Formula Drift Returns To Irwindale Speedway, The Track That Refuses To Die

For years now, SoCal’s Irwindale Speedway has been stuck in a loop of closing then not closing then closing and not closing again. But now that we know Irwindale won’t get bulldozed for a crappy shopping mall, Formula Drift will return to where it all began in America with FD’s first North American exhibition race 15 years ago.

The Final Round for the Pro and Pro2 classes was initially moved to Las Vegas this year after Irwindale Speedway management announced that the track would be closing. But then Irwindale reemerged un-bulldozed, under new management, so the series moved fast to rebook that final round at the track where it belongs.

We’re certainly grateful Irwindale is sticking around for a while. It’s one of the only tracks left that’s that close to Los Angeles.


Formula Drift signed a three-year deal to keep racing at Irwindale, with Thursday Night Drift sessions for amateurs looking to practice and a Pro-Am series also returning to the track. It’s safe to say that Irwindale will be here for the foreseeable future.

Clear your calendar for October 12-13, 2018, y’all.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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It’s one of the only tracks left 

It is honestly the only track. We have three options. Auto Parts Speedway, but they don’t allow drifting there, nor do they run the lower division stock cars there. There’s Adams Motorsports Park that’s really a glorified go-cart track. Don’t get me wrong, its a fun track to go drifting on but there is absolutely no room for a major event, nor can you drive a stock car there.

Lastly we have Willow Springs. An awesome track that could absolutely be used for Formula drift, however its an hour outside of LA in the middle of the desert. It does have a paved oval that would actually allow for a short track Martinsville style race as far as stock cars go. Its limited by the lack of seating.

I’m stoked that its staying. Growing up I spent quite a few memorable nights at Irwindale since it opened.