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Firebird Raceway closing down after 30 years of motorsports memories

Posted Jan 4th 2013 3:00PM


It's always hard to say goodbye, especially to Firebird International Raceway which sadly announced 2013 will be it's last official season in operation. That's right race fans, after 30 years of high speed action the popular Arizona racetrack has decided to hang 'em up.

Firebird Racetrack officials have confirmed there are no plans to extend or renew the race track's lease with the Gila River Indian Reservation (who owns the property itself). According to Firebird Raceway president and owner Charlie Allen, he does not know what will happen with the property after their final season and has no plans for building another track elsewhere either. However, the track may not be closing its gates for good, as the NHRA is hoping to keep the venue open for its own use beyond its final year.

"NHRA is currently working with the Gila River Indian Community to continue to deliver the excitement of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing to our passionate fans in Phoenix and the state of Arizona beyond 2013," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "Based on our discussions with the Gila River Indian Community, we are very optimistic that the venue will be on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule in 2014."

Meanwhile Firebird officials are focused on making their last season one of the most memorable yet by hosting the return of the Lucas Oil Division 7 Double Header, NHRA Arizona Nationals, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the NAPA Auto Parts Firebird Final Event Spectacular featuring the popular 60-foot Robosaurus. Now that sounds like a great goodbye party!

The last event of the season is scheduled to take place in April, as dedicated fans and racing enthusiasts will get a chance to bid a fond farewell to Firebird Raceway.

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