Irwindale begins street legal drag racing

Irwindale, Calif. - - After an absence of over 28 years, the San Gabriel Valley will once again have a fully-equipped drag strip where young and old can come to try their personal automobiles against the clocks and against each other legally and...

Irwindale, Calif. - - After an absence of over 28 years, the San Gabriel Valley will once again have a fully-equipped drag strip where young and old can come to try their personal automobiles against the clocks and against each other legally and under controlled, safe conditions.

The new Irwindale Dragstrip, located at the far southeastern corner of the Irwindale Speedway complex at 13300 E. Live Oak Avenue in Irwindale, will open on Sunday, October 21 with a full race day for street legal vehicles on the 1/8-mile venue. The facility will open at 7am for registration and racing will conclude at 5pm. All street-legal vehicles will be eligible to run at this event.

On Thursday, October 18, a "Test & Tune" session scheduled for 4 until 10 pm will allow all potential competitors a chance to try out the 'Strip prior to Sunday's first race date. All street legal and Junior Dragster vehicles are eligible and invited to test out the new track's timing lights and terrific traction on Thursday.

"Street Legal" means that competing vehicles (cars and motorcycles) MUST meet ALL DMV requirements for safety and noise and that the drivers/riders MUST show a valid driver's license along with proof of insurance for their vehicle. All competing vehicles will have to pass a complete safety inspection before being allowed on the racetrack.

Prices for the Thursday night session will be $10 per person for gate admission. Racers will pay an additional $10 to register and run their car at the strip.

Irwindale Dragstrip Schedule for the rest of 2001 season: <pre> Thursday, October 18 Open Test & Tune Session 4pm - 10pm, Sunday, October 21 Street Legal Program 7am - 5pm Thursday, October 25 Open Test & Tune Session 4pm - 10pm Sunday, October 28 Junior Dragsters 7am - 5pm Thursday, November 1 Open Test & Tune Session 4pm - 10pm Thursday, November 8 Open Test & Tune Session 4pm - 10pm Sunday, November 11 Street Legal Program 7am - 5pm Thursday, November 15 Open Test & Tune Session 4pm - 10pm Sunday, November 18 T.B.A. Saturday, November 24 Import Drags & Car Show 7am - 5pm Saturday, December 8 Street Rod Drags & Show 7am - 5pm

Irwindale Dragstrip Street Legal rules are available on the facility's website at: www.irwindalespeedway.com .

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