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.