Irwindale dragstrip safe place to race

Irwindale, Calif. - - Everyone has read the horrific headlines ... Illegal racing on city streets has surely taken a terrible toll on young drivers as well as on innocent bystanders. But, we don't intend to rehash any of that here. What the...

Irwindale, Calif. - - Everyone has read the horrific headlines ... Illegal racing on city streets has surely taken a terrible toll on young drivers as well as on innocent bystanders. But, we don't intend to rehash any of that here. What the new Irwindale Dragstrip intends to do is provide a safe alternative to the illegal and dangerous operation of high-performance automobiles.

Irwindale Dragstrip at Irwindale Speedway will work with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) well as with local, regional, and statewide law enforcement agencies to get youngsters heading in the right direction by giving them a safe place to race and exercise their automobiles and their personal "need for speed".

"One of the most important components of this facility will be our participation in NHRA's very successful Youth Education Services ("YES") Program," said track VP/COO Bob DeFazio. "The NHRA's Education Services Department is devoted exclusively to educational programming. The staff develop and work with both tracksite and classroom programs for students from kindergarten through college."

"We believe that we can truly make a difference in some young lives here at Irwindale, by offering both a safe place to compete and a stimulating educational opportunity for young people from all over southern California. We want to make the name Irwindale come to proudly mean a place where kids can do what kids do with cars under controlled conditions, a place that offers healthy alternatives to anti-social behavior like illegal street racing and the use of drugs."

Support for the new facility has been strong from many local and regional law enforcement agencies. "Everyone who's involved professionally with kids and cars is in favor of what we are doing here at Irwindale," DeFazio indicated. We've got tremendous support from all the leaders in the field."

The Irwindale Dragstrip is presently under construction. Ground was broken on Saturday, August 12, 2000. Many guests, including Wally Parks, the founder of the NHRA, were on hand to take part in the celebration of the first dragstrip to be built in the southland in over 30 years. Plans are to have the new facility on-line and operating early in the new year. A 1/8-Mile "strip", the track will welcome both NHRA Street Legal Racers and Junior Dragsters.

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