and where losing one. Firebird raceway. there lease runs out this year with the Indians. and it won't be renewed. sad.
Firebird International Raceway has been officially notified that its lease on the Gila River Indian Community property will not be extended or renewed. For the last 30 years, Charlie Allen has been president and owner of the Firebird International Raceway facility.
“After almost 30 years, it’s incredibly sad to know that we are looking at the end of Firebird International Raceway,” said Allen, who opened the facility in 1983. “But let me tell you, it’s been a heck of a great ride.”
Charlie Allen and the staff of Firebird Raceway are now focusing on delivering and executing a very full and exciting schedule of events between now and April of 2013. Highlighting the schedule is the return of NHRA and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing for the 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 22-24.
Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on November 5th. Allen further stated that at this time, there are no concrete plans to build a new facility elsewhere, and that it is unknown what will happen to the property after Firebird Raceway’s exit in April of 2013. “There has been some talk about the community utilizing the facility as a motorsports venue moving forward, and we have recently been made aware that they have made contact with several sanctioning bodies and promoters that we currently work with,” said Allen. “Beyond that, we really can’t comment.”
The fall event line-up includes the return of the nationally-televised Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Oct. 27-28, as well as the Napa Auto Parts World Finals Boat Race, an event celebrating its 30th year at Firebird Lake, Nov. 2-4. For tickets for these two events, and the rest of the activities at Firebird International Raceway log on to www.firebirdraceway.com
or call 602-268-0200.
The 2013 calendar will most likely be released to the public by the end of October.
“We have been truly blessed with some of the most amazing sponsors, partners, racers, and FANS during our thirty years in business, and we are grateful for their loyalty and support,” concluded Allen. “As Firebird International Raceway embarks on its’ 30th and final season, the number one priority will be delivering the absolute best experience and entertainment to each and every one of our many great fans, racers, and partners of the track.”
Arizona Auto Scene would like to thank all of the staff at Firebird International Raceway that we have had the honor to work with over the past couple of years.