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In February, we heard the sad news that Irwindale Speedway was closing its doors
and canceling all events for the remainder of 2012 due to the bankruptcy of its operator, Irwindale Speedway LLC.
Following the original announcement, Irwindale Speedway’s owner, Nu-Way Industries, announced it was seeking a new operator
for the track and that there were no plans to dismantle the existing facilities and use the area for other purposes.
Apart from a few drag racing events since then, there have been no regular racing competitions held at the Southern Californian track, though that looks set to change.
Nu-Way Industries has managed to secure a new operator in the form of Team 211 Entertainment, which has confirmed that oval track racing will return to Irwindale for the 2013 season. Team 211 Entertainment, which will be responsible for all forms of racing activities at Irwindale, is still in the process of negotiating events for next year but plans to announce a schedule soon.
At the same time, the company has renamed the track the Irwindale Event Center to better reflect the wide range of public and private events that will be accommodated at the venue.
As there are no plans to drastically change the facilities, however, a 6,500-seat capacity is expected to remain.
From its opening in 1999 until 2011, Irwindale Speedway, at one pointed called Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, was mainly used for NASCAR races such as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Whelen All-American Series. The track has also played host to several major drift events, though no major events have been held there since 2011.