shoots" have taken place here at Irwindale; the track has all the features of a superspeedway and yet is in what the movie and TV people refer to as "The Zone" (close to Hollywood and not subject to extra fees as are "location" shoots).
In very special cases, Irwindale has become a very important (and sometimes secret) test facility for new vehicles, some of which won't reach production for years to come.
Public service at IEC runs from sending out special event ticket packages to various non-profit services in the Southern California area to inviting special groups to come to a race at no charge and accept the thanks of community (as we will do on July 30th by inviting all of the first responders who were involved with fighting the "Complex" fire to come out to a night of NASCAR racing on us).
We are also (quietly) proud that LA County Fire, the LA County Sheriff's Office, CHP, and a number other local agencies use our grounds to test equipment and train sworn personnel here on a regular basis.
Our LA Driving Experience stock car racing school is one of the most visited in the United States drawing students from around the county to Irwindale to learn the finer points of driving a 450- horsepower Late Model stock on the Speedway's super-fast half mile oval. Bucket-lister or budding NASCAR star of the future, they all have an exciting time and all remember the name "Irwindale" as the place where they had a great time. By the way, we have passed along hundreds of 20-Lap "Adventure Passes" to all manner of charities, churches, schools, clubs, and service organizations to use as gifts or to raffle off as very (cool) special prizes.
We try hard to be a good neighbor, striving to end our events before 1OPM at night and working closely with local authorities to mitigate any traffic congestion at peak arrival and departure times.
We are also the home to the Advanced Driving Dynamics defensive driving program that provides young (and in some cases older) drivers with both the tools and the knowledge that they need to stay safe on the highways. Students learn (and become proficient in): emergency braking, skid control and recovery, emergency lane changes, tire blow-out and hydroplaning, driver distraction, and in using a stick shift as well as learning parallel parking.
The Irwindale Event Center can put together some very attractive ticket programs both for employees use and for use by service organizations in their fund-raising activities.
Chamber of Commerce Involvement
The Irwindale Event Center has been a long time member of the Irwindale Chamber and has been very generous with gift certificates and tickets for special events and chamber fundraisers. And, they exptend this offer - any member who has not been here with their family on Saturday night is hereby urged to give us a call (but NOT on raceday ...OK?) and be our guest(s) for a night.